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60 SMT Magazine • December 2017 Solder Preforms 101: Ask the Expert At the recent SMTA International 2017 event, Jerry Sidone, product manager for the engineered ma- terials at Alpha Assembly Solutions, speaks with I-Connect007 Managing Editor Patty Goldman about the voiding challenge, especially with bot- tom termination components, and how solder technologies from Alpha are helping PCB assem- blers address this issue. Cleaning Trends: The Challenges of Miniaturization and Proximity At the recent SMTA International conference, I- Connect007 Managing Editor Patty Goldman caught up with Ram Wissel, VP of Global Technolo- gy at KYZEN, to talk about the latest cleaning chal- lenges, and bringing Industry 4.0 into the world of cleaning in PCB assembly. Mycronic Acquires Vi TECHNOLOGY Mycronic AB acquires 100% of the shares in VIT S.A.S (Vi TECHNOLOGY), situated in Saint Egrève in France. The purchase price amounts to €8 mil- lion (approximately SEK 77 million) on a debt free basis and will be financed through own funds. Koh Young and ASM Assembly Systems Working with KSMART Partners Toward Zero-Defect Line Koh Young Technology is collaborating with its KSMART partners like ASM Assembly Systems to re- alize machine connectivity and create a zero-defect production line. Panasonic Starts Accepting Orders for Manufacturing Operations Optimizer MFO Panasonic Corporation has started accepting or- ders for a new software solution, "Manufacturing Operations Optimizer MFO", a system that im- proves productivity by utilizing a simulation model that accurately emulates the mounting process of electronic components on printed circuit boards. Cogiscan Presents Accelonix France with Business Development Achievement Award Cogiscan Inc. has awarded Accelonix France with its Business Development Achievement Award to express their appreciation of the team's contribu- tion to their business development. Picosun Technology Improves Lifetime and Reliability of PCBAs Picosun Oy has invented an ALD-based method with which the operational lifetime and reliability of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) can be efficiently improved. Indium Announces New Corporate Leadership Indium Corp. has promoted Greg Evans to CEO, and Ross Berntson to president and COO. Former CEO and company owner William Macartney III will continue serving as the chairman of the board. AIM Promotes Rodrigo Cacho to Business Development Manager AIM Solder has promoted Rodrigo Cacho to the position of business development manager. Electrolube Awarded IATF 16949 Automotive Standard Demonstrating its continuing commitment to achieving excellence in manufacturing and service provision, Electrolube has been awarded the Inter- national Automotive Task Force's new global qual- ity management standard, IATF 16949. Supply Lines Highlights

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