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VOLUME 28 - NUMBER 9


New Products for EMS & OEMs


THE GLOBAL HI-TECH ELECTRONICS PUBLICATION September, 2013


ASM/SIPLACE Gets New Presence in Silicon Valley


By Walter Salm


ASM Assembly Systems (SIPLACE) has started a new chapter in its book of electronics growth with the official opening of its West Coast Technical Center at new partner Technica USA’s facilities in San Jose, Califor- nia. Technica came on board as the


Selective soldering system with built-in spray fluxer from Seika stars in this month's EMS Products section, start- ing on. . .


Page 22 Employee Loyalty


Is Tops at Jabil How Jabil grew from a startup in a Michigan garage to be- come one of the world's top 10 EMS providers with produc- tion in the U.S. and just about everywhere else, staffed by an incredible 175,000 employees.


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This Month's Focus: PCB and Test


Automatic X-ray testing of double-sided PCBs, innovative socket technology for test and burn-in, using nitrogen in the manufacturing process, pro- gressive cavity pumps for pre- cision dispensing, and safe storing of semiconductors and other sensitive components.


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SIPLACE rep organization for North- ern California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyo ming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. But it’s much more than a rep organization; it’s a service and sup- port center to augment the world- class support from SIPLACE itself.


The technical and demonstration


center in Silicon Valley provides a firm anchor for the company’s activities in Western USA, an excellent adjunct to the company’s North American head- quarters in Suwanee, Georgia. The new West Coast demo cen-


ter has a SIPLACE SX placement machine with a full range of pro- gramming, set up and optimization tools. It is being staffed by experi- enced company personnel who live and work in the Bay Area. Before the ribbon-cutting, Tech-


nica President Frank Medina em- phasized the importance of ASM’s overall management philosophy of bringing value to the customer. According to ASM CEO Americ-


as Jeff Timms, the company’s place in the global market started out with a few frontend and backend busi- nesses based in the Netherlands, then more package assembly in Asia — including wirebonding and pack- aging, and all the wafer handling as- sociated with it. The next logical step


Continued on page 30 Gathered in front of SIPLACE machine are (left to right)


Frank Medina, President of Technica, Jeff Timms, CEO of ASM Americas, Sebastian Weckel, Director Marketing Solutions ASM Munich, Mark Ogden, Marketing Manager, ASM Americas, and Thomas Mair, CFO, ASM Americas.


Designing to Standards Fueling Global Advances


By S. Joe Bhatia, President and CEO, American National Standards Institute


As business managers for electronic firms across America seek sustain- able economic growth for their com- panies and for this country, they are becoming more aware of a powerful business tool, standardization, that can help drive growth. Standardiza- tion can tap into new and expanding


technologies, can help cut costs, boost a company’s bottom line, and help electronic firms compete in a global marketplace. Standards have the power to turbo-charge innovation and fuel business growth. From de- sign and manufacturing to distribu- tion and marketing, all products and services are affected at some point by standardization. But standards and conformance also impact the strength of the American workforce, inform the direction of innovation, and underpin global commerce.


Standards Boost Business Quite simply, standards can be


good for business. That is why the American National Standards Insti-


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Atomic Clock Simulates Quantum Magnetism


Boulder, CO — Researchers at JILA have for the first time used an atom- ic clock as a quantum simulator, mimicking the behavior of a differ- ent, more complex quantum system. (M.J. Martin, M. Bishof, M.D. Swal- lows, X. Zhang, C. Benko, J. von- Stecher, A.V. Gorshkov, A.M. Rey and J. Ye. “A quantum many-body spin system in an optical lattice clock” Science. August 9, 2013.). Atomic clocks now join a grow-


ing list of physical systems that can be used for modeling and perhaps eventually explaining the quantum mechanical behavior of exotic mate- rials such as high-temperature su- perconductors, which conduct elec- tricity without resistance. All but the smallest, most trivial quantum sys- tems are too complicated to simulate on classical computers, hence the in- terest in quantum simulators. Shar- ing some of the features of experi- mental quantum computers — a hot research topic — quantum simula-


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