Industry News Americas – February 2017

Guylaine Guerette Joins MicroCare

MicroCare is pleased to announce that Ms. Guylaine Guerette has joined the MicroCare management team in the newly created position of Senior Marketing Manager.

Ms. Guerette has spent eighteen years in marketing at Brady Corporation (Branford, CT). At that company, she managed multi-channel marketing programs and led the deployment of sophisticated marketing campaigns for various Brady Workplace Safety sub-brands. She led a team of twelve people to create marketing programs that drove customer engagement, revenue improvements and achieved acquisition and revenue goals. She was also deeply involved with new product launches, branding, digital marketing, and process improvements.

“Guylaine is a superb addition to MicroCare,” noted Mr. Tom Tattersall, MicroCare Chief Operating Officer. “She has deep, hands-on experience in crucial marketing skills and also a heads-up strategic perspective that is so rare but so essential to building sustainable, longterm marketing programs.”

Universal Instruments and Cogiscan join forces

Cogiscan Inc. announced that it was chosen by Universal Instruments to support traceability and connectivity requirements for one of its major customers. Universal was recently selected by a leading EMS provider to source and supply complete production lines for a new facility. The customer requirement included Universal’s core product offerings for automated pick-and-place in SMT and automated through-hole insertion, as part of a comprehensive factory-wide solution. The EMS provider needed a complete traceability solution to cover every single operation on each line in order to meet the needs of their OEM customers. Universal thoroughly evaluated multiple vendors to support these traceability requirements, and chose to collaborate with Cogiscan.

Indium Corporation VP of Technology now IEEE Fellow

Indium Corporation’s Dr. Ning-Cheng Lee, Vice President of Technology, has been bestowed the prestigious title of Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his leadership in surface mount technology and interconnect materials. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional association with more than 400,000 members in 160 countries. To be chosen as an IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for selectIEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments are deemed fitting of this esteemed designation. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually. Dr. Lee is a world-renowned soldering expert, an SMTA Member of Distinction, and IEEE Fellow.

Cisco IoT Leader joins Microsoft to lead its IoT business

Tony Shakib has recently joined Microsoft to lead its IoT business. Shakib was previously one of the leaders of Cisco’s IoT business, where he was the vice president of the company’s Internet of Everything Vertical Solutions Engineering organization. At Microsoft, Shakib will be the general manager of the software giant’s IoT and Intelligent Cloud business. According to a report from CRN, Shakb previously led Cisco’s IoT architecture and engineering effort where he was responsible for creating customer prototypes, pilots, and Cisco validated solutions.

Apple plans ‘high-tech manufacturing’ of data-center gear in Arizona
Apple is seeking permission to conduct “high-tech manufacturing” and to build data-center server gear in a Mesa, Arizona, facility, according to a notice published Monday by the US Federal Government. A notification published in the Federal Register on Monday said Apple was looking for approval from the Foreign-Trade Zones Board to produce “finished products” in a special zone that exempts it from customs duty payments. “Apple Inc has repurposed the site as a global data command center that will conduct high-tech manufacturing of finished data center cabinets for other data centers,” according to a document filed by Mesa on behalf of Apple in June and made public Monday. The filings come as Apple has come under fire by President-elect Donald Trump for producing the iPhone and other popular products overseas. The Arizona effort would mark a rare instance of a US tech company manufacturing and assembling a finished product domestically, where labor costs are higher. Apple’s effort appears limited to equipment for its internal operations, however, rather than for a mass-market consumer product. “The nature of the product is not for end users but for other global data centers what will be supported from the site,” according to the July filing. In June, an Apple official wrote to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board asking for the approval, saying the company wanted to meet “an aggressive production go-live timeline of September, 2016.”


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