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IPC Conference/Exposition to feature live assembly line.

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August 18, 2009 - From September 23-24, 2009, IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will include IPC A-Line on show floor, with experts from 11 top suppliers available to demonstrate advanced electronics assembly. Surface mount as well as through-hole component mounting equipment will be demonstrated. Soldering, laser marking, and PCB production equipment will also be demonstrated as well as screen printer, pick and place system, stencils for solder paste deposition, and conveyors.

IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries - Bannockburn, IL

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Live Electronics Assembly Line Featured at IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition

Press release date: August 14, 2009

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, August 14, 2009 - Ever wonder what it takes to manufacture today's state-of-the-art electronics? Every step in the assembly process will be on display and fully functioning as the "IPC A-Line" hits the show floor at IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition, September 23-24, 2009, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center. Eleven of the industry's top suppliers have teamed up to demonstrate advanced electronics assembly, with on-site experts available to talk about the A-Line's high-tech processes, materials and equipment. Back by popular demand, the IPC A-Line returns to IPC Midwest with an expanded line of equipment and the incorporation of surface mount as well as through hole component mounting. The A-Line enables event attendees to witness the actual operation of an assembly line, following a product from screen printing to component mounting and then through reflow - all while learning about the processes, equipment and end-item cleaning that are used to manufacture the assembly. At the end of the line, attendees will receive a finished assembly thanks to A-Line participants: Ace Production Technologies - KISS-104 fully automated selective soldering machine
KISS-104 is used to flux and solder through hole components on SMT boards within close proximity of adjacent components. KISS-104 maintains the PCB stationary during the soldering process preventing components from toppling over causing "unset" inter-metallic fillets and overcomes the limitations of operator dependent soldering with a flexible automated flux application and molten solder delivery system. ASYS Inc. - BLS 01 laser marking system
The in-line laser marking system BLS 01 is designed to mark codes, images and clear text into solder resist. The laser and the galvo head are mounted above a conveyor on an X/Y-gantry. The PCB is clamped and secured while the laser is moved to the pre-programmed XY positions and the contents are marked. Aqueous Technologies - Trident III automatic defluxing and cleanliness testing system
Trident III is capable of removing all flux residues including rosin, no-clean and water soluble. Both lead and lead-free flux residues may be removed using the system, and it is equipped with an automatic chemical injection system that automatically adds a programmable volume of defluxing chemical to the wash water. Bare Board Group - printed circuit boards
The A-Line begins with the Bare Board Group! An award winning, nationally recognized PCB distributor, BBG provides quality high-mix, low-to-medium volume production printed circuit boards from Taiwan. Whether your order is for 500 pieces or $500 we will deliver where most can't or just plain won't! Capital Equipment Exchange Company (CEE) - Speedline MPM AP Excel screen printer
Experience first hand the quality of a previously owned Speedline MPM AP Excel Screen Printer in the IPC production A-Line. In these tough economic times, CEE can help companies bridge tough cost-conscious times while maintaining the quality they have come to expect. CEE offers the highest quality of previously owned equipment and is always looking to purchase unused assets as well. Fuji America Corporation - XPF-W pick & place system
This small footprint machine can assemble PCBs up to 20" X 27" using the worlds first Dynamic Head Exchange which allows the machine to switch from a high speed chip shooter to a flexible placement machine in between 0.3 and 0.8 seconds. The five foot wide base can hold up to 128 feeder inputs and place components ranging from 01005 to 68mm square. Kyzen Corporation - AQUANOX® A4241 aqueous cleaning solution
AQUANOX® A4241 is a new aqueous cleaning solution designed with a revolutionary inhibition technology to be effective on the toughest soils while protecting even the most sensitive parts from etch or darkening. A4241 can be used in a multi-process environment and will provide brilliant solder joints with no sump side additives and consistent cleaning results with minimal bath monitoring. Microscreen - stencils for solder paste deposition
MicroScreen LLC offers laser-cut and electroformed stencils for solder paste deposition. Options for lead-free stencils include high-nickel metal and "green" identification. All stencils are 100% inspected using ScanCheck AOI. Microscreen is a distributor of Wizard and Space Saver frame systems. Products include thick film screens as well as printing screens for solar cell, membrane switch, flex circuitry and other large frame requirements. The Morey Corporation - electronics manufacturing services
For more than seven decades, Morey has been a leader in advanced, reliable hardened electronics and at the forefront of innovation in electronic product development and manufacturing for the telematics, display and controller markets. The company has long-term manufacturing relationships with top-tier industry leaders in commercial transportation, aeronautical, agriculture, construction, military, and other heavy equipment industries. PROMATION Inc. - conveyors
PROMATION specializes in PCB & pallet handling equipment, robotic soldering systems, automated label placement solutions, and other complimentary custom automation. As a two-time technology award winner, PROMATION has firmly positioned its products to be cost competitive and able to meet the most demanding production schedules. Qualitek International, Inc. - solder paste and flux
Established in 1980, Qualitek International, Inc. is a global provider of soldering solutions. Local technical support and manufacturing headquarters in Addison, IL U.S.A. as well as abroad. ISO 9001:2008 certified. More information on the A-Line, its participants and their equipment is available at Free Exhibits Only registration to IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition is available to pre-registrants ($25 on-site). To register, visit In addition, registrants to fee-based activities can save up to $100 if they register before August 21, 2009. For more information on all of IPC Midwest's learning opportunities, visit About IPC IPC ( is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 2,700 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $1.7 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; and Shanghai and Shenzhen, China. A private demonstration of the A-Line can be arranged for editors, along with appropriate time for Q&A on today's state-of-the-art electronics assembly technologies. Contact Anna Garrido for details.


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