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Transtec America to exhibit YAMAHA Productivity Solutions at SMTAI

Rosemont, IL, USA – Transtec America, LLC and Yamaha Motor Corporation USA's Intelligent Machinery (IM) Division will exhibit systems and solutions that are part of YAMAHA's "Total Line Solution" at SMTAI 2018 in Booth #223 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, October 16-17. 

Systems and solutions either shown or represented will include the versatile Z:LEX YSM20R modular mounter, which comes in two models, is based on the one-head solution concept that is free from head replacement and is compatible with wide range of component sizes. In the more advanced Type PV model, the transportation speed in the XY axis has been increased from pickup to placement with a mounting speed of up to 95,000 chips per hour (cph), which is the one of industry’s fastest in the two-beam and two-head class category. Its wide-scan camera has been expanded to 12mm square, significantly improving productivity. 

Also shown will be the YCP10 Solder Paste Printer, packed with innovative features for speed, accuracy, and consistent quality. In addition to its standard Solder Paste Roll Volume Detection, its unique adjustable squeegee angle provides optimum aperture fill for the spectrum of PCB assembly challenges.  Both features provide an unmatched print consistency throughout the entire production run, regardless of pauses and/or delays in production. 

In addition, software demonstrations will be conducted for the YSi-V 3D high-speed inspection system (AOI) machine. In addition to standard 2D AOI functionality, the YSi-V Series machines can be configured for high speed 3D inspection as well. Furthermore, the YSi-V has 4D capability by employing 4 additional off-axis cameras along with its main downward looking camera. With 4D capability, components can be inspected at 5 different angles, increasing object visibility around nearby components. All five images can be later recalled at a repair station for better defect analysis. 

For more information, and to see the equipment first-hand, visit booth #223 at the SMTAI 2018 Conference and Exposition

About Transtec America

Trans-Tec is proud to celebrate over 30 years of excellence in SMT and electronic manufacturing. Founded in 1988 and now operating out of 41 locations in 11 countries, TransTechnology Worldwide has long been established as a worldwide leader in sales, distribution and after-market service for a full line of electronic manufacturing equipment. 

Trans-Tec America has been established to provide comprehensive sales, distribution and service for Yamaha industrial and SMT products throughout North America, including the full range of Yamaha SMT equipment with a particular emphasis on the United States and Mexico.

 

About Yamaha Motor Intelligent Machinery

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA IM is a subdivision of Yamaha Motor Corporation, and offers a full line of machines for electric/electronic parts mounting 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.





Demonstrations of Leading Cleaning Technologies by ZESTRON at SMTAI

 

Manassas, VA – October 2, 2018 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 that it will have live demonstrations of its HYDRON®MPC®, and FAST® cleaning technologies at SMTA International.  

HYDRON® Technology cleaning agents are single-phase, water-based chemistries covering a wide range of defluxing applications for PCBAs, power electronics, advanced packages, and wafers.

 

MPC®, Micro Phase Cleaning, is an innovative water-based cleaning technology that combines the advantages of both solvent and surfactant technologies. ZESTRON’s eco-friendly VIGON® cleaning agents are based on MPC® Technology and have been specifically formulated for high-precision cleaning of SMT and power electronics, as well as MRO and metal cleaning applications.

 

FAST®, Fast Acting Surfactant Technology, is an innovative surfactant-based cleaning technology with a proprietary mix of newly developed surfactants allowing for quicker removal of a wide variety of both lead-free and leaded flux residues. FAST® products are effective with much shorter contact times, require fewer active ingredients for the complete removal of contaminants, and ensure a longer bath life resulting in reduced process and maintenance costs.

 

Attendees may visit ZESTRON at booth #215, at SMTA International for live demonstrations. Our team is available to discuss our complete family of PCB defluxing agents as well as our latest products for semiconductor cleaning applications. Interested attendees may request a meeting on  zestron.com.





Kester Launches WP616 Solder Paste

Kester_Logo_Black_CMYK8.jpg ITASCA, IL — September 6, 2018 Contact: Michelle O’Brien, Marketing & Communications Specialist

Kester is proud to announce the launch of WP616, a zero-halogen, lead-free, water-soluble solder paste formula for both nitrogen and air reflow applications. WP616 provides a combination of consistent print performance at wide humidity levels, excellent solderability and ease of cleaning, while maintaining a zero-halogen flux formulation. WP616 is a stable water-soluble formula, providing consistent stencil life, tack time and print definition.

For additional information on this product including technical and safety data sheets, please visit https://www.kester.com/products/product/wp616-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 49,000 people, and is based in Glenview, Illinois, with operations in 57 countries.

 

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Saki Self-Programming 3D Inspection Software is Fast, Easy, and Doesn't Require a Programmer

First self-programming software for SPI and AOI

 Fremont, CA - 14 August 2018 - Saki Corporation, an innovator in the field of automated optical and x-ray inspection and measurement equipment, introduces Saki Self-Programming Software, the first self-programming software for solder paste inspection (SPI) and automated optical inspection (AOI) equipment. Saki Self-Programming (SSP) software, installed on Saki's 3D SPI and 3D AOI systems, makes programming fast, easy, and doesn't require any special programming skill or training. All you need is the Gerber and centroid CAD data. The software does the rest.

Saki Self-Programming is a seamless system that doesn't require DFM software. It combines technology that captures complete height and XY data and images while simultaneously scanning multiple fields of view. The ability to select from over 300,000 components from Saki's Golden Library offers unlimited possibilities. In a matter of minutes, with just a few clicks, SPI/AOI inspection data can be programmed automatically, using a defined set of standards and criteria, such as naming, orientation, and parameters, as those recognized by IPC standards for AOI and SPI systems. This removes the programming discrepancies and variations that arise when programming is done by different programmers.
 
With Saki Self-Programming, one program can be used for all your inspection systems-SPI, pre-reflow, and post-reflow. There is no need to program each machine separately. The inspection program can be generated without first preparing a golden printed circuit board. This especially saves time for businesses that are primarily based on New Product Introduction and those with customers requesting high-mix/low-volume production with short delivery time. Furthermore, since the Offline Debug Function allows fine-tuning to be done remotely without stopping the production line, the time for the user to work with the inspection equipment is minimized.
 
"Until now, the accuracy of the inspection process depended not just on the inspection system itself, but on the skill level, characteristics, abilities, standardization, and procedures followed by the programmer," said Satoshi Otake, general manager, SAKI Americas. "Saki Self-Programming Software eliminates the variables of the programmers and their programming procedures."
 
"Saki Self-Programming is the first self-programming software in the industry. It not only automates programming, but also the calibration of the machine, diagnostics, maintenance, inspection, data collection, and extensive reporting functions," explained Sakie (Jodie) Akiyama, president and co-founder of Saki Corporation. "True M2M communication can't happen without it. Software drives the communication in machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and is an enabler for the SMART Factory and Industry 4.0. Saki Self-Programming Software is part of Saki's SMART initiative. To really make SMART and M2M work, we need SMART machines, a SMART factory, and a SMART company."
 
Saki Self-Programming Software improves process quality and control, ensures a defect-free product, and enhances Industry 4.0/M2M communication with the following features:
  • There is no longer a need for a Golden or Silver Board to prepare the inspection program. Since the inspection program can be completed without the Golden board, inspection library fine-tuning is enough.
  • An Offline Debug Function allows fine-tuning without stopping the production line.
  • A solder inspection algorithm with unique 2D/3D hybrid technology automatically recognizes the defect type and distinguishes it from other solder defects.
  • Optical Character Verification shows thumbnails of the components.
  • An Inspection Preset quickly and easily skips between different processes.
  • Self-diagnostics and self-alignment with both time-based and condition-based maintenance. This ensures consistent machine performance and maintains absolute accuracy.
  • A calibration status report enables the system to output calibration results.
See Saki at SMTA International in the Fuji America Booth 407.
 
For more information contact Saki at +1.510.623.SAKI (7254), 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. 





Masterwork Electronics Acquired by Hidden Harbor Capital Partners

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, August 1, 2018 – Hidden Harbor Capital Partners (“Hidden Harbor”), an operationally focused private equity firm specializing in control investments in lower middle market companies, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Masterwork Electronics, (“Masterwork”), a top manufacturer of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA) for leading global companies.

 

Founded in 1994 in order to meet the increasing worldwide demand for PCBA and Cable & Harness Assembly, Masterwork Electronics is today one of the premier Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) providers. The company serves a diverse mix of customers from North America, representing varied markets including telecom, industrial hardware, payment processing, electric vehicle charging, and home automation.

 

With California-based corporate leadership and state-of-the-art production facilities just over the border in Mexicali, Mexico, Masterwork Electronics is the go-to nearshoring provider of high quality and low-cost manufacturing solutions.

 

“Masterwork has made significant investments in state of the art manufacturing equipment and facilities in Mexico,” said John Caple, Managing Partner at Hidden Harbor. “We are excited about Masterwork’s growth prospects as it continues to focus on superior service, innovative solutions and a high performance culture for the benefit of its customers, suppliers and employees.”

 

“Masterwork is eager to partner with Hidden Harbor, which will bring the resources and capital to continue our strong record of performance and support our next phase of growth,” said Paul Morben, CEO of Masterwork. “With Hidden Harbor’s superior operational support, we will continue to provide best-in-class customer service to our customer base.”

 

Commenting on the transaction, Masterwork founder Rob Weed (Chairman of the Board post transaction), said, “We are very pleased to welcome Hidden Harbor as a partner to work with Masterwork to further accelerate our business growth and bring proven operational expertise in continuing our focus on superior service and solutions for our customers.”

 

Hidden Harbor’s acquisition of Masterwork closed on July 27, 2018. Silver Point Capital provided financing for the transaction, and B. Riley FBR served as an advisor to Masterwork. Configure Partners and Lincoln International served as financing and M&A advisors, respectively, to Hidden Harbor.

 

About Masterwork Electronics

Founded in 1994, Masterwork Electronics is today one of the premier Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) providers, and serves a diverse mix of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) from North America and beyond, representing varied markets including telecom, industrial hardware, payment processing, electric vehicle charging, and home automation. With California based corporate leadership and state-of-the-art production facilities just over the border in Mexicali, Mexico, Masterwork Electronics is the go-to nearshoring provider of high quality/low-cost manufacturing solutions. For more information, visit http://www.masterworkelectronics.com/index.php.

 

About Hidden Harbor Capital Partners

Hidden Harbor Capital Partners is a private equity firm with an operations soul and intense passion for building great companies. Hidden Harbor brings large-scale, private equity experience and resources to the lower middle market with a focus on value-oriented, operationally intense situations. Our principals are InvestorOperators® who bring over 55 years of both extensive transaction and operating experience to truly understand your business. As one team, we partner and work hand-in-hand with our portfolio companies to drive business successes. For more information, visit www.hh-cp.com.





Kester Launches SELECT-10™ Flux-Pen®

Kester_Logo_Black_CMYK7.jpg ITASCA, IL — July 31, 2018 Contact: Michelle O’Brien, Marketing & Communications Specialist

Kester’s SELECT-10™ is now available as a Flux-Pen®. SELECT-10™ is a zero-halogen no-clean liquid flux designed specifically for the needs of the selective soldering process. Sustained activity within the flux allows for good barrel fill in challenging applications, such as reflowed copper OSP boards or with difficult to solder components. Specific to selective soldering, SELECT-10™ does not spread beyond the spray pattern and will not clog the fluxer head. SELECT-10TM residues are non-tacky for improved cosmetics. SELECT-10™ is classified as ROL0 flux under IPC J-STD-004B. For additional information on this product including technical and safety data sheets, please click here.

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

 

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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 49,000 people, and is based in Glenview, Illinois, with operations in 57 countries.

 

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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.

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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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