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U.S. Tech Publisher’s Choice: November 2016
Publication Date: 11/16/2016

In light of recent data security breaches, our Publisher’s Choice article this month is entitled, “Risky Business: Keeping the Smart Factory Secure” by Hubertus Grobbel, security products manager at Swissbit AG. With an ever-increasing reliance on networked systems comes a need for robust data security to protect the smart factories of tomorrow from hackers, malicious software, and to promote the privacy of sensitive information.
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology Selected as National Partner to Grow Apprenticeships in Manufacturing
Publication Date: 11/16/2016

MCLEAN, VA - AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology is proud to be partnering with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), which has been selected by the United States Department of Labor as an industry intermediary to support the expansion of registered apprenticeships within manufacturing.
Panasonic Wins Awards, Continues Industry Outreach at SMTAI 2016
Publication Date: 11/16/2016

ROLLING MEADOWS, IL - Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America has been awarded a Global Technology Award from Global SMT and Packing for its newly introduced labor-saving, high-speed, odd-form and insertion solution (NPM-VF).
Semi: Registration Open for SEMICON Korea 2017’s Special 30-Year Anniversary
Publication Date: 11/16/2016

HARTING: Little gigants ix Industrial?, T1 and M8 have a single mission: To improve performance!
Publication Date: 11/16/2016

ESPELKAMP, GERMANY - HARTING will be presenting a miniaturised high-speed trio for robust Ethernet cabling at the autumn trade shows "electronica" from 8 to 11 November 2016 in Munich (Hall B2 / stand 542) and at “SPS IPC Drives” from 22 to 24 November 2016 in Nuremberg (Hall 10 / stand 140): ix Industrial®, T1 and M8 d-coded. These "little giants" are pioneers and the symbols of the changes that are taking us forward to the Internet of Things (IoT).
Milestone for foldable touchscreens: Films coated with new Heraeus material can be folded for the first time more than 300,000 times
Publication Date: 11/16/2016

HANAU, GERMANY - At this years C-Touch 2016 in Shenzhen Heraeus sets a milestone for foldable touchscreens and demonstrates its latest conductive polymer Clevios™ HY, a hybrid material of PEDOT:PSS and silver nanowires. The key features of the new product are ultimate flexibility – for the first time films coated with this new material can be folded more than 300,000 times without degradation of the electro-optical properties - and low sheet resistances of 50 to 100 Ohm/sq.
Ventec International Appoints Chris Bowles as Technical Account Manager, USA
Publication Date: 11/15/2016

FULLERTON, CA - Ventec International, a world leader in the production of polyimide & high reliability epoxy laminates and prepregs, is delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Bowles as Technical Account Manager. Based in North California, Chris will support sales activities in the United States, including Ventec’s latest ThinFlex products.
Cadence Releases XJTAG DFT Assistant for OrCAD Capture
Publication Date: 11/15/2016

SAN JOSE, CA - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced that its OrCAD® Capture has been enhanced to now include XJTAG® DFT Assistant, an easy-to-use interface that significantly increases the design for test (DFT) and debug capabilities of the schematic capture and PCB design system. Developed by boundary-scan hardware and software tool supplier XJTAG, XJTAG DFT Assistant allows users to detect and correct JTAG errors at the design stage before the PCB is produced, preventing costly re-spins and project delays. For more information, visit
Applied DNA Sciences Awarded Contract by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency
Publication Date: 11/15/2016

STONY BROOK, NY - Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (Applied DNA), a provider of DNA-based supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and product authentication solutions, announced today that the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has awarded the company a one-year firm-fixed price Indefinite Delivery Purchase Order (IDPO) contract for FSC 5962 microcircuits.
Pillarhouse International selects Accurex as their partner for the Middle East
Publication Date: 11/15/2016

CHELMSFORD, UK - Pillarhouse International has appointed Accurex Solutions (P) Ltd as their agent to offer full commercial and technical support on their complete selective soldering range for Egypt, Kuwait, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Accurex Solutions already, very successfully, represents Pillarhouse International in India.
PDR Americas Hires Leading Rep Firm in the Midwest
Publication Date: 11/15/2016

SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA - PDR Americas, a leader in IR rework, test and inspection, today announced the appointment of Horizon Sales as its manufacturers’ representative throughout the Midwestern U.S. Horizon Sales is a leading manufacturers’ representative corporation, specializing in the sales and marketing of premier electronics assembly equipment.

Dave White, CEO of White Industrial Corporation, parent company of PDR Americas, states: “It is an honor to work with a prestigious rep like Dave.
FKN Systek: Flat PCB Trays for In Process Work Holding
Publication Date: 11/14/2016

MILLIS, MA - Available off the shelf from FKN Systek, light weight and sturdy Flat PCB trays hold up to 25 cards for storage and transport at manual workstations. These trays will hold virtually any PCB size. As with all transport racks, these are made of conductive material, temperature rated up to 176O F.
Cards can be fixed side by side for longer PCB panels.

Please visit for details.
Dymax Launches A New 25” WIDECURE? Conveyor for Curing Larger Parts
Publication Date: 11/14/2016

TORRINGTON, CT - Dymax Corporation has announced the launch of their newest WIDECURE® conveyor system designed to offer consistent, fast, and safe curing. Equipped with a 25”-wide belt, this system is ideal for curing light-curable materials on larger parts or larger quantities of smaller parts.
SMT Hautes Technologies Selects MIRTEC for Leading-Edge 3D AOI Technology
Publication Date: 11/14/2016

OXFORD, CT - MIRTEC, “The Global Leader in Inspection Technology,” is pleased to announce that SMT Hautes Technologies, has selected MIRTEC’s award winning MV-7 OMNI as their future 3D AOI platform of choice.

“SMT Hautes Technologies has earned a solid reputation for the assembly of highly complex circuits requiring high standards of quality and short manufacturing lead times. We offer our customers a wide variety of services ranging from prototype to high production volume.
Digi-Key: 3M Twin Axial Cables
Publication Date: 11/14/2016

Sue Schapplwein Retires After Almost 19 Years at Ersa
Publication Date: 11/14/2016

PLYMOUTH, WI - Kurtz Ersa North America, a leading supplier of electronics production equipment, today announced the retirement of long-time employee Sue Schapplwein. Based out of Kurtz Ersa’s Plymouth facility for the last 18.5 years, Schapplwein was the company’s Project & Traffic Manager.
PDR Americas Enters Representative Agreement with WepcoVintek
Publication Date: 11/11/2016

SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA - PDR Americas, a leader in IR rework, test and inspection, today announced that it has entered a sales agreement with Kevin Colvin and WepcoVintek Technical Sales as its manufacturers’ representative for AZ and NM. WepcoVintek will represent PDR’s full line of rework equipment.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work together with an experienced professional like Kevin who is recognized as a leader in the industry,” said Dave White, CEO of White Industrial Corporation, parent company of PDR Americas.
Nikon Metrology Announces the Release of the Latest Iteration XT V X-ray Inspection Platform
Publication Date: 11/11/2016

BRIGHTON, MI - Nikon Metrology has released the Mk 4 XT V platform iteration which introduces key improvements to enhance user experience and system reliability changes to increase up time. XT V is a high-precision, flat-panel based X-ray inspection system that facilitates real-time imaging and defect analysis to the highest level of detail.

The Mk 4 now offers advancements which not only include changes visually, but also incorporate a number of practical modifications to increase the system’s performance.
Alpha to Feature Innovative Materials for Flexible, Formable & Printed Electronics at the Upcoming IDTechEx Show in California
Publication Date: 11/11/2016

SOMERSET, NJ - Alpha Assembly Solutions, a leading global supplier of innovative electronic assembly materials, will exhibit at the IDTechEx show, November 16th-17th in Santa Clara, California. This show focuses on emerging technologies in the field of Printed Electronics, Graphene & 2D Materials and their novel applications.
Sparton Corporation Continues with Ersa for Its Wave Solder Needs
Publication Date: 11/11/2016

PLYMOUTH, WI - Kurtz Ersa North America, a leading supplier of electronics production equipment, is pleased to announce that Sparton Corporation has purchased a POWERFLOW N2 system. As Ersa’s flagship machine, the POWERFLOW N2 was specifically designed to meet the challenges of lead-free, and is a perfect fit for long-time Ersa selective solder customer, Sparton Corporation.
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