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Viscom Record Earnings Confirm Success Track

HANOVER, GERMANY - With the publication of the current bi-annual accounts, Viscom AG presents record results across all sales regions. The strong sales development of +27.8 percent over last year confirms the international success track of the innovation and quality leader in the area of high-value inspection solutions for the electronics industry.
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Ironwood Electronics: Users can socket their 144 pin 0.65mm pitch BGA with socket whose footprint same as IC footprint

EAGAN, MN - Ironwood Electronics' new high performance socket - SFS-BGA144V-52 allows 0.65mm pitch, 8x8mm body, 12X12 array 144 ball BGA package to be placed in socket and operated without compromising performance in high speed applications.
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The long journeys of the Essemtec Foxes – a success story and what the near future holds for the Fox Pack

 Mr. Egger from Kubeg in front of a FOX4 production test machine
One year ago, the first Essemtec Fox was delivered to Camlogic in Italy. Subsequently the Essemtec Fox, called Bruno, got some siblings: FOX2 and FOX4, and like their elder brother they are also winners of technology awards.

Bruno is the first FOX, designed for high-speed mounting of up to 18’800 cp/h per module and is suitable for all SMD component types.

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ACE Electronics Invests in Viscom's High-Quality 3D Inspection

 Tom Van Tongelen, SMD-TEC, and Johan Lieten, ACE electronics, with the Viscom S3088 ultra
HANOVER, GERMANY - After an intensive test period, ACE electronics N.V., located in Diest, Belgium, has selected the Viscom S3088 ultra 3D AOI system. Decisive factors such as the unique 3D and software features were complemented by the robust construction of the machine, the high measuring accuracy and exceptional image quality.

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BTU Director of Sales – Americas to Participate in Industry 4.0 Panel Discussion at SMTAI

Optimizing Oven Dynamics – The Next Step in Smart Factory Automation

NORTH BILLERICA, MA - BTU International, Inc., a leading supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment for the electronics manufacturing market, is pleased to announce that Paul Lancaster, Director of Sales – Americas, will participate in a panel discussion during SMTA International.

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Toby Thomann Named President of WAGO North America

GERMANTOWN, WI - WAGO has named Toby Thomann as President of North American headquarters in Germantown, WI. Thomann has been with WAGO for 23 years and has worked as Regional Sales Manager, Zone Manager, Marketing Manager and most recently Vice President of Sales.
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MIRTEC Europe Awarded EM Best of Industry 2017 for AOI

MIRTEC, “The Global Leader in Inspection Technology,” today announced they are the recipient of the 2017 Electronics Maker Best of Industry Award in the category of ‘Manufacturing Excellence in Automated Optical Inspection (AOI)’. The third annual award ceremony will take place September 14, 2017 in New Delhi.
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More Flexible Coating – See the SCS PrecisionCoat Tool Changer at SMTAI

Booth #1006

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Specialty Coating Systems (SCS) today announced plans to show the SCS PrecisionCoat Tool Changer at SMTA International scheduled to take place Sept. 19-20, 2017 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The flexible, advanced coating feature on SCS’ PrecisionCoat V platform will be available for demonstrations in Booth #1006.
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Count On Tools Announces New PB Swiss Tools Dead-blow Mallets

GAINESVILLE, GA - Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, is pleased to announce that PB Swiss Tools recently launched a selection of new Dead-blow Mallets to their extensive line of Swiss-made striking tools. The new mallets feature metal inserts made of copper and aluminum and complement the range of mallets with polyamide inserts.

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Harting Han-Eco Monoblocks | Digi-Key Daily

HARTING offers its Han-Eco monoblocks for higher contact density applications. The monoblock inserts have been developed for use in the hoods and housings from the Han-Eco series. They have also managed to retain the proven Han-Eco "click and mate" tool-free snap-in function. They can also achieve up to 67% higher contact density compared to Han® standard screw inserts of the same size . The inserts feature a pre-leading PE contact and the possibility of a six-fold coding system. The contacts are based on the proven Han E contacts with screw termination. To learn more, visit this product page on

AZP, Inc. Adds Benchtop Automated PCB Inspection from Nordson YESTECH

One of the new BX Benchtop AOIs at AZP, Inc.’s facility 

Carlsbad, CA, USA – Nordson YESTECH, a subsidiary of Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN) and a leading supplier of automated optical and conformal coat inspection systems for the electronics industry, is pleased to announce that AZP, Inc. has purchased two

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Atotech presents new processes at the SMTA International Conference 2017

A summary of the IMC appearance and influence on SJR (250µm, LF 35 AGED) 
BERLIN, GERMANY - Atotech, a global leader in chemical and equipment solutions for the printed circuit board and semiconductor industry, will present two technical papers at SMTA International Conference 2017, held in Rosemont, USA, on September 17-21.

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Announcing Thermal-Mechanical Analysis with Sherlock 5.3

Capture System-Level Effects on Solder Joint Reliability During Temperature Cycling

Beltsville, MD  – DfR Solutions, leader in quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) solutions for the electronics industry, today announced the next release of Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ software - Version 5.3. Advanced features include Thermal-Mechanical Analysis. This advanced new capability provides the ability to capture system-level effects on solder joint reliability during temperature cycling.

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Indium Corporation Experts to Present at IMAPS 2017

Clinton, NY - Indium Corporation experts will share their knowledge and expertise at IMAPS 50th International Symposium on Microelectronics, Oct. 10-12, in Raleigh, NC.

Vice President of Technology Dr. Ning-Cheng Lee will teach a professional development course, Choosing Solders for the New Era: Low-Cost High-Reliability Solder Alloys. This course explores the roles of solder composition in relation to cost and reliability, including materials properties, soldering performance, known failure modes, and the primary merit of discussed alloys.

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PCB123® launches access to millions of cloud-based symbols & footprints

Designers can now search SnapEDA’s vast component library directly within PCB123

MULINO, OR and SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Today, Sunstone Circuits, creators of the free PCB design tool, PCB123, and SnapEDA, the Internet’s first parts library for circuit board design, are launching a new integration that allows designers to search for digital models directly inside the PCB123 design environment.

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Henkel Develops Conformal Coating Metal Inks, Enabling Semiconductor Package-Level EMI Shielding through Cost-Effective Direct Spraying Methods


Irvine, CA - – Henkel Adhesive Technologies’ Electronics business today announced the introduction of two novel, conformal coating metal inks for semiconductor package-level electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding. LOCTITE ABLESTIK EMI 8660S and LOCTITE ABLESTIK EMI 8880S offer superior flexibility in deployment and design, as they may be used with cost-effective spray coating equipment, while providing EMI shielding performance comparable to or better than capital-intensive, thin film metal deposition techniques. With excellent adhesion to a variety of epoxy molding compounds, both materials enhance longterm reliability performance.

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RIGOL Announces New DS2000E Series Oscilloscopes

Beaverton, OR – RIGOL Technologies introduces its new DS2000E Series Oscilloscope, a 200MHz, 2 channel scope that continues RIGOL‘s tradition of combining unmatched capabilities at unprecedented price points to transform the test and measurement industry.

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Plasma Etch, Inc. announces lower pricing on Atmospheric Plasma System

Carson City, NV – Plasma Etch Inc, a leader in plasma innovation, recently announced more attractive pricing on the Atmospheric Plasma System.

The Atmospheric Plasma System is an “open air” or atmospheric system designed for industrial surface modification.  Atmospheric plasma is often used before printing or gluing to increase the strength of the bond between a product and glue or ink.

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One Week Until SMTA International

Next week, September 19-20U.S. Tech heads to SMTA International in Rosemont, Illinois. We will be covering the event and distributing our latest issue, focused on PCB and Automation. The hard copy is on its way to your office and will be in your hands shortly! In the meantime, you can check out the digital editions here.
Stop by booth #132, shared with SCOOP Communications, to discuss your editorial and promotional opportunities in our variety of media. Also, pick up a copy of our brand-new 2018 Media Kit. See you at the show!

Fab Equipment Spending Breaking Industry Records

Figure 1: Fab equipment spending (new and refurbished) for Front End facilities 
MILPITAS, CA ─ The latest update to the World Fab Forecast report, published on September 5, 2017 by SEMI, again reveals record spending for fab equipment. Out of the 296 Front End facilities and lines tracked by SEMI, the report shows 30 facilities and lines with over $500 million in fab equipment spending. 2017 fab equipment spending (new and refurbished) is expected to increase by 37 percent, reaching a new annual spending record of about US$55 billion. The SEMI World Fab Forecast also forecasts that in 2018, fab equipment spending will increase even more, another 5 percent, for another record high of about $58 billion. The last record spending was in 2011 with about $40 billion. The spending in 2017 is now expected to top that by about $15 billion.
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