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Vanguard EMS Selects DEN-ON�s RD-500 For Lead Free Rework

Mar 22, 2004

San Diego (February 16, 2004) � FocalSpot, Inc. a provider of inspection and rework/repair solutions and services to the OEM and electronics manufacturing industries, today announced that Vanguard EMS, a leading contract manufacturer based in Portland, Oregon, has selected Den-on Instruments, RD-500 for advanced rework applications, including rework of Lead Free Assemblies.

Designed for both lead free and standard solder, the system is a vision based semi-automated reflow, removal and placement rework station for all printed circuit assemblies, SMD devices and connectors. The RD-500 combines unique high-powered top and bottom heater configuration with advanced auto-profiling technology to efficiently heat and reflow the most demanding rework applications; from small PDA�s and cell phones, to PC motherboards and multi-layered avionics back planes.

Vanguard selected the RD-500 based on its efficient heating technology, ease-of-use and price performance. FocalSpot�s Product Manager, Raymond LaFleur, was tasked during the evaluation to demonstrate the performance of the machine on several demanding applications, including lead-free rework. Vanguard recognized the benefits and capabilities of the RD-500 over their existing rework solutions, including the price/performance value payback of this low-cost high-quality rework solution.

About Vanguard EMS

Vanguard EMS serves electronic Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the medical, industrial, telecom and computing industries who are at the front line or �vanguard� of their specific markets. Vanguard�s services include complete product configuration and life-cycle management support, flying probe, in-circuit and functional testing. Vanguard also maintains six (6) state-of-the-art SMT lines at its ISO 9001:2000 certified facilities in Beaverton, Oregon.

Vanguard has been providing customer focused service support and operational excellence since 1988. For more information on Vanguard EMS contact Tim Falk Vanguard EMS (503) 672-4240, or visit

About FocalSpot, Inc.

Headquartered in San Diego, CA- FocalSpot, Inc. provides advanced BGA/SMT inspection and rework solutions to manufacturers of electronics assemblies. FocalSpot�s product offerings include a complete line of rework stations, soldering tools and accessories. Additionally, they offer BGA �look-under� microscopes and will soon include a complete line of x-ray inspection solutions.

FocalSpot has aligned itself with third party support personnel for extended reach throughout North America. Current facilities include the greater San Francisco Bay area, Midwest, Southwest and East Coast regions. FocalSpot has over twelve leading SMT manufacturer�s representatives nationwide and plans to expand its sales channel in 2004.

For more information on FocalSpot and its cost saving solutions, customers should contact Frank Silva, 9915 Businesspark Ave., Ste. A, San Diego, CA 92131� phone: 858-536-5050 � fax: 858-536-5054 � email: The company is on the World Wide Web at


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