Industry News Americas – November 2016
Stratus Technologies is now an official KYZEN distributor
KYZEN announced an exciting new partnership with Stratus Technologies, a leader in surface preparation and a distributor of KYZEN specialty industrial cleaning products. As an active KYZEN partner, Stratus Technologies will promote, sell and support KYZEN’s full range of high-performance cleaning products throughout the United States – including Aqueous and Solvents chemistries and Corrosion Inhibitors. Additionally, Stratus Technologies will now draw on KYZEN’s technical resources in support. Based in Connecticut, Stratus Technologies has been serving the industrial market for over ten years. Recognized as a leader in surface preparation, Stratus Technologies offers an extensive line of equipment, parts, and supplies. The company’s main goal is to match a customer’s application with the most efficient equipment to do the job effectively. To complete the offering, now KYZEN industrial cleaning products will also be available.
Juki Automation Systems awards Horizon Sales
Juki Automation Systems (JAS), Inc. presented Horizon Sales with three of its ‘Representative of the Year’ awards for 2016. Bob Black, President and CEO of JAS, Inc., presented the award to Dave Trail, Principal, Horizon Sales, at the recent awards banquet held during the Juki Americas National Sales meeting that took place at Juki’s facility in Morrisville. This is the seventh consecutive year that Horizon Sales has earned the award for highest sales. Additionally, Horizon Sales also received awards for highest printer sales and highest selective solder sales. “Horizon had another great year offering the full range of Juki products and our customer base has embraced the full product line once again,” commented Trail. “We have had much success penetrating the small shops and the larger shops as well, and both have continued to agree that the Juki products and support staff are the best in the industry. This terrific customer acceptance has allowed us to once again rise to the top of the Juki sales organization.”
PDR Americas hires rep for the Mid-Atlantic U.S.
PDR Americas announced the appointment of LM Instruments throughout VA, WV, MD and DE. LM Instruments is a manufacturers’ representative firm, specializing in the automation and instrumentation industries. “PDR is very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Alfred and the team at LM Instruments,” said Dave White, CEO of White Industrial Corporation, parent company of PDR Americas. “His experience, professionalism and reputation for putting the interest of his customers first is a major plus for us.” LM Instruments’ qualified team of engineers is dedicated to improving its customers’ processes. The team at LM Instruments has been providing quality equipment and measurement products for more than 30 years. For more information about LM Instruments, contact Alfred Freire at 410-747-112, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.lm-instruments.net PDR Rework Systems remains at the forefront of rework technology by providing air nozzle free systems with advanced in-process control features and visible light that takes the guesswork out of rework.
Simplimatic welcomes VP, John Artman
Simplimatic Automation is proud to welcome John Artman as vice president of business development, assembly sales, and marketing to aid in the coordination of the company’s rapidly expanding sales team.john-artman Simplimatic specializes in the design, manufacture, and integration of material handling and robotic automation systems serving a variety of industries across the globe. Simplimatic is dedicated to the hire of individuals who diligently promote the company’s high business standards. “I’m excited for the opp ortunity to get to know our rep network and provide them with any additional information or guidance they need,” Artman said. “Our reps are an integral part of our team and I want to make sure they are always on the same page with the newest Simplimatic updates.” John received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Louisville and has more than 25 years of sales, business development, engineering, and project management experience within automation equipment.
Kurtz Ersa hires Gustavo Perez in Guadalajara
Kurtz Ersa North America announced that it has hired Gustavo Perez to join the company’s field service engineering team. Based out of Guadalajara, Perez will service Ersa Mexico’s customers. Chad Suckow, Service Manager for Kurtz Ersa NA, commented, “With the addition of Gustavo, we will be able
to cover the growing needs for service in Mexico. I truly believe that we have the strongest service team in Mexico in our marketplace.” Perez has been in the industry for more than 10 years, based out of Guadalajara, and is familiar with the market in the area. He joins Ersa from SEHO, where he worked on wave, reflow and selective soldering machines. Perez earned his Chemical Engineering from the Universidad de Guadalajara. His native language is Spanish, and he also is fluent in English.
Kester launches new website
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Digicom Electronics maximizes device reliability
Digicom Electronics, Inc. now generates its own nitrogen to use in its solder reflow, selective soldering, and hand soldering manufacturing processes to strengthen the bonds and improve solder adhesion. Adding nitrogen minimizes device failure and ensures printed circuit board integrity, especially for mission critical products for the medical, military and aerospace, industrial, and RF wireless industries. The addition of nitrogen is part of Digicom’s Diamond Track Manufacturing Processes. nitrogen-eliminates-failures “Manufacturers must seek every way possible to eliminate failures of the devices they manufacture,” said Mo Ohady, general manager, Digicom Electronics. “Many major failures result from a weakness in the solder joint that connects the wire bond to the PCB or the solder connecting the device or package to the board. Processes that seem to benefit the most are the ones that have a narrower pitch, so the narrower the pitch, the more that nitrogen use is recommended. Studies show a 50-60% reduction in defect level when using nitrogen in the reflow process. Digicom seeks to employ technologies that produce products of the highest quality. Towards that end, we have implemented nitrogen in our manufacturing process.” The nitrogen is generated and piped directly to machine inputs and work areas at a prescribed volume and pressure to achieve optimized saturation of the inert gas and to eliminate oxidation at critical moments of the soldering operation. Digicom’s white paper, Can Nitrogen Reduce Failures in Medical Devices, explores the use of nitrogen in the manufacturing process and ways to minimize device failure.
Libra Industries promotes new design manager from within
Libra Industries, a privately held electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, is pleased to announce the promotion of William Redmon to Design Manager. Based out of Libra Industries’ Dallas facility, Redmon has been with ACD, now Libra Industries, for more than 11 years. Previously, Redmon was the company’s Senior Systems Analyst. He is a self-taught hardware systems and code developer, IPC-CID (Certified Interconnect Designer). He commented, “I love my job because no day is ever the same. Each day I am presented with new challenges and situations, which really helps me stay focused and interested. I also enjoy being able to be creative on the job.” Steve Schwaebler, Libra Industries’ Vice President of Operations, added, “William joined us back in 2005 as a quiet, intelligent, eager-to-learn individual. He became the best PCB designer in the history of the company over the next 10 years. We have leveraged his self-taught wealth of IT knowledge and programming ability over this past year. His skills and dedication to the company will never be taken for granted. William’s return to design in a management role is exciting for all of us.
We know that he will have a tremendous impact on shaping the future growth of our design team.”
Unigen hires industry veteran as director of sales for EMS
Unigen Corporation announced that Kristen Young has joined its team as Director of Sales. In this role, Kristen is responsible for growing the EMS portion of Unigen’s business for both the Newark and Vietnam factories. Additionally, she will focus on developing and maintaining long-term business relationships, and will act as a liaison between customers and Unigen to deliver the highest quality product in a very competitive market.
“I look forward to working with such a talented and progressive manufacturing team,” said Young. Unigen is focused on growing the EMS portion of its business, and currently has three factories: Fremont, Calif.; Newark, Calif.; and Hanoi Vietnam to meet all the demands from NPI to high-volume production PCBA and system box build.
Shop online at Virtual Industries’ new website
Virtual Industries Inc. announced that it has updated it website. The new website is now mobile compatible.One of the main features of the new website is the ability to pay via PayPal when shopping online. Additionally, all of the company’s latest vacuum handling solutions have been added to the online store. Users also can sign up on the website to receive email-only deals, special offers and product exclusives. For more than 20 years Virtual Industries has been a leading supplier of manual vacuum handling solutions to the world’s high technology firms. The company’s patented, ESD safe products are used by CLASS I clean room personnel, electronic assemblers, semiconductor manufacturers, Universities and scientists around the world. Virtual Industries’ success has come from developing innovative manual vacuum handling tools and pick-up tips based on customer requests and customer feedback. These tools provide customer-specific solutions that make assembly and processing operations more productive and ergonomic.