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New Solders and Soldering Products (Oct 20, 2009)

Following are the new solders, fluxes, reflow ovens and profilers, wave soldering systems, conveyors, rework tools, and more for reliable, repeatable soldering by hand, selective soldering system, wave, or reflow oven.

Nihon Superior Debuts Solutions for Lead-free Soldering Challenges (Jul 28, 2009)
(July 28, 2009) OSAKA, Japan — Nihon Superior Co. Ltd., a supplier of advanced soldering and brazing materials to the global market, posted a new presentation about the challenges and issues in lead-free soldering on the Nihon Superior Website.
New Products: Solders and Soldering Systems (Jun 23, 2009)
(June 23, 2009) — These are the new hand soldering stations, solder pastes, wave solder pots and pumps, fluxes, and other products for the soldering process from companies such as Cooper Tools, Qualitek International, Henkel, ACE Production Technologies, FCT Assembly, Balver Zinn, and more.
Dross: Waste, Revenue Source, or Just Another Process to Optimize? (Dec 8, 2008)
Dross is often thought of as waste, a residue that forms on the surface of a metal from oxidation that looks bubbly, filled with metal impurities. This mass of solid impurities floating on molten metal in wave solder machines can be removed from the process, and recycled by shipping to the recycling site of an outsourced processor or in-house using specialized equipment. With lead-free alloys, recycling now has a monetary consideration. There are a lot of companies that provide help with dross.
Turn Environmental Awareness into Gain (Dec 3, 2008)
By Simon G. Norman, EVS International
The impact mankind has on our planet makes for uncomfortable reading. Changes put in place now will undoubtedly pay our children back tenfold, but what if being environmentally responsible could pay you back in a year, rather than decades? We follow one electronics company's commitment to the environment through the installation of two solder dross recovery systems.
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To Reduce E-Waste, Slow the Pace of Electronics Launches (Oct 19, 2009)

Americans buy new cell phones every 18 months; Europeans buy them every 15 months; and the Japanese every 9 months. Global replacement rates for digital cameras range between two and three years. And U.S. businesses replace their PCs every four years. Where do most of these used products go? Directly into the trash. Indeed, in the United States alone, consumers throw away 400 million electronic products each year, according to a report by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Flextronics to Build Suzhou, China Facility to Support Computing Manufacturing, R&D; (Oct 16, 2009)

In a signing ceremony held today with Suzhou Wuzhong Economic Development Zone and Jiangsu Wuzhong Export Processing Zone, electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider Flextronics (Nasdaq: FLEX) announced it will expand its presence in China through the development of a new facility in Wuzhong. The facility will support the growing demand for computing products in China and will include a design center and extended manufacturing capabilities in the Wuzhong Export Processing Zone (WEPZ). The design center will be completed by the end of 2009 and the manufacturing facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

Kyzen Equips Application Laboratory in Penang, Malaysia (Oct 14, 2009)

Cleaning products provider Kyzen plans to add an applications laboratory in its new Penang, Malaysia sales and support office.

ECT, ScanCAD Partner on Process Management Work Instruction Software (Oct 14, 2009)

Everett Charles Technologies (ECT), a Dover Company, finalized a strategic partnership with ScanCAD International, a global supplier of process management tools. This partnership provides for ScanCAD International to exclusively distribute and support the ProWorks process management work instruction software family of products globally within the electronics industry.

Mentor Graphics, Valor Agree to Merge (Oct 13, 2009)

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) and Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. (Prime Standard: VCR) have signed a definitive merger agreement for Mentor Graphics to acquire Valor.

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