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VOLUME 28 - NUMBER 6


New Products for EMS and OEMs


THE GLOBAL HI-TECH ELECTRONICS PUBLICATION Prepares Students for Life By Jim Jackson, PE


Camdenton, MO — American stu- dents still lag alarmingly behind stu- dents in China and Western Europe, reports several student testing servic- es. While there has been a small im- provement in U.S. high school student


Specialized wiring from Cicoil specifically for clean rooms, food, and medical environ- ments in this month's New Products section. starting on . . .


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Production Gains in France and Onshoring


Gains in U.S.


France’s Hager security up- graded its production facilities with Cogiscan/Juki intelligent feeder system; and a new look at onshoring, a trend that's gaining momentum.


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This Month's Focus: Components


and Distribution


Counterfeits are top of the list again, with new efforts by DoD to sort them out, the facts about DNA marking, and more efforts at the distributor level to safeguard manufacturers against bogus chips.


Page 48 Senior and Dean’s List finalist Kyle Gulshen (left), senior and


First Laser President Jacob Harmon (center) operate robot during competition, while FRC Coach Mitch Comer (right) looks on.


Mirtec: Exclusive AOI Deal with Bosch


Plymouth, UK — Mirtec Europe has been chosen as the exclusive AOI partner for Bosch for the next five years. The multi-million dollar agree ment, signed on March 20, 2013, calls for Mirtec to be exclu- sive supplier for multiple MV-9 2D/3D AOI systems. “We are very pleased to enter


this new partnership with Mirtec in the field of automated optical inspec- tion. The combination of 2D/3D tech-


Mirtec CEO Chanwha Pak, and Markus Jung for the Bosch Group.


Corporate Lead Buyer for machinery and equipment for the Bosch Group. Mirtec was selected from a large number of competitors from


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nology will help us to further develop our high-quality standards for the future,” said Markus Jung, Ph.D.,


performance, there’s still a great deal of work ahead if the U.S.A. is to con- tinue to dominate in new technology and patents. One program designed to help by giving high school students some extraordinary incentives is an afterschool program known as


FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recogni- tion of Science and Technology) Ro- botics — a program that has been making progress in the advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses and STEM careers with America’s youth.


The FIRST Robotics program


consists of more than 2500 high school teams from 16 countries. Ni- hon Superior is one of many compa- nies in the electronics industry and in local communities that support this program. “Nihon Superior is proud to support the Camdenton RI- II Afterschool LASER Robotics pro- gram,” stated Tetsuro Nishimura, President of Nihon Superior. “Sup- porting such a program matches well with Nihon Superior’s philosophy of “Global Collaboration” from support- ing research at universities to the sponsorship of FIRST Robotics. We strongly agree with the goal of inspir- ing students to enjoy science and technology.” In being a mentor to the LASER


team, Keith Howell, Technical Direc- tor of Nihon Superior USA, said, “The students work long hours on the design, assembly, and programming of the robot, which is an extracurric- ular activity so it all takes place after normal school hours and on week- ends. It is rewarding as well as enjoy-


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Leading Indicators: Optimism for PCB Sales


Bannockburn, IL — While North American manufacturing begins an- other slow recovery and leading indi- cators point to modest business ex- pansion in the coming months, the PCB industry has not yet felt the ef- fects of this turnaround, according to the latest edition of IPC North Amer- ican PCB Market Report. The report shows what market


segments underlie the disappointing 10 percent contraction in February PCB sales versus February of last year.


The flexible circuit segment was particularly hard hit in February af-


Continued on page 8 Robotics Program June, 2013


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