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INGLESIDE, IL – IDENTCO – a manufacturer of high-performance labeling solutions for the power equipment, electronics, transportation, and general industrial sector – has appointed longtime materials supply executive Brad Zechman as its newest CEO. He officially joined the company on April 10, and will be responsible for overseeing all strategic business, sales and product development direction across each of IDENTCO’s four major business units. Mr. Zechman also is CEO of Reliance Label Solutions.

Most recently, Mr. Zechman served as president of Pennsylvania-based Adhesives Research, where his implementation of a commercial transformation linked to a more suitable operational strategy lead to toward significant growth. Prior to that, he spent three years as VP of Global Packaging for Minnesota-based HB Fuller, where he oversaw strategies that helped mitigate the then-deflationary raw materials market. Before that, he spent a decade with specialty materials and electromechanical solutions company LORD, where his leadership led to exponential growth.

Mr. Zechman joins IDENTCO at a promising time. The company has been steadily adding to its extensive portfolio of labeling solutions, which it designs, manufactures and supplies for demanding sectors such as automotive components, electronics applications, industrial machinery & tools, and commercial transportation. Among other products, IDENTCO specializes in exactingly engineered labels, ribbons, applicators and printers for product tracking & tracing, branding, compliance and identification.

Mr. Zechman is replacing IDENTCO CEO and founder Scott Lucas, who is retiring after an impressive 37 years with the company. Through the decades, Mr. Lucas’ stewardship helped take IDENTCO from a promising labeling and marking solutions startup to the robust, globally-focused organization it is today. Mr. Lucas has assumed the title of Chief Strategic Relations Officer.

“I am honored to step into the role of a true industry pioneer like Scott, and look forward to helping build upon what he helped create as IDENTCO enters a new chapter,” said Mr. Zechman. “We’ll continue to expand of solutions portfolio across each of our four main business units, with the goal of further increasing our market presence in each.”

Mr. Zechman earned a degree in chemical engineering from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and an MBA in finance from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

WILMINGTON, NC – South-Tek Systems, a leading provider of mission-critical Nitrogen generators, has installed a new Nitrogen generator at Rocket EMS, a top electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider located in Silicon Valley in their new state-of-the-art Nevada site. This new site will double Rocket EMS’s production square footage, driving the demand for Nitrogen supply in various applications. South-Tek’s cutting- edge solutions are specifically designed to meet the unique requirements of contract manufacturers, and their new generator will enable Rocket EMS to meet the growing demand for nitrogen.

Ken Gibson, Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Rocket EMS, commented on the installation, saying, “South-Tek is a stellar partner to work with, and we chose them over the competitors for several reasons. Their Nitrogen generators are self-sustainable, making them a cost- effective and reliable solution for our business. Additionally, their technical support team has been incredibly responsive and helpful throughout the installation process.”

Since 1997, South-Tek has designed, developed, and manufactured best-in-class Nitrogen generation technology. Based in the United States, South-Tek has more than 12,000 Nitrogen generator installations in privately held businesses and Fortune 500 companies. South-Tek’s commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable Nitrogen solutions has made them a trusted partner for businesses across a range of industries.

The installation of the new Nitrogen generator at Rocket EMS demonstrates South-Tek’s continued dedication to meeting the unique needs of their customers. As demand for Nitrogen supply continues to increase, South-Tek’s cutting-edge technology and exceptional customer service will continue to set them apart as a leader in the industry.

South-Tek’s generators offer purities of 95 percent up to 99.999 percent. All units are custom designed and can be packaged with a dedicated air compressor, dryer, and/or booster if needed for a complete turnkey solution. For larger flow rates or redundancy, duplexing options are available. South-Tek Systems’ nitrogen generation solutions have been installed at contract manufacturing facilities for the military and aerospace industries worldwide, providing customers with the highest level of nitrogen purity, reliability, and safety.

For more information about South-Tek Systems’ nitrogen generation solutions, visit

SAN FRANCISCO – Tempo Automation Holdings, Inc., a leading software-accelerated electronics manufacturer, announces the initiation of customer trials for its upgraded customer portal. The portal provides real-time feedback on price estimates for printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs), with visibility to supply chain availability and constraints.

“Our goal is to offer our customers unprecedented insights into lead-times, estimated costs, and supply chain alternatives during the critical design and early manufacturing stages of new electronic products,” said Joy Weiss, CEO of Tempo Automation. “In line with our strategic vision, Tempo’s enhanced portal serves as the customer interface to our Accelerated Electronics Manufacturing Platform. It signifies an advancement in intelligent automation for printed circuit board assembly, while enhancing the Platform for future organic and synergistic growth.”

In addition to providing an industry-leading customer experience, the portal significantly automates numerous manual steps involved in relaying complex customer specifications to the production line. This eliminates costly and time-consuming errors, thereby improving operational efficiency. This advancement in Tempo’s Platform reinforces Tempo’s role in accelerating and transforming product development for the world’s innovators.

WALDENBURG, GERMANY – Würth Elektronik Sweden AB has moved; significantly more space available. Würth Elektronik, manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components for the electronics industry, is strengthening its activities in Scandinavia. The expansion in Sweden is the result of an extremely positive business development, and now enables the expansion of the sales office, back office, and customer services.

For Robert Vikman, the newly appointed General Manager of Würth Elektronik Sweden AB, this is the second move during his eight years with the company. Vikman has worked in the electronics industry since his time at ELFA (1995 to 2006).

"We are very happy that this branch is developing so successfully," Vikmann says happily. "Both ELFA and Würth Elektronik are family-owned, so there are a lot of similarities in the corporate culture. But, I particularly like Würth Elektronik and its concept. As an established manufacturer, we can offer free components for prototypes, all simulations, footprints, and 3D files directly on our website, and guarantee 98% availability on the more than 50,000 components in our range. Few manufacturers can do that."

"Now, we have space to grow even more," Vikmann continues, "and space is what we need, because we want to expand our technical field and office service. We currently have almost 30 employees in Sweden. Joining the team now are a digital sales manager, who exclusively handles online digital customer calls from our studio in the new office, and a technician for our online chat via the website. We are also expanding our range of wireless modules in the areas of Bluetooth, LTE, Wi-Fi, and sensors, which in turn increases customer demand for local support. I look forward to what lies ahead now."

Vikmann extends a big thank you to his predecessor CEO Martin Danielsson, who is moving on to new responsibilities outside the company after 18 years in the Würth family.

LAKEVILLE, MN – ITW EAE announces a new partnership agreement with eBerian Assembly for Spain and Portugal to represent ITW EAE per June 1, 2023. The representation involves the full portfolio of ITW EAE equipment; MPM printers, Camalot dispensers, Vitronics Soltec wave, reflow and selective equipment plus Electrovert soldering solutions and cleaners.

“eBerian Assembly brings superior knowledge and experience in electronics assembly equipment to the market,” said Wim Schouten, Sales Manager for ITW EAE. “We are very fortunate to have this first-class, technically experienced team representing the full range of ITW EAE’s equipment. The eBerian Assembly team has serviceability as their primary focus and can be counted on to serve all our customers well.”

“We’re very pleased to represent ITW EAE throughout Spain and Portugal” said Carlos Olmos CEO of eBerian Assembly. “ITW EAE is a pioneer in electronics assembly equipment with a reputation for cutting edge technology combined with quality manufacturing and service support. We look forward to representing these high-quality products.”

eBerian Assembly team specializes in knowledge and distribution for the electronics manufacturing industry. They will be responsible for sales, service, and parts for MPM printers, Camalot dispensers, Vitronics Soltec wave, reflow and selective equipment, and Electrovert soldering solutions and cleaners, serviced from eBerian Assembly office located in Barcelona Spain.

PENANG, MALAYSIA – ViTrox Technologies is excited to announce that our V310i Advanced 3D Solder Paste Inspection (SPI) Solution has officially passed the rigorous qualification audit for IPC-CFX-2591 Qualified Products Listing (QPL) and has received the mandatory IPC-CFX messages for classification.

This certification is a significant achievement for ViTrox and showcases the company's commitment to innovation and excellence in the electronics manufacturing industry. The V310i 3D SPI's listing on the IPC-CFX QPL shows that ViTrox's solution is fully compatible with the IPC-CFX-2591 standards, giving electronics manufacturers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) the confidence to partner with us.

Our state-of-the-art V310i 3D SPI technology has unique features that set it apart from the competition. Our Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) Missing Detection significantly enhances users' experiences when detecting absent and insufficient solder with the integration of A.I. This feature is incredibly accurate and improves overall efficiency. Our effortless Inspection Parameter Setup allows users to export custom parameters fast for future usage, ensuring compliance with IPC standards. This feature streamlines inspection setups, making them more accessible and user-friendly. Lastly, our Ultra Smart Programming feature is a game-changer, reducing programming time by around 80%. The advanced programming algorithm in the ViTrox SPI Software (VAPIGUI) creates a fast, effortless, and easy-to-pick-up programming process for our users, making the V310i 3D SPI an excellent choice for anyone in the SMT PCBA industry.

Asides from the IPC-CFX standard, ViTrox's Industry 4.0 Manufacturing Intelligence Solution (V- ONE) provides Machine-2-Machine (M2M) connectivity and big data analytical capabilities for users to monitor production performance using real-time production process insights and data analysis with image traceability across ViTrox vision solutions. With V-ONE, manufacturers can have a strategic approach to oversee the production process, minimise production downtime, and improve production efficiency.

We are proud to continue developing innovative solutions with M2M connectivity to match the ever-changing demands of the electronics manufacturing industry, moving further into the era of Smart Manufacturing. Hence, ViTrox is actively collaborating with IPC to validate its PCB SMT Vision Inspection Solutions for the IPC CFX QPL. You can also find our validated solutions, the V510i Advanced 3D Optical Inspection (AOI) Solution and V810i Advanced 3D X-Ray Inspection (AXI) Solution, on the IPC-CFX-2591 QPL Portal at 

Are you interested in implementing IPC-CFX compliant vision inspection solution to achieve Smart Factory? Contact us today at for more information and assistance.

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