:: Corporate Member News ::

:: FERRO Expands Its Electronics Product Portfolio with Acquisition of Electro-Science Laboratories (ESL) (full story)

:: Nordson ASYMTEK Welcomes eXelsius and neutec electronic ag as its Switzerland Distributors (full story)

:: KESTER Launches SF855-LR Soldering Flux (full story)

:: PALOMAR -- Ball Bonding and the Electronic Flame-Off Process & Why Do We Utilize Microsoft Windows Software? (full story)

:: News from INDIUM (full story)

:: TORREY HILLS Establishes Program Allowing Customers to Purchase a Three Roll Mill or Belt Furnace and Receive All Money Back (full story)

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:: FERRO Expands Its Electronics Product Portfolio with Acquisition of Electro-Science Laboratories (ESL)

ESL is a recognized leader in niche electronic packaging material applications
• Adds new capabilities in advanced coating material technologies for metal, glass, ceramic and other substrates
• Enhances Ferro’s platform for growth in Performance Colors and Glass

Ferro Corporation today announced that it has acquired Electro-Science Laboratories, Inc. (“ESL”), a leader in electronic packaging materials.

The acquisition of ESL enhances Ferro’s position in the electronic packaging materials space with complementary products, and offers an attractive platform for growth in Ferro’s Performance Colors and Glass business unit.

ESL produces thick-film pastes and ceramic tape systems that enable important functionality in a wide variety of industrial and consumer applications. Its key products are used to build hybrid integrated circuits, modules and sensors that function in harsh conditions. Hybrid integrated circuits using ESL products are used in aerospace and defense applications, such as satellites. The modules and sensors are used in automobile components, including oxygen sensors. ESL paste systems for heaters are used on a wide variety of substrates, including metal, ceramic and glass for appliances such ovens and water heaters.

 ESL, headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, was founded in 1962 and has remained privately owned and associated with the founding family. The business has operations in the United States and United Kingdom and has 86 employees.

Peter Thomas, Chairman, President and CEO of Ferro Corporation, said, “This acquisition gives Ferro a more significant share of the addressable market for electronic packaging materials, and is highly synergistic within our current Ferro business. While ESL and Ferro both employ similar manufacturing processes, the product portfolios, end use applications and customers are complementary. In addition, Ferro is backward integrated into glass production, which will provide raw material synergy opportunities. ESL is aligned with our asset-light and heavy-touch operating philosophy and our commitment to adding value for our niche market customers across the globe. ESL is a recognized leader in a market that is expected to continue to grow as a result of increasing everyday use of electronics and sensors within our homes, vehicles and offices.”


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:: Nordson ASYMTEK Welcomes eXelsius and neutec electronic ag as its Switzerland Distributors

Companies dedicated to customer service, support, and technical excellence

Nordson Asymtek

Nordson ASYMTEK, a Nordson company, the global leader in dispensing, jetting, and coating equipment and technologies, welcomes two distributors to provide sales, service, and support for Nordson ASYMTEK's fluid dispensing, jetting, and conformal coating equipment to customers in Switzerland. eXelsius® will manage the French-speaking areas of Switzerland (cantons: Genève, Jura, Neuchâtel et Vaud) while neutec electronic ag will manage the German and Italian-speaking areas and share responsibilities for Berne, Fribourg, and Valais.

"We are pleased to have eXelsius and neutec represent us in Switzerland," said Stéphane Etienne, business development manager Europe, Nordson ASYMTEK. "Both companies have served the electronics industry for over 20 years, have teams that are trained in the latest fluid dispensing and conformal coating technologies and applications, and they can help customers to select the proper equipment for their needs. Their technical staffs can diagnose and resolve technical issues and can help fine-tune manufacturing processes to maximize throughput and improve ROI."

eXelsius, based in Sophia Antipolis, France, with offices in Lyon and Rennes, is a leading provider of advanced thermal solutions that enhance the yield of electronic assembly. From back-end semiconductor packaging, through printed circuit board assembly, to organic and printed electronics, eXelsius offers its customers a unique combination of technological innovation, highly competitive equipment, and an unparalleled commitment to quality service.

neutec electronic ag, based in Mellingen Switzerland, was established in 1989. Their team of experts and highly trained technical staff understand the special requirements of electronics manufacturing and industrial production and can help customers with a wide range of services to ensure that manufacturers get their processes up and running quickly, smoothly, and efficiently.

For more information contact eXelsius at, phone +33.608.51.19.38, or visit the website at Contact neutec at, phone 044.948.17.11, or visit the website at

About Nordson ASYMTEK

Nordson ASYMTEK, a world leader in precision fluid dispensing, conformal coating, and jetting technologies, designs and manufactures dispensing and coating systems, supported by an award-winning global applications and service network for over 30 years. To find out more, visit, or on social media.

About Nordson Corporation
Nordson Corporation delivers precision technology solutions that help customers succeed worldwide. Precision dispensing of adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials, and other fluids, plastic extrusion and injection molding, electronics testing and inspecting, and surface preparation are supported by applications expertise and direct global support. Nordson serves consumer non-durable, durable and high-technology markets, specializing in packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, energy, transportation, construction, and product assembly. Founded in 1954, headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, USA, Nordson has operations and support offices in 30+ countries. Connect with Nordson at and on social media.

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:: KESTER Launches SF855-LR Soldering Flux

Kester is proud to announce the launch of SF855-LR Soldering Flux,  a low solid, low residue, no-clean non-rosin organic flux designed specifically for use in tabber and stringer equipment of Photovoltaic Assembly (PV) through soldering tabs to cell contacts. The extremely low solids content (1.6%) and nature of the activator system results in practically no residue left on the cell after soldering. SF855-LR has a wide operating window and temperature range, and can be used in SnPb, SnAgPb and Pb-free applications.


For additional information on this product including technical and safety data sheets, please visit:

For any questions, please contact:
Lynnette Colby

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:: PALOMAR Ball Bonding and the Electronic Flame-Off Process & Why Do We Utilize Microsoft Windows Software?

Ball Bonding and the Electronic Flame-Off Process
Ball bonding starts with a gold ball on the end of a very fine wire and must be very consistent in it's Free-Air Ball (FAB) size. This is the size of the ball prior to traditional wire bonding. If you have a variation of even a few microns in the FAB, the resultant ball bond will inevitably be a range of sizes. Some variation is inevitable partially due to the materials being used and the process (Force, Time and Ultrasonics), but we generally try to control it as best as we can, starting with the FAB size. Read the full blog:


Why Do We Utilize Microsoft Windows Software?
All of Palomar Technologies’ robotic bonding systems utilize Microsoft® Windows® as the core operating system. Windows has been used on our systems since the Model 3500 Die Bonder was released in 1991. Palomar’s custom proprietary software user interface and control has been continuously enhanced, expanded, and maintained over that time to accommodate new bonder systemsadd new features across systems, and to enhance performance and stability. Read the full blog:

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:: News from INDIUM

Indium Corporation Announces Huang as Marketing Communications Assistant Manager
Indium Corporation announces that Jingya Huang has joined the company as Marketing Communications Assistant Manager.


Huang is responsible for creating and managing promotional and branding activities that support the company’s worldwide sales and marketing programs. She manages Indium Corporation’s global trade show program, internal communications, social media, and the expansion of its web presence. 

Huang has several years of experience in advertising, marketing, and communications. In her last position, she focused on digital marketing for Chinese markets. Huang has also worked as an account planner at a full-service advertising agency, where she performed strategic planning, market research, project management, and sales support. Huang earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising from Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, and her master’s degree in advertising from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Indium Corporation Discusses the Abundance of Indium
As part of the Electronics Assembly with Phil Zarrow video series, Indium Corporation's Bill Jackson, Director and General Manager of Compounds, and SMT expert Phil Zarrow, President and Principal Consultant for ITM Consulting, discuss the applications of indium. The video also includes information on the element’s abundance and the robust outlook of indium supplies. The video is available at

“The U.S. Geological Survey reports that indium is more abundant in the earth’s crust than silver,” Jackson explains.

To learn more about the abundance of indium, visit For more information on indium, high-purity indium, and indium alloys, visit

Jackson is a veteran in the electronics industry and has worked for Indium Corporation for 35 years. Jackson has previously served as Director of Solar Products, Director of Corporate Quality, Director of Operations, and Managing Director for Indium's Singapore and UK facilities. He is a member of the American Management Association and a past member of the American Society of Metals and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Jackson has a bachelor's degree in Business and Public Management from the State University of New York's Institute of Technology.

Zarrow has been involved with PCB fabrication and assembly for more than 35 years. In addition to his background in automated assembly and cleaning, Zarrow is recognized for his expertise in surface mount reflow soldering technology, and in the design and implementation of SMT placement equipment and reflow soldering systems. His extensive hands-on experience also includes set-up and troubleshooting through-hole, and SMT processes throughout the world.


Indium Corporation is a premier materials manufacturer and supplier to the global electronics, semiconductor, thin-film, thermal management, and solar markets. Products include solders and fluxes; brazes; thermal interface materials; sputtering targets; indium, gallium, germanium, and tin metals and inorganic compounds; and NanoFoil®. Founded in 1934, Indium has global technical support and factories located in China, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the USA.

For more information about Indium Corporation, visit or email You can also follow our experts, From One Engineer To Another® (#FOETA), at or @IndiumCorp.


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:: Torrey Hills Establishes Program Allowing Customers to Purchase a Three Roll Mill or Belt Furnace and Receive All Money Back

Torrey Hills Technologies, LLC (THT) has created a revolutionary money-back program that allows qualified customers to purchase a three roll mill or a belt furnace and then receive a full refund in the form of an annuity issued by Delaware Life, or a US savings bond. Qualified customers include SBA designated women-owned small businesses, minority-owned small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, other types of disadvantaged small businesses, as well as recent graduates.

"We are doing the impossible," said Ken Kuang, president of THT. "Can you purchase a three roll mill or a belt furnace and then receive all of your money back? The answer is yes. With our money-back program, you can now."

The program applies to both THT's three roll mill and their belt furnace models. The company’s award winning three roll mills are ideal for high shear mixing in laboratories and pilot productions. THT belt furnaces are best known for profile stability and precise atmosphere control that eliminate thermal shock and process contamination.

Torrey Hills Technologies, LLC (,, develops and delivers quality yet affordable equipment and supplies for multiple industries. Since its establishment, the company has expanded its business from microelectronics packaging components to mixing equipment and furnace equipment manufacturing. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., the company now has customers located around the world in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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