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Plan your 2020 Editorial; see


our calendar on page 108


Next Issue Special Focus: Inspection


VOLUME 34 - NUMBER 10 Product Preview:


productronica, The ASSEMBLY Show, SMTA Guadalajara


THE GLOBAL HI-TECH ELECTRONICS PUBLICATION October, 2019


East/West Supports Silvercar, Audi’s Car Rental Innovation


Austin, TX — Renting a car after a long flight is often tedious and time- consuming. Locating the rental car office, waiting in long lines, filling out sheaves of paperwork, and final- ly locating the car itself is not easy or convenient.


ViscoTec develops semi-solid ma- terial extrusion process with Coperion. Product Previews begin on…


Page 74


Adam Electronics Counts Juki as Partner


Enter Silvercar by Audi, an inno-


vative company that plans to revolu- tionize the rental car industry. With a seamless, app-driven system, cus- tomers can get behind the wheel of a premium Audi A4, Q5 SUV, Q7 SUV, or A5 Cabriolet quickly and easily.


East/West Manufacturing En-


terprises partnered with Silvercar from the beginning, providing full turnkey electronics manufacturing services. This enabled the company to execute its business plan and suc- ceed in the rental car market.


Strategic Partnership Founded in Austin, Texas, in


2012, Silvercar was acquired by Audi in 2017. The company rapidly ex- panded into 26 cities across the Unit- ed States. Setting out to modernize the airport car rental process, Silver- car provides white glove, short-term, premium Audi car rental service to travelers. “We wanted to deliver a fast, frictionless and consistent experi-


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Founded as a box build spe- cialist, Adam Electronics has expanded and partnered with Juki for 25 years. EMS section begins on…


Page 18 This Month's Focus: Production


Weller celebrates 75 years of soldering technology; Inspire Solutions launches fixturing solution for PCBs; Nordson ASYMTEK highlights confor- mal coating inspection. Spe- cial Features begin on…


Page 60 SMT and


East/West has provided turnkey electronics manufacturing to Silvercar by Audi since its inception. Inset photo: Matt McMillan, telematics architect, Silvercar (left), and Richard Tsukano, vice president of business development, East/West Manufacturing Enterprises (right).


Rehm Offers Specialized Application Support


Roswell, GA — Which process is best suited for which application? How does one establish a specific temper- ature profile? And, which technolo- gies can help to reduce voids in sol- der joints? Be it competent consultation,


process demonstration or technical training, Rehm Thermal Systems of- fers a wide variety of solutions at its Technology Center. Specialists from the company are available to discuss innovative solutions for new applica- tion and methods with customers, in


order to optimize manufacturing processes.


Rehm’s application specialists


are on hand as advisors to provide support in selecting the right system or to create individual process pa- rameters. “Each product has differ- ent requirements in production. In the direct application of vacuum, va- por phase and convection soldering, we can precisely determine the ad- vantages and disadvantages for the product to be manufactured and specify the optimum system technol- ogy. In the second step, we can then determine the optimum process pa- rameters, e.g. for paste printing, lin- ear/saddle profile, vacuum process, or coating,” says Helmut Öttl, head of application and process develop- ment, Rehm Thermal Systems. “With the options in our demo center, we can react in a flexible manner to the wishes of our customers.” Customers can work out the opti-


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Nordson ASYMTEK and Demant A/S Celebrate


20 Years Carlsbad, CA — Nordson ASYMTEK is celebrated 20 years of supplying fluid dispensing equipment to De- mant A/S, a manufacturer of hearing aid brands that include Oticon, Bernafon and Sonic. During this time, Nordson technologies have en- abled Demant to design smaller and more capable hearing aids. The first Nordson ASYMTEK


dispensing systems were shipped to Demant in 1999 for a dam-and-fill application for hearing aid electron- ics. Over the years, more systems were added to jet underfill and sur- face mount adhesive and to dispense solder paste, using a variety of Nord- son ASYMTEK’s valve technologies from pumps and jets to piezoelectric technologies. Approximately 20 dis- pensing systems have been shipped to Demant facilities, with the majori- ty still in operation. “We have continued to work


with ASYMTEK because of their ex- pertise in many forms of automated fluid dispensing,” says Torben Peder- sen, head of operational technology, Demant. “Their equipment and process solutions are innovative,


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