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Congratulations to the 2014 winners!

Dispensing Equipment: Nordson Asymtek (Spectrum II S2-900 Series)
Soldering - Reflow: ERSA (Hotflow 4/26)
Soldering Materials: Henkel Electronic Materials (90iSC Alloy and Loctite Multicore HF212 Flux Medium)
Screen/Stencil Printing Equipment: Juki Automation Systems and GKG Asia (GL Fully Automatic Solder Paste Printer)
Screen/Stencil Printing Peripherals: Aculon (NanoClear)
Component Placement – Multifunction: Essemtec (Paraquda)
Soldering – Selective: Juki Automation Systems and Inertec (Cube)
Software – Process Control: Cogiscan (Factory Intelligence Monitoring Module)
Test & Inspection – AOI: MIRTEC (MV-7 Omni 2D/3D In-Line AOI)
Test & Inspection – AXI: ViTrox (V810 XXL In-Line 3D AXI)
Rework & Repair Tools: Metcal (Metcal HCT2-120 Digital Hot Air Pencil)
Software – Production: Panasonic Factory Solutions (PanaCIM)
Cleaning Materials: Kyzen (Aquanox A8830 Low VOC Aqueous Stencil Cleaning Agent)       
Bonders: Palomar Technologies (8000i Wire Bonder with i2Gi)
Automation Tools: Count On Tools (StripFeeder Modular (.mod) System v. 2)
Adhesives: Henkel Electronic Materials (Loctite TAF-8800 Thermal Absorbent Film)
Test & Inspection – ICT: Seika Machinery (FA1240-51 Flying Probe Tester)
Test & Inspection – SPI: Parmi (Sigma X)
Soldering – Other: EVS International (EVS 500)
Component Placement – High-Speed: Juki Automation Systems (RX-7 High-Speed Compact Modular Mounter)
Device Programming: Data I/O (PSV7000)
Test & Inspection – Functional Test: Nordson Dage (Camera Assist Automatic Bondtesting)
Cored Wire: Nihon Superior (SN100C (031) Pb-free Flux-Cored Solder Wire)

Past Winners


Process Control Tools: Microscan (Mini Hawk Xi)
Screen/Stencil Printing: Speedprint (SP710avi with Advanced Dispense Unit)
Screen/Stencil Printing Peripherals: Count On Tools (ezLOAD PCB Support System for Screen Printers)
Cleaning Equipment: Austin American Technology (NanoJet Aqueous Inline Cleaning System)
Device Programming: BPM Microsystems (2800ISP Semi-Automated In-System Device Programmer)
Dispensing Equipment: Nordson Asymtek (NexJet System)
Test & Inspection – AOI: Mirtec Corp. (MV-9 2D/3D In-Line AOI Series)
Test & Inspection – ICT: Acculogic (Ultimate Accuracy Package for Flying Scorpion)
Test & Inspection – Functional Test: Multitest Elektronische Systeme (InStrip 3D)
Test & Inspection – AXI: VJ Electronix (Vertex II X-Ray Inspection System) 
Test & Inspection – SPI: Parmi (SPI HS70)
Soldering Materials: Nihon Superior (SN100C P604 D4 Solder Paste)
Automation Tools: Count On Tools (Stripfeeder .mod Series)0
Component Placement – Multifunction: Universal Instruments (FuzionXC2-37 Platform) 
Soldering – Reflow: Rehm Thermal Systems (Vision XP 934 Quad Lane Convection Reflow Oven)
Soldering – Selective: ACE Production Technologies (ACE KISS-205 Selective Soldering with In-Line Concurrent Processing)
Cleaning Materials: Kyzen (Aquanox A4639 Electronic Assembly Aqueous Solution)
Labeling Equipment: Cogiscan (Murata Magicstrap for PCB RFID Tracking Integrated with Cogiscan TTC Middleware)
Software – Process Control: Viscom (SPI-AOI Uplink)
Soldering – Other: EVS International (EVS 10K Solder Recovery Machine)
Coatings/Encapsulants: FCT Assembly (NanoCoat Multilayer System)
Rework & Repair Tools: Air Vac Engineering (PCBRM100)
Flux: AIM (NC277 Liquid Flux)
First Article Inspection: CGI Americas (Newly n=1 First Article Inspection System)


Process Control Tools: Cognex (DataMan 500)
Screen/Stencil Printing Equipment: Speedprint (Speedprint SP700avi)
Screen/Stencil Printing Peripherals: Seika Machinery (Sawa Ultrasonic Stencil Cleaner SC-AH100F-LV Low-VOC Model)
Cleaning Equipment: Aqueous Technologies (Trident XLD)
Device Programming: Data I/O Corp. (RoadRunner 3 with FIS)
Dispensing Equipment: GPD Global (PCD Dispensing on MAX Series Platform)
Test & Inspection – AOI: CyberOptics Corp. (QX100)
Test & Inspection – ICT: Datest (SPEA 4060 Flying Probe Tester with Goepel Boundary Scan)
Test & Inspection – Functional Test: Agilent Technologies (Agilent TS-8900)
Test & Inspection – AXI: ViTrox Technologies (V810 In-Line 3D AXI) 
Soldering Materials: AIM (NC259 Solder Paste)
Automation Tools: LPKF Laser & Electronics (LPKF MicroLine 1120 P)
Component Placement – Multifunction: Assembléon America (iFlex) 
Component Placement – High-Speed: Juki Corp. (Sentry)
Soldering – Reflow: Speedline Technologies (Closed Loop Nitrogen Control)
Soldering – Selective: SEHO Systems (AOI System to be embedded in Selective Soldering Machine)
Cleaning Materials: Kyzen Corp. (Aquanox A4638)
Labeling Equipment: Cogiscan (LabelScan Automated Vision System)
Software – Production: Juki Corp. (Juki IS NPI+ Bundle) 
Software – Process Control: Microscan (AutoVISION Machine Vision Software)
Soldering – Other: EVS (EVS 7000LFHS Solder Recovery System Redesign)
Cored Wire: Nihon Superior (SN100C (551CT) Lead-Free Flux-Cored Solder Wire)
Coatings/Encapsulants: Semblant Inc. (SPF (Semblant Plasma Finish))
Rework & Repair Tools: Christopher Associates (Magnus HD Trend)
Soldering – Wave: KIC (KIC 24/7 Wave)
Surface Treatment: Dow Electronic Materials (Circuposit Hole Prep 4126 Sweller)


Process Control Tools: KIC (MVP – Manual Virtual Profiling Fixture)
Screen/Stencil Printing Equipment: Milara (TD2929)
Screen/Stencil Printing Peripherals: DEK (Nano-ProTek)
Cleaning Equipment: Aqueous Technologies (Trident Zero)
Device Programming:
BPM Microsystems (2800 Concurrent Programming System)
Dispensing Equipment:
GPD Global (PCD Dispensing)
Test and Inspection – AOI: CyberOptics (QX500 AOI System)
Test and Inspection – ICT: Datest (SPEA 4060 Flying Probe Tester)
Soldering Materials: FCT Assembly (NL930PT Pin Probable Solder Paste)
Automation Tools: Count On Tools (LED Nozzle Series)
Component Placement – Multifunction: Essemtec (Cobra SMT Pick-and-Place)
Component Placement – High-Speed: Universal Instruments (Advantis 3 Platform)
Soldering – Reflow: BTU (Pyramax with Dual Lane Dual Speed Capability)
Soldering – Selective: Juki (FlexSolderWave FSW620-EF)
Cleaning Materials: Kyzen Corp. (Aquanox A4705)
Labeling Equipment: ASYS Group Americas (Insignum 2000)
Software Production: ASYS Group Americas (Simplex: Natural User Interface)
Bonders: Palomar Technologies (3800 Die Bonder)
Software/Process Control: Speedline Technologies (SPI Print Optimizer)
Soldering – Other: EVS International (EVS 7000LFHS)
Cored Wire: Nihon Superior (SN100C (044) Solder Wire)
Coatings/Encapsulants: Henkel Electronic Materials (Macromelt OM341)
Rework & Repair Tools: VJ Electronix (SRT Micra)
Software – Management: Mentor Graphics (Valor vManage Materials Manager)
Flux: Nihon Superior (NS-F900)
Test and Inspection – AXI: Christopher Associates (Akila XR-3 PCB Inspection System)
Final Finish: Dow Electronic Materials (Aurolectroless SMT-520)
System Modeling and Simulation Tools: National Instruments (NI Multisim 11.0.1)
Design Verification Tools: National Instruments (NI Multisim Component Evaluator)
PCB Design Tools: Allied Electronics (DesignSpark PCB)
Laminates: Rogers (RT/duroid 6035HTC)
Registration and Tooling: XACTPCB Ltd. (XACT X-section)


Automation Tools: Production Solutions Inc. (RED-E-SET Ultra HD)
Cleaning Equipment: Aqueous (Trident Quad)
Cleaning Materials: Kyzen Corp. (Aquanox A4703)
Component Placement-High-Speed: Assembléon (MC-24X)
Component Placement-Multi-Function: Europlacer (XPii-II SMT Assembler)
Device Programming: Data I/O (FlashCORE III)
Labeling Equipment: Polyonics (XF-781 Thermal Transfer Printable Polyimide)
Materials-Flux: FCT Assembly (NC160 Flux)
Process Control Tools: KIC (e-Clipse Thermocouple Attachment)
Rework/Repair Tools: R&D Technical Services (Vaporworks 24 Rev 2)
Screen/Stencil Printing: DEK International (VectorGuard Platinum Dual Layer Stencil)
Software-Production: Panasonic Factory Solutions Co of America (PanaCIM Enterprise Edition)
Software-Process Control: Microscan (TTC Solution)
Software-Management: Valor (MSS)
Soldering-Materials: Cobar Solder Products (Aquasol)
Soldering-Reflow: Speedline Technologies (OmniMax Reflow Soldering System)
Soldering-Selective: Juki Corp. (Inline Flex Solder W510)
Soldering-Wave: SEHO Systems (SEHO Real-Time Fluxer Control)
Soldering-Other: EVS International (EVS 9000 Solder Dross Recovery Solution)
Test & Inspection-ICT: Acculogic Inc. (FLS980Dxi Flying Scorpion)
Test & Inspection-AOI: Koh Young (Zenith 3D AOI System)
Adhesives: Henkel Corporation (Hysol Eccobond CA3556HF)
Laminates: Rogers Corporation (RO4360 Thermoset)
Imaging: WKK Distribution Ltd. (X-Pose SM120 Exposure System)
System Modeling and Simulation Tools: National Instruments (NI Multisim 11.0 Circuit Simulation & Analysis Software)
PCB Design Tools: Sunstone Circuits (PCB123)2009


Automation Tools: ASYS (FIFO Buffer System FPS30B)
Cleaning Equipment: Speedline Technologies (Electrovert’s Aquastorm 100)
Cleaning Materials: Kyzen Corporation (Aquanox A4241)
Component Placement - High-Speed: Juki Corp. (FX3)
Component Placement - Multi-Function: Juki Corp. (JX100)
Device Programming: BPM Microsystems (Flashstream –C)
Dispensing Equipment: Asymtek (DispenseJet DJ-100)
Labeling: Polyonics (Product Sentry)
Materials-Flux: Nihon Superior (NS-F850)
Process Control Tools: KIC (RPI)
Rework/Repair Tools: VJ Electronix (400ST)
Screen/Stencil Printing: Milara (TD2929 Automatic Inline Printer)
Screen/Stencil Printing: Assembléon (Yamaha YGP)
Software-Production: Juki Corp. (Intelligent Shopfloor Solutions)
Soldering-Materials: Henkel Corporation (Multicore LF700)
Soldering-Reflow: Heller Industries (Mark 3.5 Series)
Soldering-Selective: Juki Corp. (Flex Solder Series)
Soldering-Other: EVS International (EVS 7000 Solder Dross Recovery)
Test & Inspection-AXI: Dage Precision Industries (Dage XD7600NT100)
Test & Inspection-ICT: Agilent Technologies (Cover Extend)
Test & Inspection-AOI: Mirtec Corp. (Mirtec MV-3L)
Underfills: Henkel Corporation (Hysol UF3800)
Soldering-Hand Tools: OK International (Metcal MX-5000 Series)


Automation Tools: Inovaxe (InoCart-MSD)
Cleaning Equipment: Aqueous Technologies (Trident)
Cleaning Materials: Kyzen (Aquanox A4625B)
Component Placement–High-Speed: Siemens (SIPLACE X4i)
Component Placement–Multi-Function: Europlacer (iineo)
Device Programming: BPM Microsystems (Flashstream)
Dispensing Equipment: Ovation Products (Stinger)
Labeling: Polyonics (Polyimide Label Stock)
Materials-Flux: Nihon Superior (NS-F850)
Process Control Tools: ECD (Megam.o.l.e. 20 Thermal Profiler)
Rework/Repair: R&D Technical Services (Vapor Works 24)
Screen/Stencil Printing: ICON Technologies (ICON i8)
Software-Management: Optimal (Optel)
Software-Process Control: DEK (Instinctiv V9)
Software-Production: Juki (OPASS)
Soldering-Materials: Nihon Superior/Balver-Zinn/DKL/FCT (SN100C)
Soldering-Reflow: Speedline Technologies (Electrovert IFC)
Soldering-Selective: Juki (Juki 350)
Soldering-Other: EVS International (EVS 1000 Solder Recovery System)
Test & Inspection–AXI: VJ Electronix (Vertex Series "A")
Test & Inspection–ICT: Everett Charles Technologies (Gemini Spring Pin)
Test & Inspection–AOI: Mirtec (MV-7L)
Underfills: Henkel (Loctite 3508)



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Parity emerges among EMS Factories from Asia, Mexico and the US.

For the first time in years we see parity in the Eastern US among EMS factories from Asia, Mexico and the US. This EMS market condition will permit American OEMs (the EMS industry refers to OEMs as customers) to have more EMS pathways to choose from. Now more than ever, such EMS assignments will require deeper investigation relating to the OEMs’ evaluation of manufacturing strategies.

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