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ZESTRON Announces Jeff Kennedy as Strategy and Business Development Manager

Manassas, VA – March 30, 2020 ZESTRON, the global leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services, and training solutions in the electronics manufacturing and semiconductor industries, is pleased to announce the hiring of Jeff Kennedy as the Strategy and Business Development Manager. 

Jeff is active in advanced technology roadmaps and development initiatives, working with the Applications Technology teams and customers as well as leading activity in key industry consortium initiatives.

He has more than 30 years of engineering and management experience in system integration, process development, PWB fabrication, packaging in the microelectronics industry, and over 20 years in contract electronics assembly. 

Jeff is the past SMTA president, a past SMTA Board member, active on the SMTA Technical and Students and Young Professionals Committees, and participates in other committees when able. He is also an IEEE and IMAPS association member. 


ZESTRON is headquartered in Manassas, Virginia and operates in more than 35 countries. With eight technical centers worldwide and the industry’s most knowledgeable team of engineers focused on high precision cleaning, ZESTRON’s commitment to ensuring that its customers surpass even the most stringent cleaning requirements is without equal.

INSPECTIS Real Life HD Package is the Next Best Thing to Being There

Solna, Sweden – We can’t all be always where we want to be, in the next room, the next city, or on the other side of the world, but when you want the next best thing to real face time, INSPECTIS AB now makes it possible with its new “Real Life HD” technology package for remote conferencing over readily-accessible common telecommunications applications via the Internet. INSPECTIS Real Life HD basically “super-charges” these telecommunications applications by adding or extending their impact and capabilities, because the INSPECTIS Real Life HD C12 package enables easy sharing of vivid HD quality live video and details beyond the capability of normal webcams. 

Whether it’s remote learning, remote conferencing, or telecommuting, the INSPECTIS Real Life C12 system requires only a simple connection to Windows or Mac computers to establish high-quality communication and sharing of detailed magnified images with others anywhere in the world using  standard webcam based conferencing systems.  

For example, INSPECTIS’ macro/microscopic video imaging makes it possible to easily share and discuss tiny details of objects, circuit boards and assemblies, medical devices, and more. It enables participants to choose  whether to problem solve, help with development, or simply show and tell, even if they are an ocean away. There’s no need to book a flight or drive for hours anywhere. 

The no-fuss  controls allow the user to zoom-in, share and have live discussions on technical, development and quality issues pertaining to any item or subject that requires close examination. The Real Life package allows easy USB3.0 connectivity. Other camera optional configurations including F30 and U30 are available; please inquire. For more information, visit www.inspect-is.com.



INSPECTIS AB offers advanced optical inspection solutions for the electronics and medical device manufacturing industries. a line of plug and play, reliable and cost-effective digital camera microscopes designed for demanding non-contact optical inspection and assembly. For more information, visit www.inspect-is.com; email alistair@inspect-is.com. For North American sales and technical information, contact Dale Winchell at ASCENTECH2 LLC, Tel. 860.510.2450,  US@inspect-is.com.

2019 Brought Record Sales to Hentec Industries

Overall sales have boomed with the help of Torenko & Associates

HENTEC RPS LOGO.jpg Newman Lake, WA (February 18th, 2020) – Hentec Industries, (formerly RPS Automation) a leading US manufacturer of selective solder, lead tinning, and solderability testing equipment, hit record sales in 2019 with the guidance of National Sales Director Tom Baro and the Torenko & Associates team.

Hentec Industries was able to surpass previous year’s sales records in 2019, with the assistance of Tom Baro and his 20+ years of sales experience. He has continued to develop and maintain relationships with independent sales representatives like Ron Torenko, from Torenko & Associates. In turn, this has created many long lasting business relationships, as well as skyrocketing Hentec’s sales in 2019.

During the 2020 IPC APEX Expo in San Diego, Ron Torenko and his team were named Hentec Industries’ Sales Team of the Year for 2019. Torenko & Associates has grown to be one of the top SMT manufacturer representatives in the United States, and only partners with premier electronic equipment manufacturers. The Torenko team is based out of Dallas, TX and their sales region covers Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mexico. Torenko & Associates has a simple mission statement: to provide you with the best assembly solutions available and at the best price.

About Hentec Industries Hentec Industries/RPS Automation is a manufacturer of automated selective soldering, lead tinning, and component test equipment for electronics and component manufacturing, assembly, and distribution. Hentec has been advancing automated lead finish and soldering technology for defense, aerospace, automotive, contract manufacturers and micro-electronics component manufacturers for over 25 years. Hentec products are designed and manufactured in the USA.


If you would like more information on any of the machines Hentec provides, please contact Tom Baro at tbaro@rpsautomation.com


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Dr. Jennie S. Hwang appointed to the Board on Army RDT&E, Systems Acquisition, and Logistics (BARSL)

Dr. Jennie S. Hwang was appointed to the Board on Army RDT&E, Systems Acquisition, and Logistics (BARSL), which has recently been established to advise the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA[ALT]), the U.S. Department of Defense, on national security, engineering, technological, operational, management, and logistical issues. 

The Board focuses on helping the operations of the nation’s primary land force and the Joint Force maintain overmatch against adversaries by deploying the most advanced capabilities and embracing advanced artificial intelligence, autonomy, big data analytics, hardened network across all operating domains and in cyberspace, electronic warfare and the electromagnetic spectrum. 

Concurrently, Dr. Hwang continues to serve as the Chairman of both the Assessment Board of Army Research Laboratory and the Army Research Program Review and Analysis Committee. She also serves on the Committee on Technical Programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the Department of Commerce, and the National Laboratory Assessments Board.

BlueRing Stencils and Stone Mountain Tool Agree to Acquisition

landscape (1).jpg Lumberton, NJ – BlueRing Stencils is excited to announce the acquisition of Stone Mountain Tool. Stone Mountain Tool is recognized as an industry leader with over 35 years’ experience of supplying tooling for electronic manufacturers. BlueRing Stencils is excited for the opportunity to provide customers with a wide range of tooling products such as wave solder pallets, conformal coating fixtures, surface mount carriers, and much more. By combining laser and machining technologies, along with world-class design and engineering teams, BlueRing Stencils now offers more high-quality solutions at various steps of the electronic assembly process.

Fred Cox, BlueRing Stencils President says, “I am pleased to announce that Stone Mountain Tool is now part of BlueRing Stencils. This addition will bring access to tooling for pallets, fixtures and other machined parts to all BRS customers. Stone Mountain Tool has a strong reputation for technology and high quality in the SMT tooling field. These qualities are a perfect match for the BRS “way.” We are excited to be able to fill this need in the industry.” David Duke, Stone Mountain Tool President says, “We’re excited to become part of BlueRing Stencils. Their commitment to customer service and quality seamlessly complements the mission of Stone Mountain Tool.” BlueRing Stencils is always committed to improvement and growth! Check out their News & Events page (https://blueringstencils.com/news-events/) to discover their influence in the industry. They strive to bring better products with greater value to their customers. Be on the lookout for updates from BlueRing Stencils. ###

About BlueRing Stencils BlueRing Stencils is a “full service” stencil manufacturer committed to supplying the most advanced stencil printing technologies in the circuit board assembly industry. We offer on-time delivery of high-quality laser cut stencils, paste transfer increasing nano-coatings, printing accessories and stencil design/development services, all committed to give you the highest quality print for your specific assembly process. Our philosophy is to provide products and services that exceed our customers’ expectations which is why we have heavily invested in the best technology and developed the most qualified team members with decades of surface mount technology experience. www.blueringstencils.com

About Stone Mountain Tool Stone Mountain Tool has a longstanding reputation of excellence in supplying tooling for the electronics manufacturing industry. They specialize in a variety of products and have years of experience to provide knowledgeable solutions to almost any tooling problems. The company was founded in 1982 in Conyers, Georgia. Shortly after in 1984, production of wave solder pallets and fixtures from case hardened and sealed aluminum, titanium, and G10 type materials began. In 1990, Stone Mountain Tool became the first company in the United States to purchase Composite Delmat Material in sheet stock for wave solder pallets. Today, top of the line high temperature, ESD safe composites are used in production. www.stonemountaintool.com



David Suh Joins YAMAHA IM Group USA as Inspection Product Manager

Marietta, Georgia, USA – YAMAHA Motor Corporation USA‘s Intelligent Machinery (IM) Division announces the appointment of David Suh to the position of Product Manager for Inspection Products. David, recognized in our industry as  an Inspection Process Expert, joins YAMAHA’s North American team of technical sales and service professionals in support of YAMAHA’s SPI, AOI and X-Ray Products.
David is a Persian Gulf War Veteran with 5 years serving as a Blackhawk flight engineer in the US Army.  In addition, David brings over 20 years of experience in Electronics Assembly to his new position, with particular expertise in Inspection techniques, test engineering, field service, support, and training, PCB manufacturing, and production equipment sales/support.
In making the announcement, George Babka, Sales General Manager of YAMAHA IM, said, “We’re excited to have David join our growing group of industry experts at YAMAHA.  His knowledge and broad-based experience make him a valuable asset to our customers, and we’re delighted to have him on our team."
About YAMAHA Motor Corporation, USA Intelligent Machinery Group
YAMAHA Motor Corporation, USA IM is a subdivision of YAMAHA Motor Corporation, and offers a full line of machines for electric/electronic parts mounting, factory automation (FA) and other production-line solutions to answer the diversifying needs of today’s electronics manufacturers. YAMAHA Motor Corporation, USA has sales and service offices in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America, providing a truly global sales and service network, delivering best in class on-site sales and service support for their customers.

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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