Monday, December 18, 2017
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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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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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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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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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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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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. 
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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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Creative Electron Announces FREE WEBINAR: Jan. 30 10AM PST "Quality Control to Material Management, an Introduction to X-Ray Technology"

Although x-rays have been used in the industry for over 100 years, all Creative Electron needs is 1 hour of your time to review applications ranging from Material Management 4.0 to x-ray quality inspection.
Full Details on Webinar can be found here:

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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Creative Electron on the Latest TruView Technologies

Munich, Germany – Dr. Bill Cardoso, president of Creative Electron, speaks with Scoop’s Philip Stoten, about Creative Electron’s X-ray technology and the four key metrics that the company uses to differentiate itself from the competition.

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STI Has Accomplished AS9100D Certification

MADISON, AL - STI Electronics, Inc., a full-service organization providing training services, training materials, analytical/failure analysis, prototyping, and small-to-medium volume contract PCB assembly, is pleased to announce that it has earned its AS9100D certification. 
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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. 
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Digi-Key: Maxim MAX30112EWG+

Maxim’s MAX30112EWG+ is an integrated analog front-end for optical pulse oximetry and heart rate detection in a tiny wafer level package for health and fitness wearables. The IC integrates high current LED driver DACs, a 19-bit current ADC, ambient light cancellation, and a digital noise filter.

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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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Amerway Exhibiting High Purity Solder Products, Solutions at IPC/APEX 2018

Booth #2502

ALTOONA, PA - Amerway Inc., a leading solder manufacturer servicing the electronics industry with high-purity solder products, will be exhibiting a full range of premium solder products including solder bar, wire, fluxes, and custom alloys at IPC/APEX 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center, February 27 – March 1, 2018, in Booth #2502
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Framos: SMARTEK Vision’s LED Current Controllers Improve the Power of Vision Systems

OTTAWA, CANADA - Getting crystal-clear images of fast moving objects is one of the most challenging tasks in vision applications. Subtle fluctuations in the illumination can cause errors in measurement precision. Taking precise control of the LED illumination is the key to ensuring very high image and analysis quality. 
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Rehm introduced innovative software at “productronica”: Produce efficiently with ViCON

BLAUBEUREN-SEISSEN, GERMANY - Digitisation, networking and big data are megatrends in the electronics industry, to which electronics manufacturers today should react quickly and with flexibility. Huge data volumes have to be managed and archived for the long term. At the same time, demands on performance are increasing.

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HARTING Technology Group Achieves Highest Turnover in Company’s History

ESPELKAMP - The HARTING Technology Group in Espelkamp (Kreis Minden-Lübbecke) massively increased its turnover for trading year 2016/17 (to 30 September). The family owned and managed global company saw a 14.7% in turnover, taking it up to €672 million (previous year: €586 million) – the highest figure in the company’s 72-year history.
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