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104 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2020 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE Six IPC APEX EXPO Exhibitors Earn 2020 Innovation Awards IPC announced the winners of the IPC APEX EXPO 2020 Innovation Awards, a celebration of the innovators who are changing the tech- nological landscape of the electronics industry. These winners are pushing technology bound- aries with innovative product submissions. A panel of industry experts reviewed each prod- uct's submission and chose winners in each cat- egory based on the following criteria: How is this product innovative? How is this product chang- ing the manufacturing industry? What value will customers experience with this new product? "The IPC Innovation Awards recognize out- standing products and services in the electron- ics industry," said John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO, "and we had a tough time choos- ing among the many excellent submissions we received this year. It's exciting to see the cre- ativity and innovation in our industry, along with the enthusiastic response to our yearly challenge." The Innovation Awards were presented to the following companies at IPC APEX EXPO 2020. 1. ASM ASM DEK TQ Category: Assembly equipment A new printing platform for the electronics industry that increases speed and accuracy while decreasing factory footprint. The DEK TQ platform offers future-proof integration into the ASM integrated smart factory concept via open interfaces (IPC-HERMES-9852, close- loop-to-SPI, ASM OIB, IPC-CFX). 2. GreenSource Fabrication LLC InduBond X-Press Category: PCB fabrication A concept in multilayer press technology uti- lizing electromagnetic energy to heat stainless steel separator plates using induction heating that yields minimal delay in heat transfer, high heat-up rates, extremely high temperatures with high-temperature balance on any direction of the press stack on the X, Y, and Z axes.

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