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:: Corporate Member News ::

:: Screens with High Tension Mesh from MicroScreen (full story)

:: AIM Announces Addition to Sales Team in China (full story)

:: Nakaya, Amkor and Toshiba Sign Definitive Agreements on Joint Venture for Semiconductor Assembly and Test Services (full story)

:: Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America Adds Lean Manufacturing Bronze-Level Certification to Its Credentials (full story)

:: Nordson ASYMTEK’s Calibrated Process Jetting Reduces Process Variability and Ensures Consistent Dispensing Flow Rates (full story)

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Screens with High Tension Mesh from MicroScreen

MicroScreen announces the manufacture of screens with new HT stainless steel mesh.  Produced from specially developed wires and woven on state-of-the-art looms, the HT mesh is a high-tension mesh capable of achieving tension values much higher than traditional meshes.

The higher tension on the screen allows the use of a lower off-contact and less squeegee pressure.  This translates to improved print results with less wear on the printing edge of the squeegee.  Also, less off-contact, combined with less squeegee pressure, results in less image distortion and increased screen life.

Screens fabricated with HT mesh show improvements in the separation of the ink from the mesh.  Ink clears the mesh opening much easier producing better print consistency and image quality, particularly on fine lines.

MicroScreen is a manufacturer of screens for thick film printing, solar cells, membrane switches and other large format screens, as well as laser cut and electroformed stencils.

To learn more about MicroScreen products, please visit www.microscreen.org.

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AIM Announces Addition to Sales Team in China

AIM is pleased to announce the hiring of Roger Chiu as Sales Manager, China.  Roger will promote AIM’s full-line of solder assembly materials to Taiwanese companies operating in China. 

“Roger Chiu is a highly qualified individual with a Masters Degree in Physical Chemistry and a successful history of selling solder paste and other materials to the electronics industry,” said David Suraski, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific.  “We are confident that Roger’s expertise will be a valuable asset as we continue to grow our business in this important market.”

Roger will be based out of south China and he may be reached at rchiu@aimsolder.com or +86-13923410832

For more information, visit AIM on the web at www.aimsolder.com.

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Nakaya, Amkor and Toshiba Sign Definitive Agreements on Joint Venture for Semiconductor Assembly and Test Services

Nakaya Microdevices Corporation, Amkor Technology, Inc., and Toshiba Corporation today announced that they have signed definitive agreements for the formation of a joint venture to provide semiconductor assembly and final testing services in Japan. NMD, Amkor and Toshiba entered into discussions regarding a possible joint venture at the start of this year, and today’s announcement follows an April 28, 2009 memorandum of understanding between the parties. The new company is expected to begin operations on October 31.

Under the terms of the definitive agreements, NMD will become a joint venture, 60% owned by the existing shareholders of NMD, 30% by Amkor and 10% by Toshiba, and it will change its name to J-Devices Corporation (“J-Devices”).

Under the definitive agreements, the following equipment and operations will be transferred to J-Devices: the back-end process business, including technology development, at Toshiba LSI Package Solutions Corporation ("TPACS"), a Japan-based semiconductor packaging company wholly owned by Toshiba; the system LSI and memory back-end process equipment at TPACS’ Oita Works and Fukuoka Works; and certain wafer probing equipment installed at Toshiba's Oita Operations. TPACS’ employees working for the transferred business will engage in the same business at J-Devices.

Amkor is expected to invest approximately 1.5 billion JPY (approximately $17 million) in J-Devices and to purchase certain assembly and test equipment from Toshiba for about 4.0 billion JPY (approximately $45 million) and lease such equipment to J-Devices. Toshiba is expected to invest approximately 0.5 billion JPY. In addition, Amkor will have the right to acquire a majority interest in J-Devices in 2012.

J-Devices aims to become a leading provider of semiconductor assembly and test services in Japan by combining the benefits of NMD’s low-cost operations, Amkor’s manufacturing expertise and global materials and component procurement capabilities, and Toshiba’s cutting-edge technology and know-how.

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Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America Adds Lean Manufacturing Bronze-Level Certification to Its Credentials

Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America added Lean Bronze-Level Certification from the alliance of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), and The Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing to the credentials of its Enterprise Consulting Group. Lean Bronze-Level Certification indicates a solid understanding of lean principles and tools, and ability in strategic implementation that drives improvement and shows measurable results.

“This certification is testament to Panasonic’s commitment to investing in and building the skill sets of its resources thereby continuously fortifying a strong, value-added portfolio of solutions. It requires intensive training, examinations, project portfolios and mentoring demonstrations,” said Faisal Pandit, Director of Solutions. “There are only approximately 400 individuals with Lean Bronze-Level Certification worldwide. And we are very pleased that Panasonic’s own States Mead, Senior Solutions Engineer, achieved the certification this fall.”

Mead is part of Panasonic’s team of technology experts that provide services designed to help customers achieve the maximum return on their capital equipment investment, no matter what brand of equipment they use. Achieving key certifications, such as this Bronze-Level, is part of Panasonic’s Enterprise Consulting team’s dedication to helping customers maintain their competitive position and excel in the industry. In addition to Lean Manufacturing Consulting, Panasonic offers solutions ranging from Kaizen initiative assistance and Factory Analysis to OEE improvement and Green Belt Training. These solutions are available as part of the company’s drive to maximize customers’ productivity, not only as it relates to their equipment, but also to the processes extending throughout their enterprise.

Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America benefits from the expertise of global manufacturing leader Panasonic Corporation to help transform customers’ facilities to best-in-class levels. Additionally, the technology experts of the Enterprise Consulting team bring many years of their own experience in the manufacturing industry along with experience from performing operational consulting engagements for many top-tier EMS and OEM companies.

More information about Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America’s Enterprise Consulting services can be found at www.panasonicfa.com/consulting.

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Nordson ASYMTEK’s Calibrated Process Jetting Reduces Process Variability and Ensures Consistent Dispensing Flow Rates

Nordson ASYMTEK, a leader in dispensing, coating, and jetting technologies, introduces patented CPJ+ (Calibrated Process Jetting Plus). CPJ+ reduces process variability to maintain a constant Takt time by ensuring consistent flow rates for applications such as underfill with tight keep-out zones and for sealing applications where uniform bondline thickness is critical.

Using Nordson ASYMTEK’s proprietary Fluidmove® for Windows® XP (FmXP) software, integral electro-pneumatic regulators, and precision weigh scale, CPJ+ automatically compensates for both fluid viscosity changes over time as well as batch-to-batch variations. CPJ+ increases dispense accuracy for higher yields and ensures a highly repeatable process, minimizing setup-to-setup and line-to-line variation, while completely eliminating the need for operator interaction.

CPJ+ makes set-up easy. The user simply enters key process parameters into the software. At programmed intervals, the dispenser measures the weight per dot and adjusts each jet to maintain a constant mass per part. Settings are recorded for traceability. Errors associated with operator adjustment are eliminated since the process is under machine control.

For more information, visit www.asymtek.com.

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