Electronics Manufacturing INDUSTRY NEWS AMERICAS – October 2018

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Metallurgist Josh Montenegro Joins Conecsus
Josh Montenegro joins Conecsus as Process Engineer at Conecsus, LLC, it is announced today. Josh, originally from Colorado, graduated with a Masters of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2009, with a focus on Extractive Metallurgy. Before joining Conecsus, he served as a Process Engineer and Process Manager for companies involved in R&D, smelting, refining, and alloying practices of the lead-acid battery recycling industry, as well as E-Waste plasma smelting. He acquired considerable knowledge and valuable experience that he will apply in his new position at Conecsus. “In my previous positions, I’ve managed Furnace Control Room operations and worked directly under the Chief of Operations to understand and develop the process for the recovery of Cu, Au, and Ag,” Josh relates. “Now, here in Terrell, I’m helping to further the smelting, refining, and distillation processes to discover new ways to make the process more efficient and increase recoveries for tin bearing by-products.” “Working with operations, and seeing my work positively affecting the process from both production and financial perspectives, lets me know that I am contributing to Conecsus, to my fellow employees, and to a greener world.”

Kurtz Ersa Inc. hires new district sales manager in the Midwest
Kurtz Ersa Inc., a supplier of electronics production equipment, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Golm to Junior District Sales Manager for the Midwest. As part of the company’s national sales team, Golm will help drive the sales revenues for the Midwestern United States. Ersa Vice President of Sales – Kurtz Ersa North America Ernie Grice commented, “We are excited about hiring Jon and welcome him to the Ersa team. We know he will be a great addition to our team in the Midwest.” As a Midwestern Sales Manager, Golm will promote and develop the sales of Ersa’s soldering equipment in the Midwest, and support the existing team currently operating in the U.S.

Circuitronics promotes Ken Mount to Quality Manager
Circuitronics, a supplier of customized manufacturing solutions for the energy, industrial, communications and mil-aero markets, is pleased to announce the promotion of Ken Mount to Quality Manager. Mount’s background includes manufacturing engineer roles and credentials as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt with expertise in 5S, 5S+1, and DMAIC. Also, he is a Certified IPC Trainer. Mount has more than 15 years of electro-mechanical engineering experience.

Ryan Wilshusen takes over KIC’s Product Management Group
KIC announced that, as part of the company’s ongoing effort to improve product development and to execute its long-term product roadmap, R&D Manager Ryan Wilshusen is taking over leadership of the Product Management (PM) group. Tom Bergeron is the Product Manager for KIC projects related to improving the company’s current product offerings, while Miles Moreau, Global Manager – Products & Technologies, is working with the marketplace and internal KIC team to define the company’s product and technology roadmap. Wilshusen brings to this position a superior understanding of technologies and invention-insight that will help KIC produce better and more effective technical solutions.

Computrol installs third K&S/Assembléon line
Computrol, Inc., announced that it has invested in another Kulicke & Soffa/Assembléon AX-501 Pick-and-Place system. Additionally, the company added another iFlex H1 end-of-line solution from Kulicke & Soffa/Assembléon. Computrol installed the new AX-501/iFlex H1 line at its manufacturing facility in Meridian to compliment the two existing K&S/Assembléon and two Mydata / Mycronic lines. “This gives us more capacity and flexibility to meet customer demands, deadlines and requirements,” said James Spencer, Engineering Manager for Computrol. “We chose the AX-501 again because of its combined flexibility, speed and placement accuracy. We have realized significant improvements in our throughput and DPM rates.”

YAMAHA Motor Corporation, USA announces expansion
Yamaha Motor Corporation USA‘s Intelligent Machine (IM) Division has outgrown its current Kennesaw facility and is moving to a larger one in nearby Marietta, Georgia, this fall. The new facility is a complete replacement of the current headquarters and offers the ability to double the number of employees while increasing available space for equipment, service, and support operations. In making the announcement, Tom Simpson, Operations Manager, said, “This expansion supports our expanding full line coverage, which includes Stencil Printers, Solder Paste Inspection (SPI), Dispense, Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI), In-line 3D X-Ray, and our 3 brands of Mounters: iPulse, YSM and SIGMA Series Machines, covering all speeds and complexity of production.


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