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48 SMT Magazine • August 2017 Flex Talk: Mina—Trouble-Free Soldering to Aluminum Thinking about the RFID market and the significant growth projected in this market, I decided to do a little research on RFID tag manufacturing. Dur- ing this research, I learned of a relatively new of- fering, Mina, an advanced surface treatment tech- nology that addresses the common constraints of large scale manufacturing of aluminum on polyes- ter (Al-PET) circuits. The Importance of Conformal Coating, Now and in the Future At the SMTA Michigan Expo and Tech Forum, held in Grand Rapids on May 11, Technical Editor Hap- py Holden spent a few minutes with AIM Solder's Technical Marketing Manager Tim O'Neill to dis- cuss O'Neill's presentation on the topic of confor- mal coating over no-clean fluxes. High-Volume Test Strategies In an interview with I-Connect007 during the re- cent NEPCON China event in Shanghai, Siegmund Hornig, director of global sales for Europe and Asia, for production board test division at Teradyne dis- cusses the new testing demands from customers, and strategies to help them address their high-vol- ume test requirements. Universal Adds SMTo Engineering to Channel Partner Network Universal Instruments has strengthened its custom- er coverage in Mexico with the addition of a new channel partner, SMTo Engineering S.A. de C.V. Chuck Ganzer Awarded Nordson's Fellowship of Distinguished Inventors Award Chuck Ganzer, senior project engineer at Nordson Adhesives Division, was recently recognized and honored with the Nordson Corporation Fellowship of Distinguished Inventors Award. In his 27 years with Nordson, Ganzer—only the eighth recipient of the Fellowship Award—has been granted 24 U.S. patents, which were instrumental for product development across all Nordson's Adhesives Divi- sion served markets. Alpha Celebrates 50 Years in the Italian Market Alpha Assembly Solutions last month celebrated its 50th anniversary of the Alpha brand in Italy. ViTrox Appoints MK Technology as New Strategic Channel Partner for South China ViTrox Technologies has appointed MK Technolo- gy Co. Ltd as the new strategic channel partner for both AOI and AXI systems for South China. Rehm Reorganizes Sales Team Rehm Thermal Systems has reorganized its sales team to better support its customers and partners better now. Larry Fey Joins KIC as Principal Electrical Engineer KIC has appointed Larry Fey to the position of principal electrical engineer. Fey is an exception- ally skilled and accomplished electrical engineer with more than 27 years of hands-on design ex- perience. Mycronic Doubles Net Sales in 1H 2017 Mycronic has posted net sales of SEK 1.586 billion for the first half of 2017, up by 97% compared with the same period last year. Supply Lines Highlights

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