SMT Electronics Manufacturing Industry News Americas – July 2018
DDM Novastar welcomes new Director of Engineering
Brian Osterhout brings prior APS Novastar electro-mechanical engineering skills to new product development DDM Novastar is pleased to announce the return of Brian Osterhout as DDM Novastar’s director of engineering. Brian has over 30 years of machine design experience, with a broad background in product development and manufacturing. From 2005 to 2010, he worked as Senior Designer & Project Engineer for APS Novastar (DDM Novastar’s previous entity) and helped design the firm’s L Series Pick & Place machine, along with enhancements to the reflow oven and Stencil Printer product lines.
Plasma-Therm completes acquisition of CORIAL
Plasma-Therm announced the successful acquisition of CORIAL, a France-based plasma processing equipment supplier. “This transaction is expected to produce significant cost savings from operational synergies while increasing the group’s top line revenue by leveraging the combined sales and service network. This acquisition enforces Plasma-Therm’s commitment to the European market by further enhancing our support infrastructure for the European customer base” stated Abdul Lateef, Plasma-Therm CEO. “With this acquisition we take one more step in the execution of our vision of a Technology Center of Excellence and Research in the Grenoble ecosystem” further emphasized Abdul Lateef. Thierry Lazerand, Plasma-Therm Director of Marketing said, “CORIAL is a strategic acquisition that strengthens our presence in the R&D market space and for all other markets requiring small footprint and technology-rich equipment. We are also excited about the addition of the experienced team of Engineers with differentiated know-how for product development.
VJ Electronixa New Eastern Regional Sales Manager
VJ Electronix, Inc. announced the promotion of Robert Kerwin to Eastern Regional Sales Manager for the Americas. In this capacity, Kerwin will be responsible for the VJE sales activity in the eastern half of the US, Canada (except British Columbia), Mexico (except Baja) and South America. “VJ Electronix is committed to providing world-class application/technical support and training,” commented Ron Lindell, VJE Global Sales Manager. “We are proud of our ability to promote from within. Please join me in wishing Robert much success in his new role.” Kerwin joined VJE in 2006 as Global Customer Support Manager. He has strong technical and applications knowledge of all of VJE’s rework and X-ray products and the VJE customer base. Additionally, Kerwin brings to this position sales experience from previous sales roles at Atrenta Inc. and Magma Automation Design Inc. He is based out of VJE’s Chelmsford, MA headquarters.
ITW EAE Partner, ProSMT installs MPM Printer in Turkey
ITW EAE partner ProSMT has just installed their first MPM printer in Turkey. This is a major market for electronics manufacturing equipment and this is the first step toward further sales growth in the area. ProSMT represents world-class products from ITW EAE including MPM printers, Camelot dispensers, Vitronics Soltec wave, reflow and selective equipment, plus Electrovert soldering solutions and cleaners. “In the brief time that ITW EAE has partnered with ProSMT, we have already sold a couple of Vitronic Soltec Soldering systems as well as the MPM Printer,” said Wim Schouten, Regional Sales Manager for ITW EAE. “ProSMT offers a range of first-class products to the Turkish with a highly skilled and enthusiastic team that focuses on customer satisfaction.” Huseyin Yilmaz, Managing Director of ProSMT, added, “MPM printers are engineered and built to the highest standards. These printers offer provide industry leading technology that meets the exacting manufacturing challenges of our customers”. Retelman Elektronik Makine San. and Tic. Ltd. Sti. Was founded in 2003 and serves the cable networking needs of the electrical – electronics, white goods, automotive, heating – cooling sectors. They have adopted a customer-focused service approach and operate an innovative electronic card-type production facility for greater reliability and efficiency.
Horizon Sales hires a new Regional Sales Manager
Horizon Sales announced the hiring of Mr. Ken DeVries, a rep who will cover Eastern Michigan, Northern Ohio, North Western PA, and N. Indiana. Ken DeVries joined Horizon Sales in 2018 as a Regional Sales Manager. He brings 25 years of experience in Specialty Sales and Customer Service, as well as management and SMT line experience. Mr. DeVries holds a BA in Communications from The University of Detroit Mercy. Prior to his position with Horizon, he worked for a tier 1 automotive electronics supplier in the Greater Detroit area. Ken resides in Fenton, Michigan with his wife and two children. He is an avid movie enthusiast and enjoys kayaking, canoeing, and coaching his son’s baseball team. “We are very pleased to have Ken join our growing team of sales professionals,” commented Dave Trail, President of Horizon Sales. “His extensive background in sales management and customer service, along with his desire to work closely with our customer base, should serve him well in his role as Regional Sales Manager with Horizon Sales.”
Markem-Imaje and Cognex join to evolve technology
Joint engineering and commercial initiative from leaders in the coding and vision system sectors will develop an even more advanced and integrated solution for manufacturers to ensure the accuracy of coding on their packages. Products with incorrect, unreadable or missing codes can cause significant problems for manufacturers. Not only is traceability made difficult, if not impossible, during recall situations but also retailers may fine manufacturers or reject products. Since 2015, Mark & Read, an automated Cognex camera and Markem-Imaje printer verification solution, has helped companies confirm the right code is correctly printed every time, reducing unnecessary waste and helping ensure non-coding related recalls run more smoothly. Markem-Imaje and Cognex are deepening their existing partnership to develop the next generation of Mark & Read applications for global fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies. Both companies’ research and development and commercial teams will be working more closely together to integrate their printing and reading solutions, collaborating at regional and global levels on opportunities and projects in the packaging market. By working together earlier in the engineering design process, they will ensure their products work even more seamlessly together to provide even quicker and more accurate code verification.
Substantial yield improvements with ECT’s LFRE probes
ECT probes with proprietary lead-free plating passed extensive qualification at a major US based OEM Everett Charles Technologies’ (ECT’s) LFRE plated probes successfully passed extensive qualification testing verses an incumbent probe at a major US based OEM for power infrastructure equipment. ECT’s LFRE proprietary plated spring probes demonstrated a significant improvement in first pass yield and fully met the customer’s expectations in contact reliability and probe life. This customer’s fist pass yield (FPY) was negatively impacted by continuity fails due to poor contact. ECT engaged this OEM to optimize probe tip and forces for the board topography, enabling improved FPY. To extend the life of the contacts and address the difficult flux residue on the boards, ECT introduced LFRE plated probes to ensure the improved yield is benefited from for extended cycles. The total solution has achieved the yield goal, and demonstrated a stability that was not achieved with a number of other market solutions. ECT’s proprietary LFRE plating has a hardness range of 550 to 650 Knoop which is about 3 to 4 times harder than gold electroplating, the industry standard for lead-free plated spring probes.