:: Corporate Member News ::

:: Growth Continues for Leading Wedge Bonder Company - Hesse & Knipps, Inc. Adds Senior Field Service Engineer (full story)

:: Kulicke & Soffa Signs Agreement to Acquire Alphasem and Enter Die Bonder Market (full story)

:: Torrey Hills Obsoletes the Old Way of Buying Industrial Furnaces (full story)

:: Asymtek’s PreciseCoat Jet Delivers Conformal Coating into Tight Spaces - Highly selective jet eliminates need for masking (full story)

:: Co-planar Inc., Announces Move to Larger Facility (full story)

:: DuPont Microcircuit Materials Receives Service Award from Q-Cells (full story)

:: Indium Corporation Recognized 11 Individuals for Achieving Dartmouth Six Sigma Green Belt Certification (full story)

:: Major Display Advance on View at Arizona State University (full story)

:: NETZSCH Fine Particle Technology Names Stephen Grzelak Midwest Region Sales Manager (full story)

:: New RoHS-Compliant HIC Conductor Materials from Ferro Offer Performance, Systems Approach to “Green” Manufacturing (full story)

:: March Plasma Systems to Exhibit at Semicon Japan December 6 ~ 8, 2006 (full story)

:: Palomar Technologies Receives ISO 9001:2000 Recertification (full story)

:: Micro Printing Systems Printer is CE Approved (full story)

:: Five Star Technologies Introduces New Category of Specialty Dispersion Products at IMAPS 2006 (full story)

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Growth Continues for Leading Wedge Bonder Company - Hesse & Knipps, Inc. Adds Senior Field Service Engineer

Hesse & Knipps, Inc., fully-owned subsidiary of German-based Hesse & Knipps GmbH Semiconductor announced recently that the company has hired Guill Muyot as senior field service engineer based in Northern California.

Mr. Muyot has over 25 years of experience working in the semiconductor assembly industry, most recently with Kulicke and Soffa Industries, where he worked as senior field service engineer for seven years. He also worked as a process development engineer at nChip/Flextronics for six years.

“Guill’s combined bonding experience is well over twenty years,” said Joseph Bubel, president of Hesse & Knipps, Inc. “His experience is certain to be a major benefit to Hesse & Knipps’ customers in the Americas.”

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Kulicke & Soffa Signs Agreement to Acquire Alphasem and Enter Die Bonder Market

Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Inc. announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Alphasem, a leading supplier of die bonder equipment, from Dover Technologies International, Inc., a subsidiary of Dover Corporation (NYSE: DOV). The purchase price is $30 million, subject to a working capital adjustment. The acquisition is expected to close on or about November 3, 2006, and is subject to customary closing conditions.

K&S equipment segment vice president, Christian Rheault, commented on the agreement, “The acquisition of Alphasem is a natural extension of K&S’s core equipment business into die bonding equipment. The die bonding process precedes the wire bonding step in semiconductor chip manufacturing, and normally utilizes adjacent floor space and a common engineering team. This supplier consolidation will enhance our ability to provide solutions to our customers across a greater span of the semiconductor assembly process.”

He added, “According to VLSI Research, the die bonder market was $520 million in calendar year 2005. The Alphasem team has good market presence, provides strong engineering and process expertise, and has demonstrated a long standing commitment to the die bonder market. The combined Alphasem/K&S organization will allow us to better serve our customers’ needs while further expanding our overall semiconductor assembly equipment market presence.”

Mr. Rheault concluded, “Wire bonders and die bonders share many common functions, software features, sub-assemblies, and components. We believe joining the engineering and manufacturing expertise of Alphasem and K&S will yield superior equipment platforms.”

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Torrey Hills Obsoletes the Old Way of Buying Industrial Furnaces

Torrey Hills Technologies, LLC has announced a pioneering method for purchasing industrial furnaces through its newly launched sales division BeltFurnaces.com. Customers can now use the same easy steps as buying a computer to get 2,000-pound industrial furnaces. Other benefits include extra low prices and super fast delivery.

“The initial responses from our clients are very positive,” said company President Ken Kuang. “They are thrilled by the advantages this ground-breaking approach promises to bring about.”

Partnering with the topnotch Chinese electronics applications belt furnace manufacturer, the company markets standardized products, a first in the industry, with limited options for customization. Its website, www.BeltFurnaces.com, simplifies the complicated industrial furnace purchase process into three easy steps: “choose a basic model”, “add the appropriate options”, and “obtain quotes”. Potential buyers thus come into possession of all the pricing, specification, and delivery information even before they talk to a sales representative.

More importantly, standardization allows the company to offer prices up to 60% lower than the market price, as well as a short lead time of 2 to 3 weeks between order and delivery. Kuang said that by cutting cost on first-rate industrial furnaces, “our customers will be able to turn out products of the highest quality at the most competitive price in their markets.”

For more information, please visit www.torreyhillstech.com.

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Asymtek’s PreciseCoat Jet Delivers Conformal Coating into Tight Spaces - Highly selective jet eliminates need for masking

Asymtek has introduced the SC-400 PreciseCoat™ Conformal Coating Jet for applying coating materials to highly selective areas, especially on small substrates or substrates with high-component density where there are tight tolerances between coated and uncoated areas. With PreciseCoat jetting, the need for masking is virtually eliminated because delivery of the coating is so accurately controlled.

Using a needle design with non-contact jetting action and fast pulse-width modulated control, the SC-400 jet delivers conformal coating to areas not accessible by other applicators. Small volumes and precision control of the conformal coating material enable line widths down to 1.2 millimeters (0.05 inch) wide. Film thicknesses of 15 micrometers are achievable when using solvent-based materials. Acrylics, silicones, urethanes, UV-cure, and water-based materials with a viscosity range of 1 to 850 centipoise (cps) can be jetted.

The PreciseCoat Jet provides flexibility for many diverse conformal coating applications in industries such as automotive, commercial, avionics, military, and the medical market. Multiple dot sizes can be delivered from the same applicator, yielding small volumes with good volume control. A dual-valve configuration is available when the operation requires coverage of a large area in addition to precision conformal coating.

The need for highly selective conformal coating applications is a result of shrinking electronics and the need to protect them from harsh environments and to dampen the effects of mechanical and thermal stresses, vibrations, and electrical noise. The SC-400 PreciseCoat Conformal Coating Jet enables the manufacturer to coat the exact area that needs protection, with a precise amount of coating, even in areas that are small and difficult to reach.

The SC-400 is designed to be used on Asymtek’s Century® Series conformal coating systems. The Century Conformal Coating System provides consistent uniform dispensing of a variety of conformal coating materials for both batch and inline coating applications.

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Co-planar Inc. Announces Move to Larger Facility

Co-planar Inc. announces its move to a new 33,000 sq. ft. operations and administrative facility in Denville, NJ. “With expanded manufacturing, engineering and quality control departments, Co-planar has positioned itself to better serve our customers’ need, today and in the future,” said Tom McClellan, Sales & Marketing Manager.

Co-planar, a well-respected supplier of high quality precision stamped components and lead-frames to the Semiconductor, Electronic, Automotive, Medical and Insert Molding Industries, has made this move as a result of increased demand from its customer base.

For more information on Co-planar visit www.co-planar.com.

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DuPont Microcircuit Materials Receives Service Award from Q-Cells

Marking five years of successful collaboration, DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM), part of DuPont Electronic Technologies, today announced that it is the proud recipient of a Q-Cells Supplier Award for its provision of metallization materials used in the construction of silicon photovoltaic cells.

Citing DuPont’s excellent supply performance over this period, Q-Cells presented the award to DuPont at last month’s European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Dresden, Germany. Q-Cells AG, based in Thalheim, Germany, is Europe’s biggest manufacturer of high-performance solar cells made of mono- and multicrystalline silicon. The cooperation between the two companies started in the first six months of 2001, when Q-Cells began producing photovoltaic cells. DuPont MCM, under the brand name DuPont™ Solamet®, provided Q-Cells with silver pastes for the front-side of the cells to fire through the ARC (anti-reflective coating) and penetrate into the silicon to achieve a good ohmic contact without shunting.

Other thick film metallization pastes within the DuPont™ Solamet® range include aluminium pastes to secure a good ohmic contact with the backside (p-side) and the silver, or silver/aluminium pastes, which are soldered to the interconnect ribbon. These, in turn, electrically connect the cells together, either in a series or in parallel.

Commenting on the company’s decision to make DuPont a recipient of its service award, Matthias Raetz, head of Supply Management at Q-Cells said, “We are aware that we owe the excellent performance of our company also to the excellent performance of our suppliers. Our stable and lasting relationship with DuPont, as a supplier of high-performance materials, also supported our success.”

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Indium Corporation Recognized 11 Individuals for Achieving Dartmouth Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

A Dartmouth Six Sigma Green Belt has demonstrated proficiency in developing and executing design experiments to support continuous process improvement at a competent level.

Individuals who achieved the certification include: Stephen Foster, Mike McNamara, Bob Jarrett, Nicole Palma, Runsheng Mao, Stephen Smith, Hong-Sik Hwang, Ed Gudlauski, Leroy Page, Anthony Piccione, and Dave Sbiroli.

Training for the certification was presented by Ronald C. Lasky, Ph.D., Senior Technologist at Indium Corporation and visiting professor at Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering. Dr. Lasky, holder of the prestigious SMTA Founder’s Award, is a world-renown process expert. He has over 20 years experience in electronics and optoelectronics packaging and assembly. He has authored or edited five books and numerous technical papers, and holds several patent disclosures.

Indium Corporation is a four-time Frost & Sullivan Award-winning supplier of electronics and semiconductor assembly materials, including solder pastes, solder preforms, fluxes, Pb-Free solder alloys, underfill materials, die-attach materials, and more. The company is also the world’s premiere supplier of commercial grade and high-purity indium. Factories are located in the USA, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and China. Founded in 1934, the company is ISO 9001 registered.

For more information about Indium Corporation visit www.indium.com.

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Major Display Advance on View at Arizona State University

During the leading conference on Printed Electronics in Phoenix Arizona on December 5-6, 2006 there will be a tour of the renowned display research center at Arizona State University. Its remarkable advances are nearer to commercialization than most realize, for example, the new flexible displays could be field tested as early as 2007.

These displays use electrophoretic inks made by conductive ink supplier E-Ink (Kent Displays is also a partner). They will be used in handsets initially and then be embedded into fabric so they can be integrated in military uniforms.

These displays will provide soldiers with real-time mission updates, logistical information and detailed maps. They will download data or maps from a satellite to clarify a squadron’s position or provide details on the location of enemy forces.

Once the size of the display has been increased, work will focus on applying advanced touch screen elements. "Enabling solders to add or write data on the display is definitely a future target," explains Greg Raupp, the director of the Flexible Display Centre. "The display will be lightweight, consume very little power, and will be rugged and able to withstand high levels of heat and vibration."

Size increase
The displays will be four inches in diameter and have a pixel range of 320 x 240. According to Raupp, the display center intends to nearly triple the size of the display to 12 inches (30 centimeters) by 2008. "We have adopted a very aggressive progress roadmap, as the technological collaboration with E-Ink has enabled us to work at a very high tempo," explains Raupp.

Conventional polymer films are used as the main substrate material but Raupp says that thin layers of stainless steel will also be tested. Stainless steel is much more flexible than plastic and can be cut to a near transparent layer.

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NETZSCH Fine Particle Technology Names Stephen Grzelak Midwest Region Sales Manager

NETZSCH Fine Particle Technology, LLC has named Stephen M. Grzelak Midwest region sales manager. He will manage all aspects of NETZSCH customer relationships in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Grzelak is responsible for growing the customer base throughout those states for NETZSCH’s grinding division. He will be the key point of contact for NETZSCH customers, and his primary objective will be to provide state-of-the-art grinding solutions that help to increase customers’ profitability.

Prior to joining NETZSCH, Grzelak was customer service manager for Ohmite Manufacturing Company, Rolling Meadows, IL. In that position, he interfaced with customers from diverse industries that included telecommunications, aerospace, military, automotive, rail transit, and computers.

Previously, Grzelak served as product/marketing manager for Prater Industries, Inc., Bolingbrook, IL. He has also held several positions, including field sales representative, senior aftermarket sales representative, applications engineer, and laboratory technician, with the Raymond division of Alstom Power, Warrenville, IL. Grzelak holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Bradley University, Peoria, IL.

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New RoHS-Compliant HIC Conductor Materials from Ferro Offer Performance, Systems Approach to “Green” Manufacturing

New RoHS-compliant silver and gold HIC conductor materials meet existing high-performance requirements for automotive, medical, military, and telecom applications while providing a systems approach to “green” manufacturing. Ferro launched the products at IMAPS 2006, held in San Diego, CA, Oct. 10–12.

Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 2003 requires the substitution of heavy metals and other hazardous substances in new electrical and electronic equipment put on the market after 1 July 2006. Glasses traditionally use lead to achieve the proper rheology at low temperatures and cadmium to provide adhesion—properties vital to thick film performance. Ferro tapped its more than 75 years of glass expertise and database of more than 3,000 formulations to develop products that preserve both the environment and electrical performance.

Ferro’s new RoHS-compliant product line currently includes three single layer silver conductor materials and two single layer gold conductors. Gold multilayer conductors in development will soon be commercial, as well.

33-801 Ag is a general purpose conductor. 34-806 AgPd, 6:1 provides excellent initial and aged adhesion. 37-801 PtPdAg is solderable and offers high conductivity and excellent adhesion.

30-801 Wirebond Au is suitable for the top/bottom layer for 1 and 2 mil wirebonding on alumina and C8301 substrates. 31-801 PtPdAu is a solderable composition offering excellent adhesion and solder leach on alumina.

Ferro offers RoHS-compliant systems for hybrid integrated circuits utilizing these five conductors with matched dielectrics, resistors, and overglazes (resistors are RoHS-conformal and permitted under 2002/95/EC). These material systems are optimized for alumina substrates, fired at 850°C.

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March Plasma Systems to Exhibit at Semicon Japan December 6 ~ 8, 2006

March Plasma Systems, has announced today that it will exhibit at the Semicon Japan 2006 trade show, December 6-8, 2006.

As in previous years, the event will be held at the Makuhari Messe convention center, located in Chiba prefecture, Japan.

March will be exhibiting at the booth of March’s semiconductor equipment sales and service representative in Japan, Noah Corporation. The booth is located in Hall 3, Booth 3C-701.

“March participates in key industry trade shows like Semicon Japan 2006 in order to give our customers the opportunity to see our plasma system technology first-hand, and meet our plasma system experts face-to-face,” said Scott D. Szymanski, Semiconductor Market Manager for March Plasma Systems.

March Plasma Systems cordially invites you to visit us at the Noah Corporation booth (Hall 3, Booth 3C-701) during the show to discuss how our advanced plasma systems can improve your production yield, reduce defects, and increase device reliability.

For more information, visit the March Plasma Systems web site at www.marchplasma.com.

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Palomar Technologies Receives ISO 9001:2000 Recertification

Palomar Technologies, has announced that it has been recertified as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001/ANSI-ASQ Q9001:2000 and is registered by SGS. Palomar was assessed and certified as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2000 for design, manufacturing, sales, servicing, and marketing of automated assembly equipment serving the communications, microwave and RF, semiconductor, optoelectronic, wireless, disk drive, automotive, aerospace and defense, and medical industries. Registration to ISO 9001:2000 demonstrates compatibility to an international set of standards for quality and continuous improvement.

“Following the principles of ISO 9001:2000 system implementation has given us an even better knowledge and understanding of our customers’ needs and expectations,” said Michelle Taylor, marketing services manager and ISO management representative for Palomar Technologies. “Moreover, ISO has rededicated Palomar’s company-wide commitment to quality, continuous process improvement, and complete customer satisfaction.”

For more information, visit www.PalomarTechnologies.com.

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Micro Printing Systems Printer is CE Approved

Micro Printing Systems, is the manufacturer of the TF-100 stand alone screen printer has been recently CE approved and has been shipping machines to the European market! Call or email us for inquiries or check out our website!

For more information, please visit www.mps-intl.com.

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Five Star Technologies Introduces New Category of Specialty Dispersion Products at IMAPS

Setting A New Standard For Uniformity and Stability, While Boosting Performance

Five Star Technologies announced that it has introduced a family of new dispersion products to manufacturers of electronic packages and related materials attending IMAPS 39th International Symposium on Microelectronics. The new products include dispersions for precious metal processing, chip packaging materials, specialty inks and pastes and ceramic components. The company expects each to find wide, immediate use in the fabrication of microelectronics for makers of cellular phones, PC boards, and automotive and medical electronics. At the same time, it expects its dispersion products to become an enabling technology for next generation RFID, LCD and plasma displays, solar panel buildups and smart sensors.

“Based on early collaboration and testing with industry-leading customers, we believe that Five Star’s dispersions will eliminate frustrations currently felt by many in the industry at their inability to consistently produce key packaging features at ever smaller dimensions,” says Dana Hankey, Business Director of Electronic Materials for Five Star. “Five Star’s dispersions are uniquely uniform and stable for particles at both the micron and nanometer scale.”

Customer tests, says Hankey, have demonstrated numerous advantages for Five Star dispersions. These include:

  • Dispersion uniformity that eliminates agglomerates and precisely controls maximum allowable particle sizes
  • Rheological stability in numerous applications using multiple fillers and organic solvents
  • Elimination of multiple processing steps
  • No degradation of material purity and, in certain instances, enhancement
  • Maintenance of key material features such as morphology and coating integrity
  • Ability to match coefficients of thermal expansion with those of surrounding materials.

Taken together, says Hankey, these benefits mean that Five Star’s patented technology for creating uniform, stable dispersions fills a missing link in the electronic materials supply chain. “We believe that our new products will noticeably impact performance of electronics assemblies and the consumer products they enable. Five Star dispersions will become an essential underlying technology for multiple applications in a wide variety of markets.”

About Five Star Technologies
Five Star Technologies is a supplier of high-performance powders and dispersions for use in semiconductor and microelectronic packaging, display and ceramic component applications. Using its patented Particle Management Technology, Five Star creates precision dispersions of a wide range of materials (metals, oxides, nitrides, carbon fibers, etc.) in various organic media. Our products exhibit unparalleled rheological stability and exceptional particle size control, enabling our customers to produce materials with next-generation performance profiles. For more information, please visit Five Star Technologies website at www.fivestartech.com.

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:: Issue 18 ::
November 1 , 2006

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