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Season’s greetings from BOFA

This year at BOFA we’ve celebrated our 30th year trading as the world leader in fume and dust extraction technology. We take enormous pride in delivering the best solutions to our customers across the world.

As we approach the end of what has been a landmark year, in which we’ve seen the business continue to grow exponentially, we’d like to update you on some key developments that have taken place over the past 12 months.

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NEO Tech Design Team Wins Industry Award for Creative Solutions that Accelerate Time-to-Market

CHATSWORTH, CA  – NEO Tech, a leading provider of manufacturing technology and supply chain solutions for brand name OEMs in the industrial, medical and aerospace & defense markets, announces that it earned an Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Award for its innovations in the electronics industry that have improved time to market. NEO Tech won the Design Team of the Year Award, which was presented to the company during a live ceremony on Wednesday, December 6 at the San Jose Convention Center in conjunction with Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley.

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HARTING Han® Ex connectors for explosive environments now available in North America

 HARTING’s Han® Ex series connectors for explosive environments (Class I, Division II) are now certified to the NEC 500 standard for use in North America.

Elgin, IL – HARTING’s Han® Ex connector series have been certified to the National Electric Code’s NEC 500 standard for use in Class I, Division II hazardous locations, making them available for use across North America. An ideal alternative to hard-wiring electrical connections, the Han® Ex range is particularly well-suited for applications in the oil and gas, mining and chemical industries and in process automation. When compared to hard-wiring electrical circuits, Han® Ex connectors increase installation speed and safety while reducing downtime for maintenance downtime and trouble-shooting.

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PI (Physik Instrumente) Releases New Micro-Positioning Components and Solutions Catalog

Auburn, MA – Motion and precision positioning systems expert PI (Physik Instrumente) released a new catalog of engineered products necessary for precision positioning of medium loads used in industry and research.

The products high-lighted in this catalog are developed to move loads of 10kg to 50kg  (22lb to 110lb) over distances up to 300mm. Rotation stages provide rotation angles of 360 degrees.

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Pickering Electronics to showcase latest Reed Relays at TUG 2017

Pickering Electronics to showcase latest High Voltage Reed Relays at the Teradyne Users Group vendor fair on 2nd May 2017 in booth #14.

Essex, UK - Pickering Electronics have expanded their high voltage Single-in-line (SIL/SIP) Reed Relay range to include three new series, that all offer higher packing density. The Series 67 and 68 dry Reed Relay range for up to 10kV, and the Series 119 Micro-SIL range for up to 3kV.

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Richardson RFPD Introduces GaN Systems’ New Full-bridge Evaluation Board, Optimized for High-frequency Switching and Class D Amplifiers

Collaboration between GaN Systems and Peregrine offers designers opportunity for significantly better performance in a smaller package

Geneva, Ill. - Richardson RFPD, Inc. announced today the availability and full design support capabilities for a new evaluation board from GaN Systems Inc. and Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation.

The GS61004B-EVBCD evaluation board combines GaN Systems’ GaN E-HEMT with the ultra-fast PE29102 gate driver from Peregrine.

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U.S. Tech Publisher's Choice: December 2017

Spray-coating technology for thin layers of material has been around for decades. It has been used mainly for encapsulation and applying protective coatings. Nordson ASYMTEK partnered with Tatsuta Electric Wire & Cable Company Limited to study the use of spray-coated EMI shielding, describing their results in an article titled, "EMI Shielding: Improving Sidewall Coverage with Tilt Spray Coating."
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Powerbox wins Power System Product of the Year award in recognition of its technical prowess in power supply design

GNESTA, SWEDEN - Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for four decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, has won the Power System Product of the Year category in the prestigious Elektra Awards for 2017, run by leading UK magazine Electronics Weekly. 

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HTV Provides Services relating to electronic components at Embedded World 2018

Bensheim, Germany - As one of the worldwide market leaders in the field of testing, programming, Long-Term Conservation and -Storage, analysis as well as conditioning of electronic components, the HTV-group will present a variety from its wide range of unique services:


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ertec Provides Innovative Solutions for the Programming of Electronic Components and Assemblies

• offLINE programming systems (manual or fully automated) • onBOARD programming systems (programming of assemblies) • Programming of ICs and assemblies as service offering

BENSHEIM, GERMANY - The new onBOARD programming system "ertius“, a high speed flasher for assemblies, enables extremely fast and interference-free programming directly in the production line.  

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ElectroCraft Introduces the CompletePower™ Plus Universal Drive
DOVER, NH - ElectroCraft, Inc., the global fractional horsepower motor, and motion solutions provider, has expanded their CompletePower™ Plus family of BLDC motor drives offering with the CompletePower™ Plus Universal Drive. The Universal Drive takes performance, efficiency and flexibility to the next level, utilizing state-of-the-art digital drive technology combined with an intuitive and highly configurable user interface. The CompletePower™ Plus comes in three standard capacities with customized options available for OEMs. 
RAMPF Group continues to grow: Financial year 2016/17: Consolidated sales rise 10.5 percent from 153 to 169 million euros / Workforce increases by 10.9 percent
GRAFENBERG - The international RAMPF Group is continuing on its growth path – consolidated sales in the last financial year 2016/17 were 169 million euros, a rise of 10.5 percent on the previous year. 
SMTA Announces Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium Program Finalized
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SMTA announced that the program is finalized for the 23rd Annual Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium. The event will take place February 5-8, 2018 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. 
Indium Corporation’s Vareha-Walsh to Present at International Electronic Recycling Congress (IERC) 2018
CLINTON, NY - Indium Corporation’s Donna Vareha-Walsh, Director, Metals Business Unit, will share her expertise at the 17th International Electronic Recycling Congress (IERC) 2018 event on Jan. 18 in Salzburg, Austria.

There is a widely held misconception that indium, a critical material for the indium-tin oxide (ITO) industry, is in limited supply.


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