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CYPRESS, CA – September 22, 2022: OK International is proud to announce LÖKAST GmbH in Nürnberg is now an official Metcal distributor. Founded in 2018 by Janosch Stengel and Andreas Kamm, LÖKAST GmbH will sell the entire line of Metcal soldering, fume extraction, and fluid dispensing products throughout Bavaria, Germany.

“We at LÖKAST GmbH see the satisfaction of our customers as our greatest asset. We guarantee for our customers a consistently high-quality standard for everything we sell. Metcal products are the perfect addition to our offerings, and we look forward to working with them to grow sales and awareness of Metcal throughout Bavaria,” stated Andreas Kamm.

For more information about LÖKAST GmbH, go to https://loekast.de/.

 

About Metcal: Metcal, an OK International brand, is a benchtop solutions innovator, leading the way in hand soldering, convection rework, fume extraction, and fluid dispensing. Metcal breakthroughs have empowered global OEM and electronics assembly customers in contract manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, medical devices, industrial, and military sectors since 1982.

For more information, visit metcal.com

About OK International:

OK International, part of Dover Corporation, is a global manufacturer of bench tools and equipment that are used in electronics & industrial product assembly. Committed to operational excellence and innovation, they deliver core technological advantages with best-in-class performance. The core brands are Metcal, which provides advanced technology products across hand soldering, convection rework, and fume extraction applications, and Techcon, known for their fluid and dispensing products that provide superior accuracy and durability. For more information about OK International, visit okinternational.com.

 PCB West: The leading technical conference and exhibition for electronics engineers. Coming Oct. 4-7 to the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center. pcbwest.com

 

TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE), a global provider of engineering, design, and manufacturing services, today announced it has been selected by Ouster, Inc. ("Ouster"), a leading provider of high-resolution digital lidar sensors for the automotive, industrial, robotics, and smart infrastructure industries, as its Supply and Manufacturing Partner of the Year. Ouster has outsourced manufacturing to Benchmark's Thailand facility since 2017.

"We're proud to select Benchmark as our Supply and Manufacturing Partner of the Year," said Darien Spencer, EVP of Global Operations, Ouster. "Their team has been critical to our success as we've worked closely and collaboratively to ship over 14,000 sensors for use around the world across a diverse set of industries. The quality of their work has met or exceeded our expectations across our key quality and performance criteria."

Benchmark was selected for this award out of 20 eligible suppliers due to proven performance in the following criteria outlined by Ouster: performance to schedule, quality excursions, environmental controls, response to issues, NPI performance, and process improvement proactiveness. The company supports high volume production of Ouster sensors while meeting major industrial quality requirements and future automotive-grade qualifications. The Benchmark campus in Thailand is made up of two buildings totaling 420,000 square feet where Ouster maintains a local team across engineering and manufacturing, in addition to Benchmark staff.

The manufacturing process for Ouster's digital lidar sensors leverages a highly automated and mature CMOS SPAD array imager manufacturing process, which allowed Ouster and Benchmark to ramp production in a short period of time. With Benchmark's custom microelectronics line, full-sensor assembly line, and end-of-line test room within a single facility, Benchmark's capabilities accelerate production capacity to over thousands of units per month while maintaining quality and containing costs.

"Benchmark strives for excellence in everything that we do and it's great when our customers recognize our teams for their results," said Jeff Benck, president and CEO, Benchmark. "It is an honor to be named Ouster's Supply and Manufacturing Partner of the Year as we work together to meet the growing demand for next generation sensor technology to be used in applications that span from automotive to industrial sector and beyond."

To learn more about Benchmark, please visit the website at www.bench.com.

About Benchmark Electronics, Inc.

Benchmark provides comprehensive solutions across the entire product life cycle; leading through its innovative technology and engineering design services; leveraging its optimized global supply chain; and delivering world-class manufacturing services in the following industries: commercial aerospace, defense, advanced computing, next-generation telecommunications, medical, complex industrials, and semiconductor capital equipment. Benchmark's global operations include facilities in seven countries and its common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BHE.

About Ouster

Ouster (NYSE: OUST) is building a safer and more sustainable future through its high-resolution digital lidar sensors for the automotive, industrial, smart infrastructure, and robotics industries. Ouster's sensors offer an excellent combination of price and performance with the flexibility to span hundreds of use-cases and enable revolutionary autonomy across industries. With a global team and high-volume manufacturing, Ouster supports approximately 600 customers in over 50 countries. Ouster is headquartered in San Francisco, CA with offices in the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.ouster.com, or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

15 September 2022 ― Cranston, Rhode Island USA – AIM Solder, a leading global manufacturer of solder assembly materials for the electronics industry, is pleased to announce their participation in the upcoming SMTA Space Coast Expo taking place on October 6th at Melbourne Auditorium, Melbourne, FL. AIM will highlight V9, their new ultra-low-voiding, no clean paste, along with their full line of solder assembly materials.

Formulated to solve one of the industry’s most difficult challenges, V9 has proven to reduce voiding to as low as 1% on BGA and <5% on BTC components while exhibiting stable print performance on fine feature devices over 12 hours. V9 post-process residue is easily probed and possesses high SIR values required for high reliability applications.

To discover all of AIM’s products and services, visit the company at the SMTA Space Coast Expo on October 6th for more information and to speak with one of AIM’s knowledgeable staff members, or visit www.aimsolder.com.

About AIM

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, AIM Solder is a leading global manufacturer of assembly materials for the electronics industry with manufacturing, distribution and support facilities located throughout the world. AIM produces advanced solder products such as solder paste, liquid flux, cored wire, bar solder, epoxies, lead-free and halogen-free solder products, and specialty alloys such as indium and gold for a broad range of industries. A recipient of many prestigious SMT industry awards, AIM is strongly committed to innovative research and development of product and process improvement as well as providing customers with superior technical support, service, and training. For more information about AIM’s complete line of advanced solder products and global technical services, please visit www.aimsolder.com.

PCB West: The leading technical conference and exhibition for electronics engineers. Coming Oct. 4-7 to the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center. pcbwest.com

The next episode of Indium Corporation’s free webcast series, EV InSIDER Live, will address the question of whether the U.S.’ regional grids will be able to support the anticipated growth in demand and load following the projected surge in electric vehicle ownership in 2030.

The free webcast will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 11:30 a.m. New York time.

With the number of EVs on the road in the U.S. expected to reach nearly 40 million in 2030 from roughly 2.7 million today, several questions have emerged around whether our regional grids will be able to support this growth in demand and load.

In California, for example, modeling from the Energy Innovation Policy & Technology research firm shows electricity demand could grow 18% from 2020 levels by 2030, as vehicles and buildings electrify. But because EVs are essentially storage batteries on wheels and most passenger vehicles sit parked 22 or more hours per day, they have the huge potential to help stabilize the grid rather than bring it down.

In the webcast, Managed Charging and Vehicle-to-Grid: Reality or a Distant Dream?, Apoorv Bhargava, expert on the grid and EVs and CEO/co-founder of WeaveGrid, a software company that builds data products to enable increased adoption of electric vehicles, will share his thoughts on how the role of emerging techniques such as managed charging, vehicle-to-grid, and vehicle-to-home will play out this decade.

Co-hosted by Indium Corporation’s global head of e-Mobility and infrastructure, Brian O’Leary, and Loren McDonald, they will dive into key topics with Bhargava, including:

• What we learned about EVs and the grid from the recent threat of blackouts in California.

• The role of managed charging as a key tool in utilities’ toolbox to minimize the load impact of EVs during high demand times of the day.

• The promise of vehicle-to-grid, vehicle-to-home, and vehicle-to-building to feed power to the grid or minimize the need for additional power generation.

Apoorv Bhargava is the co-founder and CEO of WeaveGrid, a San Francisco-based venture backed startup that uses machine learning to help utilities predict and manage large spikes in power demand from electric vehicle charging to balance renewable energy production and reduce costly upgrades to the grid. Bhargava has focused on climate and energy his whole career, having previously worked at Opower and The Boston Consulting Group in their energy practice. He has also spent time at NRG Energy, Joby Aviation, and The Capricorn Investment Group, where he was focused on cleantech investing. Bhargava holds an MBA and a Master’s of Science degree in Environment & Resources from Stanford. He graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a B.A. in Economics. In 2019, Bhargava was featured on both the GreenBiz and Forbes “30 Under 30” lists in the Energy sector for his work on WeaveGrid.

About EV InSIDER Live

EV InSIDER Live is a webcast series, co-hosted by Brian O’Leary and Loren McDonald, which sheds light on the most pressing issues from across the dynamic and rapidly evolving electric vehicle landscape. Conducted in an approachable, conversational format suitable for business executives, casual observers, and seasoned engineers alike, each episode features a high-profile guest from the EV industry.

PCB West: The leading technical conference and exhibition for electronics engineers. Coming Oct. 4-7 to the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center. pcbwest.com

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, September 21, 2022 – The electronics industry is calling on U.S. President Joe Biden to address urgent industrial base vulnerabilities and deliver on the promise of the CHIPS Act by prioritizing domestic development of printed circuit boards (PCBs) and integrated circuit (IC) substrates under Title III of the Defense Production Act.

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NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., September 21, 2022 — BTU International, Inc., a leading supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment for the electronics manufacturing market, is pleased to announce the appointment of Isaiah Smith as its new regional sales manager. Based out of New England, he will cover the central US, as well as Canada.

With more than a decade of related experience Smith brings to the job the unique perspective of having been a BTU customer in a past role where he had responsibility for the multiple SMT lines as a process engineer. In the past several years Isaiah has held sales roles for related SMT process equipment including, printers and inspection with ITW EAE and Koh Young America.

“Coming from a process engineering role I would only sell equipment that I would select for my own line,” said Smith. “I have to truly believe in the quality and performance of the tool, and BTU’s products most certainly exceed those criteria by far.” BTU International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amtech Group (NASDAQ: ASYS), is a global supplier and technology leader of advanced thermal processing equipment in the electronics manufacturing market. BTU’s high-performance reflow ovens are used in the production of SMT printed circuit board assemblies and in semiconductor packaging processes. BTU also specializes in precision controlled, high-temperature belt furnaces for a wide range of custom applications, such as brazing, direct bond copper (DBC), diffusion, sintering and advanced solar cell processing. BTU has operations in North Billerica, Massachusetts, and Shanghai, China, with direct sales and service in the U.S.A., Asia and Europe. Information about BTU International is available at www.btu.com.

PCB West: The leading technical conference and exhibition for electronics engineers. Coming Oct. 4-7 to the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center. pcbwest.com

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