Industry News – Americas


Metcal Gabriel Ortiz

New RSM for the Southwest at Metcal

Metcal announced that it has hired a new Regional Sales Manager for the Southwest. Gabriel Ortiz will manage Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mexico and South America. Ortiz brings more than 20 years of experience servicing the electronics manufacturing industry, with a unique touch in that he has successfully lead teams in both the manufacturing and distribution environments to develop his business. He is a seasoned professional with a proven track record in developing and motivating teams to grow sales in the most demanding of markets. In this role, Ortiz will be responsible for working with electronics manufacturers, including their design and manufacturing engineers and operators to improve efficiency and throughput with the optimized use of hand soldering and convection rework tools, and to improve health and safety through the use of fume extraction technology.


Jason Runge

Latest investment in business development talent for VirTex

VirTex announced that Jason Runge has been appointed Business Development Manager, effective from August 08 2016. Jason Runge brings a wealth of industry experience and a strong business network to VirTex. With more than 20 years of electronics and mechanical manufacturing experience, Jason has operations expertise including; Supply Chain, Inventory and Logistics, Manufacturing and Testing and Sales and Marketing. Jason has proven management experience with companies ranging in sales from $28 million to $130 million and is skilled at customer base business development for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups enterprises. With stellar marketing experience for major brands including; Halliburton, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, BJ Services, Sensus Metering, Hart Intercivic and CJ Energy, Jason is a real asset to VirTex as they continue to invest in their business development and marketing strategy for growth.

David Cascio

David Cascio

Movidius licenses UltraSoC semiconductor analytics IP

Movidius and UltraSoC announced a licensing agreement under which Movidius will incorporate UltraSoC’s semiconductor IP into its next-generation low-power machine vision systems-on-chip (SoCs). Movidius will combine UltraSoC’s monitoring and analytics intellectual property (IP) and tools, with its own MoviDebug technology, to create a powerful chip-wide debug and communications infrastructure that will support its end-to end product development flow. “We’ve been impressed not just by the quality of UltraSoC’s architecture, but also by the ease with which we can integrate their IP against a tight timescale,” said Brendan Barry, Vice President of Engineering, of Movidius. “We’re expecting immediate gains from the ability to use on-chip USB as our primary debug interface, a simple change which saves us time and money, as well as providing data speeds more in keeping with our leading-edge low-power machine vision platform. Rupert Baines, UltraSoC CEO, commented: “Movidius is an award-winning company with a truly unique offering, which is rapidly gaining market traction. UltraSoC is proud to have been selected to support their SoC development program: they join a substantial list of customers and partners validating our on-chip monitoring approach, including Lauterbach, MIPS, and Teledyne LeCroy.”

Milwaukee Electronics names new chief financial officer

David Cascio has joined Milwaukee Electronics as chief financial officer. He previously served as senior financial director for Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) Americas with Johnson Controls, Inc. He was earlier associated with Modine Manufacturing Company, Bosch Rexroth Corporation and Woodward in a variety of finance and accounting management roles. David Casio Milwaukee Electronics CFO “Dave brings over 26 years of experience in organizational improvement initiative implementation, strategic planning, cost analysis, ERP systems optimization and contract negotiation experience. The bulk of his career has been spent overseeing these activities in multinational operations which aligns well with the direction our business has taken over the last few years. I see him as a key asset in our team as we continue to evolve and expand our operations,” said P. Michael Stoehr, Milwaukee Electronics’ president and CEO. “I’m excited about joining a dynamic company in a demanding industry. I look forward to applying my experience with best-in-class processes to help Milwaukee Electronics continue to grow and improve,” added Cascio.

NEO Tech enters into successful partnership with Cephasonics

CephasonicsNEO Tech announced that it has entered into a new engineering and manufacturing partnership with Cephasonics, an innovator and technology leader in ultrasound products. As part of the relationship, NEO Tech provides the support Cephasonics needs to grow its business faster by providing access to scale, helping the company accelerate its value proposition. To accomplish this, NEO Tech delivers local, US-based DFM and engineering services to make Cephasonics’ advanced technology products more manufacturable. NEO Tech’s solution will result in a strong, consistent connection between Cephasonics and the production environment that is needed to produce the state-of-the art ultrasound products. NEO Tech’s concurrent engineering services are a critical enabler that enhances Cephasonics own engineering capabilities as an emerging leader in the medical- and industrial-device industry. NEO Tech provides DFM and test engineering services, vastly improving the testability of designs early in the development cycle – before the manufacturing process has started.

DDM Novastar PCB assembly line.

DDM Novastar PCB assembly line.

DDM Novastar awarded custom pick-and-place machine order

DDM Novastar was awarded an order to design, build and commission a unique reel-to-reel in-line PCB assembly line. The customer, a large international medical device manufacturer, sought a company that could take a reel of substrate, populate it with BGA logic circuits, reflow them in place, and finish by rolling the completed strip onto an outboarding reel interlined with paper. Solder paste is dispensed in the first step of the process, then an automatic vision system verifies its accuracy. Next, as the strip proceeds without stopping, an in-line pick-and-place machine positions a micro BGA circuit, via various loop controls, from a tape feeder onto the strip, with accuracy of +/- .0005”. Another vision system verifies its position. The strip then travels through a continuous oven to reflow unit to return the assembly to ambient temperature. The next station performs an electrical test of the final circuit on the fly, and the strip is then rolled into a final coil, to be moved to additional processing stations. When complete, a single reel contains nearly 15,000 micro BGA circuits, each of which is ultimately used to provide feedback on a single medical device. Commented Bob Voigt, DDM Novastar’s application engineer, “The customer came to us because of our skills at making non-standard assembly equipment, and quite frankly, they’ve been very happy with the end result.

DS Electronics adds fourth ACE selective soldering machine

ACE Production Technologies, Inc. announced that DS Electronics has invested in a fourth KISS-103 selective soldering machine. The KISS-103 selective soldering system has been installed at the DS Electronics, Inc. facility located in Tempe, Arizona and is the fourth selective soldering machine DS Electronics has ordered from ACE Production Technologies. Computrol ACE KISS 103 “The KISS-103 is a fully-configured selective soldering platform equipped with numerous standard features including heated nitrogen inerting, high speed Z-axis for “Super Quick” processing speeds, look-up camera for easy programming, automatic solder level makeup, auto wave height detection, and board warp compensation,” said Alan Cable President of ACE Production Technologies. “The KISS-103 comes standard with the ACE automated fiducial location and correction system providing single click fiducial teach capability, seamless fiducial recognition and true automated alignment and skew correction of the printed circuit board.” Cable added, “Other innovative features include the new SWAK-OS machine operating software which is a revolutionary graphics-based programming and editing machine control system that features fast program loading and program recall with minimal operator intervention. A major benefit of the SWAK-OS is the integrated board scanning function that automatically captures and saves an image of a printed circuit board to the selective soldering program.” DS Electronics, Inc. is a privately-held electronics manufacturing service company specializing in quick-turn printed circuit board and electronics assembly. Their range of services includes prototype assembly, single-sided, double-sided and multilayer printed circuit board assembly, multichip modules and assembly of system level hardware. DS Electronics serves various OEM customers including manufacturers of communications and instrumentation systems.

AIM expands manufacturing capabilities in Brazil

AIM Solder, a global manufacturer of solder assembly materials for the electronics industry, expands its presence in Brazil, with the addition of Alfatec Indústria e Comércio Ltda as a licensed manufacturer of AIM’s extensive line of solder assembly materials, to meet growing demand within the Brazilian market. While complying with AIM’s standards, Alfatec will locally produce liquid flux, solder paste, bar solder, cored and solid wire, to support AIM’s customers within Brazil. Alfatec, founded in 1991, operates in the Free Zone of Manaus, in the state of Amazonas in Brazil. In 1995, Alfatec began to import solder paste from the US. In the following years, Alfatec installed modern laboratories under stringent quality control policies, for the production of quality solder paste, to meet the needs of SMT and SMD industries in the Brazilian marketplace. Alfatec is ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified. “We are excited that Alfatec has joined our growing network in Brazil,” said AIM’s Latin America Sales Manager, Rodrigo Cacho. “The addition of a local licensed manufacturer strengthens AIM’s commitment to this very important and expanding market.”

New investment in talent for Austin American Technology

Austin American Technology Corp. announced that Todd Rountree has been appointed Equipment Division Manager. Todd Rountree brings a wealth of business management experience and a strong sales background to AAT. With 20 years of experience, Todd has expertise including; Business Management and Sales and Marketing. Todd has proven management experience with companies ranging in sales from owning his own small business to working with manufacturing companies ranging from tens to hundreds of millions in annual sales. Todd_original With stellar business experience, Todd is a real asset to AAT as they continue to invest in their business development and marketing strategy for growth. In relation to his new appointment, Todd stated “I am excited and energized to take on a role with this great company and to be at the beginning of this next exciting chapter for AAT”. Steve Stach President of Austin American Technology commented, “As a proven and dynamic leader in our industry, Todd has already been a major contributor to our strategic vision. Todd brings a unique blend of sales management experience and leadership qualities and I am proud and excited to have his caliber of senior management leadership experience and knowledge as part of our AAT team, further highlighting our ongoing mission to attract outstanding talent as we build the AAT of the future.”


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