Industry News Americas – June 2017

Libra Industries sponsors local AWT RoboBot competition

Libra Industries ecently participated in and sponsored the Alliance for Working Together (AWT) Annual RoboBot Competition. Rod Howell, CEO of Libra Industries, has been a board member of the AWT since early on, and the company was a silver sponsor of the competition again. The seventh annual AWT RoboBots Competition took place at Lakeland Community College in the Athletic & Fitness Center at the college’s main campus in Kirtland, OH. Libra Industries and Focus Manufacturing helped high school robotics teams do battle with robotic creations for bragging rights, trophies and, most importantly, to celebrate all the learning they’ve done over the last six months. The competition gives students an opportunity to participate in a unique experiential learning experience. This hands-on career exploration opportunity allows them to truly experience what it means to work in manufacturing. Students leave this experience with an increased awareness of the careers available to them and the educational opportunities linked to those careers. They work alongside engineers and machinists on the manufacturing floor.

LORD Corporation adds Ellsworth Adhesives to its team

LORD Corporation announced that Ellsworth Adhesives will now sell its electronic materials product line. A distributor of LORD structural adhesives since 1982, Ellsworth Adhesives is a global corporation with more than 40 years of experience providing adhesive solutions to a wide variety of industrial markets. According to Matt Ryan, LORD Distribution Manager Americas Product Assembly Adhesives & Electronic Materials, Ellsworth Adhesives is already a well-respected distributor in the electronics and electrical markets. “As one of our leading award-winning distributors, Ellsworth Adhesives also has extensive experience in the electronic materials markets,” said Ryan. “We are excited about their team further expanding their efforts with our product lines.” LORD Corporation specializes in developing world-class thermal management solutions for demanding applications. Product lines include potting and encapsulation materials, adhesives, gap fillers, gels and greases, as well as solutions spanning various chemistries (silicones, epoxies, acrylics, and urethanes).

Luis Lujan new Sales Manager for Ersa Machines Division in MX

Kurtz Ersa North America announced that it has hired Luis Lujan. Effective as of May 8, 2017, Lujan is the new District Sales Manager for the Ersa Machines Division for the Maquiladora Territory in Mexico (northern bordering states in MX). Lujan most recently held the position of sales manager at ASYS. Additionally, he has a great deal of sales experience from National Instruments and test engineering experience from his tenure at System Sensor. Lujan has a strong background with the electronics manufacturing companies in the Maquiladora territory. Based in Juarez, Lujan is fluent in English and Spanish. Ernie Grice VP of sales comments, “I am looking forward to Luis’ contributions to the Ersa sales team.”

Nimbletronics selects Scienscope for technology

Scienscope International, a complete inspection solutions provider, today announced that Nimbletronics LLC selected the X-Scope 2000 X-ray Inspection System. The company operates out of a humidity-controlled manufacturing facility in Plano, TX, a suburb in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. Nimbletronics is part of the 900 acre Research/Technology Crossroads (RT) district. Nimbletronics is dedicated to keeping its facility up-to-date with the latest equipment. Its capabilities continue to evolve as the company works with leading-edge technology. As a result, the company was on the search for a new X-ray inspection system, and decided on the state-of-the-art X-Scope 2000. The X-Scope 2000 X-ray Inspection System is a full featured high-performance X-ray inspection system with an unbeatable price to performance ratio. The system features a fully integrated 90 kV high power closed X-ray tube and 4 x 3? high-resolution CMOS digital flat panel image detector. Additionally, the 60° camera tilt enables oblique angle viewing.

Boyce Technologies installs a complete ApexFA SMT Flowline 

When, Charles Boyce, President of Boyce Technologies Inc. in NY, researched the market for an SMT product line that would fit their demanding profile for a best-in-class grade facility, the answer was clear – Apex Factory Automation had the solution. After an extensive process, Charles Boyce and his team selected the SJ Inno Tech stencil printer with on board 3D SPI, the Mirae pick and place model MR20LP with Linear Motors, and the Xavis H-130 OCT X-Ray with full 3D CT. These state-of-the-art platforms ensure the quality and reliability that the BTI team desired in their new fully automated SMT electronic manufacturing flowline. Boyce Technologies Inc. (BTI) is an innovative, fully vertically integrated company based in Long Island City which manufactures advanced Public Safety Security and Communications Systems used in many large cities. These systems are used for emergency communications and must be easy to use and reliable; with full SMT process manufacturing in house, BTI can now control and guarantee production quality. BTI is continually innovating and creating new products to serve the communications market, and with this new capability they have the flexibility to innovate to meet customer needs. Juan Belliard, Principal Engineer at BTI, commented “Our Apex FA sales representative, Jarred Mandel, really listened to our needs, and worked with the entire Apex FA team to design a flowline suited to our requirements and continually monitored the process from order through installation. 

Ascentech, LLC distributor for Inspectis Optical Inspection Line

Ascentech, LLC has been named the new North American distributor for Inspectis, a new line of advanced optical inspection solutions for PCB assembly. Inspectis offers a line of plug and play, reliable and cost effective high definition camera microscopes designed for non-contact optical inspection, quality control, repair and rework, and more. Inspectis all-in-one optical inspection systems offer 12:1 optical zoom, auto focus, integrated illumination and on-board controls, producing a crisp picture of inspection objects up to 100x magnification directly onto an LCD monitor or PC. Designed for productivity and ergonomic use with a 245mm working distance, Inspectis provides relief to eyes, neck and shoulders and reduces the time spent on inspection. Operators can sit comfortably in a good working position and carry out their optical inspection tasks efficiently. 


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