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Round Lake, IL - The No. 988 is an electrically-heated, 650ºF (343ºC) top-loading batch oven from Grieve, currently used to process electronic components at the customer’s facility.  Workspace dimensions measure 12’ W x 1’ D x 1’ H.  15KW are installed in Incoloy-sheathed tubular heating elements
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Dr. Bill Cardoso, President at Creative Electron at APEX 2018

Dr. Bill Cardoso, President of Creative Electron joins Philip Stoten at APEX 2018 to discuss their product line, the recent announcement of their 3 year warranty and the CFX standard.

Upbeat APEX Expo Showcases the Connected Factory

By Michael Skinner, Editor

 Robotic arm controlled by its digital twin. 

This year’s IPC APEX, held from February 27 to March 1, was dominated by the theme of the connected factory. Insight into the real-time status of production equipment on the show floor was provided by IPC’s CFX data and control standard. Special CFX-branded tape marked the boundaries of the 26 participating companies’ booths.

Using any device with an Internet connection, visitors could view the entire list of connected, data-transmitting production machines in a browser-based dashboard. By scanning a QR code with a smartphone, guests could quickly access the information for the machines at a specific booth. Selecting a particular vendor then showed a range of data points, including overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), current state, utilization, unit counts, and faults.

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Smart Manufacturing, Big Data to Highlight ASMC 2018

MILPITAS, CA — SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2018) will bring together more than 100 industry experts and feature 35 hours of technical presentations spanning all aspects of semiconductor manufacturing. April 30 – May 3 in Saratoga Springs, New York, ASMC 2018 gathers semiconductor professionals for the latest information on practical applications of advanced manufacturing strategies and methodologies. Registration is now open.

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Mouser Electronics to Showcase Latest Power Technologies from Top Suppliers at APEC 2018

Dallas, TX - Mouser Electronics, Inc., the New Product Introduction (NPI) leader empowering innovation, today announced that it is exhibiting as a Platinum Partner at this year's Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition 2018 (APEC 2018) — the premier event in applied power electronics — at Booth 411.

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Eaton announces 3.0-volt XT supercapacitor for increased high-power, high-energy applications

Eaton at APEC 2018: March 5-7 Exhibition Hours Booth #428

PLEASANTON, CA - Power management company Eaton today announced its new 3.0-volt XT supercapacitor that offers 15 percent higher energy density and 20 percent higher power density at a lower cost per watt-hour versus currently available supercapacitors. The new supercapacitor allows a reduced size and weight for high cell count designs.

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Aesch, Switzerland - Tactotek, a company with their HQ located in Oulu Finland, has designed the revolutionary Injection Molded Structural Electronics (IMSE) technology. This technology will help to define electronic products design anew. The design can manage 3D applications and will create solutions which are up to 70% lighter and thinner relative to standard technology. As many as 100 projects are currently under evaluation in such sectors as automotive, aerospace, intelligent clothing and industrial.
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Sherlock Temperature-Based FEA Receives IPC APEX Innovation Award

For outstanding product to the electronics industry

Beltsville, MD – DfR Solutions, leader in quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) solutions for the electronics industry, today announced that the newest version of Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ Software version 5.4 with Temperature-based FEA with, has been awarded an IPC APEX EXPO Innovation Award. The IPC APEX EXPO Innovation Awards have been created to honor outstanding products and services for the electronics industry.

About Sherlock’s Temperature-Based FEA

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MicroCare Adds to its Progressive Portfolio with a Range of Novel Products

New Britain, CT - MicroCare Corp. introduced a major expansion of the precision cleaning products to visitors at the IPC APEX EXPO, in San Diego, CA Feb. 27-March 1, 2018. Among the innovations were a new heavy-duty degreaser in an aerosol package, a heavy-duty cleaner for mass transit systems, and an innovative pre-saturated cleaning wipe designed specifically to enhance ESD programs in manufacturing facilities. All of these products will be shipping and available from distributors world-wide within the next 45 days.

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Mitutoyo America to Exhibit at ADM Cleveland

AURORA, IL - Mitutoyo America Corporation will be exhibiting coordinate measuring machines, machine vision systems, hardness testers, form systems and more in booth 800 at ADM Cleveland, which runs March 7-8, 2018, at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, OH. 
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Productivity and ROI: Why Leading CAD/CAM-using manufacturers count on SigmaNEST®

Cincinnati, OH - SigmaTEK’s software products continue to deliver productivity and ROI gains for leading manufacturers and fabricators worldwide. Its primary nesting software, SigmaNEST, automates manual CAD work typically done before nesting, driving results previously unseen by manufacturers. Through unmatched nesting efficiency and speed, SigmaNEST leads to increased productivity and ROI, including:

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Data I/O Wins Best of Show with Embedded Award for the SentriX Security Provisioning Platform

Data I/O SentriX Secure Provisioning System enables OEMs of any size and volume to secure their embedded designs and manufacturing process

REDMOND, WA - Data I/O Corporation, the leading global provider of advanced data and security programming solutions for flash, flash-memory based intelligent devices and microcontrollers, announces that it has been awarded a 2018 Embedded Award in the category of Tools for its SentriX Security Provisioning. 
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Vi TECHNOLOGY Discusses the Importance of German Manufacturing at InnovationsFORUM Germany

Saint-Egrève, France - Vi TECHNOLOGY, a leading provider of 3D inspection solutions for PCB assembly, today announced that Tarak Charfi will present, “Preservation of the quality seal ‘Made in Germany’ through optimized processes in smart factories,” during the 6th annual InnovationsFORUM Germany on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Kongresshall in Böblingen, Germany. 
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Siemens SCADA/IPC Days 2018 Event Introduces New Products and Emerging Communications

Siemens Factory Automation gathers its team, Solution Partners and End User community for four days of learning and fun

From February 19-22, 2018, at the Riverwalk Westin in San Antonio, Texas, approximately 130 people gathered for four days of product presentations, emerging technology discussions and a market trend outlook at the Siemens Factory Automation SCADA/IPC Days 2018. 
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Digi-Key: Grayhill Touch Encoder

Grayhill’s Touch Encoder simplifies the design and implementation of attractive, robust, highly functional HMIs for industrial, commercial kitchen, medical, off-road and other challenging environments. 

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Microchip Technology: Low-Cost Debugging and Programming is Now Faster and More Feature Rich with MPLAB® PICkit™ 4 Development Tool

New tool features faster programming, wider voltage range and improved interface options for a variety of Microchip devices

CHANDLER, AZ - The debugging process remains an important area where many embedded design engineers would like to see improvements, according to AspenCore’s 2017 Embedded Market Study. 
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Indium Corporation’s Sandy-Smith Earns IPC Distinguished Committee Service Awards at APEX 2018

Clinton, NY - Indium Corporation’s Brook Sandy-Smith, Technical Support Engineer for PCB Assembly Materials, was recognized with two Distinguished Committee Service Awards from IPC at the IPC APEX Expo on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in San Diego, Calif.

The Distinguished Committee Service Awards recognized Sandy-Smith’s contributions to the development of Amendment 1 to IPC J-STD-006C, Requirements for Electronic Grade Solder Alloys and Fluxed and Non-Fluxed Solid Solders for Electronic Soldering Applications, and her contributions to the 2017-2018 Technical Program Committee. 

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StratEdge to Display High-Performance DC-63GHz Packages at IMAPS Device Conference at Booth 62

San Diego, CA - StratEdge Corporation, leader in the design, production, and assembly of high performance semiconductor packages for microwave, millimeter-wave, and high speed digital devices, announces that it will display its high-frequency and very high-power device packages in booth 62 at the IMAPS Device Conference. The conference is being held March 6 and 7th at WekoPa Resort and Casino in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

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Porvair acquires Keystone Filter

Hampshire, UK - Porvair Filtration Group, has today 1st March, acquired Keystone Filter, a division of CECO Environmental Corp (CECO).

The Company has acquired the goodwill, business and trading assets of Keystone for cash.Keystone designs and manufactures a range of filter cartridges and housings for the food and beverage, drinking water, and chemical process markets in the USA.

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JBC Net wins Innovation Award at IPC APEX EXPO

The company received this prestigious recognition in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO, CA - JBC announces that it has been awarded the IPC APEX EXPO Innovation Award for JBC Net, the first smart system to optimize traceability and resources in hand soldering. 
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