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Service Excellence, NPI Award Winners Announced
ATLANTACIRCUITS ASSEMBLY and PCD&F in April announced the 2021 New Product Introduction Award winners for electronics assembly equipment, materials, software, and PCB fabrication. CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY also named the winners of the annual Service Excellence Awards.

The 14th annual NPI Awards recognize leading new products during the past 12 months. An independent panel of practicing industry engineers selected the recipients.

The winners are:

  • Accu-Assembly: Component Storage (Accu-Stock)
  • Accu-Assembly: Labeling Equipment (AccuID)
  • Anda Technologies USA: Dispensing Equipment (iCoat-6)
  • ASM Assembly Systems: Training Materials (ASM Academy Digital Training)
  • Brady Corp.: Automation Tools (ALF19-XS Label Feeder)
  • BTU: Soldering – Reflow (Health Check Services)
  • ECD: Selective Soldering Tools and Accessories (SelectiveRIDER)
  • Elsyca: Plating (Elsyca CuBE)
  • EVS International: Soldering – Alternative (EVS 18KLF)
  • Hanwha Techwin Automation Americas: Component Placement – High-Speed (Decan S1)
  • Henkel: Thermal Interface Materials (Bergquist microTIM mTIM 1000)
  • Indium: Cored Wire (CW-232)
  • Juki: Soldering – Selective (iCube HighFlex)
  • Koh Young America: Software – Process Control (KSMART)
  • Kyzen: Cleaning Materials (Aquanox A4382 OA)
  • MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions: Soldering Materials (Alpha OM-372)
  • MIRTEC: Test and Inspection – AOI (MV-6Z Omni)
  • Omron: Test and Inspection – SPI (CKD VP9000)
  • SelecTech: ESD (FreeStyle ESD Plus)
  • Viscom: Test and Inspection – AXI (iX7059)

The awards were presented during a virtual ceremony, which can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/534113541.

“The competition was fierce, and the judges found some of the categories very difficult to decide,” said Mike Buetow, editor-in-chief, PCD&F/CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY. “Clearly suppliers spent their year in Covid purgatory in a productive manner.”

CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY also announced winners of its 29th Annual Service Excellence Awards (SEAs) for EMS providers and electronics assembly equipment, materials and software suppliers. The winners received the highest customer service ratings, as judged by their own customers.

In the EMS category, the overall winners were Kimball Electronics (sales over $500 million), Firstronic (sales of $101 million to $500 million), and XLR8 Services (sales under $20 million). There was a tie for top score in the sales of $20 million to $100 million category between Qualitel and Electronic Systems Inc.

The EMS companies with the highest scores in each of five individual service categories also received awards. (Overall winners were excluded from winning individual categories.)

In the small-company category, Silicon Forest Electronics won in all five categories. For companies with revenue between $20 million and $100 million, Spectrum Assembly also won all five individual categories.

For firms with revenue between $101 million and $500 million, Mack Technologies won in each of the individual categories, tying Vexos for dependability/timely delivery.

For EMS companies with revenue over $500 million, Creation Technologies took home all five awards.

“The SEAs are widely acknowledged as the most significant recognition program in the electronics assembly industry,” said CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY editor-in-chief Mike Buetow. “Congratulations to all the entrants for their willingness to compete as part of their ongoing pursuit of excellence.”

Electronics assembly supplier award winners were Europlacer Americas for pick-and-place; Speedprint Technology for screen printing; Kyzen for cleaning/processing materials; Koh Young America for test and inspection; Anda Technologies USA for dispensing; Heller Industries for soldering equipment; Aegis Industrial Software for automation/manufacturing software; Count On Tools for automation/handling equipment; Datest for test laboratories; and Air-Vac Engineering for rework and repair. (MB)