INDUSTRY NEWS AMERICAS – May 2018
Alpha expands reclaim capabilities in Mexico
Alpha Assembly Solutions received from the Government of Mexico a license to export nationalized soldering material scrap to the United States, expanding Alpha‘s reclaim capabilities and services to customers in Mexico. The license was issued by SEMARNAT (Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Mexico. Alpha has been importing reclaim materials from Mexico under the Immex program for many years. However, this new license expands the scope of services that Alpha can offer to customers by allowing the handling and transport of nationalized scrap solder paste, solder paste debris, solder dross and other tin bearing materials. “Alpha is committed to sustainability throughout our business channels,“ said Mitch Holtzer, Director of Reclaim Business. “This license expands the positive impact Alpha’s reclaim program can have on the rapidly expanding electronics assembly market Mexico“.
KIC promotes Ryan Wilshusen to R&D Manager
KIC announced the appointment of Ryan Wilshusen as its R&D manager. He joined the company in 2016 with more than 16 years of experience as an electrical engineer with respected companies, such as HP, and various industries, including medical, industrial, aviation and consumer. Wilshusen has demonstrated strong management capabilities with a consistent track record of anticipating consequences of new designs, initiating solutions, and completing specifications on the first attempt. KIC’s President Bjorn Dahle states: “We are fortunate at KIC to have a world-class talent like Ryan Wilshusen to guide our R&D to deliver never-before experienced smart factory technologies. We are entering a period of data-driven sensor technologies that significantly reduce production cost and will enable manufacturers to run their operations far more effectively, while sharing with their customers the process control and traceability data they now demand.” Wilshusen is detail-driven with outstanding communication skills and proven success of managing up and down, and interfacing with peers, customers and third-party vendors.
AIM appoints Product Manager Angelo Elyassi
AIM Solder announced the appointment of Angelo Elyassi to the position of Product Manager. With a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and post-graduate experience in international marketing, Angelo has excelled in a wide range of roles including lab tech, chemist, product development, sales and marketing for large, well-known global companies. As AIM’s Product Manager, Angelo will form an important link between the industry and technical departments of the company. This includes managing products throughout the product lifecycle, gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining the product vision, and working closely with the Research & Development team to continue delivering winning products.
Indium Corporation adds two technical support engineers
Indium Corporation has welcomed two new technical support engineers to its global support team. Meagan Sloan and Miloš Lazić are responsible for providing expert technical assistance and guidance to Indium Corporation’s customers and potential customers in the Americas to resolve soldering process related issues. Prior to joining Indium Corporation, Sloan served as a laboratory technician at Anoplate, an electroplating company that serves the aerospace, computer, and defense industries. Before that she was a laboratory assistant at Syracuse University, where she prepared and wrote experiments for students, and managed and ordered materials for inventory. Lazić previously worked at Radio-Television Nis in Serbia, where he held the position of deputy technical director. He also served as an electrical engineer for Montelektro, where he designed electrical installations for industrial, commercial, and residential applications. He co-founded, “Urban Youth Forum,” a non-profit organization designed to help primary and high school students plan, develop, and
execute projects that recycle electronic waste. Lazić earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and his Master of Engineering in Electronics Engineering from the University of Nis, in Serbia, He also earned the title of Energy Efficiency Engineer by passing the proficiency exam of the Serbian Chamber of Engineers in Belgrade. .
Metcal appoints new Manufacturers’ Representative
Metcal has appointed REStronics Northland to provide sales, service and support for its customers in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. REStronics Northland will represent Metcal’s complete line of world-class soldering tools and equipment for production assembly. REStronics Northland has been supporting the electronics and hi-tech industries in the Minnesota region for more than 35 years. Ralph Savage, Managing Partner, along with Todd Ness and Char Thomas have established successful relationships in the PCB/electronics assembly industry in the region. The territory includes Minnesota, western Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Iowa and Nebraska. Ralph Savage commented, “We are extremely excited to be a part of a team that leads the industry in soldering technology and is one of the few innovators in that field.” Ian Orpwood, Director of Sales for Metcal, added, “We are pleased to announce the addition of REStronics Northland to service the Upper Midwest. Their knowledge of the local markets and ability to recommend solutions that solve application challenges will be invaluable to our clients.”
Kurtz-Ersa awards Murray Percival Co. ‘Rep of the Year’
Murray Percival Company today announced that they have been awarded the Kurtz Ersa Rep of the Year Award for the second consecutive year. The Murray Percival Company represents Ersa’s award-winning selective soldering and rework equipment throughout the Midwest. The Murray Percival Co. scooped the award based on total dollar revenue of sales for Kurtz-Ersa’s machine division. Presenting the award at this year’s IPC Apex show, Ernie Grice, Kurtz-Ersa VP of Sales, commented, ”It’s a truly great pleasure to again present The Murray Percival Company with this year’s Award. 2017 was yet another record-setting year for Kurtz Ersa in North America, and The Murray Percival Company earned the top selling rep award with their hard work, dedication and in-depth knowledge of the Kurtz Ersa systems and the selective soldering process.” The two companies have long enjoyed a close relationship. Established in 1960, Murray Percival Company has been serving the electronics manufacturing industry in its region for almost 60 years and has established a reputation for technical expertise and honesty. “We are pleased to represent Kurtz-Ersa in our territory” said Murray Percival Jr, President at The Murray Percival Company. “As an industry leader, they have some of the best Representatives in the market and we are proud to be among them. The selective soldering equipment market is exceptionally buoyant right now driven by challenges of shrinking component size, and rising component complexity and density. The market-leading Kurtz-Ersa range has allowed our knowledgeable sales team to deliver competitive and reliable solutions to help our clients overcome these challenges.” The Murray Percival Company provides a wide array of equipment, processes and consumables to the printed circuit board assembly and repair industries. Representing over 60 different manufacturers, they maintain a multi-state technical sales force and provide on-demand shipping of thousands of products throughout the continental United States from their Michigan based warehouse.
Mycronic’s 2017 Annual and Sustainability Report
Mycronic AB (publ) has published the 2017 Annual and Sustainability Report. The Annual and Sustainability Report is available on the company website as a PDF and will also be available as a web solution within short. A printed version of the Annual and Sustainability Report is distributed to shareholders who have asked to receive this. The 2018 Annual General Meeting, AGM, will be held Tuesday 8 May, 2018. A notice has been published in a press release and is also be available on the website.
STI recognizes Randy Baumgarden’s anniversary
STI Electronics, Inc. announced Randy Baumgarden’s 30-year anniversary. Baumgarden’s anniversary was celebrated with a cake shared with all his colleagues at STI. Baumgarden is responsible for procurement for the manufacturing operations of the Engineering Services Division. David Raby, President/CEO, presented him with a certificate in appreciation of his 30 years of dedicated service. “Randy’s loyalty and willingness to take on different tasks has been demonstrated many times over the last 30 years,” said David Raby, President/CEO. “Randy is the only employee (without the Raby name) to have achieved this significant milestone and we are honored to recognize this fact.”