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:: Corporate Member News ::

:: Clean Rooms from Precision Process (full story)

:: ISI Offers Unique Power Supply Socketing System (full story)

:: Frank Rondinelli joins Hesse & Knipps, Inc. as Director of Sales (full story)

:: Kyzen Introduces Know the Score™ Database (full story)

:: Indium Corporation Announces Promotion (full story)

:: Unitek Benchmark Introduces a Lid Alignment and Tack Welding Station (full story)

:: U.S. Congressman James Walsh to Join Raytheon in Award Ceremony Recognizing Syracuse-Based Anaren, Inc. as Small Business Administration’s Subcontractor of the Year (full story)

:: Lord Corporation Provides Solution to Meet Growing Market for Rear Park Sensors (full story)

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Clean Rooms from Precision Process

Precision Process Equipment proudly provides one of the largest assembly clean rooms specifically designed for our high tech plating customers. 

Our recently established clean room assembly room measures 22’ x 78’, with a total square footage of 1,716 sq. ft. Complete with a 240 sq. ft. pre-clean area equipped with a ULPA (ultra-low particulate) vacuum and an additional 612 sq. ft. dedicated to staging. This environment allows Precision Process to offer full clean room assembly and final test of Precision Process built equipment.

Clean room assembly, test, and packaging minimizes contaminant risk allowing for faster assembly and quicker time to production for new equipment.

To learn more, visit

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ISI Offers Unique Power Supply Socketing System

Interconnect Systems announces a practical alternative to power supply interconnect. The ISI socketing design allows for easy power supply attach, removal, rework and replacement. 

The design is a very low profile SMT with an over-molded lead frame and SLC pin /socket socketing  to allow easy mate/un-mate of the power supply without any insertion/extraction tooling required.  The contact is a custom, gold over nickel designed to meet low profile and extraction criteria.  The power contacts are capable of carrying up to 45A.  The design eliminates hard soldering and solder pooling problems.

Due to ISI’s in-house design, tooling and over-molding capabilities, NRE for custom designs are surprisingly affordable and turn-around time for a first article sample is just 3 weeks.

For more information, visit

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Frank Rondinelli joins Hesse & Knipps, Inc. as Director of Sales

Hesse & Knipps, Inc. announced recently that the company has hired Frank Rondinelli as director of sales.

In his new role, Mr. Rondinelli reports to Joseph S. Bubel, president of Hesse & Knipps, Inc., and will be responsible for sales throughout the Americas and for managing the company’s network of manufacturer’s representatives.

Prior to joining Hesse & Knipps, Inc., Mr. Rondinelli held positions at Siemens Energy & Automation, F&K Delvotec and Contact International, in addition to sales, customer service and production positions with Gould, Inc. He also ran his own manufacturers representative organization for four years, selling capital equipment for eight manufacturers in the microelectronics industry.

Mr. Rondinelli graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, earning a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in accounting and English.

“Frank is an experienced and customer-conscious sales professional with over 20 years of experience in the niche markets that Hesse & Knipps serves,” said Joseph S. Bubel, president of Hesse & Knipps, Inc. “His objectives as director of sales will be to further expand our market share in the United States, Canada and Mexico, with particular emphasis on the northeast and southwest U.S. regions, in addition to helping us expand into the heavy wire bonding marketplace with our advanced BONDJET BJ920 Heavy Wire Bonder.”
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Kyzen Introduces Know the Score™ Database

Kyzen Corporation announces the inauguration of its Know the Score! TM Database. Kyzen Application Laboratories have conducted extensive test protocols for many years, collecting tens of thousands of data points from legacy IT systems that are spread throughout Kyzen’s global operations.  After more than a year in development, Know the ScoreTM recently went live in Kyzen’s Applications and R&D Laboratories.
“With Know the ScoreTM, we now have real-time access to every data point Kyzen collects worldwide — in one place,” said Ram Wissel, Engineering Manager. “This will speed both product development and technical support on a global basis, adding value to our customer development programs and routine daily operations.”

“All suppliers conduct testing for customers,” Wissel continued. “What is unique about Know the Score! TM is the real-time access to vast amounts of data, allowing for a truer, statistically validated product and process recommendation.”

Kyzen Corporation is the winner of both the Innovation Award for Best Supplier of the Year 2007, presented by EM Asia Magazine and the 2007 Circuits Assembly Service Excellence Award in the category of Electronics Suppliers — Cleaning Materials. Both awards are based on direct voting and/or feedback from users throughout the industry.
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Indium Corporation Announces Promotion

Indium Corporation announces the promotion of Jordan Ross to Market Manager for Thermal Applications. Jordan is based at Indium’s global headquarters in Clinton, NY.
Jordan manages the global initiatives for Indium’s thermal management products, including sales and marketing for the Heat-Spring ™ thermal interface material. He is responsible for new product launches, and developing and executing regional and application strategies. In addition, Jordan actively engages industry leaders and drives Indium’s global business development through industry forums, presentations, and interactive communications on his Thermal Blog at  
Jordan joined Indium in 2005 as a Product Specialist for Engineered Solders.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York, Institute of Technology. Jordan lives in Whitesboro, NY, USA. 

For more information about Indium Corporation, visit
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Unitek Benchmark Introduces a Lid Alignment and Tack Welding Station

Unitek Benchmark, a division of Miyachi Unitek Corporation, has introduced a lid alignment and tack welding station to provide accurate tacking of lids to package bases.  The standard station includes a precision slide which allows for separate alignment and tacking positions.  The separate alignment position enables more accurate lid alignment.  An optional microscope or camera system can be provided for even greater accuracy and ease of use.  Additional features and benefits:

  • Includes the advanced Model ADP100 Weld Power Supply and Series 88 Weldhead for repeatable process results
  • Finger proximity switches trigger weld head movement and ensure operator safety
  • Tooling pins on slide platform enable quick changeover to a different part holding fixture

Miyachi Unitek designs and manufactures a full range of resistance welding and reflow soldering power supplies, heads, monitors and accessories for both large scale and fine spot applications requiring precision metals joining, lasers and laser systems for welding and marking, and hermetic sealing systems, gloveboxes and environmental enclosures.  The company offers applications and process development support at no charge. 

For more information, email at  Miyachi Unitek may be found on the internet at
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U.S. Congressman James Walsh to Join Raytheon in Award Ceremony Recognizing Syracuse-Based Anaren, Inc. as Small Business Administration’s Subcontractor of the Year

Anaren, Inc. has officially announced that it was named the 2007 National Subcontractor of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at a Washington, D.C. luncheon held on April 23 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center as part of National Small Business Week. According to a press release issued by the SBA following the event, the award “honors small businesses that have provided the government and industry with outstanding goods and services.” Previously a winner at the regional level for SBA Region II (NY and NJ), due to its nomination by Raytheon Missile Systems (Tucson, AZ), Anaren was selected by the SBA from among 10 regional nominees.

In an award presentation to be held at Anaren’s Syracuse, NY headquarters on October 15, 2007 at 10:00 – and including comments by U.S. Congressman Jim Walsh (New York, 25th district) -- Raytheon will officially recognize and acknowledge Anaren’s SBA award. The event will also include a tour of a newly constructed 54,000 square foot addition to Anaren’s Syracuse facility.
“We are proud of Anaren’s achievement,” says Robert Parra, Raytheon’s Senior Supplier Manager of Supply Chain Management. “Being recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration demonstrates the type of commitment that Anaren has made to its customers as well as the community.”  

Raytheon’s nomination of Anaren stems from its long-term relationship with the Syracuse company which specializes in complex, high-density RF and microwave technology employed in such Raytheon-driven programs as the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM), the SeaRAM Anti-Ship Missile Defense System, and the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS).

 “Anaren is honored to have been nominated by Raytheon Missile Systems for this award – and excited to have been selected by the SBA given the caliber of our fellow nominees,” said Anaren President and CEO, Larry Sala, who, along with Tim Glavin, head of the company’s Space & Defense Unit, received the award on the company’s behalf. “It is testimony to the innovative spirit of our team, evidence of the dynamic things happening at Raytheon, and proof of the ingenuity occurring in today’s U.S. defense sector as a whole.”

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Lord Corporation Provides Solution to Meet Growing Market for Rear Park Sensors

Cars that park themselves are no longer a futuristic idea shown in a cartoon or science fiction movie. Several high-end vehicles have integrated sensors into their designs, which enable the automobiles themselves to determine proximity to their surroundings. But, these sensors aren’t merely having an impact on the elite automobiles; rear park sensors have been integrated into a variety of vehicle models, promising both efficiency and safety.

According to Janette Fennell, founder and president of Kids and Cars, a national, non-profit advocacy group, 70 percent of all non-traffic, car-related childhood fatalities are caused by limited visibility (as quoted on Obviously, the danger is real. In large vehicles such as minivans and SUVs, it is difficult to know what is behind you. Necessity being the mother of invention, several companies have met this need with the launch of rear parking sensors. These devices ensure that drivers are made aware of objects behind their vehicle when it is in reverse. Notification comes via audible beeps or pillar-mounted light displays.

In order to meet the growing demand for these sensors, a U.K.-based firm specializing in PZT piezoelectric transducers (PZTs) ceramics was hired by one of the main European automotive components companies to develop a ceramic disc for use in the sensor. However, in order for their product to work, they needed a PZT disc with specific electrical properties, coupled with a silver termination paste fired onto both sides of the disc, to provide the essential means of electrical connection within the sensor device. LORD -- a global supplier of thermal management materials, adhesives, coatings and encapsulants – had been working closely with the company since 1990 to develop a general purpose silver thick film paste to cover a wide range of large traditional PZT parts that the firm was producing at that time. Building on this relationship and expertise, LORD became the main supplier of the needed silver pastes.

In the late 1990s, as the company began development of the park sensor technology, they contacted LORD to start development of a silver paste specifically for this application. Jointly, LORD and this firm began prototype production of the PZT disc design for the rear park sensor using an existing screen-printable silver paste product with a good track-record on a variety of PZT ceramic compositions. This product met their requirements in terms of electrical performance, adhesion, solderability and reliability. However, it was not suitable for high-production volumes.

According to Bob Hodges, LORD Account Manager, as the use of rear sensors gained acceptance in the marketplace, it became apparent that the firm and LORD needed to find a simpler and more cost-effective process. As such, they set out to develop a product with the same intrinsic-fired properties, yet more suitable for volume manufacturing. Although vapor application of thick films as well as thin film alternatives were explored, both proved to be expensive and slow.

Building on many years of thick film processing expertise, the development process involved input from LORD material scientists, chemists and manufacturing representatives. After much evaluation of various formulations and application methods for silver-loaded thick film materials, the team agreed to develop a spray version of the paste. Several samples were provided and trials were conducted on a newly installed spray line –a suitable solvent system that offered tight viscosity and solids content specifications.

The resulting sprayable, silver composition is a RoHS compliant, solderable electrode conductor for ceramic component devices. This silver-bearing paint composition is designed for spray application of a solderable electrode base onto various types of electrical ceramic component devices. The fired-film forms a highly adherent bond to many types of substrates especially PZTs, but also NTC thermistors, alumina, steatite and porcelain, without altering the electrical and mechanical properties of the dielectric body. Further, the bonded electrode is readily solderable for external lead attachments and it offers a lower weight of silver per part, resulting in a thinner and more cost-effective deposit.

In 2000, LORD started to supply this sprayable silver paint product for the first production runs of the PZT ceramic disc. The volume has steadily increased from 2003 to the present as new car models fitted with rear park sensors have grown to be standard equipment.  According to Lynn Yanyo, Sales and Marketing Director for the LORD Electronic Boards and Components Industry Group, the unique spray solution is indicative of LORD Corporation’s process improvement expertise.

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