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2018 TOPLINE PRODUCTS GUIDE Available, Problem-Solving Resource

IRVINE, CA - TopLine released its new 2018 TOPLINE PRODUCTS GUIDE, with 160 pages of updated information that assists engineers and researchers in solving problems, exploring a hunch, and gaining knowledge. TopLine manufactures a wide range of daisy chain semiconductor packages for process development, experimentation, machine evaluation, solder training, and SMT assembly practice. TopLine products provide hands-on learning for engineers. TopLine manufactures CCGA Column Grid Array IC packages. More recently TopLine introduced new Particle Impact Dampers (PID) that reduce harmful vibrations and extend hardware life and reliability.

In making the announcement, Martin Hart, President, said, “We’re pleased to offer this new comprehensive resource to engineers for 2018. TopLine's mission is to provide solutions that enable others to do things better, thereby advancing the frontiers of all that is possible. We participate in a community with global interdependencies. We believe that the behavior of just one person can affect many a continent away. Our new catalog reflects our mission and philosophy. Each day we are energized by helping others and improving our world.”

He adds that TopLine will be reaching out to customers at the upcoming APEX show to introduce them to these enabling technologies. TopLine has been continuously active in promoting solutions-oriented products in the global market for 28 years.

Contact TopLine Corporation, Tel (800) 776-9888; Email:; or visit our web site,

Alpha to Showcase Latest Products for Die Attach and SMT Assembly Solutions at Internepcon Japan 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - Alpha Assembly Solutions, the world leader in the production of electronic soldering materials and bonding materials, will be exhibiting its latest range of product solutions, alongside its sister company MacDermid Enthone Electronics Solutions, at the 2018 Internepcon Japan show to be held in Tokyo from January 17th – 19th, 2018.

At the show, Alpha, a part of the MacDermid Performance Solutions group of business, will be exhibiting its latest range of products for SMT Assembly Solutions, Die Attach Assembly Solutions and Industrial Assembly Solutions. The products include Agromax®, Atrox®, High Temperature Dipping Alloys, Low Melting Point Solder Paste, Assembly Polymers, Innolot Alloys, PowerBond and AccuFlux.

In addition, Alpha will showcase its newly developed solution for void reduction under bottom terminated components (BTC), the ALPHA® AccuFlux™ BTC-578 Preform System. The system combines ALPHA® AccuFlux™ BTC-578 Preform, solder paste, engineered stencil designs and optimized processing parameters to dramatically and consistently decrease voiding.

For more information on Alpha’s latest product technologies, visit Alpha Assembly Solutions Booth at Internepcon Japan Hall East 5-4.

About 47th Internepcon Japan
Internepcon Japan is the world’s leading SMT exhibition gathering Equipment, Solutions and Services for Electronics Manufacturing. For more information, visit

Date: Wednesday 17th – Friday 19th January 2018 (10:00-18:00, Last Day until 17:00)
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight, Japan

Technomelt awarded at major industry event: New masking technology and automotive reliability expertise earn Henkel recognition during Productronica

During last month’s Productronica global electronics event in Munich, Germany, the electronics business of Henkel Adhesive Technologies took the top prize in its category for the Global Technology Awards contest, while Technical Service expert Richard Boyle was selected to share his know-how during a live video panel discussion about automotive reliability and testing. Together, these high-profile honors served to further illustrate Henkel’s electronic materials leadership position and the company’s effective total solutions approach.

At a special ceremony hosted by contest sponsor Global SMT & Packaging Magazine on November 14th, the Global Technology Awards highlighted the best new products and services in the electronics industry. Henkel’s Technomelt AS 8998 won the prestigious distinction in the competitive category of Adhesives/Encapsulants/Coatings/TIMs. Technomelt AS 8998 is a unique hot melt material that is used to mask keep out zones prior to conformal and chemical vapor coating processes. A fast, highly-precise, automated alternative to manual taping techniques, Technomelt AS 8998 facilitates a streamlined dispensing solution that dramatically reduces application time. The material peels off cleanly, leaving no residue. Manufacturers incorporating the product in their operations have reported as much as a 40% cost reduction as compared to conventional approaches.

Accepting the award on behalf of Henkel, Giuseppe Caramella commented on the hot melt material’s significance: “It is indeed an honor to be recognized with this award for such a transformative product,” says Caramella. “Increasing productivity, reducing cost and simplifying processing is what Technomelt AS 8998 delivers and we are grateful to the judging panel for appropriately noting the material’s positive impact on the electronics assembly industry.”

On the last day of the Productronica event, Henkel´s technical customer service expert Richard Boyle shared his decades of material behavior expertise as it relates to automotive reliability and testing. Participating in a live broadcast debate moderated by Global SMT and Packaging Editor-in-Chief Trevor Galbraith, Boyle - alongside two other industry panelists - discussed the impact of automotive sensor proliferation on current and future reliability and testing practices. Voltage and current increases have put big pressures on thermal cycling reliability, particularly considering higher density, finer-pitch PCB assemblies. The discussion also covered the effect of chemistry compatibility, the lag between technology change and industry standards, and the effectiveness and selection of various testing procedures. To see the full debate, click here.

For more information about Henkel’s complete portfolio of electronic materials, visit Additional resources regarding Technomelt materials and Henkel’s automotive electronics innovation can be accessed on the below websites.

Automotive Fit for the Future
Take a Drive with Henkel
Thermal Materials for Automotive Electronics

WACKER’s Americas Region Expansion Strategy Aligned with Global Growth and Demand for Silicones

ADRIAN, MI - Wacker Chemical Corporation, part of the global chemical group Wacker Chemie AG, is planning a number of concurrent expansion projects to support regional growth and demand for silicones and HDK® pyrogenic silica. Triple digit million US-Dollar investments in North America align with WACKER’s overall expansion strategy to add capacity in Europe and in Asia.

“WACKER is a leading silicone solutions provider, offering customers a reliable supply of materials, consistent quality, technical and customer support services and innovative technology,” said Dr. Ian Moore, Wacker Chemical Corporation Vice President Silicones. “WACKER’s expansion strategy is designed to support continued growth in demand for silicone products, further increase customer satisfaction, and accelerate product development.”

Moore, who joined WACKER in July 2017, and has over 30 years of global operations and commercial experience in the silicones industry, explained that growth in silicone’s demand is seen across all market segments, with stronger growth coming from the automotive and transportation, health care, and personal care industries. In addition to capacity expansion, silicone elastomers, fluids, emulsions, and HDK® pyrogenic silica demand necessitates that WACKER also employ significant resources to support our customers’ needs in growing their businesses.

“WACKER’s current investment strategy in infrastructure and capacity expansion in the America’s region will involve several coordinated projects,” Moore said. “Already looking at this past summer, we opened the Silicones R&D Center located in Ann Arbor, MI. Having this 10,000 square foot research and development center situated in the Michigan Innovation Headquarters (MI-HQ) facility complements WACKER’s business model of being close to our customers and close to serving regional market trends. Currently under construction and scheduled to open in mid-2019 is our HDK® plant in Charleston, Tennessee. When open, the plant will provide our customers a regionally-sourced supply of pyrogenic silica, having an annual capacity of some 13,000 metric tons. WACKER has earmarked some US$150 million for this investment.”

Complementing these projects, WACKER sites which manufacture silicone elastomers, fluids and emulsions, are planning to significantly expand production capacity through infrastructure development and investments in additional equipment. Dr. Moore said that engineering planning for a number of projects is already underway. These plans include the addition of capacities for elastomers, intermediate production processes and further investment in antifoam compounds and silicone emulsion production.

WACKER’s leadership position in silicones manufacturing and technology is anchored in its 70 years of experience in developing new and advanced silicone products and innovative customer solutions. “Serving our customers’ needs today is certainly as important as serving their needs well into the future. The investments we are making today competitively positions WACKER in the Americas and positions WACKER as a globally leading chemical company for the coming years ahead,” Moore commented, adding that “WACKER’s Silicones division in 2016 had €2.0 billion in global sales and ranks as the world’s number two supplier. In contrast, in 2014 Silicones sales were €1.73 billion, so clearly the division is poised for growth. Based upon the company’s 2017 Q1 and then its Q2 financial report, the company already revised upward its expectation for WACKER SILICONES, the main reason being continued strong volume growth and demand for silicone products. With the publishing of the Q3 report, WACKER reported silicones volume growth was up 11% for the quarter, generating sales of €559.3 million vs. €503.1 million Q3 2016.”

Dr. Moore closed by saying that silicone products have very unique properties, unsurpassed by any other polymer – their potential is virtually unlimited. To emphasize this point, Moore commented that WACKER is already pioneering a novel technology, offering the first worldwide service for 3D printed silicone parts. “Based at its Burghausen, Germany facility, ACEO® is staffed by WACKER silicone experts who have developed the materials, including the software and hardware which is opening new application opportunities for silicones,” Moore said. “ACEO® is ideal for prototyping, making individualized goods and producing complex, highly-difficult to manufacture products. Revolutionizing the world of additive manufacturing, customers simply upload their CAD design to the ACEO® web shop, accept the quote and receive the part.”

“WACKER is an innovative chemical company,” Moore added, “and we expect to continue to develop and supply products and solutions that serve our customers’ needs and the needs of their customers, ultimately adding value and improving the quality of life. The strategic downstream investments WACKER is making today and more planned for the future supports achieving tomorrow’s long term goals.”

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Linear Small Cell Amplifier offers Superior Gain

San Jose, CA - RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the Qorvo QPA9226, Small Cell Power Amplifier. Offering 0.25W of power, this highly linear (-47dBc ACLR @ 24dBm) amplifier serves 2.5 to 2.7GHz applications in bands 7, 38 and 41. The QPA9226 provides 34dB of power gain for femtocells, CPEs and data cards. It can also function as a linear driver in DAS applications, booster amps and repeaters. Internally matched and offered in a 7x7mm package.

For more information please contact:  Qorvo Stocking Distributor, RFMW, Ltd.   188 Martinvale Lane   San Jose, Ca. 95119
PH: 408.414.1450

Ersa to Hold Versaflow 3 Maintenance Training Course in Mexico

PLYMOUTH, WI - Kurtz Ersa North America, a leading supplier of electronics production equipment, today announced that it will hold a two-day ERSA Versaflow 3 Selective Soldering Level II Maintenance Training Course from Monday, January 15, 2018 at 1 p.m. to Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 12 p.m. at the Kurtz Ersa Mexico office in Guadalajara. This course will provide the knowledge and hands-on experience required to maintain and troubleshoot issues on the Versaflow 3 machines.

The goal of the course is to give students the ability to properly maintain the Versaflow 3 and prevent downtime. Training course topics will include:

• Advanced Machine Overview
• Flux / Preheat / Solder Module
• Calibration
• Conveyor System
• Nitrogen and Pneumatics
• Electrical
• Preventative Maintenance
• Troubleshooting

Students that successfully complete this course will receive a certificate upon completion. For more information or to register for the course, e-mail Chad Suckow at

For more information about Kurtz Ersa North America, visit

Applied Energy Systems Highlights the Modular, Space-Saving Design of Its VERSA-GAS™ vSource™ Rack Mount Systems

Malvern, PA — Applied Energy Systems (AES), provider of high and ultra high purity gas systems, services, and solutions—including design, manufacturing, testing, installation, and expert field services—is showcasing the modular, space-saving design of its VERSA-GAS™ vSource™ Rack Mount Systems for the safe delivery of non-hazardous process or purge gases. Applications using industrial or specialty gases require source systems to support their high purity processes and purge routines, and AES’ rack mounted systems provide a flexible alternative to statically placed wall mounted source equipment. They offer mobility that is particularly valuable in environments where facility space is limited or is often reconfigured, such as laboratories, because they can be easily relocated to suit changing process requirements.

The modular design of AES’ vSource™ Rack Mount Systems further adds to their versatility, with the systems available in manual, semi-automatic, or fully automatic configurations to support high or low pressure applications. Additional features include:

  • An 11 gauge steel mounting rack to enable free-standing installation and panel mobility.


  • Ultra high purity 316L SS components orbitally welded in a Class 100 cleanroom.


  • Tied diaphragm pressure regulators to enhance safety through improved shutoff and increased purging performance by eliminating entrapment.


  • VCR metal gasket face seal fittings for metal-to-metal, leak-tight connections.


  • A SEMI S2 certified design and helium leak testing system validation to 1.0 x 10-9 atm-cm3/sec.


  • Front-mounted components to facilitate ease of maintenance.

“We understand that gas source system flexibility is something our customers need, but can’t always find from typical equipment providers,” said Jim Murphy, General Manager of Applied Energy Systems. “Our vSource™ Rack Mount Systems are a perfect example of how we prioritize versatility in our product engineering, so that our equipment can meet the diverse process or purge gas delivery needs of users in the lab, the fab, industrial or high-tech facilities. Whether they are supporting low or high pressure applications, need a manual or fully automatic design, want to save valuable wall space, or need to relocate panels as required, we can deliver the vSource Rack to meet their demands.”

In addition to the rack mounted systems, AES’ VERSA-GAS™ vSource™ line includes cabinets and panels that uphold high purity process and purging requirements, and that are configurable to meet specific application and budgetary demands.

Customers interested in learning more about vSource™ Rack Mount Systems can contact AES at for ordering details.

About Applied Energy Systems

Applied Energy Systems (AES) is the premier provider of high and ultra high purity gas systems, services, and solutions. Since 1968, customers have turned to AES for high-value systems engineering – including design, manufacturing, testing, and field services. Whether equipment requirements are driven by regulation, innovation, or both, AES brings together its specialized engineering capabilities and vast scope of product offerings to create the gas delivery solutions that meet business-critical process demands.

With two industry-leading equipment divisions, SEMI-GAS® and VERSA-GAS™, AES addresses high purity and ultra high purity gas delivery needs for a diverse range of rigorous applications, including semiconductors and electronics, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, photovoltaics, manufacturing, research laboratories, universities and more. For more information, visit

Harwin Bestows Digi-Key with Global Distribution Accolade

 Harwin Chairman Damon De Laszlo (third from left) presents Dave Doherty, President and COO, Digi-Key (fourth from left) with its Global Distributor of the Year Award.
PORTSMOUTH, UK - Based on a variety of different key performance metrics, Harwin has awarded Digi-Key with its Global Distributor 2017 Award. The supply chain specialist has achieved an impressive 40% sales growth for Harwin product lines over the course of the last 12 months and established itself as the connector and board level hardware manufacturer’s number one stocking distributor worldwide.

Digi-Key has also been commended for how quickly it has managed to bring Harwin’s latest product offerings onboard - such as the most recent additions to the Gecko portfolio of compact, lightweight, but rugged connectors for harsh, space-constrained environments. The proactive and focused approach used by its team has been demonstrated to be highly effective - not just in relation to existing market sectors, but also in developing lucrative new opportunities in emerging markets, like medical, Internet of Things (IoT), industrial automation and data acquisition.

“We have built up a strong network of distribution partners over the years and these have proved invaluable in getting our products specified and shipped into a broad array of cutting-edge designs around the world,” states Doug Steele, VP of Sales at Harwin. “This year Digi-Key have really stood out as a powerful force in progressing Harwin’s market penetration and helping to further our reputation for innovative connector, cable assembly, EMI shielding and PCB hardware solutions. We look forward to working with them, along with our other distributors, in the coming years in order to drive sales growth still further.”

“It is a great honor for Digi-Key to receive this award from Harwin. This is a clear endorsement of the exceptional work both Digi-Key and Harwin have accomplished to bring Harwin’s products to our global customer base,” states Tom Busher Vice President of Global IP&E at Digi-Key. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Harwin in 2018 and gaining even better results.”

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Effective disaster relief at Würth Elektronik iBE: Trainees in Thyrnau Organize Donations for Earthquake Victims in Mexico

 Symbolic check for 1,500 euros: The apprentices from Würth Elektronik iBE in Thyrnau organized a donation campaign for the earthquake victims in Mexico.
THYRNAU, GERMANY - Trainees and students from Würth Elektronik iBE initiated a donation campaign for the earthquake victims in Mexico. The young generation of the automotive supplier reacted to the active help from their colleagues at the Mexican plant in Irapuato for their countrymen affected by the severe earthquake. Within a short time, 1,500 euros had been collected in the donation pot in Thyrnau and was transferred to the Mexican colleagues. Soon after, they handed over what amounted to around 7,000 euros to the local Red Cross. The wholehearted commitment of the trainees was praised by the management team of the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group as exemplary international solidarity put into practice.

“The trainees’ actions once again made us all aware that we have amiable, committed partners, colleagues, yes friends in fact, all over the world”, Tatjana Schopper, trainee spokesperson at Würth Elektronik iBE, remarks. “The worldwide presence of Würth Elektronik eiSos is not only an economic factor, it also has a further positive influence on our young employees. And this not only in the career opportunities that open up for them, but also in that internationality opens eyes - and in this case hearts”.

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Fairview Microwave Releases Waveguide to Coax Adapters Operating in Frequency Range of 1.7 GHz to 110 GHz

LEWISVILLE, TX – Fairview Microwave Inc., a supplier of on-demand microwave and RF components, has launched a new series of waveguide to coax adapters that cover a frequency range of 1.7 GHz to 110 GHz in 22 waveguide bands. Typical applications include test benches, instrumentation, high efficiency RF/Microwave transmission, MILCOM, SATCOM, radar and telecom.

Fairview’s new line of waveguide to coax adapters consists of 77 models in sizes of WR-10 to WR-430. These adapters are offered in a wide selection of waveguide flanges, sizes and materials. They support 10 types of coax connectors and are available with UG (square/round cover), CMR, CPR, UDR and PDR-style flanges. These waveguide to coax adapters deliver VSWR performance as low as 1.25:1 and are available with aluminum, gold-plated aluminum, gold-plated copper or painted copper alloy finishes.

“We are excited to unveil this full range of waveguide to coax adapters with 10 coax connector options, multiple types of flanges and covering 22 bands from 1.7GHz to 110GHz. These waveguide to coax adapters are a perfect addition to our growing waveguide product portfolio designed to meet our customers’ rigorous requirements and urgent needs,” said Steven Pong, Product Manager.

Fairview’s waveguide to coax adapters are in stock and ready for immediate shipment with no minimum order quantity. For detailed information on these products, please visit

For inquiries, Fairview can be contacted at +1-972-649-6678.

Jabil and Baicells Sign Manufacturing Agreement for Mini-Cell Base Stations

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Jabil Inc., one of the world's leading design and manufacturing solution providers, and Baicells, a high- tech company providing technically innovative LTE wireless broadband access solutions, announced today the signing of an agreement for Jabil to manufacture Baicells’ 10W mini-cell base station. This is a starting point for possible future strategic cooperation worldwide.

Under the agreement, Jabil will support Baicells’ global business expansion and provide advanced manufacturing services to sites in the U.S., China, Southeast Asia, Brazil and Europe. At the same time, Baicells will leverage Jabil's expertise in design for manufacturing (DFM), test development and hardware design to improve the reliability and quality of its wireless design products.

“This agreement is a win-win model for both companies as well as our worldwide customers,” said Emanuele Cavallaro, senior vice president, Global Business Units for Jabil. “Baicells’ R&D capabilities will inform Jabil with insights into emerging customer demands, while our global supply chain and manufacturing capabilities will accelerate Baicells’ global business expansion.”

“Strong design capabilities will help manufacturers better understand how to help telecom vendors remain competitive as wireless network architectures and hardware continue to evolve from 4G to 5G,” said Sun Lixin, Baicells’ chief executive officer (CEO). “Baicells’ vision for realizing the technology is widely acknowledged by many top vendors and we are seeing future opportunities increase. By developing partnerships like the one with Jabil, we are building a friendly ecosystem that will position us well to win the 5G battle.”

Founded in 1966 and operating from over 100 facilities in 29 countries, Jabil delivers innovative, integrated and tailored solutions to customers across a broad range of industries, covering computer accessory, data transmission, automation and other electronic assemblies and systems, providing quality services encompassing digital design, development, manufacturing and digital supply chain services, including shipping.

Baicells is a global telecom company with fast-growing operations and demand in the U.S. and elsewhere. It offers unique technology solutions built on a strong foundation of R&D to innovate competitive wireless solutions for carriers and large enterprises ranging from core network to customer-premises equipment.

Further information is available on Jabil’s website: