2018 Milestone Anniversaries

The following companies are celebrating anniversaries in 2018. We offer them our congratulations and provide our readers with a short history on each company


EVS International 


Simon G. Norman, Business Director, EVS International

■ Simon G. Norman

Since 2003, EVS International has been developing and manufacturing environmentally friendly and innovative solutions to address the production of dross created by all wave solder machines. The EVS range of environmentally friendly Solder Recovery Systems enhances its customers’ ISO 14001 credentials by recovering pure solder from dross, therefore reducing their carbon footprint. The company has won more than 19 international awards, including best product, best environmental product, and most innovative product.

EVS works closely with its customers so that a complete understanding of manufacturing requirements results in a support service tailored to shop floor requirements. Being number one in its market segment give EVS an advantageous insight into its customers’ need of fast ROI and user-friendly operation. The company attributes its contribution to reducing the carbon footprint and providing a rapid ROI as the main drivers of its success over the past 15 years.

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Inovar Inc. 


Blake Kirby, CEO

■ Blake Kirby

Founded in 1998, Inovar began in a converted service station in Hyrum, Utah with 20 employees. The company later expanded to Logan, UT when Blake Kirby joined as president and CEO. By 2005, Inovar had significant revenue growth and a diverse customer base. The company experienced 900 percent growth over six years. To expand the customer service offering, Inovar opened a facility in Tecate, Mexico in 2016. Earlier this year, Inovar announced its relocation to a new 120,000 ft.2 facility located on Utah State University’s “Innovation Campus.”

“When we first invested in Inovar, we had a strong vision to evolve from our humble roots to a world-class company,” said Inovar Chief Executive Officer Blake Kirby. “Now here we are, 20 years later, with the capabilities to execute for the most demanding companies in the world. The vision we had 20 years ago has become a very exciting and fun reality. So many amazing people have contributed along our journey.”

While Inovar has succeeded in providing the highest quality and dependable services throughout the last 20 years, above all, the company’s greatest priority is improving the lives of those inside and outside of the Inovar family. Inovar is AS9100C, ISO 9001, & ISO 13485 registered, with world-class quality and robust process controls.

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Inovaxe Corp. 


Ben Khoshnood, President 

■ Ben Khoshnood

Inovaxe was founded in 2003 by Ben Khoshnood and a team of material handling experts with real world experience managing production and inventory in electronics manufacturing and OEM environments. In 2012, Khoshnood expanded Inovaxe product offerings to include intelligent material handling systems for the electronic marketplace. Inovaxe has since become a key Total Solution Partner to Panasonic North America, has partnered with Avnet, set up a sales distribution channel throughout Asia, and has begun to expand into Europe.

Today, Inovaxe offers innovative, ultra-lean SMART material handling storage and software solutions for electronic manufacturing companies. The equipment and related software can be scaled to your size business and its modular designed products allow for additions as your business increases. The company’s mission is to be recognized as the leading provider of material handling solutions for electronic manufacturing industrie

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MIRTEC Europe Ltd. 


David Bennett, Managing Director 

■ David Bennett

In 2008 MIRTEC Europe Ltd. was established to support the company’s customers and distribution partners across continental Europe, the Middle East, Indian sub-continent and Africa. The company has an experienced management and support team, with multiple locations and an industry-leading product offering. Due to these factors, MIRTEC has propelled itself to the forefront of the Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI) sector.

By the end of 2009, MIRTEC Europe Ltd. established a new European Headquarters and demonstration center. In 2012 the company moved to its new premises four times the size of the original building where the demonstration facilities would be much more comprehensive, and a modern training school for inspection technologies will be situated. MIRTEC’s business philosophy is simple: to provide its customers with the highest quality products and services at competitive pricing.

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VJ Electronix Inc. 


Donald Naugler, President

■ Donald Naugler

VJ Electronix was formed 15 years ago by wrapping the VJ Electronix division of parent VJ Technologies with then newly acquired NIS (Nicolet Imaging Systems) and SRT Rework. “We, as an industry, faced turbulent times in the late 90s and early 2000s,” explains VJ Electronix President, Don Naugler. “The stability we have enjoyed for the last 15 years as part of the VJ Group has allowed us to grow and develop some pretty exciting technology.”

VJ Electronix provides SMT rework systems and X-ray inspection solutions for a variety of electronics and industrial applications to boost productivity and maximize production uptime. Applications range from inspection and repair electronic assemblies used in high-end computing/networking to medical and aerospace, and automated component counting for greater inventory efficiencies and accuracy.

VJ Electronix manufactures production ready, automated rework and X-ray inspection systems with many advanced capabilities. The company frequently provides custom solutions tailored to satisfy specific application requirements. VJ Electronix is a worldwide leader in X-ray inspection and rework equipment.

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