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IPC APEX EXPO Surges In San Diego

IPC APEX EXPO Surges In San Diego

The electronic interconnect industry came together at IPC APEX EXPO® in San Diego, with the show reporting a 26 percent increase in attendance over 2011 with 4,915 conference and exhibit hall attendees. IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® reported that 407 exhibitors participated in the event, resulting in 8,963 total visitors.

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APEX 2012 Featured Exhibitors

Precision Placement Machines

PPM is a worldwide leader in the buying & selling of new & used circuit board assembly equipment.

Quad 4000C Pick & Place

Quad 4000C Pick & Place

Integrating ultra-fine pitch precision with system flexibility, these modular assemblers offer a comprehensive range of solutions for diverse SMT applications.

Heller Industries

Manufacturer of reflow soldering ovens for automated SMT PCB assembly, specializing in: lead free processing and nitrogen reflow.

Mark 5 Reflow System

Mark 5 - 100% Forced Convection Reflow Oven

Delivering up to 40% reduction in nitrogen and electrical consumption makes the MK5 not only the premier reflow system but the best overall value in the industry!

VJ Electronix

Leader in Rework technologies and global provider of advanced X-Ray inspection systems.

SRT Micra Rework Platform

SRT Micra Benchtop Rework Platform

Designed for the rework of small form factor products. Revolutionary new heaters and power controls provide extremely high performance.

Finetech (parent co. of Martin)

Innovative equipment solutions for nearly every kind of rework or micro assembly challenge.

Expert 10.6 IV rework system

Expert 10.6 IV Rework System

The small board platform combines both infrared and convection heating technologies to achieve outstanding board and SMD temperature uniformity.

SpeedPrint Technology

Manufacturer of full functionality in-line automatic Stencil Printers.

SP710 Screen Printer

SP710 Screen Printer

Designed for high volume production whilst incorporating the flexibility needed in high-mix, quick product set-up environments. The Dual Syringe, Automatic Dispense unit (ADu) allows to eliminate additional capital outlay by integrating this functionally into the printer.

Europlacer North America

Manufacturer of a comprehensive range of highly flexible SMT pick and place systems.

iiNEO-II pick and place

iiNEO-II and XPii-II Pick and Place Systems

The iineo platform enables optimum productivity in high-mix factories, and is more broadly flexible than all other pick-and-place machine technologies on the market.

XPii-II pick and place

When added in front of the iineo II, the XPii-II effectively doubles production line capacity. And, as both machines have identical placement capability, dynamic program splitting ensures the combination is perfectly balanced.

Aqueous Technologies

Leading manufacturer of aqueous cleaning systems. Our cleaners are capable of removing all flux/paste types.

Trident XLD Automatic Defluxing and Cleanliness Testing Systems

Trident XLD Automatic Defluxing and Cleanliness Testing System

Equipped with more valuable features than any other batch format defluxing system, Trident XLD may be operated with water only or may be used with defluxing chemistries.

Aegis Industrial Software

Developers of State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Enterprise Automation Software.

inSite Manufacturing App

inSite - Industry's 1st Manufacturing App for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch!

Turn your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a mobile portal to a vast range of manufacturing and traceability information.


Leading provider of yield improving inspection solutions, 3D SPI and AOI systems.

QX100™ Tabletop AOI System

QX100™ Tabletop AOI System

The QX100T system redefines tabletop inspection by combining the power of in-line inspection with the flexibility of a tabletop system.


Process Control System (PCS) Type II

Kyzen provides award winning cleaning chemistries for electronics and advanced packaging applications.

Process Control System (PCS) Type II

Designed to control splitting cleaning materials, the Type II will monitor the wash bath of any inline cleaning system and maintain the concentration.


Global manufacturer of desktop, in-line AOI, SPI, and real-time x-ray inspection equipment.

MV-7xi 2D/3D In-Line AOI Machine

MV-7xi 2D/3D In-Line AOI Machine

MV-7xi combines MIRTEC's exclusive 15 Mega Pixel 2D ISIS Vision System with the revolutionary 3D Multi-Frequency Quad Moiré Technology, providing an unsurpassed level of inspection capability.

DEK International

Leading provider of screen printing equipment from SMT and semiconductor, to fuel cell and solar cell manufacturing industries.

Nano-ProTek Stencil Coating

Nano-ProTek Stencil Coating

A breakthrough stencil coating technology that delivers high performance stencils in a cost-effective wipe to overcome the challenges of smaller aperture sizes.

Inovaxe Corporation

InoKit - Storage System

Developer of state-of-the-art inovative Material Handling Solutions (MHS) for low-volume/high-mix production.

InoKit - Storage System

An ultra lean solution for the acquisition and handling of "C Parts." The portable InoKit carrier can reduce the high cost of acquisition and handling of "C parts" while eliminating shortages on the production floor.

Data I/O

Leading provider of innovative solutions for programmable devices since 1972.

RoadRunner3 - Automated Inline Programming System

RoadRunner3 Automated Inline Programming System

World's only high speed automated just-before-placement inline programming solution that mounts directly onto an SMT machine without consuming additional floor space.

Scienscope International

A complete inspection solution provider offering microscopes, measurement systems, machine vision, and x-ray.

Xspection 6000 X-Ray Inspection System

Xspection 6000 X-Ray Inspection System

A Digital fully programmable CNC controlled x-ray inspection system that allows operators to program inspection and measurement routines with point and click ease.


Manufacturer of high precision cleaning products for all required applications in the electronics manufacturing industry.

VIGON? N 600 - PH-Neutral Defluxing Agent

HYDRON® WS 325 - Cleaning Agent

a FAST� Technology based cleaning agent specifically developed for cleaning water soluble flux residues at low operating concentrations.


Flexible, automated diagnostic solutions that help people solve circuit card problems.

Access DH Flying Probe

Access DH dual head Robotic Probing Station

The exceptional accuracy achieved by micro-stepping and linear encoding ensures reliable probing of the smallest surface mounted components.

Smart Sonic Stencil Cleaning Systems

Makers of the only EPA Verified Stencil Cleaning Process.

The Model 6000 Stencil & Pallet Cleaner

The Model 6000 Stencil & Pallet Cleaner

Fully automatic and programmable ultrasonic stencil cleaner. A 29" (740 mm) stencil can be washed and rinsed in less than 2 minutes!.


KIC's provides products and services designed to improve a variety of thermal monitoring, profiling and process control applications.

KIC 24/7 Wave - Wave Solder Process Software

KIC 24/7 Wave - Wave Solder Process Software

An innovative level of automation to the wave solder process: around-the-clock monitoring, SPC charting, analysis, documentation, and production traceability.

X-Line Asset Management

X-Line Asset Management is a leading provider of disposition and auction services which help customers liquidate surplus assets to the global marketplace for the highest value.

Equipment Auction Services

Every 3 months X-Line conducts a global online High Technology auction. Your assets can be placed in the next auction at no up-front cost to you.

Juki Automation Systems

Pioneer of the modular automated assembly line, Juki is the world's leading SMT placement equipment manufacturer.

FX-3R - High Speed SMT Modular Mounter

FX-3R - High Speed SMT Modular Mounter

Refined high-speed, high-precision technology. FX-3R can accommodate up to 240 8mm electronic tape feeders and new IPC9850 speed is 66,000 up 10%!


Manufacturer of lead-free solder products, superior quality stencils, and precision cut parts.

NL930PT No Clean Solder Paste

NL930PT No Clean Solder Paste

A no-clean, lead-free, halogen-free pin probable solder paste. Wide reflow profile window with good solderability on various PCB surface finishes.

Cardinal Circuit

Provider of quality pre-owned electronic assembly equipment and SMT factory liquidation services

IBE SMT Equipment

For over a decade IBE SMT Equipment has provided quality SMT equipment and service to our valued customers around the world.

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The show was the best attended IPC APEX EXPO in more than four years. IPC APEX EXPO is the largest event in North America focused on the printed board and electronics manufacturing industries.

"We are very pleased that the industry responded to IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego whether it was on the show floor, in classrooms or technical committee meetings," said Tony Hilvers, IPC vice president of industry programs. "All the exhibitors we talked to were very positive about both the quality and quantity of the leads. We've even received the first contract - with an expansion request - from an exhibitor for 2013."

Scott Wischoffer, representing Fuji America Corporation and chairman of the IPC APEX Trade Show committee added, "I'd like to thank everyone for making the show a spectacular event! The booth traffic was excellent, the leads were strong and the excitement of a great upcoming year was something that could be felt. San Diego is a clean, beautiful, dynamic city with a great waterfront and an unrivaled selection of restaurants and bars within walking distance of the convention center. We're looking forward to coming back again next year for IPC APEX EXPO 2013!"

In addition to a lively show and conference, IPC APEX EXPO kicked off its first hand soldering contest, culminating in a Grand Championship competition. Adam Conaway, S and Y Industries, was named the Grand Champion, scoring ahead of the winner from IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition Nicole DeVries, Raven Industries, and IPC Europe's Linnea Gyllner, TRIAB Elektronik AB.

IPC APEX EXPO will return to the San Diego Convention Center, February 19-21, 2013. Industry researchers, engineers and academics are invited to submit an abstract for consideration in next year's technical conference or professional development courses in the online call for participation at

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