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Discover New Technologies, Processes, Equipment and Solutions at IPC APEX EXPO 2012

Discover New Technologies, Processes, Equipment and Solutions

Printed Electronics, Defect Clinic and William Shatner Highlight IPC APEX EXPO 2012

The world of electronics manufacturing is constantly moving forward with innovative technologies and improved processes. The best of these advances can be found at IPC APEX EXPO®, February 28-March 1, 2012, as participants from more than 50 countries will gather at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. Attendees will find solutions to increase efficiency, learn about new findings and research to stay ahead of the competition and experience the largest electronics manufacturing exhibition in North America. Additionally, this year IPC APEX EXPO will feature a new focus on printed electronics.

With nearly 400 exhibitors, the exhibition will be feature suppliers for printed electronics, printed boards and electronics manufacturing. Top categories include test/inspection systems; pick and place; rework/repair; and production hand tools & fixtures plus adhesives/dispensers and more. To view the current list of exhibitors, visit

On February 28-March 1, the IPC APEX EXPO technical conference, known worldwide as one of the finest and most selective in the world, will present 100 technical papers on new research and innovations from experts in board fabrication and design and electronics assembly. New advances in the areas of lead-free alloys (especially proliferation and testing) and reliability; high temperature laminates; halogen-free and how to deal with it; counterfeit components and large BGA reliability will be covered. Also, new for this year, there will be technical sessions on printed electronics.

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APEX 2012 Featured Exhibitors

Precision Placement Machines - Booth # 1221

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

Quad 4000C Pick & Place

APEX Featured Product: Quad 4000C Pick & Place

PPM offers the field proven "C" series SMT placement systems for economical, high precision SMT production. Integrating ultra-fine pitch precision with system flexibility, these modular assemblers offer a comprehensive range of solutions for diverse SMT applications.

Heller Industries - Booth # 3218

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

Mark 5 Reflow System

APEX Featured Product: Mark 5 - 100% Forced Convection Reflow Oven

The latest breakthroughs associated with the Mark 5 reflow system now provide you with an even lower cost-of-ownership. Heller's new heating and cooling advances deliver up to 40% reduction in nitrogen and electrical consumption. This makes the MK 5 system not only the premier reflow soldering system but the best overall value in the industry!

VJ Electronix - Booth # 3051

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

SRT Micra Rework Platform

APEX Featured Product: SRT Micra Benchtop Rework Platform

Specifically designed for the rework of small form factor products. The systems' revolutionary heaters and machine controls provide extremely high throughput and unmatched performance

Finetech (parent co. of Martin) - Booth # 3020

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

Expert 10.6 IV rework system

APEX Featured Product: Expert 10.6 IV Rework System

Developed and configured for cell phone and small board requirements. The small board platform combines both infrared and convection heating technologies to achieve outstanding board and SMD temperature uniformity.

SpeedPrint Technology - Booth # 3015

Manufacturer of full functionality in-line automatic Stencil Printers.

SP710 Screen Printer

APEX Featured Product: SP710 Screen Printer

The SP700avi has been designed to cope with the rigors of high volume SMT production whilst incorporating the flexibility needed in high-mix, quick product set-up & changeover environments.

The SP700avi becomes the SP710avi when it is equipped with the Automatic Dispense unit (ADu).The Dual Syringe, Automatic Dispense unit (ADu) allows users to eliminate additional capital outlay by integrating this functionally into the printer.

Europlacer North America - Booth # 3015

iiNEO-II pick and place

iiNEO-II Pick and Place System

Winner of the Global Technology, NPI and Frost & Sullivan Awards in 2008 through 2010, 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

XPii-II Pick and Place System

When added in front of the iineo II, the XPii-II effectively doubles production line capacity without doubling required floor space and, as both machines have identical placement capability, dynamic program splitting ensures the combination is perfectly balanced.

Aqueous Technologies - Booth # 3029

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

Trident XLD Automatic Defluxing and Cleanliness Testing Systems

APEX Featured Product: 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 - Booth # 2435

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

inSite Manufacturing App

APEX Featured Product: 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.

CyberOptics - Booth # 2429

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

QX100™ Tabletop AOI System

APEX Featured Product: 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.

Kyzen - Booth # 3242

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

Process Control System (PCS) Type II

APEX Featured Product: 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.

MIRTEC - Booth # 3637

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

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

APEX Featured Product: 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 - Booth # 2600

World's leading provider of screen printing equipment and processes for diverse industries, from SMT and semiconductor, to fuel cell and solar cell manufacture.

Nano-ProTek Stencil Coating

APEX Featured Product: 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 - Booth # 2847

Developer of state-of-the-art Inovative Material Handling Solutions (MHS) for Low-Volume/High-Mix Manufacturing.

InoKit - Storage System

APEX Featured Product: 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 - Booth # 3744

Leading provider of innovative solutions for programmable devices since 1972.

RoadRunner3 - Automated Inline Programming System

APEX Featured Product: 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 - Booth # 1537

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

Xspection 6000 X-Ray Inspection System

APEX Featured Product: 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.

ZESTRON - Booth # 3621

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

VIGON� N 600 - PH-Neutral Defluxing Agent

APEX Featured Product: HYDRON® WS 325 - Cleaning Agent

ZESTRON's latest FAST® cleaning agent has been specifically developed for cleaning water soluble flux residues at low operating concentrations in spray-in-air inline and batch cleaning applications.

Huntron - Booth # 619

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

Access DH Flying Probe

APEX Featured Product: Access DH dual head Robotic Probing Station

Best suited for low volume PCA testing where interfacing between two points is necessary. The open architecture design makes it possible to utilize many different test technologies.

Smart Sonic Stencil Cleaning Systems - Booth # 1320

Makers of the only EPA Verified Stencil Cleaning Process.

The Model 6000 Stencil & Pallet Cleaner

APEX Featured Product: The Model 6000 Stencil & Pallet Cleaner

Fully automatic and programmable ultrasonic stencil cleaner. The operator simply places the stencil in the carrier basket and selects the desired cleaning profile.

Manncorp - Booth # 2907

Manufacturer of surface mount production equipment used in prototyping to mid-volume PCB assembly.

MC-385 Pick and Place

APEX Featured Product: MC-385 Pick and Place Systems

From prototyping through medium-volume production, the MC-385 platform handles the most challenging SMDs - from the smallest 0201s through CSPs, µBGAs, flip-chips and even ultra-fine pitch QFPs to 0.3 mm (12 mil).

X-Line Asset Management - Booth # 2923

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.

APEX Featured Product: 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.

Cardinal Circuit - Booth # 837

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

IBE SMT Equipment - Booth # 2717

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

EPTAC - Booth # 2547

Leading provider of certification to commercial standards such as IPC-A-610, J-STD-001, IPC-7711/7721, IPC-A-620 and IPC-A-600. The firm specializes in the training, consulting and certification of personnel in the electronics assembly industry.

SMTnet - Booth # 710

Helping businesses find each other.

Stop by SMTnet to meet "davef" who has provided or helped provide over 6,000 answers to assembly problem in the SMTnet electronics forum

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Beginning on Sunday, February 26, industry experts from around the world will participate in more than 70 IPC standards development committee meetings. These meetings offer participants the opportunity to have a voice in the development of industry standards influencing all aspects of the manufacture of printed boards and electronics assembly and ultimately impacting companies, customers and suppliers worldwide. Beginning this year, meetings will begin to establish industry requirements for printed electronics in the areas of design, base materials/substrates, functional materials and final assembly. These sessions are open to all registered attendees.

Also starting February 26, the professional development program will offer 49 half-day courses covering a broad range of critical topics including the latest in advanced technologies, cleaning, counterfeit components, design, HDI, lead-free technologies, materials, solder joint reliability, and more.

On Tuesday, William Shatner will deliver the opening keynote, "Captain's Log - Boldly going where no man has gone before..." a topic he is uniquely qualified to address. The keynote is free to all registered IPC APEX EXPO attendees and exhibitors and will be followed by a book signing on the show floor.

In addition to the opening keynote, free events at IPC APEX EXPO include educational BUZZ sessions on critical industry topics, such as conflict minerals, embedded technology, process defects and supply line issues such as counterfeit parts; technical poster presentations; and Wednesday's forecast keynote on game changers in the printed circuit board and electronics assembly industries.

Other free activities on the show floor include a New Product Zone; the first-ever IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition; the NPL Defect Database Clinic featuring new mini seminars this year; and a two-hour show floor reception.

For complete IPC APEX EXPO 2012 event information or to register, visit

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