SMT Industry News Americas – February 2018
Alejandro Aguilera Joins ITW EAE Mexico Operations
ITW EAE announced that Alejandro Aguilera has joined the ITW EAE Mexico operations in the role of Sales Channel Manager. Alejandro will report directly to Carlos Takahashi, Mexico Sales Manager. In this capacity, Alejandro will be responsible for day-to-day sales activities with a focus on working with ITW EAE’s channel partner, PAC Global, Mexico. Alejandro will drive business development for MPM, Camalot and the Electrovert products through the channel and allow Carlos to focus on ITW’s Corporate and large account penetration and support. Alejandro will be located in the new ITW EAE Guadalajara facility. Alejandro holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the instituto: Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Industrial – C.E.T.I. – GDL – México.
Cogiscan appoints Chang as new Account Manager
Cogiscan Inc. announced the appointment of Ming-Ming Chang. As a new Account Manager – Equipment Partnerships, Chang will focus on supporting equipment partners in Japan and other Asian countries. Cogiscan created this new position to better support its equipment partners in Asia. Ming-Ming will work closely with Mitch DeCaire, Global Director – Equipment Partnerships for Cogiscan, and she brings a great deal of experience from working with different vendors in the SMT industry. Ming-Ming has a strong background in application engineering, product management and sales. She brings a vast knowledge of the SMT market to the Cogiscan team and the equipment partners. She is fluent in Japanese, Chinese, French, and English. “We are proud to welcome Ming-Ming to the team,” said François Monette, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. “Her deep knowledge of the industry, and more specifically the Asian market, made her the perfect candidate for this position.”
Yamaha innovation for advanced electronics assembly
Yamaha Motor Intelligent Machinery (IM) unveiled advanced solutions to current and future assembly challenges at Productronica 2017, and will again do so in February at IPC/APEX 2018, Booth #2333. Yamaha’s Total Line Solution concept streamlines and interconnects all stages of SMT PCB assembly; as such it attracted visitors to Productronica from more than 40 different countries across four continents to see the latest in printing, high-speed mounting, high-resolution optical inspection, 3D assembly, and inline robotics. Yamaha’s unique solutions to future challenges, including 3D-MID assembly, and Machine to machine (M2M) communications features of Yamaha’s Factory Tools 4.0 were also on display. Yamaha’s 3D-MID (Molded Interconnect Devices) solution places SMD components on three-dimensional substrates. This addresses the developing industry demands to build high-density products. Yamaha demonstrated the 3D-MID function on the iPulse M20 hybrid mounter, which also performs conventional SMT placement. This feature delivers a space-efficient solution that makes 3D assembly cost-effective even for low-volume work like prototyping or small batches.
Indium Corporation announces new corporate leadership
Greg Evans Named CEO, Ross Berntson Promoted to President and COO Indium Corporation has promoted Greg Evans to CEO, and Ross Berntson to President and COO. Former CEO and company owner William Macartney III will continue serving as the Chairman of the Board. Evans has been with Indium Corporation for 36 years. He began as a Technical Support Engineer and quickly rose to Product Line Manager, helping expand the company’s product lines into the SMT assembly field. As Division Director for Indium Corporations electronics assembly materials, he guided the steady growth of the solder paste product line and instituted a formal corporate R&D function. Evans eventually became the VP of Manufacturing and Sales, overseeing the expansion of the company’s manufacturing footprint and sales structure in the UK, Singapore, China, South Korea, and Malaysia, and addressing the growing global demand for Indium Corporation products. Evans was named President and COO in 1997, leading the company’s growth from dozens of people to over 800 and from one factory in Utica, N.Y. to 12 facilities, worldwide. Under his leadership, Indium Corporation has earned numerous awards, honors, and recognition due to the strengthening of corporate culture and performance. Evans earned his AAS in Engineering Science from Mohawk Valley Community College, his BS in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University, and his MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “Greg’s leadership has propelled Indium Corporation to the position of more than just an electronics assembly materials manufacturer and supplier of choice, but also an employer of choice,” Macartney III said. “I very much look forward to continuing our close work together as we spend many more years dedicated to the success of Indium Corporation and strengthening the company. Together, we are equally dedicated to the success of each member of the Indium Corporation family, and will work to secure our futures, achieve everyone’s potential, and uphold our company culture – The Indium Way.” As CEO, Evans will focus, primarily, on the company’s long-term mission and strategies. His work will ensure the ongoing growth and vibrancy of Indium Corporation. Berntson joined Indium Corporation in 1996 as a product specialist. He quickly rose to the roles of product manager, marketing leader, sales leader, tech support leader, and, most recently, as Executive Vice
President. Berntson is an active member of numerous industry organizations, including IPC, iNEMI, IMAPS, and SMTA. He has published several technical papers and articles, and presented at technical conferences globally. Berntson has a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Cornell University, where he earned the Henny Wittink Memorial Marketing Prize and the George Caldwell Award. “Over the past 20 years, Ross has been intelligent and strategic in his results-driven approach to leadership at Indium Corporation,” Evans said. “I look forward to continuing to work alongside Ross as we further secure Indium Corporation’s position as the global leader in quality electronics assembly materials and technical support.”
Kurtz Ersa continues to grow support with new engineer
Kurtz Ersa North America announced the newest member of its Kurtz Ersa Mexico service team. Gerardo Mejia is the company’s new field service engineer on the machine side and will be based at the KMX office in Guadalajara supporting all of Mexico. Mejia compliments an already strong team and brings a great deal of knowledge. Chad Suckow, Kurtz Ersa Service Manager comments, “Gerardo is already familiar with the electronics industry, being a former field service engineer, so he will fit in well.” With prior experience working with wave, selective and reflow equipment, Mejia has already began supporting Ersa’s customers. He will provide service, machine installation, troubleshooting, and training for operation and maintenance of wave, selective and reflow systems.