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Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch Tours SCS Facility to Promote WI Aerospace Industry

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Specialty Coating Systems (SCS) is pleased to announce that Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch toured its facility on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, as part of her effort to showcase Wisconsin's aerospace industry. Lt. Governor Kleefisch is Chairman of the Aerospace States Association, an advocacy group for the industry cluster when it comes to regulations and standards, and recruiting more interested, talented workers.

SCS has over 45 years of experience in the aerospace industry and was honored to welcome the Lt. Governor and others to understand the benefits of Parylene coating technologies first hand. From electronic devices used within aircraft and ground systems to components that must operate in the depths of space, SCS Parylene conformal coatings provide reliable protection to ensure long, trouble-free life.

During the visit, Clear Lake Plant Manager Alex Dix facilitated a tour of SCS’ coating operation and Territory Manager Tim Dietrich provided a brief presentation on Parylene and the company’s role in the growing aerospace industry. Attendees included: Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Alexander Lech – Lt. Governor’s Staff, Gail Nolan – Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Meridith Jaeger – Executive Director, Wisconsin Aerospace Partners (WASP), Heather Smith – Regional Director, WEDC, Aina Vilumsons – Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) and John Tackis – Director, WASP.

From ocean depths to space exploration, SCS Parylene coatings provide mission-critical protection to electronics and components, including circuit boards, sensors, LEDs, wafers, assemblies and more. With over four decades of applications experience and 20 locations around the world, SCS is the leader in Parylene conformal coatings for the aerospace and defense industries.

For more information about SCS or Parylene conformal coatings, contact SCS at +1.317.244.1200 or visit

About Specialty Coating Systems
Headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, SCS is the worldwide leader in Parylene conformal coating services and technologies. As the direct descendant of the companies that originally developed Parylene, SCS has over 45 years of experience and expertise that it leverages for its customers through coating facilities throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. The company also offers industry-leading liquid coating systems including spray, spin and dip coating systems and ionic contamination test systems. For more information on SCS, please visit

Indium Corporation Features Metal Thermal Interface Materials for Burn-In and Test at BiTS Workshop 2018

CLINTON, NY - Indium Corporation will feature its metal thermal interface materials for burn-in, including Heat-Spring® and HSMF-OS, at Burn-in & Test Strategies Workshop on March 4-7 in Mesa, Ariz.

Indium Corporation’s Heat-Spring® is designed for use in the burn-in process. It is patterned to optimize contact with non-planar surfaces with a pressure range of only 35-100+ psi. Heat-Spring® is available in InAg and InSn alloys and pure indium.

HSMF-OS has a multi-layer construction with a total thickness of 0.004” that is designed for multiple insertions. It has an aluminum layer that acts as an interface with the device under test, and has a tensile strength of approximately 90 MPa with a soft, compliant polymer backing, which provides a configuration with “designed-in” insertion survivability.

To learn more about Indium Corporation’s metal thermal interface materials for burn-in and test, visit

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Aegis Software Unveils the Industry’s Most Complete Quality Management System at APEX 2018

HORSHAM, PA - Aegis Software, a global provider of Manufacturing Execution Software (MES) announces the unveiling of their new quality management capabilities that complement Aegis’ FactoryLogix® existing Incoming & In-Process Quality Assurance capabilities to now deliver Administrative Quality Management capabilities to drive a culture of continuous process and improvement. Aegis will be showcasing this new capability as well as participating in the historic live demonstration of the IPC CFX factory data exchange standard, at APEX 2018, San Diego, California at Booth #3333.

Aegis’ FactoryLogix platform has long provided manufacturers the best-in-class method for managing and reporting upon quality, repair, test, diagnostics and incoming materials inspection. At APEX 2018, this in-process quality management solution will extend to enterprise-wide Administrative Quality, enabling manufacturers to take total control of the business processes that occur as result of non-conformances on the factory floor. A total solution covering Corrective Action and Preventive Action (CAPA), Material Review Board (MRB), and Failure Reporting, Analysis, and Corrective Action System (FRACAS) is a complement to the shop-floor nonconformance and incoming inspection quality components already inherent in FactoryLogix. Together, they comprise the most complete single-platform quality management solution available to electronics manufacturers to increase quality outcomes at a lower cost, ensure regulatory and compliance requirements are met and improve customer satisfaction.

“Manufacturers on the FactoryLogix platform can now detect and correct quality problems at the loading docks and through the process itself, but also manage and trace the business processes that arise from those problems. They can now fully automate continuous improvement and preventive actions,” stated Jason Spera, CEO of Aegis Software. “This ‘administrative quality’ capability brings uniformity and enforcement to the actions that must be taken to ensure mistakes are never repeated and processes actually improve over time. Further, this large system greatly simplifies and improves outcomes in quality audits, ISO compliance, and customer satisfaction and relationship management.”

Also at APEX 2018, Aegis will participate in the historic live demonstration of the IPC CFX factory data exchange standard that will enable visitors to monitor machines and devices in real-time across more than 15 different vendors at the show---on their own mobile devices—simply by scanning a QR code when entering the show floor. FactoryLogix will be connected to the shop-floor CFX network as part of this demonstration, showing the power of this free, open and true IoT standard for the industry, and the already widespread incorporation of it within devices and machines in the industry.

FactoryLogix is a holistic and modular platform which delivers leading-edge technology with easily configurable modules to support and execute a discrete manufacturer’s strategy towards Industry 4.0. FactoryLogix manages the entire manufacturing lifecycle: from product launch to material logistics, through manufacturing execution, to powerful analytics and real-time dashboards. This end-to-end platform is helping companies accelerate product introductions, streamline processes, improve quality and traceability, reduce costs and gain greater visibility for competitive advantage and profitability.

To learn more about FactoryLogix and schedule a one-on-one discussion and demonstration follow this link: FactoryLogix Demonstration.

About Aegis Software

Founded in 1997, Aegis Software uniquely delivers a comprehensive and flexible end-to-end manufacturing execution system (MES) platform giving manufacturers the speed, control, and visibility they require. Aegis has international sales and support offices in Germany, UK, and China, and partners with more than 37 manufacturing equipment suppliers. Since its inception, Aegis has been helping more than 2,000 factories across the military, aerospace, electronics, medical, and automotive industries, drive rapid and continuous innovation with the highest quality while reducing operational costs.

Learn more by visiting Speed, Control and Visibility for Manufacturing.

PI Expands Its Family of Digital Piezo Nanopositioning Controllers

AUBURN, MA - Industry leader in motion control and nano-positioning solutions PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. has expanded its successful E-709 family of low-cost digital piezo nanopositioning controllers with a new plug-in module for the C-885 PIMotionMaster modular controller system.

Modular System, up to 20 Cards per Rack
The PIMotionMaster system allows the combination of different drive technologies, controlled through one interface via one software package. For example, stepper motor stages, closed-loop servo motor positioners, and fast piezo-driven nano-focus devices can now be operated from one controller. Up to 20 control cards can be plugged into one 19” rack.

Digital Servo Controller with Piezo Power Amplifier and Software
The latest piezo control module, the E-709.1CC885, supports functions including wave generator, data recorder, auto zero, and I/O triggers. With a sensor update rate of 10kHz, two notch filters and linearization algorithms based on 5th-order polynomials it provides exceptionally accurate motion with sub-nanometer precision. The E-709 card combines a power amplifier (-30 to 130V output), signal conditioning circuitry for capacitance sensors and a digital servo. Piezo controllers with digital servo offer the advantage of higher linearity, and easy access to advanced features in comparison to conventional analog piezo controllers. A comprehensive software package is included: drivers for LabVIEW, dynamic libraries for Windows and Linux, MATLAB, MetaMorph, µManager, Andor iQ. Interfaces include USB, SPI, RS-232, and analog.

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Specifications, Datasheet, More Information

Plug & Play for Multiple Types of Motors and Drive Systems
After the modules are installed in the rack, individual axis configuration and movement is easily set-up using the included PIMikroMove software, a comprehensive Windows GUI that does not require programming knowledge for commissioning or direct operation.

Modules are currently available for PI translation/rotation stages equipped with:
• DC motors
• 3-phase motors
• Stepper motors
• Piezo flexure positioners
• Piezo ultrasonic motors
• PiezoWalk® nanopositioning motors
• Piezo inertia motors

Fields of applications include precision motion control in automation, nanopositioning, photonics, semiconductor testing, laser machining.

Standard and Custom
PI has in-house engineered solutions with over 4 decades of experience working with customers to provide products that meet application demands, and can quickly modify existing product designs or provide a fully customized OEM part to fit the exact requirements of the application.

About PI
PI is a leading manufacturer of air bearing stages, piezoelectric solutions, precision motion control equipment, and hexapod parallel-kinematics for semiconductor applications, photonics, bio-nano-technology, and medical engineering. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard & custom precision products with piezoceramic and electromagnetic drives for 4 decades. The company has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994 and provides innovative, high-quality solutions for OEM and research. The PI group employs more than 1,000 people worldwide in 15 subsidiaries and R&D / engineering centers on 3 continents.

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Altek Electronics, Inc. Purchases Ersa’s Smartflow Selective Soldering System

PLYMOUTH, WI - Kurtz Ersa North America, a leading supplier of electronics production equipment, announces that Altek Electronics, Inc. has purchased and successfully installed the Smartflow 2020 selective soldering system. A veteran-owned small business privately held by three family members (Stephen, David and Sabrina), Altek manufactures printed circuit board assemblies and box builds for many industries including the medical, military, industrial and telecommunications industries.

Ersa’s Smartflow 2020 requires less than 3 m² of space, thus fitting optimally into Altek’s production environment. Due to its universal pallet fastening, the Smartflow can handle PCB sizes of up to 508 x 508 mm [20” x 20”]. The Smartflow 2020 is smart and compact without compromising quality. Sabrina Beck, VP Altek Electronics commented: “Real estate is expensive—it’s important to optimize our factory space. The Smartflow 2020 allows us to do that. We’re very pleased with the quality of the soldering, as well. It’s a win-win.”

Altek uses LEAN manufacturing principals and Six Sigma practices to achieve in excess of 99 percent on-time delivery and customer acceptance. The company‘s first pass yields are greater than 98 percent and Continuous Flow Manufacturing enables Altek to reduce internal costs. Altek is certified to AS9100D and ISO 9001:2015. Its soldering operators are certified to IPC-610 and the J-STD, and cable and harness operators to IPC-620.

For more information about Altek Electronics, visit

For more information about Kurtz Ersa North America, visit

TopLine Reaches Out to Students at GCSU Career Day March 7

ATLANTA, GA - TopLine will reach out to students for the 10th time at the Georgia College and State University (GCSU) Career Day on March 7, 2018 to support students in the field of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies.

GCSU has a growing number of students pursuing an education in STEM studies at the Milledgeville, GA campus, near TopLine’s East Coast headquarters. TopLine also has a West Coast manufacturing facility in Orange County, California.

Martin Hart, CEO of TopLine, states that “We are particularly interested in supporting students pursuing majors in Chemistry, Physics and Biology with internships, scholarships and work-study programs in 2018 and beyond. We want to meet students early in their educational careers."

Hart noted that selected students will be offered jobs at TopLine to round out their understanding of the electronics components industry on a real-time, hands-on basis. “We want to challenge students to put their STEM educations to the test by being bold, thinking big and staying local in the greater Milledgeville area, an area that includes Macon and Robins Air Force Base,” he added. “Our mission and responsibility is to provide solutions to customers that enable them to do things better; thus advancing the frontiers of all that is possible.”

TopLine participates in a community with global interdependencies, Hart emphasizes, and he believes that just one person has the potential to positively affect many, even a continent away. “Each day, our employees are energized by helping others and improving our world,” he concludes.

About TopLine
TopLine manufactures a wide range of Daisy Chain test components, Column Grid Arrays, Particle Impact Vibration Dampers and engineering evaluation kits for process development, experimentation, machine evaluation, solder training, and SMT assembly practice. TopLine products provide hands-on learning for engineers. Contact TopLine Corporation, Tel (+1) 800-776-9888; Email:; or visit our web site,

Radiant Webinar Presents Technology that Replicates Human Vision for Accurate Evaluation of AR/VR Display Quality

REDMOND, WA - Radiant Vision Systems, a leading provider of test and measurement solutions for lighting and displays, announces that it will host a webinar to introduce display measurement technology that evaluates augmented and virtual reality displays under the same conditions as they are viewed by human users. The webinar, titled “Replicating Human Vision for Accurate Testing of AR/VR Displays,” will be broadcast live on Thursday, February 22, 2018, from 9-9:30 AM PST (12-12:30 PM EST). The broadcast includes a technical presentation by Radiant Applications Engineering Manager, Eric Eisenberg, followed by a live audience question and answer session.

Near-eye displays–like those used in augmented (AR), virtual (VR), and mixed (MR) reality devices—project visual objects and information in close proximity to the human eye, often encompassing the user’s entire angular field of view. This proximity not only magnifies display projections, but also enhances defects like non-uniformity, line and pixel defects, poor image clarity, and inaccurate image positioning. To accurately test the quality of displays that are viewed near to the eye, the measurement solution must take into account the position, limitations, and characteristics of the human eye, especially within the viewing environment of an AR/VR headset.

Radiant Vision Systems develops photometric imaging solutions that incorporate specially-designed optics and software to test high-resolution microdisplays viewed near to eye, such as those integrated into AR/VR devices. Radiant’s AR/VR solutions capture data to accurately characterize display quality as perceived by the user, such as replicating the size, position, and field of view (FOV) of the human eye. Radiant’s new AR/VR lens enables visualization of the complete display FOV within headsets, while Radiant TrueTest™ Software offers tests for modulation transfer function (MTF), image distortion, characterizing device FOV, and reporting spatial positions in degrees, among other capabilities.

At the upcoming webinar, Radiant Applications Engineering Manager, Eric Eisenberg, will present technologies for near-eye AR/VR display testing that replicate human vision for accurate evaluation of the user experience. With extensive hands-on experience incorporating imaging technology in factories worldwide, Eric has a deep understanding of the technical considerations required for successful implementation of display test systems.

For information about this webinar and to register for the live broadcast on February 22, visit

About Radiant Vision Systems
Radiant Vision Systems works with world-class brands and manufacturers to deliver creative visual inspection solutions that improve quality, reduce costs, and increase customer satisfaction. Radiant’s legacy of technology innovation in photometric imaging and worldwide install base date back more than 25 years and address applications from consumer electronics to automotive manufacturing. Radiant Vision Systems product lines include TrueTest™ automated visual inspection software for quality control, and ProMetric® imaging colorimeters, photometers, and light source measurement systems. Radiant is headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, with strategic offices in China and South Korea. Radiant has been a part of Konica Minolta’s Sensing Business Unit since August 2015. For more information, visit

PDR Offers IPC 7711/7721 Rev. C Courses

SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA - PDR, an industry recognized leader in IR rework since 1986, is pleased to announce that it now offers courses through its PDR Alliance Network for the new IPC 7711/7721 Rev. C standard – The Rework and Repair of Electronic Assemblies – which now includes focused infrared technology as a method for the removal and replacement of components.

With multiple training, demonstration and field support sites in the U.S.A. and abroad, PDR is able to provided firms with the education, training and field support necessary to become successful with the rework and repair of electronic assemblies. To schedule a course or demonstration, visit or call 877-700-6085 toll free to learn more.

Focused IR Rework Technology – Visible IR Rework is now part of Rev. C of IPC 7711/7721 for managers and technicians responsible for the successful rework and repair of electronic assemblies. Focused IR technology is identified as generating visible heat energy that is controlled by the use of an iris mechanism, direct in-process IC thermal control, and does not require air nozzles, i.e. laminar air flow. The technology is well-suited for high-mix applications, applications requiring advanced thermal control precision, and applications requiring the direct in-process control of the IC when undergoing temperature gradients.

To obtain IPC documents and to learn more about PDR Focused IR Technlogy, please visit or to explore how PDR Technology can help your organization succeed.

PDR Rework Systems remains at the forefront of rework technology by providing air nozzle free systems with advanced in-process control features and visible light that takes the guesswork out of rework. For more information about PDR, visit, or call PDR in the U.S. at 530-676-6262 or in the United Kingdom at +44 (0)1293 614 000.

Flexible Circuits Inc enjoys benefits of second CBT/MLI DI system purchased from Technica.

San Jose, CA - Technica USA reported that Flexible Circuits installed their second CBT/MLI DI system last year.

Dave Stollsteimer, President of Flexible Circuits stated, “Our first purchase of the CBT/MLI DI system 5 years ago significantly changed our company’s capability, technology and quality.  When we decided last year to broaden our use of DI imaging in our operation, it was a no brainer to consider a second CBT/MLI DI. The first machine has been a work horse. The machine performance was everything that was promised and the support from Technica has been excellent. We are very pleased to have established the relationship with CBT/MLI and Technica USA for our DI needs.”

Frank Medina, President of Technica USA commented, “Needless to say, we are pleased when customers purchase multiple DI units from us.  It is a reflection of the equipment’s performance and the significant investment we made to support the current and future install base.”  Flexible Circuits was one of our earlier adopters of the MLI Technology.  Very early on, they recognized the benefits DI would bring to their operation and to their customers. Both purchases were large investments for Flexible Circuits and we are grateful for the trust they placed in Technica when making these purchases.”.

Mr. Stollsteimer concluded, “I would highly recommend the CBT/MLI & Technica combination to anyone considering the purchase of DI equipment. You will be totally pleased with your decision”. 

About Flexible Circuits:

Flexible Circuits, Inc. is a World Class electronics company that designs, engineers, manufactures and does the mixed technology assembly of high end flexible circuit interconnects.  FCI's expertise lies in supplying high technology, fine line, high hole aspect ratio, high layer count (Types I, II, III, multilayer rigid-flex up to 36 layers in production environment) to the Military and Aerospace industries.  We are firmly entrenched in the Mil/Aero field and the vast knowledge of our Engineering staff allows us to take a project from concept of design to a fully integrated solution with ease, saving our customers time and money with the proper solution to their interconnect demands.  Flexible Circuits, Inc. has been in business for over 54 years with it's headquarters located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

About Technica USA

Technica, USA provides the highest quality equipment and process materials, manufactured worldwide, for the printed circuit board fabrication and assembly markets as well as the microelectronic, photovoltaic and printed electronics markets. For more information on Technica, USA, please contact Jason Perry at 1-408-240-5950 or click here.

ITW EAE to Reveal Latest Advances in Electronics Assembly Equipment at APEX EXPO

Lakeville, MN – ITW EAE, the Electronic Assembly Equipment division of ITW will be attending the APEX Expo, February 27 to March 1, 2018 in San Diego, California. The ITW EAE booth (3113) will be displaying and demonstrating the latest advances in the MPM, Camalot, Electrovert and Vitronics Soltec product lines.

The APEX Expo is a great opportunity to see the broad equipment offering from ITW EAE. Engineers and Applications Experts will be on hand, as well as Sales and Management, to answer questions and offer solutions. The combined knowledge and experience of the ITW EAE group has generated some breakthrough innovation which is speeding the development of next generation technology.

Camalot will be launching Dynamic Dual Head™ (DDH) which offers the unique ability to double dispense speed while maintaining the highest level of accuracy for both dispense pumps. The patented design corrects for part to part rotation in “real-time” allowing synchronous dispensing of both pumps. Camalot is also launching NuJet™, a jetting technology for the Prodigy dispenser that eliminates the use of a needle and incorporates a state-of-the-art pneumatic actuator that generates an operating frequency of up to 300Hz.

MPM will be debuting the Momentum Elite with a new paste monitoring system featuring temperature monitoring as well as upper and lower limit roll-height monitoring. These new features will improve yield and reduce waste by ensuring proper paste viscosity to avoid bridging and voiding and eliminate insufficient or excess paste volumes. There is also a new user-friendly graphic user interface.

“Miniaturization continues to demand enhancements in speed and precision, and we are excited to showcase our capabilities in these areas,” said Hutch Coburn, ITW EAE General Manager. “We also welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with leading manufacturers on Industry 4.0 and the collective advantages these capabilities can bring.

ITW Electronics Assembly Equipment (a division of Illinois Tool Works, Inc.), is the global leader in process knowledge, services and manufacture of capital equipment used in the printed circuit board assembly and semiconductor industries. The group brings together the world’s leading brands of electronics assembly equipment: MPM Printers, Camalot Dispensers, Electrovert Cleaners and Soldering Solutions, Vitronics Soltec Soldering Solutions and Despatch Thermal Processing Technology. For more information visit

John Hengst Joins Inovaxe as Regional Sales and Channel Partner Manager

DEERFIELD BEACH, FLInovaxe is pleased to announce that it has hired John Hengst as its new Regional Sales and Channel Partner Manager, located in Chicago, IL.

Hengst joins Inovaxe with many years of experience with Panasonic, Assembleon and Fuji. He will work with the company’s current sales team and representatives, and expand Inovaxe’s sales channel partners.

Margy Khoshnood, Inovaxe’s VP of Sales, commented, “John is a respected expert in our industry and brings a new perspective to help us continue to provide the best service to our customers. We are excited to welcome him to our Inovaxe team.” 

Hengst can be reached at 954-871-5216 or by email at

For more information about how Inovaxe’s innovative material handling systems and services can improve your inventory accuracy, reduce storage space and reduce your labor costs, visit

Shielded Surface Mount RF Inductors with Higher Inductance

Gowanda, NY - Gowanda Electronics, a designer and manufacturer of precision electronic components for radio frequency and power applications, announces the expansion of its SML32S series of wirewound, shielded, molded RF surface mount inductors in the “1210” style. This expansion increases the number of individual parts in the series by more than 20% and broadens the inductance range by adding values from 120 µH to 470 µH. 

The expansion was done in order to address the market need for higher inductance shielded inductors in RF applications. Shielded inductors are used specifically in applications where the close proximity of circuit board components requires the inductor to be shielded to minimize interactions and ensure performance of the overall system.

Such inductors are used for radio frequency applications in commercial, medical and military communities. That includes use in communication, guidance, security, radar, and test & evaluation applications.    

The performance range provided by the expanded SML32S series includes inductance from 0.1 µH to 470 µH, DCR ohms max from 0.15 to 25 and current rating mA DC from 91 to 1175. There are two core types in the series (powdered iron and ferrite). The series operating temperature range is -55°C to +125°C. See data table below. More technical information is available on the SML32S datasheet, series page and graphs page (links below). The SML32S series is the magnetically shielded version of Gowanda’s SML32 series (link below).

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For more information regarding pricing, delivery, higher reliability or upscreening requirements please contact Gowanda Electronics at USA +1-716-532-2234 or

Pillarhouse at IPC APEX 2018

Elk Grove Village, IL – With only days until the start of the IPC APEX 2018 show, Pillarhouse are very pleased to announce that they will be part of the IPC Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) Showcase. This is a live demonstration that delivers standardized machine IoT data from production line machines, through the cloud, and on to visitor’s mobile phones. Eighteen different vendors will be streaming real-time manufacturing data from their booths. This type of showcase has never been done in any industry. APEX EXPO is the first to showcase this new technology live. Visitors to APEX will be invited to participate by simply monitoring the systems on their phone or smart device. 
Machine vendors from across the whole industry that normally compete have joined together to show-case and demonstrate support for the IPC Connected Factory Exchange (CFX), the true digitally IoT standard that makes Industry 4.0 possible. CFX provides a path toward Industry 4.0 for all companies, big and small.
Pillarhouse's participation in this project continues to show that they are the leading force in the selective soldering sector. To see the Pillarhouse Smart Factory implementation in action visit us at booth #1309