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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

Photo © SEMICON Taiwan

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.

SMT Hybrid Packaging Conference 2018 Recap

Photo: © 2018 Mesago/Mathias Kutt

With more than 430 exhibitors, all presenting new innovations and solutions for microelectronic assemblies and systems, the SMT Hybrid Packaging Conference is one of the largest trade shows in the industry. From June 5 to June 7, global contributors in microelectronics gathered in Nuremburg, Germany to display their advanced products and technologies. Among those exhibitors was Advantek, a recognized leader in manufacturing precision component delivery systems.

This year’s SMT conference was a great platform for Advantek to display new products and solutions to customers from around the world. High precision developments and Advantek’s most recent design enhancements for complex tapes were a standout at the trade show, drawing new customers and downstream users.

Photo: Axel Held

SMT 2018 proved that the positive developments from last year’s conference are advancing, and the interest in precision component delivery systems continues to grow.

“The detailed discussions we had with customers and industry partners on a wide array of products and new innovations will continue to expand our role as the leading solutions provider throughout Europe.”  said Axel Held, Director Sales EMEA at Advantek.

Advantek Taiwan Gives Back to Families in Need

In today’s global economy, it’s becoming increasingly important for businesses to be present in the communities where they operate. In 2017, as part of Advantek’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, the company committed to giving back to help drive social and environmental change.

Last summer, Advantek Taiwan decided to reach out into their surrounding communities in a meaningful way. The branch joined forces with United Way of Taiwan. United Way is a national Social Welfare Group. They work on building communities by engaging all who need help, especially families living in the countryside, that might be overlooked.

With the help of the organization, Advantek Taiwan reached out to approximately 40 families with children who could benefit from the help of United Way’s resources and assistance.

Depending on each family’s needs, Advantek Taiwan Human Resources prepared packages that contained daily necessities and supplies that Advantek staff personally delivered to each family. Due to summer vacation from school, most of the families were not able to look after their children during the day and could not afford childcare. United Way offered each family childcare and Advantek funded daily lunches for the children. As a final activity, Advantek volunteers took the children to the Taipei Children’s Amusement Park for a one-day outing–a very special treat for children from low-income families.

“The purpose of this project was to assist families materially and spiritually,” says Brenda Feng, Human Resources Manager for Advantek Taiwan. “We wanted to instill hope, increase confidence, and help the families remain positive in the face of major challenges. We wanted to share the principles of Advantek and help–from the outside and the inside, too.”

For more information, contact Josie Parker at josie.parker@advantek.com.