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66 SMT007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2022 X-Rayted Files: Should I Stay, or Should I Go? The Future of Trade Shows E I've heard the question repeatedly over the last couple of years, "Is the trade show dead?" It's a valid question, and I'm not sure what the answer is, should be, or even what I wish it was. With a couple years under our belts now with canceled live events, some limited in-person events, and an absolute tidal wave of virtual events and webinars, I am developing an opinion. Aegis Software: Unitron Group B.V. Chooses FactoryLogix' MES for Medical Device Manufacturing E Aegis Soware, a global provider of Manu- facturing Operations Management Soware (MOM/MES), announced that Unitron Group B.V. has selected the FactoryLogix IIoT-based MES solution for its factory in the Netherlands. CyberOptics Reports Strong Q4, Record 2021 Sales and Earnings E CyberOptics Corporation reported sales of $22.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 ended December 31, an increase of 31% from $16.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. MacDermid Alpha Launches ALPHA OM-565 HRL3, Next Generation, Low Melt Point Solder Paste E MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions announced the launch of ALPHA OM-565 HRL3, next-generation, high-reliability low- temperature solder paste formulated for a broad range of assemblies to mitigate warpage induced defects in temperature-sensitive chip- scale packages. Averatek Opens New Channels for Mina Surface Treatment E Averatek is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Berlin of TEC Associates to its market- ing efforts. As a manufacturer's representative, Berlin will be responsible for business devel- opment with Mina, a surface treatment that enables soldering to aluminum. Cybord Raises $4M Seed Investment Led by IL Ventures to Disrupt the Electronics E Cybord, an innovative soware solution that implements AI & Big Data technology, announced that it raised a $4M Seed invest- ment led by IL Ventures, a VC fund focused on transformational technologies for legacy industries, with co-investment by the Israel Innovation Authority. Maggie Benson's Journey: A Buying Strategy Primer E Ron Lasky continues his series of columns about Maggie Benson, a fictional charac- ter, to demonstrate continuous improvement and education in SMT assembly. e last col- umn concluded with these questions: Will BE buy Ivy Electronics? What will the price be? What is in the action plan? What is 5S and the 8 Mudas? Europlacer Continues to Outperform the Market E Europlacer has enjoyed substantial growth throughout 2021 with the company forecast- ing the same level of achievement and success in 2022.

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