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SAKI Corporation's AOI Systems are the First to be Certified by Panasonic

Tokyo, Japan - 28 January 2019 - Saki Corporation, an innovator an innovator in the field of automated optical and x-ray inspection and measurement equipment, announces that SAKI's automated optical inspection (AOI) systems are the first AOI systems certified to support Panasonic's latest Advanced Process Control-Mounted Feedback (APC-MFB2 ) system. Field tests conducted using SAKI's 3D AOI systems to provide feedback data to Panasonic's APC-MFB2 system resulted in maximization of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) through increases in process stability and yield. The entire lineup of SAKI 3D AOI systems, in all available image resolutions, including 7µm, 12µm, and 18µm, were certified.
SAKI's 3D AOI system inspects and measures the printed circuit board during the assembly process and feeds measurement results for the components' actual location to the Panasonic NPM series pick-and-place system to ensure mounting position accuracy. The system uses measurement results from SAKI's 3D AOI to analyze placement offset trends and optimize performance to improve SMT production-line process repeatability, accuracy, and yield. APC-MFB2 is an extension of Panasonic's APC-MFB and handles multiple package types such as small-outline and grid array packages.
"We are honored to enter this successful partnership with Panasonic Smart Factory Solutions," said Yoshihiro Akiyama, CTO for SAKI Corporation. "SAKI has always focused on the quality of the data and the accuracy of the measurements that our equipment communicates to the other systems in the SMT line. Thanks to APC-MFB2, feedback can be independent of general variations often found in the components. The process is constantly monitored by a built-in self-diagnostic functionality in the AOI software, elevating machine accuracy and repeatability to the highest level. This is a very important aspect for yield improvement, not only in the pre-reflow process, but in the entire SMT line for meeting M2M connection requirements."
SAKI will be exhibiting this new breakthrough technology for Smart Factory, along with its 3D AOI, SPI, AXI, 2D bottom-side AOI, and award-winning Saki Self-Programming Software, at IPC APEX Expo, January 29-31, San Diego, CA, in booth #1407. For more information or to make an appointment contact Saki at 1.510.556.6459, email sales.us@sakiglobal.com, or visit our website at www.sakiglobal.com.


About Saki Corporation
Since its inception in 1994, Saki has led the way in the development of automated recognition through robotic vision technology. Saki's 3D automated solder paste, optical, and x-ray inspection systems (SPI, AOI, AXI) have been recognized to provide the stable platform and advanced data capture mechanisms necessary for true M2M communication, improving production, process efficiency, and product quality. Saki Corporation has headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, with offices, sales, and support centers around the world. 

Robotas Technologies Launch Brand New Mascot Clinch System for THT Production

Robotas Technologies are proud to announce the launch of their brand new Mascot Clinch System at the IPC Apex Expo 2019 in San Diego, Jan 29-31. This new system is in addition to the tried and trusted Mascot family of products that are used specifically for THT production. All Mascot systems provide the operator with on screen work instructions and, via intelligent motorised carousels and pick to light indication, deliver the correct component to the operator at the correct time, whilst an eye safe laser is indicating directly onto the PCB where the component should be placed. Correct orientation is also indicated on screen and via the laser, so the correct component polarity requirements are maintained. Mascot Clinch goes one step further – once the component has been placed an automated mechanism under the PCB will then Clinch the component legs in either north, east, south or west directions. The finished lead profile can be set to either 45 degrees or flat to the board.

The brand new Mascot Clinch system will be on our booth #1610 where our team will be very happy to provide demonstrations and further system details, as well as details of all Robotas products. The system will then be at our demonstration facility in Tampa from end February 2019.

Robotas Mascot Clinch Standalone System

For further details please contact:
Neil Nicklin – USA Sales Manager

Kester Launches NP505-LT Solder Paste

NP505-LT is a no-clean, lead-free, zero-halogen solder paste for assemblies that have temperature sensitive substrates and components. Warping is becoming more evident with the trend towards complex boards and the trend of using thinner and larger packages and boards. The defects caused by the warpage may decrease board reliability and increase in rework. NP505-LT is designed to reduce warpage inherent to board-to-package. For additional information on this product including technical and safety data sheets, please visit https://www.kester.com/products/product/np505-lt-solder-paste.

For any questions or additional information, please contact: Fil Marcial-Hatfield, Global Product Manager at fmarcial@kester.com.

### Kester is a global supplier of assembly materials for the Electronic Assembly and Semiconductor Packaging industries. Kester is focused on delivering innovative, robust and high-quality solutions to help our customers address their technological challenges. Kester’s current product portfolio includes soldering attachment materials such as solder paste, soldering chemicals, TSF (tacky solder flux) materials, and metal products such as bar, solid and flux-cored wire. Kester is an Illinois Tool Works (ITW) company. ITW is a Fortune 200 company that produces engineered fasteners and components, equipment and consumable systems, and specialty products. It employs approximately 50,000 people, and is based in Glenview, Illinois, with operations in 56 countries.

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Vision Engineering doubles warranty on market leading ‘Mantis’ eyepiece-less microscope

- Manufacturer’s warranty now 24 months -

MD&M-VEng-Logo-432C.jpg New Milford, CT, December 2018, Vision Engineering has announces it is doubling the manufacturer’s warranty from 12 months to 24 months for all new Mantis eyepiece-less stereo microscopes.

All systems bought from 1 December 2018 are covered by the new 2 year manufacturer’s warranty. The new warranty applies globally.

The Mantis range includes Mantis Compact, Mantis Elite and Mantis Elite-cam.

The original eyepiece-less stereo microscope, Mantis, revolutionized quality inspection when it launched in 1994. It was an ergonomic revolution that went on to win numerous design and innovation awards. In the intervening quarter of a century, Mantis has undergone numerous innovations, in appearance, capability and applicability, maintaining its status as market leader.

Manufactured in Connecticut, Mantis serves the needs of customers globally and has applications in electronics, medical device manufacture, plastics, dental equipment, automotive, aeronautics and life sciences markets.

Commenting on the warranty extension, Mark Curtis, Managing Director of Vision Engineering said: “We are delighted to announce the extension of our manufacturer’s warranty on Mantis systems. It is a significant declaration of our confidence in the quality of our product and our commitment to remaining at the forefront of inspection technology quality.”


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Conecsus Wins Mexico Technology Award for Metal Waste and Dross Recycling

Terrell, Texas, USA -- Conecsus, LLC, an innovative environmental technology and recycling company, won a coveted Mexico Technology Award for its unique and innovative metals waste and dross recycling technologies. The award was presented to the company during a Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 ceremony that took place during the SMTA Guadalajara Expo & Tech Forum.

Conecsus, LLC provides true metals recycling solutions for SMT/PCB assembly that also reward the recycling customer. The company processes wastes from the electronics assembly process, wastes typically containing primarily tin, tin-zinc, lead, silver, gold, and copper, and converts them into usable metal products for sale into the global market.

The Mexico Technology Awards is a new annual program that recognizes the best new innovations in the electronics manufacturing industry in Mexico. The goal of the award program is to celebrate the companies and people that are achieving the highest standards and driving the industry forward. The awards are designed to promote best practice in the areas of technical innovation and manufacturing quality and productivity.

Photo Captions: The Mexico Technology Award, and the Conecsus team in Guadalajara with the award, L-R, Steven J. Butler, Commercial Director, and Laura, Roberto, and Yessica.

About Conecsus

Founded in 1980, Conecsus, LLC is a sophisticated ‘green’ recycler and refiner of SMT solder/solder paste wastes and residues, as well as Tin, Tin-Zinc, Lead, Silver, Gold, and Copper from a variety of manufacturing industries. Located in Terrell, Texas, USA, Conecsus converts these wastes into usable metal products. Conecsus’ mission is to provide innovative and high-quality industrial byproducts management, metal recovery, and recycling options that provide world-class value and service to our customers, and display respect and stewardship toward the environment. For more information, visit www.conecsusllc.com.

Vision Engineering Launches FREE Electronics Academy Webinar Series to help identity and rectify PCB

Vision Engineering Vision Engineering has teamed up with industry-expert Bob Willis to broadcast a free Electronics Academy Webinar Series aimed at identifying the issues affecting PCB/SMT assembly and the challenges of achieving Zero Defect Manufacture. The 3 part webinar is focused on improving quality and reducing costs through improving the inspection process.


The series begins on June 16th with Solder Joint Inspection & Process Defects. During this webinar participants will learn how to minimize inspection and process defects, identify common joint failures, causes, cures and corrective actions. Bob will explain the best ways to inspect solder joints on conventional and surface mount assemblies with reference to international standards (e.g. IPC 610 and IPC J-STD-001). On June 29th Counterfeit Component Inspection & Detection will be broadcasted. Production, quality and purchasing teams will learn how to inspect conventional and surface mount devices to identify counterfeit component and avoid expensive consequences. In this webinar Bob will illustrate the most common issues faced by these teams, how to test parts and demonstrate the importance of photographic documentation to provide reference standards for the future.

The 3 part series closes on July 21st with Conformal Coating Inspection & Coating Faults. The use of conformal coating is growing in popularity. Regardless of application method, either manual or automated inspection is required in most applications, carried out under normal or UV light, with reference to international standards. During this webinar, Bob will cover the inspection of coatings, setting up of inspection standards, as well as the common process defects and corrective actions Bob Willis is a globally-recognized expert in surface mount and area array technology, providing training and consultancy to electronics manufacturers worldwide for over 30 years. Bob regularly speaks at international events, providing expert knowledge to improve skills and knowledge for electronics production staff and engineers. For more information on the Electronics Academy Webinar or to register visit www.visioneng.com/electronicswebinar

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