SMT Industry News Europe – February 2018

Companies begin dry film slitting operations in Wantage

MacDermid Enthone Electronics Solutions (MEES) and its partner Hitachi-Chemical began production of their new dry film slitting facilities in Wantage, UK. The new facility, an exact copy of the former, allows MEES to maintain service to its dry film customers while also being centrally located with its chemical manufacturing site. Joe D’Ambrisi, Vice President, MacDermid Enthone Electronics Solutions remarked, “This change in our supply chains, coupled with our dedication to supply high quality Hitachi-Chemical dry film, shows our firm’s commitment to providing the highest level of efficiency and service in every market that we serve.” Mr. Kudo, Senior Vice President of Hitachi-Chemical officiated the opening with a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion. Hitachi-Chemical has been partnered with MEES in Europe for dry film photoresist since 1985.

■ ZESTRON’s Application Technology department.

Diverse high-resolution analytical services at ZESTRON

In addition to the Technical Center, the Analytical Center is the heart of the daily customer support provided by ZESTRON’s Application Technology department. In the Technical Center, customers have the opportunity to compare cleaning systems from leading manufacturers and test them with their own electronic assemblies or SMT stencils under real production conditions before making a purchase decision. They also have access to a wide range of analysis methods for purity qualification in the Analytical Center. These are of great relevance, for subsequent protective coating processes or wire bonding, and many others. Therefore, ZESTRON’s customers have the option of ensuring surface quality directly after cleaning tests using high-resolution methods. For this purpose, methods such as ionic contamination measurement, ion chromatography, particle extraction and analysis and others are available. Thus, PCBs are safely checked in accordance with IPC, VDA or ISO standards. After tests are done, customers receive a comprehensive technical report including test documentation and recommendation for the cleaning process as well as suitable analysis methods.

Ventec’s Thomas Michels elected to EIPC Board of Directors

■ Thomas Michels

Ventec International Group announced that Thomas Michels (Managing Director, Ventec Europe) has been elected to the Board of Directors of the EIPC, effective immediately. Mr. Michel’s appointment expands the Board to 15 members from around Europe who as a group continue to accurately reflect the role of the Institute throughout the value chain of Europe’s electronic packaging and interconnection industry. “Thomas’s extensive experience in the electronics manufacturing industry will add a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors,” said Alun Morgan, Chairman of the EIPC. “We appreciate his willingness to serve as a director and look forward to benefitting from his contribution towards the future growth and direction of the EIPC.” “Over the past 10 years, Ventec has built a strong foothold in Europe with fully equipped service centers and almost 50 employees. It is a great honor to be elected to the Board of Directors of the EIPC and a reflection of our continued commitment to the European market,” said Thomas Michels. Thomas Michels is Managing Director at Ventec Europe and a shareholder of Ventec International Group. In his role as Managing Director, Thomas has overall responsibility for all European operations, supply chain and sales & marketing activities as well as leading the company’s global non-CCL/consumables business. His operational responsibilities also extend into India. In 2003, Mr. Michels founded TMT Trading GmbH, a leading global distributor of flexible laminates (ThinFlex/ Arisawa) and drill materials, which merged with Ventec International Group in 2016 to offer a one-stop-shopping solution for Ventec’s European and American customers. Prior to these roles Mr. Michels worked for Cimatec and Du Pont.

Electrolube installs new system at UK laboratories

Electrolube has successfully installed the new PVA Delta-8 selective conformal coating system at their UK laboratories in Leicestershire. The installation will be commissioned by PVA this week and will be followed by training. The new PVA Delta-8 coating/dispensing system is equipped with the 2K two-part conformal coating spray valve, VPX-2KS, a selective spray valve for Electrolube’s 1K materials, ES-300, and an FCS-100 needle valve for detailed work. The Delta-8 system enabled visitors at last year’s Productronica to experience the ease of dispensing Electrolube’s groundbreaking 2K two-part conformal coating system, which combines the protection and properties of a resin with the practical application of a coating. The system also demonstrated how straightforward the new 2K coatings are to adopt in-line with a simple two-part feed modification. The Delta-8 coating system has an oversize frame that provides a larger work area and allows for future expansion or re-configuration if required. It is also equipped with a programming camera for enhanced accuracy and ease of programming. As the most recent platform from PVA, the Delta-8 has been developed largely in conjunction with automotive partners to meet their requirements, which is particularly relevant for Electrolube who is leading the way in providing automotive conformal coating solutions. Ron Jakeman, Electrolube’s Managing Director, comments, “The new Delta-8 system really adds to our capability, helping us to develop even higher performing conformal coating products that work seamlessly with the equipment used by our customers, as well as helping to troubleshoot any customer issues. The Delta-8 is a complementary additional coating system to our new Nordson Asymtek SL-940, demonstrating our full collaborative allegiance with major players in the selective coating industry.


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