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:: Corporate Member News ::

:: CADParts and Consulting Signs VAR Agreement with CAD Design Software (full story)

:: Acoustic Monitoring Cures Slug-Pulling Woes (full story)

:: Asymtek Promotes Roberta Foster-Smith to Manager of Global Marketing Communications (full story)

:: BI Technologies Expands Hybrid Microcircuit Capabilities with Hermetically Packaged Die (full story)

:: Amkor Technology to Announce Second Quarter 2008 Financial Results on August 5, 2008 (full story)

:: DuPont Expands Production of Solamet® Photovoltaic Metallization Paste System for Fast Growing Solar Energy Market (full story)

:: Gannon & Scott Adds Depth to Sales Organization (full story)

:: SUSS MicroTec Delivers Coat/Develop Cluster to Replisaurus Technologies (full story)

:: 1000W Power Supply from Lambda Features Medical Approvals (full story)

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CADParts and Consulting Signs VAR Agreement with CAD Design Software

CAD Design Software, supplier of new technology EDA layout tools, and CADParts & Consulting, a leading provider of PCB design services, announced today that CADParts & Consulting has entered into a VAR agreement with CAD Design Software to sell and support CAD Design Software’s line of design and layout tools, with a focus on PCB, Radio Frequency / Microwave, Flex, and Hybrid/MCM (LTCC) technologies.  Additionally, CADParts & Consulting is integrating several seats of CAD Design Software’s EPD (Electronics Packaging Designer) into their development flow to further support their design customers.

CADParts and Consulting provides value-added software sales and Design services in the military and commercial design spaces.  Don Beane, President of CADParts & Consulting LLC, said "With the addition of CAD Design Software’s specialized layout tools, we now can offer our customers highly automated layout solutions for unique designs that have traditionally been highly manual operations.  And we are also able to benefit internally from the reduced time to market by reducing our overall design time with CAD Design Software”.

Said Gordon Jensen, CAD Design Software’s vice president of sales and marketing, “We are continually working closely with numerous military and commercial customers and material suppliers to further automate the design process of leading edge technologies, which results in reduced design time while improving yields (DFM) for our customers.  CADParts is well known in the industry as a top provider of leading edge design solutions and design services.  We are happy to partner with CADParts to better help all of our customers achieve further reduction in time-to-market.”
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Acoustic Monitoring Cures Slug-Pulling Woes

When high-speed stamper Co-planar Inc., Denville, NJ, sought to take its quality-improvement movement to the highest level possible, it investigated a number of sensor systems on the market. Primarily, it sought a way to catch incidents of slug pulling, and shut down presses before slugs caused the stamping of unacceptable parts.

"Historically our yield of good parts shipped had averaged 99.8 percent," says company president Jim Cote, describing his firm's relatively low ppm on stampings for the semiconductor and electronic industries. "So we set out to capture as much of that remaining 0.2 percent as possible. Our parts are so small that relying on operator inspection seemed unlikely to succeed.

"Of the few customer returns we were experiencing," Cote continues, "more than 90 percent were related to pulled slugs, whicll can be very tiny for the parts we're stamping."

With 28 employees, Co-planar operates 22 Bruderer presses, from 10 t075 tons. While some high-speed stampers have struggled to ward off foreign competition in recent years, Cote says that quoting activity has been high for Co-planar, and the firm has even managed to take in work that had left the United States for supposedly greener pastures in Asia.

"We recently had a customer transfer 12 tools to us after pulling the job from an Asian stamper," Cote says. "Pricing and quality were satisfactory, but service and delivery were not dependable."  

To make sure slug pulling didn't prevent Co-planar from delivering anything but 100-percent good-quality parts, Cote chose acoustic-ernission monitoring after viewing the technology at a tradeshow in Germany in 2006. What he viewed was the model PK4U press-monitoring system from Brankamp Process Automation Inc., Cambridge, MA.

Acoustic sensors mount on each corner of the stripper plate and as the die runs in the press, acoustic signals route to the monitor. The monitor immediately recognizes out-of-ordinary acoustic pulses generated by cracks, sl ugs or unejected scrap and breaks in tooling, and immediately shuts down the press.
Co-planar currently operates the PK4U monitor on one press and one set of tooling, and has three more systems planned for installation this year. Success with its first installation was immediate and impressive.

"That tool, which stamps reed switches for the electronic industry," says Cote. "runs at 400 strokes/min. and generates about 50 million parts per year. Material is tllin-0.007 in.-and the parts are tiny. The introduction of a slug 0.012 in. square will stop the press, and thanks to the Brankamp system we have gotten that job down to zero ppm."

Eventually Cote plans to install the PK4U acoustic-emission monitoring system on 14 presses. "The investment$15,000 to $17,000 per controller, which includes sensors for one set of tools-is easily justified," he says.

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Asymtek Promotes Roberta Foster-Smith to Manager of Global Marketing Communications

Asymtek, a Nordson company, announces that it has promoted Roberta Foster-Smith to manager of global marketing communications. Foster-Smith brings over 20 years experience in marketing technical products, and has been with Asymtek since 1995 as marketing communications manager. For the last 13 years, Foster-Smith directed strategic marketing communications efforts worldwide, including the company website, tradeshows, advertising, public relations, and the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.  In this new position, she will continue to ensure that company messages are consistent and appropriate for the markets and regions where Asymtek sells its dispensing equipment.

“Roberta’s in-depth technical and international business knowledge make her the ideal candidate to lead the global marketing communications team,” explains Greg Wood, Asymtek’s vice president of sales. “She clearly understands the needs of our customers and the future direction of the markets.”

Prior to joining Asymtek, Foster-Smith held the positions of marketing communications manager and technical writer for a medical equipment company, and worked in various editorial and marketing positions at other technology companies. She holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.

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BI Technologies Expands Hybrid Microcircuit Capabilities with Hermetically Packaged Die

TT electronics BI Technologies, a global manufacturer of small signal and power hybrids, has expanded its hybrid microcircuit capabilities by hermetically packaging industry standard die and up-screening the components to meet military specifications. The packaged die service includes assembling, sealing, and screening the packages to MIL-STD-883 specifications, including leak, centrifuge, temperature cycle, burn-in and electrical testing. BI Technologies will also support quality provisions such as traceability, visual inspection and in-line QCI requirements.

"While IC manufacturers often offer components with an extended operating temperature range, very few offer a MIL-STD-883 screened version as well, as is often required by military and high end applications," said Chuck Nelson, product manager for BI Technologies. "By placing customer's die into hermetic packages (DIPs and flatpacks), we are able to enhance the reliability of the components for harsh environments."

With comprehensive in-house design, layout, manufacture and test capabilities, including environmental testing, BI Technologies is able to provide customers with more than just 'contract manufacturer'
Capabilities’, Nelson continued.

BI Technologies is on the DSCC Qualified Manufacturer List of hybrid electronics suppliers (QML).  The company's products meet the stringent requirements of MIL-PRF-38534, Class H.

For more information about BI Technologie visit: http://www.bitechnologies.com/products/microcircuits.htm.

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Amkor Technology to Announce Second Quarter 2008 Financial Results on August 5, 2008

Amkor Technology, Inc., will issue its financial results for the second quarter of 2008 after the close of trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on Tuesday, August 5, 2008. At 5:00pm Eastern Time, Amkor management will host a conference call to discuss the company’s financial results.

This call is being webcast by Thomson Financial and can be accessed at Amkor’s web site at www.amkor.com. You may also access the call by dialing 303-262-2130. A replay of the call will be made available at Amkor’s web site or by dialing 303-590-3000 (access passcode #11116655).

The webcast is also being distributed over Thomson Financial’s Investor Distribution Network to both institutional and individual investors. Individual investors can listen to the call through Thomson Financial individual investor center at www.companyboardroom.com or by visiting any of the investor sites in Thomson Financial’s Individual Investor Network. Institutional investors can access the call via Thomson Financial’s password-protected event management site, StreetEvents (www.streetevents.com).
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DuPont Expands Production of Solamet® Photovoltaic Metallization Paste System for Fast Growing Solar Energy Market

To meet the needs of the fast-growing photovoltaic (PV) solar energy market, DuPont today announced that it will expand production of DuPont™ Solamet® thick film metallization pastes at its Electronic Materials DuPont Dongguan Ltd. (EMDD) facility here. 

The company will more than double manufacturing capacity of Solamet® pastes as part of its overall strategy to more than triple its sales to the photovoltaic industry.  DuPont expects that its sales into photovoltaics within the next five years will be over $1 billion – up from about $300 million today.  DuPont anticipates that the PV market will grow by more than 30 percent in each of the next several years, driving demand for existing and new materials that are more cost effective.

“The PV industry is in the midst of a substantial surge globally, and demand for solar as a renewable energy source will continue to increase,” said Timothy P. McCann, vice president and general manager -- DuPont Electronic Technologies.  “We are expanding Solamet® production to support increased demand.  Through future development, we will accelerate our ability to deliver innovations that will further drive down PV system costs and improve the lifetime and performance of solar modules.  As a leading global materials supplier to the photovoltaic industry, we are using our science to make the use of renewable energy easier for everyone.”

DuPont™ Solamet® thick film metallization pastes are used for front and back side metallization of solar cells, enabling solar cell manufacturers to significantly reduce their cost per watt by achieving higher cell efficiencies, higher production yields and lower material consumption.  The Solamet® expansion in Asia represents a significant investment that will help DuPont keep pace with global demand and ensure its customers have enough volume of material to meet their needs. 

The Solamet® expansion is in line with several other significant investments DuPont has made in product development and capacity increases for the photovoltaic solar energy market, including a recent announcement that it soon will begin construction on a research center in Hong Kong and a manufacturing facility in Shenzhen to help meet demand for new and existing products that serve the emerging amorphous silicon thin film PV market.
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Gannon & Scott Adds Depth to Sales Organization

Michael Flaherty has been appointed Sales and Marketing Manager at Gannon & Scott, refiners and assayers of precious metals.  Mike will oversee worldwide Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service functions for Gannon & Scott.

Prior to joining Gannon & Scott Mike was Vice President of Sales & Marketing with Coca-Cola of Southeastern New England.  In addition, Mr. Flaherty previously served his country as a United States Military Officer with Distinction. 

Mike and his family are residents of Cranston, Rhode Island.  Mike is a graduate of the University of No. Colorado.

 

Robert Bouchard has been appointed Business Development Manager at Gannon & Scott, refiners and assayers of precious metals.

Bob will be responsible for securing relationships with new vendors and customers and will manage large national accounts.

Mr. Bouchard joined Gannon & Scott in 2004 with over 30 years of precious metals industry experience.

A resident of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, he is a member of the New England Chapter of the International Precious Metals Institute and the Providence Jewelers Club.  Bob is a graduate of Providence College.

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SUSS MicroTec Delivers Coat/Develop Cluster to Replisaurus Technologies

“Replisaurus chose SUSS MicroTec to support us with superior coater and developer technology as SUSS is clearly the leader in this market.„— James Quinn, CEO of Replisaurus Technologies

SUSS MicroTec, has announced that it has shipped and successfully installed a Gamma coating cluster at Replisaurus Technologies, a provider of a revolutionary metallization technology called “ElectroChemical Pattern Replication” (ECPR™), which offers a simple and cost effective integrated solution eliminating several traditional process steps thereby reducing complexity. The modular coat/bake/develop cluster from SUSS represents the latest generation technology in high volume production spin coating. Gamma systems are designed to maximize performance at the lowest cost of ownership, while delivering consistently uniform results for a variety of applications such as thin and thick resists, BCB, dielectrics or high topographies.

Replisaurus will use the Gamma for applications related to its proprietary ECPRÔ process, a fab-friendly, environmentally-clean metallization process technology, which has extremely fast plating rates. The ECPRÔ process combines the precision and resolution of advanced lithography with the ease and efficiency of electrochemical deposition into one single integrated process solution. ECPRÔ is targeted at key growth markets such as integrated passives, copper pillars and 3D integration.

"Replisaurus chose SUSS MicroTec to support us with superior coater and developer technology as SUSS is clearly the leader in this market. The SUSS Gamma system meets our high performance requirements by delivering consistently uniform results for a variety of challenging materials, said James Quinn, CEO of Replisaurus Technologies. “Replisaurus has been devoted to developing production processes for the Advanced Packaging and 3D integration market", commented Rolf Wolf, general manager of SUSS MicroTec Lithography Division. “We are excited to support their enabling technology with our Gamma system."

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1000W Power Supply from Lambda Features Medical Approvals

Lambda has expanded its successful SWS series of single output AC-DC power supplies with the introduction of the medically-approved 1000W units. The new SWS1000L can be supplied with the choice of a 5V, 12V, or a 24V output. The 24V model has a peak output power of 1224W.  Lambda will extend this series very soon to offer more output voltage selections between 3.3V and 60V. The SWS1000L models have a 4kVAC input to output isolation and low leakage current (<300µA) while retaining Class B conducted and radiated EMI performance. These high voltage isolation and low leakage specs are requirements of the medical safety standards per EN/UL60601-1; making these supplies ideal for applications such as automated pharmaceutical dispensers, blood analyzers and gene/DNA analysis equipment.

 

These supplies have a low profile of only 2.4 inches.  The operating temperature range is from -20 up to +74ºC.  In addition, these supplies feature a low-temperature start-up capability with a 100% load, as low as -40ºC; making these a reliable choice for systems that experience extremes of temperature such as outdoor-mounted equipment including LED displays/signage, automated toll booths and traffic controls. In addition, these power supplies feature a temperature-controlled fan, which minimizes acoustic noise (up to 8 dBA less than competitive units) under typical operating conditions. This feature makes the SWS1000L ideal for powering indoor systems beyond medical or laboratory equipment, such as automated self-serve kiosks, automatic test (ATE), factory automation and mechatronics.
 
Each model accepts a wide input range of from 85 to 265VAC, making them compatible with global power standards. The SWS1000L features a wide output voltage adjustment range of up to +/-20% to accommodate non-standard system voltages, while an external voltage programming feature (1 to 6V input) enables the supplies to be adjusted remotely from 20% to 120% of its nominal output voltage on most models.  This unique feature allows the SWS1000L to be used as an inexpensive bench or laboratory power supply. 
 
Other important features include a 12V@ 0.1A auxiliary output, fan fail alarm, DC output good signal and active current sharing for paralleled connected units. Lambda has included   protections for over-voltage, over-current and over-temperature conditions. The SWS1000L series is CE marked and carries UL, CSA, EN60950-1, EN60601-1, UL60601-1 and EN50178 safety approvals and complies with MIL-STD-810F for vibration and shock. All models conform to EN55011-B, EN55022-B and FCC-B for conducted and radiated EMI as well as EN61000-4 immunity and EN61000-3-2 Class A power factor and harmonic distortion specifications.
  
For more information visit Lambda's web site at: www.lambdapower.com.

Detailed specifications for the SWS Series can be found at:
http://www.lambdapower.com/products/sws-series.htm.

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