Industry News – Europe – January 2017

■Super Dry XSD Dry Cabinet.

Super Dry expands; signs sales agreement with WepcoVintek
Super Dry Totech has announced the appointment of WepcoVintek to represent their newly expanded product line in Arizona and New Mexico. Following RoHS deadlines, European electronics manufacturers rapidly recognized the need to establish comprehensive material management programs including storage and drying of components. In partnership with the top electronics companies in Europe, Super Dry by Totech EU developed technology designed to exceed the challenges of IPC J-STD-033C and IPC 1601 for properly handling Moisture Sensitive Devices and PCBs. Installations now exceed 3,000, including oxidation free alternatives to component baking that are both eco-friendly and reduce costs by 90%. WepcoVintek prides itself on being a manufacturing and engineering resource, specializing in the sales and support of premier electronic assembly equipment, production tools, test, repair, inspection and consumable products. The company is led by industry veteran Kevin Colvin.

Structure changes in Italy accelerate growth for Europlacer
Late in 2014, pick & place equipment manufacturer Europlacer took the bold step of implementing substantial changes to its sales and support infrastructure in Italy. In doing so, it became the first major platform manufacturer to invest in setting up a direct operation in the country. The outcome of the investment and new infrastructure is a transformation of the company’s success in the territory, evidenced by a factor-of-four uplift in placement platform sales this year. Changing the company’s original distribution channel sales model reflected Europlacer’s recognition of increasing customer demand for direct support. In preceding years, different distribution models had been implemented but none delivered the optimum results. “Manufacturing businesses in Italy like the direct approach,” says Europlacer International Sales Manager Steve Farragher, adding: “So we took the plunge and now we have a lot of happy customers.” Even so, the early implementation of Europlacer’s direct operation required some adjustments. Managing the territory was not without its challenges; it took some time to arrive at the profile for the organisation that is delivering today’s results.


■Nikon Metrology’s XT V 160.

Altus presents Nikon Metrology’s latest innovations
Nikon Metrology’s latest innovations are now being represented by Altus Group, a leading distributor of capital equipment for the electronics assembly industry as part of their product portfolio in the UK and Ireland. The new relationship strengthens Altus’ offerings of X-ray and CT inspection equipment, as the market for these processes grows. One such solution available from Altus is Nikon Metrology’s XT V 160, a high-precision, flat-panel based X-ray inspection system that facilitates real-time imaging and defect analysis of next-generation wafer-level, semiconductor device and PCBA applications. Equipped with an in-house designed X-ray NanoFocus source and high precision manipulator, this industry-leading inspection system offers unrivalled feature recognition compared to any product available on the market today. As such, the XT V 160 NF is a valuable addition to any electronics development and production environment. Richard Booth, Altus managing director said: “There has been growing interest in X-ray and CT inspection equipment as the need for more powerful measurement techniques increases to analyse ever more densely populated circuit boards. We believe that systems like those from Nikon Metrology will become more and more popular as the need to undertake inspection in a non-destructive manner is ever more important as the popularity of microelectronics increases.


■ Christian Gück

Christian Gück is the new head of YXLON Inspection Services
Christian Gück took over the management of YXLON Inspection Services and will promote the expansion of the inspection services for customers worldwide. Especially dimensional metrology by means of computed tomography poses considerable challenges both to X-ray systems and inspectors. Gück, who had already focused on metrology during his studies, had the opportunity to gain extended experience in the field of conventional measuring methods liketactile or optical technologies as well as CT Metrology during several years with a renowned German company. “During that time I specialized and focused on dimensional measuring by computed tomography because in the framework of the initiative Industry 4.0 and completely new production technologies it means a great future market. As the person responsible for CT inspection services on site, and during numerous customer training sessions I had the chance to learn about customer requirements and demands in very diverse industries”, Gück says.

New arrivals at Global SMT & Packaging
Global SMT & Packaging magazine announced the appointment of two new representatives to its team.
Joanne Galbraith brings over 25 years of experience of sales and customer support at a management level and will head these roles in Europe. Based in Ayr, Scotland, married to her husband Jamie and has 3 grown children, leaving her plenty of time to concentrate on her new challenge.

Anupreet Singh Jaggi will represent Trafalgar Publications in Southeast Asia as a contractor under his company, M7 Creations. Anupreet is well-known and respected in the Indian community and currently organizes the IPCA exhibition each year. Anupreet will grow the readership in his territory and provide local content for both the print and digital publications.
Trevor Galbraith, Editor-in-Chief at Global SMT & Packaging said, “ We are delighted to welcome Joanne and Anupreet to our team. Global SMT & Packaging has enjoyed a busy year in 2016 and is looking forward to strong growth in 2017 with a range of new social media and video products.”


■ Mark Brawley

Mark Brawley appointed President of Speedprint
Speedprint Technologies announced a new expanded global role for Mark Brawley, formerly V.P. Speedprint Americas. Brawley has been promoted to President of Speedprint Technologies with responsibility for all aspects of the Speedprint business globally. He remains based in the US, operating out of Speedprint’s Tampa FL US headquarters. The change took effect on 1st December 2016. Brawley’s new role is one of a series of management structure changes. Speedprint Business Unit Manager, Rod Evans, based at Speedprint’s manufacturing centre in the UK, has relinquished this part of his former role to focus on driving company-wide quality management systems and operational improvements. Brawley now assumes overall responsibility for Speedprint’s manufacturing as well as Speedprint sales and customer support worldwide.





■ Christian Müeller

Christian Müeller joins Europlacer to manage support
Europlacer announced that Christian Müeller has been appointed as Service Manager to head up its customer support team in Germany. Müeller joins the company from his role at respected distributor SmartTec, bringing years of industry experience in the SMT assembly sector. The new Service Manager role encompasses management support across a range of Europlacer pick & place and screen printing products as well as a number of operational disciplines. Included in Müeller’s remit is the management of high-level maintenance support to customers in Germany and internationally, the provision of process development services shoulder-to-shoulder with customers, installation and training programmes, and driving technical feedback from the field to Europlacer’s R&D functions to improve the company’s products. David Kammerer, MD at Europlacer GmbH, explains that Müeller’s expertise is set to transform support operations across the region: “As a highly-respected industry veteran, Christian has the experience to deliver a step-change in our customer communications and interactions. Thanks to his previous position at SmartTec, he is intimately familiar with the entire Europlacer product range. That will be immediately evident to our customer base in Germany and beyond, and will benefit everyone.”


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