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Uyemura Honored with Prestigious Vendor Award

PCI President Ken Tannehill, flanked by Uyemura’s Scott Butterfield and George Gallager, following the presentation of PCI’s Prestigious Vendor Award
for 2016.

PCI, (Minneapolis, MN) has announced the first of what will become an annual award honoring supplier excellence. According to PCI Vice President Matt Tannehill, “management considered process performance, product delivery, technical support, and other factors, and reviewed each supplier on that basis.” PCI’s Prestigious Supplier Award was given to Uyemura in a surprise ceremony February 10.

Scott Butterfield and George Gallager received the award during a routine material audit. PCI uses Uyemura ENIG, ENEPIG, copper via fill and electrolytic hard nickel gold, the latter of which was installed just 3 months ago. Says Tannehill, “when we decided to add this process, there was no doubt whose chemistry we’d use. UIC treats us extremely well; Scott and the entire technical team do a tremendous job.”

PCI is America’s most prominent flexible circuits manufacturer, and the first board shop to be qualified for Mil Spec rigid flex board production.

Richard DePoto to Highlight Sur-Fin Conference Schedule

Business Development Manager Richard DePoto will deliver a talk on Sur-Fin’s opening day on a new technology for achieving the darkest deep
black nickel finish. A key part of the talk will be the process and chemical factors necessary to achieve low L value and low reflectance value. The new deposit is a low porosity nickel conversion coating that is thicker and more robust, and uses electrolytes and baths that are low cost and easily controlled.

UIC Strengthens Western Field Team With Veteran PCB Expert

Uyemura USA has intensified its service capacity in the west and southwest with an addition to its field service team.

S1 Technology supplies plating anodes, PMs and solder bar to PCB shops and platers throughout California and Utah. It also provides recycling services.

The company is widely known for its 12-hour guarantee: if a customer’s line goes down, S1 will fix it, using stock materials, in 12 hours or less. “We pride ourselves on service,” says owner Chet McNamara, “which is why we value the association with UIC. That, and its superior products, create a powerful advantage for us.”

S1 Technology is located in Chino, CA.

Stepinski Recieves Industry Award

Uyemura congratulates Alex Stepinski, the first recipient of I-Connect007’s Good for the Industry Award.

This new and prestigious award honors individuals and companies who have helped the industry improve cycle time, lower costs, increase yields, build better products, increase profitability and reduce waste.

Alex Stepinski created a PCB manufacturing facility, with zero wastewater discharge, for Whelen Engineering. It is the first fully automated PCB facility to be built in the US in decades. Whelen Engineering uses Uyemura ENIG, the industry standard for mid-phos EN with immersion gold.

Whelen selected Uyemura ENIG because it produces exceptionally uniform gold deposits, thus reducing overall gold usage – and because it does not require dummy plating of nickel. Whelen Engineering was the cover story of a recent issue of UIC’s “Clear Signals.” Read it here:

George Milad Honored by SMTA

National Accounts Manager for Technology, George Milad has been designated a Distinguished Speaker by the SMTA Technical Committee for exceptional presentations delivered at SMTA technical conferences.

At IPC Apex February 15, Milad, as Co-Chairman of the IPC 414 Committee, provided a perspective of the committee’s work, including revision of IPC-4552 RevA, “Specification for Electroless Nickel / Immersion Gold (ENIG) Plating”, and the need to amend the 4556 ENEPIG specification. The event also marked the start of work on the IPC standard for OSP (Organic Solderability Preservative).

UIC customer ISRO launches first dedicated satellite for astronomical research

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched the country's first dedicated satellite for astronomical research into orbit. "Astrosat" is designed for multi-wavelength space surveillance, and the monitoring of remote celestial objects. It is equipped with UV and X-ray telescopes and other monitoring systems. ISRO estimates the satellite's lifespan at five years.

Uyemura Appoints Technical Service Engineer

April LaBonte is our new Technical Service Engineer for Southern California.
Her responsibilities include line audits, troubleshooting, installations and a full complement of customer service tasks. LaBonte holds a Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering from the University of California San Diego. She was formerly a Wet Process Engineer for Viasystems/TTM, where she worked with product design and process methodology, monitored process operations, performed root cause analyses and provided ongoing support for manufacturing operations. April was featured in Products Finishing when they recognized the industry’s top young talent through their annual 40-Under-40 program.

Uyemura ENEPIG

ENEPIG produces a highly uniform EN deposit, followed by electroless palladium, with an electroless gold flash.
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Uyemura's RGA-14

RGA-14 is the world's highest productivity immersion silver process.
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