SMT Industry News Americas – January 2018
Sono-Tek appoints new Applications Engineer
Sono-Tek Corporation announced the appointment of a new Applications Engineer for its Electronics and Advanced Energy division. Christine Pennisi joined the Application Engineering team in summer 2017. Pennisi holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her areas of expertise include photoresist, semiconductors, fuel cells, nanowires and CNTs. She has more than a year of experience working closely with customers in Sono-Tek’s Milton, NY laboratory using Sono-Tek ultrasonic coating systems to test applications, prove processes and help specify coating equipment for new and existing customers. Pennisi joins a seasoned team of five full-time applications engineers at Sono-Tek, in addition to laboratory support personnel.
Vitronics Soltec Soldering Equipment new representation
ITW EAE announced a new partnership agreement with Murray Percival Company to represent and distribute Vitronics Soltec soldering equipment for the territory of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. This agreement is an expansion of Murray Percival Company’s representation of ITW EAE’s product line which already included MPM printers, Camalot dispensers, and Electrovert soldering and cleaning equipment. “Murray Percival Company has provided superior representation for MPM, Camalot and Electrovert which were formerly part of Speedline Technologies,” said Michael Austin, Vitronics Soltec Sales Director. “With the integration of Speedline and Vitronics Soltec under ITW EAE we are very fortunate have a first class, highly trained and technically experienced sales force represent our Vitronics Soltec soldering equipment.” Murray Percival Company has been providing electronic assembly and automation solutions to manufacturers for nearly 60 years. Murray was a pioneer servicing an emerging industry, one that has become a key component in the worldwide market of today’s manufactured goods.
SMT rep is Austin American Technology’s Sales Manager
Austin American Technology Corp. announced that Jack Harris has been appointed Sales Manager. Jack Harris brings a wealth of knowledge and sales experience to AAT. Jack Harris is a graduate of The University of Texas-Austin School of Business, and has over 25 years of equipment sales experience. He has placed equipment in over 100 electronics assembly companies (CM’s and OEM’s) over the years. Jack is recognized for his excellent service to his customers and for his knowledge of electronics assembly. He has successfully passed IPC courses for PCB repair and has been an active member of the SMTA for many years, the last 7 years serving in various officer positions in the Dallas SMTA Chapter. With stellar business experience, Jack is a real asset to AAT as they continue to invest in their business development and sales strategy for growth. In relation to his new appointment, Jack stated “I am excited to be a part of the team at AAT. We have the best equipment on the market today for board cleaning, and I look forward to bringing AAT’s expertise and quality to our customers”.
Jason Maupin joins Dymax Corporation
Dymax Corporation announced the appointment of Jason Maupin as the new Chief Business Development and R&D Officer. While reporting to Dymax’ Director and Chairman, Greg Bachman, Maupin will be responsible for leading the global business development and product leadership efforts in the oligomers, equipment, electronics, and maskant markets. Prior to joining Dymax, and most recently, Maupin was the Vice President, End User Markets at MacDermid Performance Solutions, where he created a division for global continuity across the company’s five existing divisions. Prior to Enthone’s acquisition by MacDermid Performance Solutions in Dec 2015, Jason worked for Enthone for 15 years holding roles inclusive of Regional President, Vice President of Sales, Managing Director – Mexico, as well as others.
DDM Novastar announces new facility and new owner
DDM Novastar announced a move to bigger, better, more modern facilities. It takes the firm from King Of Prussia PA about 30 minutes away to Warminster PA in the northeast suburbs of Philadelphia. This move followed the recent sale by the prior owner to one of the company’s longest-tenured employees, Robert (Bob) Voigt, who became the new president and CEO effective October 31, 2017. Voigt started with the company in 1983, then called APS Novastar, and has taken on increasingly responsible roles through the years from production to sales and technical support to training and senior management. Voigt takes the reigns from Ed Cicutti who is graduating into retirement. Barbara Kirkpatrick remains as vice president and CFO, and will devote much of her non-financial time to marketing. Service Manager Richard Wendler has returned to DDM Novastar to head up the company’s improved service and customer support department.
Nano Dimension expands its North American presence
Nano Dimension Ltd. announced that it teamed up with XponentialWorks, an expert in additive manufacturing advisory, and is opening a U.S. Customer Experience Center (CEC) in the Greater Los Angeles area. This California location will be the second of several Nano Dimension CECs planned worldwide to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing for electronics development. Nano Dimension’s CECs also serve as customer and reseller training facility and sales support centers. With this move, Nano Dimension’s plans to leverage the deep expertise, strong presence, and marketplace access of XponentialWorks to expand Nano Dimension’s customer base and reseller network. XponentialWorks was founded by additive manufacturing pioneer, Avi Reichental, who was also recently named co-chairman of Nano Dimension’s Board of Directors. The new California CEC will feature the commercially-available DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D Printer, a groundbreaking 3D printer for professional electronics manufacturing that enables designers and engineers – for the first time – to 3D-print metal and polymer simultaneously to achieve in-house prototyping of professional printed circuit boards (PCB) and functional electronic circuits.
Libra Industries installs new Viscom X8011-II PCB X-ray system
Libra Industries has purchased and installed Viscom’s new X8011-II PCB X-ray inspection system at its Dallas, TX facility. The Viscom X8011-II enables Libra Industries to offer its customers 3D modeling of the solder connections on devices ranging from BGAs, QFNs, thru-hole technology and any lead-less devices. “The new Viscom X8011-II PCB X-ray automates the inspection process, reducing human misinterpretation and provides shorter cycle inspections and improvised process controls,” stated Cory McMaster, Libra Industries’ Assembly Manager. “This equipment also gives us the capability to provide a non-destructive failure analysis of solder joints on PCBs.” In modern SMD production, components such as BGAs, QFNs or QFPs are gaining ground. Because their connectors are mostly hidden, many solder joints can only be reliably checked with an X-ray inspection. The X8011-II PCB high resolution X-ray inspection system was developed especially for these tasks. Typical applications are, for example, the inspection of electronic assemblies and components, quality assurance in power electronics, or non-destructive special inspections. Libra Industries continues to invest to provide customized manufacturing solutions to help make its customers more competitive and improve their profitability.