Electronics Manufacturing INDUSTRY NEWS AMERICAS – September 2018

Valtronic grows with three new hires in quality and sales

Valtronic welcomes Director of Quality Don Wallace and two Area Sales Managers Connie Bowers and Tito Chowdhury. “We continue to experience strong growth as we drive forward with new customers and markets,” stated Jay Wimer, CEO, Valtronic USA. Don Wallace is responsible for all quality assurance and as well as ISO and FDA certifications. He comes to

Valtronic with significant experience in quality management. Prior to joining Valtronic, he was employed by medical device manufacturing firms such

as Thermo Scientific, Norman Noble and AstroMedical and has an electronics background from his employment with Lincoln Electric and Libra Industries. Don will be part of the Senior Management Team at the Valtronic US facility. Connie Bowers brings more

than 20 years of medical and electronic sales leadership experience to the team. Connie will be based in Atlanta, GA and will service the Southeast region. Previously, Connie was employed with National Ultrasound as a National Sales Manager and Regional Sales Manager and by Hewlett-Packard Company (Agilent Technologies) as a Field Sales Engineer. Tito Chowdhury is highly experienced in industrial, military

and aerospace sales and has extensive international experience. Tito will serve part of the Midwest in addition to the Southwest region.


PVA hires Global Channel Development Manager

PVA, a global expert in dispensing, coating and custom automation, is pleased to announce that it has hired Gavin Petersen. As the company’s Global Channel Development Manager, Petersen will head up PVA’s initiative to create new sales channels for its industrial

joins PVA after more than 28 years with Graco, Inc. During his tenure at Graco, he worked and resided in Mexico, Canada, the U.S. and China. Most recently, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific – Industrial Finishing and Sealants and Adhesives. In this role, he grew the business from $100M to $130M. Additionally, he reorganized the sales and marketing team on market-focused initiatives, including

automotive, liquid silicone rubber (LSR), battery, packaging and finishing automation. Petersen’s broad international experience makes him a perfect fit for his new role at PVA. In his new position, he will advocate a customer intimate business model measured through the sales force. “We are beyond excited to have Gavin join the PVA family. I am confident that with his expansive expertise, Gavin will help us exceed our goals in the industrial dispensing market”, says Frank Hart, Global Sales & Marketing Manager.



A.C.T. (USA) Int’l LMT. appoints Horizon Supply Group

A.C.T. (USA) Int’l LLC. has appointed Horizon Supply Group to represent his company in the upper Midwest. Jack Gemmell, President and owner, said “With offices in Ohio, Michigan and Illinois, Horizon Supply Group, I am confident that David and his team of sales professionals are going to do a great job representing A.C.T in that all-important region. Theirs is one of the most professional sales organizations I have ever met. I feel privileged to have them

representing our company.” Added David Trail, President and Founder of Horizon Supply Group, “Speaking for the entire team at Horizon,

I can say that we are thrilled to be working with a A.C.T, we already feel that the synergy between our two organizations bodes well for our future success.”



Naprotek, Inc. adds CCX.3 component counter

Naprotek, Inc. announced that it has purchased and successfully installed an Optical Control OC-SCANCCX.3 SMD counting machine for controlling inventory in the stockroom. Naprotek sets the standard for high-quality prototypes

and Made-in-America production. With access to exact inventory knowledge, the company has increased its productivity.

Monitoring and controlling inventory is critical for the production process. The CCX.3 X-ray simplifies electronic manufacturing work and gives exact and precise control of inventory, and as a result, helps keeps lines running.

The CCX.3 component counter will accommodate reels, tubes, JEDEC trays and cut strips. The average cycle time is approximately ten seconds. This reduces Naprotek’s manual counting time to virtually zero, with only minimal load/ unload requirements from the operator. Each item is displayed on the screen with the associated count, and the operator can increase the field-of-view to double-check and assure accuracy

of individual parts being scanned. The addition of this machine reduces the handling and manual counting of parts, giving Naprotek a massive increase in throughput in the material, kitting and receiving process.



Libra Industries’ Manager celebrates 10-year anniversary

Libra Industries, a privately held electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, is pleased to announce that the company recognized the 10-year anniversary of Program Manager, Veronica Felker. Felker is the face of Libra Industries for many customers.

In lieu of the all-expense paid cruise offered by the company, Felker decided to take a trip with her family to Lake Michigan. She commented: “I cannot say enough about how much I enjoy working at Libra. The people and the culture make it more like a family.”

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