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Omron Microscan Debuts Duo of Best-In-Class Barcode Readers

Barcode reading & machine vision manufacturer Omron Microscan intros two new industrial code readers: the HS-360X, an ultra-rugged DPM handheld fit for automotive & heavy industrial applications, and the MicroHAWK ID-45, a perfect match for DPM applications in electronics and medical device mfg.

Renton, WA – Two brand-new, best-in-class barcode readers from Omron Microscan are hitting the market this month. The industry-leading manufacturer of industrial code readers and machine vision technology will host a live webinar on February 22nd to outline the benefits and key features of the HS-360X, an ultra-rugged DPM handheld, and the MicroHAWK ID-45, a new addition to the MicroHAWK family that boasts new and improved lighting configurations.

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Koh Young to Demonstrate KSMART Process Optimization on MPM Printer at APEX Expo

Lakeville, MN – Koh Young Technology will be demonstrating KSMART Process Optimization (KPO) on an MPM printer at the upcoming APEX Expo in San Diego, February 27 through March 1 (Booth 2733). ITW EAE, the Electronic Assembly Equipment division of ITW, is collaborating with Koh Young to bring this value added technology to its MPM printer line.

KPO analyzes printed boards and interfaces with MPM’s Benchmark software, through Open Apps source code, to provide data on key parameters.

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Heike Schlessmann Will Discuss Zero-Fault Production in Soldering Processes at APEX

SEHO North America, Inc., a worldwide leading supplier of complete solutions for soldering processes and automated production lines, has announced that Heike Schlessmann, Marketing Manager, will present during the upcoming IPC APEX EXPO. The presentation entitled “Zero-Fault Production in Soldering Processes: Quality Management Based on Quality Assurance,” will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 9- 10 a.m. during Session S29: Sintering and Selective Soldering Processes.

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Nordson YESTECH to Showcase New Dual-Sided PTH Automated Optical Inspection Solution at APEX 2018

Company will conduct live demonstrations of their complete line of AOI and Conformal Coating systems in booth #2120

Carlsbad, CA Nordson YESTECH, a subsidiary of Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq: NDSN) and a leading supplier of automated optical and conformal coating inspection systems for the electronics industry, will feature the new high speed FX-942 dual sided PTH automated optical inspection system for populated printed circuit boards, at the annual APEX 2018 show held at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, California from February 26th to March 1st. They will conduct live demonstrations in the booth of their complete line of AOI and Conformal Coating inspection systems.

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Design Mark Industries Secures ISO 9001:2015 Certification

WAREHAM, MA - Design Mark Industries (, a leader in custom manufacturing electronic membrane switches and touch screens, recently earned renewed ISO 9001:2015 Certification, reissued on December 22, 2017, and valid until April 24, 2019.
The certificate, which was assessed and approved by National Quality Assurance, U.S.A. against the provisions of ISO 9001:2015, certified that Design Mark Industries applies a quality management system in line with the EN ISO 9001:2015 standard in the design and manufacturing of custom labels, graphic overlays and integrated membrane keypads.

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Ersa Pushes for Smarter Systems – One Step Closer to Artificial Intelligence

Plymouth, WIKurtz Ersa North America, a leading supplier of electronics production equipment, is pleased to announce that it has developed several new features for its selective solder equipment, including VERSASCAN, VERSAEYE and Ersa CAD Assistant 4. The VERSASCAN module can look at boards being presented to the machine and confirm if all of the components are on the board and if the polarity is correct before they enter the machine.

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Hanwha Intros Quick, Reliable Through-Hole Component Insertion System

Cypress, CAHanwha’s model SM485P SMART Hybrid Mounter is designed for a wide range of applications including the processing of radial and axial through-hole components requiring controlled force insertion prior to reflow, wave or selective soldering. Innovative feeder technology features lead forming and cutting for efficient delivery of prepared components to the Mounter for quick and reliable processing.

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Highest Grade Inductors, Aluminum Electrolyte Capacitors and Plug Connectors

WE-XHMI – power chokes with 50 percent lower DC resistance

Image source: Würth Elektronik eiSos

Waldenburg, Germany – Würth Elektronik eiSos, together with its US subsidiary Wurth Electronics Midcom, will exhibit at electronica in Shanghai from March 14 to 16, 2018. Inside the Shanghai New International Expo Center (Hall E5 / Booth 5314), the manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components will present its extensive range of legacy products, as well as some newly released ones too.

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PCB Manufacturing, PCB Depaneling and Electronic Enclosure Solutions from LPKF

Booth #1241

TUALATIN, OR - LPKF Laser & Electronics will be exhibiting at the IPC/APEX Expo in San Diego, California in booth 1241 this year, demonstrating their PCB depaneling and flex PCB drilling laser systems. The MicroLine 5000 is equipped for high through-put, high-yielding PCB drilling applications. 
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Digi-Key Daily: Littelfuse LSIC1MO120E0080 Mosfet

Thief River FAlls, WI - Littelfuse’s LSIC1-MO120E0080 is a 1200 volt silicon carbide n-channel MOSFET that combines lower on-resistance and switching losses than equally-rated silicon transistors to improve efficiency and reduce the size of solar inverters, motor drives, switch mode power supplies,

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Risho Announces New Thermal Solution Material for PCBs

Fremont, CA – TOYOTech LLC (U.S. Distributor for Risho Kogyo Co., Ltd.) announces the availability of a unique new thermal solution material for PCB fabrication, AC-7303, a CCL (Copper Clad Laminate) PCB material with an Al base ideal for high-thermal PCBs

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U.S. Tech Publisher's Choice: February 2018

"Whether we name it artificial intelligence (AI) or machine optimization, the smart reflow oven shows the potential of using massive amounts of data to create insight, to deliver actionable information, or simply to communicate machine-to-machine for automatic decisions or adjustments within process criteria," states Bjorn Dahle, president of KIC, in an article titled, "Machine Optimization: Is it Artificial Intelligence?"
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CAMI Research has released a new 64-pin Header Isolatorâ„¢

ACTON, MA - CAMI Research Inc. has released a new 64-pin Header Isolator™ for its CableEye automation-ready, cable and wire harness test systems. Recommended when there is a need for repeat connection and disconnection of test fixture cables, it allows users to minimize bent pins and wear of the headers on the main unit, expansion modules, and free-standing QuickMount™ housings. 
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Panasonic Launches Production of Molded Underfill Semiconductor Encapsulation Materials in Shanghai

OSAKA, JAPAN - Panasonic Corporation announced today that Panasonic Industrial Devices Materials (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (PIDMSH) will start high-volume manufacturing of molded underfill (MUF)[1] materials for advanced semiconductor packages in March 2018 in response to the increasing demand for these products in China. 
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Hanwha Achieves High Speed 28-second Cycle Time on 1200mm LED Boards

CYPRESS, CA - Hanwha and ESE synergize to deliver industry-leading cycle times when processing large form factor PCBs for LED lighting applications.

At a recent New Product Introduction event held at Hanwha’s Center of Excellence in Cypress, CA on January 24, 2018, Hanwha showed ESE’s model LX3D printer directly connected to DECAN F2 pick-and-place with both units processing 1200mm PCBs in dual-rail configurations at 28-second net cycle times. 
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Duralar's Fast New Emperion System Deposits Advanced Ultra-hard Coatings

TUCSON, AZ - Duralar Technologies, Tucson-area developer of ultra-hard coatings and coating machines has just introduced the new Emperion™ system, for high-throughput deposition on the interior and exterior surfaces of metal parts. The equipment will debut at the SURTECH 2018 advanced surface technology conference, February 14-16 in Tokyo, Japan. (
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Presto Engineering addresses IoT chip security with highly secure manufacture and test service: Stand 3A-603 at Embedded World, Nuremberg, Germany

CAEN, FRANCE - The recent Meltdown and Spectre problems have highlighted the vulnerability of computer chips to hacking that can, at least, be addressed through software patches. However, another area that is increasingly a target for hackers is IoT where each node in an IoT network can provide an entry point to a company's corporate systems, in a similar manner to the way that home security cameras, robot vacuum cleaners, etc. have been hacked. 
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ASF Metrology intends to acquire the coordinate measuring machines business from Nikon Metrology

LEUVEN, BELGIUM - Nikon Metrology announced today that ASF Metrology intends to acquire Nikon Metrology’s coordinate measuring machines (CMM) business. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place in about 2 months.

Nikon Metrology’s CMM activities, with offices in Belgium, France, Germany, the UK and the USA, represent approx. 25 % of the total Nikon Metrology worldwide consolidated turnover. 
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New INFICON UL3000 Fab defines test standards in semiconductor manufacturing

Leak Check Semiconductor Process Chambers Quickly and Reliably

SYRACUSE, NY - INFICON, one of the world's leading manufacturers of leak test equipment, introduces the UL3000 Fab leak detector for semiconductor manufacturing maintenance teams to easily check the tightness of vacuum chambers for wafer production. 
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Slade Associates now represents fume extraction specialist ULT LLC

MEQUON, WI - Fume extraction vendor ULT LLC and Indianapolis based Slade Associates, Inc, provider of industrial air filter solutions have entered into a cooperation. Slade will distribute ULT’s air purifiers and take care of customers in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

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