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Next Month’s Focus Measurement Test and Send News Releases for: APEC


VOLUME 34 - NUMBER 1 Product Preview:


IPC APEX and ATX/MD&M West THE GLOBAL HI-TECH ELECTRONICS PUBLICATION February, 2019


Robot Interacts with Humans through Vision and Language


West Lafayette, IN — Purdue Uni- versity researchers are developing integrative language and vision soft- ware that may enable an au-


Nordson SELECT introduces a multi-station selective solder- ing system for high-volume production and max through- put. Product Preview begins on…


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KIC Helps Calsonic Win Quality Award


tonomous robot to interact with peo- ple in different environments and ac- complish navigational goals. “The project’s overall goal is to


tell the robot to find a particular per- son, room or building and have the robot interact with ordinary, un- trained people to ask in natural lan- guage for directions toward a partic- ular place,” says Jeffrey Mark Siskind, an associate professor lead- ing the research team. “To accom- plish this task, the robot must oper-


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Calsonic Kansei implements KIC’s automatic reflow oven profiling systems and Vantage factory database software, earning the company a quality award. See EMS section...


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Assembly and Automation


Researchers Jared Johansen (left) and Thomas Ilyevsky (right), pictured with their robot, Hosh.


Wacker and Fuji Develop Silicone-Based TIMs


Mentor improves PCB inspec- tion data preparation; Koh Young pins down defects in press-fit assembly; and Jabil discusses the ongoing elec- tronic components shortage. Special Features begin on…


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Munich, Germany — Munich-based chemical group Wacker and Japan- based Fuji Polymer Industries are collaborating to develop innovative thermal interface materials (TIMs). Fuji Polymer Indus- tries, a manufacturer of sili- cone rubber products, will use Wacker’s room-temperature- curing ELASTOSIL® silicones for manufacturing novel sili- cone-based heat-conducting components. The companies will work closely together to work on high-efficiency ther- mal interface products for elec- tronic devices and for batteries in electric vehicles.


ferings. Wacker, as a silicones pro- ducer, supplies non-crosslinked, pastelike silicones in the form of gels, adhesives, sealants, or encapsu-


San Jose, CA — Naprotek CEO Najat El-Ayi Badriyeh has been recognized by CEO Today Magazine with a “CEO Today” award. Badriyeh received the award for growing her woman-owned small business (WOSB) into a leading EMS provider.


Naprotek CEO Wins CEO Today Award


Najat El-Ayi Badriyeh, CEO of Naprotek.


Wacker and Fuji Polymer Industries are leading manu- facturers in the field of silicone- based TIMs for industrial applica- tions, but have different product of-


Fuji Polymer Industries’ SARCON thermal gap filler pads are highly conformable, thermally conductive gel materials in a versatile sheet form.


lants for liquid metering. Fuji Poly- mer Industries produces ready-to- use silicone elastomer parts, such as contact mats, films and pads, for electronics and automotive compo- nent manufacturers.


Broadened Collaboration


Fuji Polymer Industries and Wacker are now broadening their collaboration. At the upcoming 11th International Automotive Electron- ics Technology Expo in Tokyo, Japan, Fuji Polymer Industries will


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Each year, the award identifies and honors respected companies and their forward-thinking C-level execu- tives who lead the way on a global stage. Votes are based on in-depth, sector-by-sector research.


“My dream of Naprotek began when I realized there was a serious gap in the EMS manufacturing tech- nology segment,” says Badriyeh. “I saw that engineers in the industry were not getting what they needed at that time and demand was growing for PCBA prototype manufacturing and medium-volume services.” Naprotek specializes in mis- sion-critical products, and its processes and systems are focused on delivering award-winning quality. Contact: Naprotek, Inc., 90 Rose Orchard Way, San Jose, CA 95134  408-830-5000


E-mail: info@naprotek.com Web: www.naprotek.com 


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