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July, 2017 PeoPle in the news ECD’s Paul Austen Contributes to


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IPC Standards Milwaukie, OR — Paul Austen, senior project engineer at ECD, has con- tributed to and was a member of the committee that wrote the IPC-7530 “Guidelines for Temperature Profiling for Mass Soldering Processes (Reflow and Wave),” and IPC-7801 “Reflow Oven Process Control Standard,” and also shared his expertise for the latest revision of IPC-7530A. Mr. Austen and the other committee members were honored for their contributions at the annual awards luncheon hosted by the IPC at this year’s APEX expo in San Diego. IPC is a global electronics industry trade association dedicated to furthering the competitive excellence and financial success of its members, who are par- ticipants in the electronics industry. Web: www.ecd.com


Ersa Appoints Luis Lujan


Sales Manager in Mexico Plymouth, WI — Kurtz Ersa North America has hired Luis Lujan as its ma- chine division district sales manager for the Maquiladora territory of Mexico, which consists of the country’s northern states. Mr. Lujan most recently held the position of sales manager at ASYS and has a great deal of sales experience from National Instruments, as well as test engineering expertise from his tenure at System Sensor. He also has a strong background with the electron- ics manufacturing companies located in the Maquiladora territory. Based in Juarez, Mr. Lujan is expected to be an excellent asset to Ersa and is fluent in both English and Spanish. Web: www.ersa.com


Panasonic’s Brent Fischthal Elected to


MESA Board Rolling Meadows, IL — Brent Fischthal, senior marketing manager of Pana- sonic Factory Solutions Company of America, has been elected to the board of directors of the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association Internation- al (MESA). MESA International is a global, not-for-profit community of man- ufacturers, producers, industry leaders, and solution providers who focus on improving operations management through IT-based systems. Panasonic has a comprehensive technology portfolio that supports diverse markets as both a manufacturer and a solutions provider. This reach, backed by R&D, a large patent volume, a broad customer base, and links to global research and uni- versities, offers a robust resource in alignment with the mission of MESA. Web: www.panasonicfa.com


Farid Anani Returns to Computrol as


VP of Operations Meridian, OH — Computrol is welcoming the return of Farid Anani, who has taken a position at the company as vice president of operations. Mr. Anani previously led the company’s engineering and production groups for more than 10 years. He has held several positions in customer experience manage- ment over the past 25 years. His career began at Tandy’s electronics manufac- turing division as a process engineer, was promoted to engineering manager, and went on to become the operations manager. He became Circuit Technolo- gy’s vice president of manufacturing in 1993 and joined Computrol in 2000 as manufacturing manager. Mr. Anani has championed several projects for the company, including the implementation of Valor. Web: www.computrol.com


FRAMOS’ Sebastien Dignard One of


Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — President of FRAMOS Technologies Sebastien Dignard has been announced by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Business Journal as one of the city’s 2017 Forty Under 40. The pres- tigious business award recognizes accomplished and rising business leaders under the age of 40. As president of FRAMOS Technologies, and global head of sales and marketing of the FRAMOS Group; companies specialized in im- aging and vision solutions that range from sensor to systems, Mr. Dignard is responsible for growing all aspects of FRAMOS’ business. He and his team in Ottawa have built the North American branch of FRAMOS since its beginning in 2013. Web: www.framos.com


VirTex Promotes Gary Heimlich to


Materials Manager Austin, TX — VirTex has promoted Gary Heimlich to the position of materials manager. After bringing him on in April 2016 as a program manager, the com- pany has quickly moved him through the ranks. The promotion comes as the VirTex team is currently working with its OEM clients to review their supply chain management, working toward better operational efficiency. Mr. Heim- lich will be responsible for updating the company’s previous methods of sup- ply chain management, such as Excel spreadsheets and other formats of KPI record keeping. Mr. Heimlich will work with customers to add value and vis- ibility to their supply chains, as well as upgrading them to be more dynamic and interactive. Web: www.virtexassembly.com


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