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SMTconnect – 2019 (Voucher Redemption)

Advantek will exhibit at SMTconnect in Nuremberg, Germany on 7-9 May 2019.

If you received a show voucher from Advantek, please click the link at the bottom of this announcement for your registration to SMTconnect. Visit us at booth 226 in hall 4 to learn more about our advanced line of carrier tape, including high precision tape for bare die, cover tape, reels, and more. If you would like to receive a voucher, please contact your Advantek sales office. We look forward to meeting with you!

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SEMICON Southeast Asia – 2019

SEMICON Southeast Asia has become an important exposition for the electronics industry in Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia is quickly becoming a major contender as a world-class electronics manufacturing hub. The show allows experts and world leaders in the industry to connect and share their advancements and new technologies. SEMI is committed to connecting members with the goal to create new markets and meet common industry challenges.

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019 will be held May 7-9, located at the The Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Visit Advantek’s booth, 1316, to learn more about our advanced solutions for BARE DIE, LEDs, WLFOP, MEMs, and emerging package requirements for automotive, IoT, and high-performance computing applications. Advantek offers the most complete carrier tape solution in the industry–high precision carrier tapes, cover tapes, packaging reels, moisture barrier bags, and more.

For more information on SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019, visit here.

SMTconnect – 2019


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Advantek will exhibit at SMTconnect in Nurembuerg, Germany on 7-9 May 2019.

Previously known as SMT Hybrid Packaging Conference, SMTconnect organizes over 400 exhibitors from 30 different countries. Join Advantek alongside some of the world’s leading experts in the electronic manufacturing industry.

Visit us at booth 226 in Hall 4 to learn more about our advanced line of carrier tape, including high precision tape for bare die, cover tape, reels, and more.

To read more about SMTconnect 2019, visit here.

Supporting Diversity in the Engineering Workplace

What is the most valuable asset of an organization?

Some might argue the real value lies in the investments, the equipment, or the inventory. Miget Perez, Vice President of Human Resources at Advantek, says the most valuable “asset” of any organization is none of those—it’s the people. The people define the strategy, implement the processes, develop the technology, and discover new solutions.

“To work in a space where our primary goal is to attract, develop and retain the company’s greatest asset is a privilege,” says Perez. “It’s my job to help our people, Advantek employees, be the best that they can be.”

Perez has spent the last five years of her career working alongside engineers and other professionals in the semiconductor industry. As a Vice President at Advantek, she’s noticed one significant trend in the industry, and it does not appear to be changing anytime soon.

This trend (or, lack of one) specifically follows women in engineering. The number of women pursuing careers as engineers has been at a standstill.

Over the past 18 years, women have increased their numbers in many professions previously dominated by men, including law, business, medicine, and other STEM fields in the U.S. However, the number of women in engineering in the U.S. has not increased since the early 2000s. SWE, the Society of Women Engineers, reports that out of all the engineers in the United States, only 13% are women.

Conducted research tries to understand why such significant gender gaps exist in engineering today. Some studies suggest the issue stems due to organizational climate or the difference between men and women’s pay. Perez believes an important contributor could be a lack of effort to promote diversity from organizations in the industry.

“Promoting diversity in the workplace is a key step to changing the trend,” says Perez. “At Advantek, our gender diversity index is 40%. Introducing more women to key positions—technical, managerial, or leadership—will encourage more women to pursue careers and industries that have a predominantly male population.”

Perez also suggests companies and organizations make an effort to help more women meet personal challenges that coincide with their careers.

“We can help introduce and retain female engineers by providing a workplace that supports them in managing family demands,” says Perez. “Examples are leave policies, options for flexible work arrangements, provision for child care, and so on. We need to encourage and help women who are at the stage of raising a family to stay active in their career or come back to the workplace.”

Any organization can benefit from a diverse workforce. Diversity brings strategic benefits and value to a business. While the number of women in engineering might be slim, their skills and abilities are obviously not.

“Women, like men, are technically capable, sound decision makers, and effective leaders,” says Perez. “They communicate effectively and tend to be inclusive. They make others feel included, valued, and listened to.”

The first step to closing the gender gap in engineering is to address the problem. Organizations and companies need to understand the value of diversity and the obstacles women might approach when entering the field. Perez is confident the trend can change if organizations and young professionals pursuing careers face the challenge together.

“To women considering a career in engineering: approach other women in the field and talk about your ideas and challenges. Recognize your strengths and leverage those strengths to excel, create value, and make a difference. Together we can work to see the best possibilities for every organization’s most valuable ‘asset’.”

Changing the Industry: Advantek Achieves IATF 16949:2016 Compliancy

For over 40 years, the industry has acknowledged Advantek as a leader in compliance with global standards for quality, environment regulations, and a business code of conduct. The reputation comes from years of perfecting their processes and staying true to their vision: to be the world’s leading provider of precision component delivery systems. They focus on building long-term customer relationships and meeting their demands as the market changes.

With this in mind, they understood how critically important it was to their automotive-specific customers–and the automotive industry as a whole–to comply with international automotive quality standards, IATF 16949. IATF 16949 is a Quality Management System (QMS) standard designed specifically for direct suppliers.

Achieving IATF 16949 certification has been an ongoing project for Advantek. During this process, they learned how their products and production sites were not eligible for “certification”, as none of their products are directly used or installed into automobiles. This is a key requirement in certification.

[IATF 16949:2016 Clause 1.1 Scope: This Automotive QMS Standard defines the quality management system requirement for the design and development, production and, when relevant, assembly, installation, and services of automotive-related products, including products with embedded software]

Although Advantek was not eligible to be certified, their quality objectives still aligned with the goal of IATF 16949. Specifically, the company develops and operates under a quality management system that provides for continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste.

After passing IATF 16949:2016 QMS standard audits at their global manufacturing locations in the USA, China, Taiwan, and the Philippines, Advantek was awarded IATF 16949:2016 compliancy—an achievement as close to certification as they could qualify for. They received a Certificate of Alignment, acknowledging that their internal quality management system is congruent with that used in the automotive industry.

“Advantek is again leading the carrier tape industry by attaining alignment to IATF, a global quality standard required of suppliers to automotive companies,” says Helen Mangente, Global Quality Assurance Director.

Today, Advantek is proud to announce their procedures and processes are in full compliance with IATF QMS quality requirements. Achieving IATF 16949 compliancy continues to build on Advantek’s commitment to deliver industry-leading quality and Technology Made For You™.

For more information, please contact Helen Mangente.

electronica 2018 (Voucher Redemption)

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Advantek will be exhibiting at electronica 2018 in Munich, Germany from 13-16 November. If you have received a show voucher from Advantek, please click the link at the bottom of this announcement for your registration to electronica.  Come see us at Hall A2 booth 331 to discuss our full line of carrier tape solutions for your technical requirements. If you would like to receive a voucher, please contact your Advantek sales office.

https://tickets.messe-muenchen.de/MM/ELE18/Register

 

Four Teams of Experts, One Powerful Goal

At Advantek, we believe in the power of excellent engineering. Earlier this year, the company established four new engineering teams of experts that strive to implement excellence in a strategic way.  

Advantek manufactures and delivers industry-leading carrier tape for customers across the world. From large mechanical devices to advanced micro-components, the company offers a variety of solutions that promise to carry and protect any device.

In order to produce high-precision tape, the company uses an array of manufacturing processes. Each process excels with its own unique set of capabilities. Yet, all are tailored to produce the most dependable designs and solutions available in the industry.

Recently, the company created and assigned four teams of experts to focus on their manufacturing processes. The goal? To excel in productivity and technology leadership. They work to utilize the company’s engineering resources and capabilities in the most effective way possible.

These team are called Centers of Excellence (CoE).  Teams of engineers make up each CoE and welcome the challenge and responsibility to advance manufacturing technologies. The teams focus on productivity, quality, and process advancements. Engineers are encouraged to be innovative and forward-thinking in developing new carrier tape solutions.

“The ideas that can result from CoE discussions can never be replaced by any other method”, says Todd Oliverius, Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer. “Working in a team can be inspiring, and fun, which leads to increased productivity and creativity around advancing our manufacturing processes and technologies.”

Together, the CoE’s collaborate to produce the most advanced technologies in the industry. They are responsible for overseeing and managing quality, dimensions, product and process designs, and materials related to each manufacturing process. In this way, every concern or question is always addressed by technology experts. Their efforts output industry-leading process capabilities.

“The CoEs are implementing new operational initiatives aimed at optimizing productivity, driving down costs, and improving quality,” says Tom Skrtic, V.P. of Engineering. “We’ve already seen many improvements implemented with more to follow. The teams are also focused on long-term goals within their area of expertise–adding equipment to the processes to make them more precise and robust. The teams are actively working on multiple ways to improve processes, materials, and technologies now and in the future.”

SEMICON Taiwan 2018 Recap

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Since 1971, SEMICON Taiwan has committed to helping its members grow and learn more about their markets and industry challenges. Serving as a global industry association, SEMI supports the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronics, display and photovoltaic industries. The association connects industry leaders and innovators with the purpose to drive smarter, faster, and more economical products each year.

In early September, Advantek exhibited alongside hundreds of other global members at SEMICON Taiwan 2018. This year’s conference focused on connecting, collaborating, and innovation. The event saw more than 36,000 visitors and displayed over 600 exhibitors.

Advantek’s booth saw new and long-time customers, all stopping by to meet with our Taiwan sales team. Many discussed new carrier tape solutions for their current and future packaging needs. Other discussions centered around precision fit for advanced semiconductors, WLFOP, chip scale packages, and bare die.

“We joined SEMICON over 20 years ago. Every year, we enjoy meeting with customers and experiencing everything the show has to offer,” says Jessica Wu, Taiwan Sales Manager.

SEMICON Taiwan 2018 proved to be another excellent event for Advantek to join forces with other industry leaders and connect with our dedicated customers from around the world.

For more information on SEMICON Taiwan, visit here.

electronica – 2018

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Advantek will be exhibiting at electronica 2018 in Munich, Germany on 13-16 November, 2018.

Visit us in Hall A2 Booth 331 to discuss our full line of carrier tape solutions; including high precision tapes for chip scale packages and bare die, wide and deep tapes for electro-mechanical components, Surftape®, cover tape, reels, and more.

PCBs, semiconductors, sensors, connectors or displays: electronica is the best place to find out first which components, systems and applications are made possible by the latest developments. Hundreds of exhibitors from across the world come together to showcase a complete range of technologies, products and solutions in the entire electronics industry. Join renowned experts and exhibitors as they discuss the latest topics and challenges facing electronics and its applications.

For more information on electronica 2018, visit here.

SEMICON Taiwan – 2018

SEMICON Taiwan 2017

SEMICON Taiwan is the premier event in Taiwan for microelectronics manufacturing. Since 1971, SEMI has promoted the future of the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. The event invites SEMI member companies from all across the world to explore and learn about smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. SEMI is committed to connecting members with the goal to create new markets and meet common industry challenges.

SEMICON Taiwan 2018 will be held September 5-7, located at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center. Visit Advantek’s booth, N368, on the fourth floor to learn more about our advanced solutions for BARE DIE, LEDs, WLFOP, MEMs, and emerging package requirements for automotive, IoT, and high-performance computing applications.  Advantek offers the most complete carrier tape solution in the industry–high precision carrier tapes, cover tapes, packaging reels, moisture barrier bags, and more.

For more information about SEMICON Taiwan 2018, visit here.