Founded in 1983, Asymtek
has grown from a very small operation into a leading manufacturer
equipment worldwide. In April 2004, Asymtek received Intel’s
highest honor for its suppliers, the Supplier Continuous
Quality Improvement (SCQI) award, which serves as a validation
of the performance delivered by Asymtek today.
The keynote address will cover the changes
in technology and business growth as well as lessons learned
unique beginning, to its future trends and challenges in
our post-bubble, new business environment.
The story of how Asymtek began and flourished is a tale
of high-technology entrepreneurship in the 20th century.
Asymtek’s co-founders Robert L. Ciardella, Phil Maiorca,
and Alec J. Babiarz met as recent college graduates at their
first “real” jobs at Hewlett-Packard (HP) in
the early 1970s, before IBM PC and Apple computers. While
there, they worked on the first commercial thermal ink jet
printers and participated in bringing the PC into the manufacturing
and business environment.
At that time, Silicon Valley and high-tech
venture capital were a new phenomenon. Inspired by the
trend, they developed
an idea on a napkin in a bar after a Lake Tahoe ski trip
in 1981. The original concept, a magnetic ink printer, went
by the wayside within months but the idea to start something
with new technology was set. Three engineers with nearly
no business, marketing, sales, or operations experience were
too naïve to know they could not succeed.
The concept of using a PC as a manufacturing
tool with specialized menu-driven software was almost unknown
at that time. The
first hybrid circuits automatic pick and place (PnP) machine
made by Teledyne TAC (lineage to MRSI) was a modified HP
9872 pen plotter. This device is probably a trunk on the
evolutionary tree of today’s SMT PnP machine. Teledyne
TAC was Asymtek’s first customer for one Automove 303
XY table and controller.
Initially, Asymtek followed any path
that produced sales. Then, it began riding the wave of
Asymtek started by dispensing a temporary solder mask with
an air-operated syringe in 1984. It continued to ride the
wave as it surged with flip chip underfill in the late 1990s.
It continues to supply jetting and new techniques for manufacturing
the newest OLEDs to meet today’s needs.
Alec J. Babiarz is Senior Vice President and a founder of
Asymtek, a manufacturer of dispensing systems. His responsibilities
include international sales and service.
addition, he serves as Vice President, New Business
Development for Nordson
is Asymtek’s parent
company, and he is President of Nordson-Asymtek K.K., a Japanese
1983, Alec and the co-founders of Asymtek have built
the company from a
very small operation
into a leading manufacturer
of dispensing equipment worldwide. In April 2004, Asymtek
received Intel’s highest honor for its suppliers, the
Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award.
currently supplies advanced IC encapsulation equipment
to produce electronic
using cavity filling and
underfilling. Customers include AMD, Amkor, muRata, NESK,
Seagate, and SPIL. Asymtek also supplies underfill dispensers
to cell phone manufacturers and associated contract manufacturers
such as Nokia, Flextronics, & Elcoteq.
Alec is co-developer in 31 patents worldwide for equipment
and apparatus for fluid dispensing and has written more than
15 papers and articles on fluid dispensing and jetting. He
received a BSE degree from Arizona State University and MSME
and MSEE degrees from Stanford University. Prior to founding
Asymtek, Alec was a project manager at Hewlett-Packard and
worked on ink jet technology for printers and plotters.