Juki announces that it has donated a KE-760 Flexible Placement System for the upcoming Industrial Strength Equipment Charity Auction to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation – LIVESTRONG. The blockbuster charity event is being organized by Former Speedline Technologies Executive Jeff Mogensen. Adding to his efforts of cycling in the LIVESTRONG Challenge Series and organizing fundraising events, Mogensen announces his quest to unite the global electronics assembly community through an industry‐wide electronics equipment auction.
The program provides donors an opportunity to sell their equipment in an online public auction, with profits going to LIVESTRONG. The online auction will run August 31-September 3, 2010.
“The concept is straightforward. The program creates a win-win situation for everyone involved, especially the cancer community. It creates an environment in which companies can easily participate, make a big difference and reduce financial impact. This is a great way for companies to make a difference locally and globally in the fight against cancer,” Mogensen said.
The project is well supported. Early adopters X‐Line Assets, Circuits Assembly magazine, KIC and Schleuniger are now joined by Circuitnet, Juki, Nordson, Asymtek, Vitronics, Speedline, Air Vac, Quicktool, ITM Consulting, Cardinal Circuit, Lewis and Clark, and others.
“Nearly 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will develop cancer during their lifetime,” said Mike Buetow, editor of industry leading Circuits Assembly (www.circuitsassembly.com). “We tend to get caught up in the day-to-day of running our businesses, and forget that for many people, life means something much more precious than winning that next order. Jeff’s efforts will go a long way toward keeping us grounded.”
Andrew Joos, principle of X‐Line Assets, agrees (www.xlineassets.com). “We are excited about the opportunity to partner on this charity event. We are behind the cause 100 percent. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. If our efforts can make just a small difference in one life, it will have been a huge success.”
Bob Black, President and CEO of Juki Automation Systems, said, “Juki Automation Systems is excited about the opportunity to contribute to the fight against cancer. We wish Jeff the best of luck in his ‘Lets Pick a Fight with Cancer’ campaign, and hope that the donation of one of our most reliable and popular machines, the KE-760, will help make the auction a huge success.”
The KE-760 Flexible Placement System, which incorporates two large laser heads and a grayscale vision system, can handle components up to 50 mm2. New vision recognition capabilities include all ball inspection, which detects missing or abnormal balls on BGAs and split recognition for centering connectors up to 150 mm long.
“We’ve all been affected in so many ways either personally or with friends and family who have been diagnosed with this disease. It’s my honor to do what I can to support those affected and in some way try to help create a world that is cancer-free,” Mogensen said.
Juki Corporation’s experience as the market leader in industrial sewing machines was the stepping-stone for the entry into the printed circuit board assembly market in 1987. Since then, Juki has delivered more than 22,000 automated assembly systems worldwide and is currently shipping an average of 200 assembly machines per month. This extraordinary achievement makes Juki one of the world’s leading providers of automated assembly products and systems. In addition to its core technologies, Juki’s Electronic Assembly and Test Systems Division develops and manufactures advanced electronic systems and computer software for data entry, mail processing and other electronic equipment.
With the purchase of Zevatech’s assets in November 1999, Juki Automation Systems now brings Juki’s reputation for top quality and reliable service also to the North and South American and the European electronics assembly markets. Juki recognizes the challenges of the new century and is prepared to respond to the globalization of electronic manufacturing. With a sophisticated knowledge base, advanced technologies and a high commitment to its customers, Juki is poised for continued growth in the 21st century.