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VOLUME 33 - NUMBER 6 Product Preview:


SMT Hybrid Packaging


Nordson ASYMTEK intros He- lios™ dispenser for medium and bulk volumes. Product Preview begins on…


Page 72 Ryder Industries


Low-Volume High-Mix China Style


rapidly growing niche market, providing conformal coating as a service is in high demand for mission-critical PCBs. These boards must withstand extremely harsh en- vironments, as well as those that have proprietary components that must be concealed before being shipped. Specialized Coating Services, a provider of PCB conformal coating,


A THE GLOBAL HI-TECH ELECTRONICS PUBLICATION June, 2018


Specialized Coating Services Inaugurates East Coast Facility


By Michael Skinner, Editor


encapsulation and ruggedization, of- ficially opened its new East Coast fa- cility last month.


The new facility is located in Billerica, Massachusetts, about 30 miles northwest of Boston. Kim Atkins, cofounder along with Rick Ramirez, says that the location is ideal for servicing many of the mili- tary and aerospace customers that the company has in the area. Since 1996, the company has


been operating only from the West Coast, beginning in a garage and now located in a large facility in Fre- mont, California, with about 100 em- ployees. Business has been booming. The Fremont site ships between 2,500 and 3,000 boards per day for customers all over the world.


Slashing Freight Costs


With a turnaround time of five days per project with shipping on the sixth, the new location can dramati- cally cut down the freight costs and shipping times for products for East Coast customers. For their first 15 years in business, Ramirez and Atkins developed relationships with customers purely by word-of-mouth. Customers would refer other cus- tomers their way, while the company developed a solid reputation for pre- cision and quality.


Ryder Industries finds a low- volume, high-mix niche in the crowded Chinese SMT market. EMS section begins on…


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Test and Automation


From left: Patrick Spencer, technician, Kim Atkins, cofounder, Rick Ramirez, cofounder, Sunny Kim, technician, and Jim Carr, manager of the new site, cut a ribbon to inaugurate the facility.


Buffett Praises TTI Founder at Stockholders Meeting


ASM tallies successes over the past year of an expanded part- nership; Essemtec and Tac- toTek team up to create in- mold structural electronics; Saki develops self-program- ming inspection software. Spe- cial Features begin on…


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Fort Worth, TX — Global electronics distributor, TTI, Inc., found itself in the limelight at the annual Berk- shire Hathaway stockholders meet- ing in Omaha, Nebraska, where more than 40,000 guests gathered to hear sage investment advice from two of the world’s greatest investors, Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger. During the highly anticipated question and answer session, the duo


was asked to discuss the extraordi- nary growth that the TTI family of companies is experiencing as one of Berkshire Hathaway’s fastest-grow- ing, non-insurance businesses. TTI was purchased by Berkshire Hath- away in 2007 and remains the only electronics company in its portfolio. Buffett first acknowledged TTI founder and CEO, Paul Andrews, for his vision and exceptional manage- ment style, which has made the worldwide operation a success. He spoke of the complexity of the busi- ness, which requires a very high num- ber of transactions of low-cost compo- nents and shared this insightful pre- monition, “Something is going on out there, nobody is just buying these parts and storing them in their base- ment, these parts are getting used.” TTI is an authorized specialty


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Specialized Coating Services of- fers materials that include silicones and urethanes, as well as Parylene, and can clean boards or plasma treat them to promote surface adhesion.


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Semicon Market


Posts Solid Growth in Q1


Philadelphia, PA — Global semicon- ductor revenue derived from chip us- age in electronic equipment and de- vices amounted to $111.4 billion at the end of Q1 2018, up a significant 17 percent from $95.2 billion during the same quarter a year ago, accord- ing to data from a new IHS Markit report.


The figures come from the latest Application Market Forecast Tool (AMFT), an Excel database updated every quarter by IHS Markit for cus- tomers of the semiconductor AMFT research service. The AMFT contains chip-forecast data on close to 100 ap- plication-equipment markets, includ- ing 50 categories for semiconductor devices.


The Q1 results, which also weighed the recent volatility of the DRAM market, projected that chip revenue growth for all of 2018 would slow slightly to 7.2 percent, down from an initially anticipated rate of


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