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2019 New Product Introduction Award Presented at IPC APEX EXPO

2019 New Product Introduction Award Presented at IPC APEX EXPO

BPM Microsystems, a leading global provider of device programming solutions, received the 2018 New Product Introduction (NPI) Award in the category of Production Software for its WhisperTeach+ solution, only available on BPWin™ software. The award was presented to BPM at the 2019 IPC APEX Show on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. This marks two years running to win the NPI; WhisperTeach won last year for automating the z-height teach.

WhisperTeach+ takes it to another level by automating not just the critical z-height, but all of the socket locations as well. With WhisperTeach+ fully-automated self-teaching (Patent Pending), operator involvement in job set-up is radically improved, reducing manual teach points by 94% for a machine with a standard tape-in/tape out and 48 programming sockets.

The operator teaches the input/output locations using WhisperTeach, then manually places a device in the first socket, and executes the WhisperTeach+ command to begin the auto-teach process. The pick nozzle then moves to this first socket location and automatically detects the top of the device in the socket, accurate to within 15 microns, and “learn” X, Y, Z, and Theta. Auto-teach then continues, populating and teaching each remaining socket. As each site is taught, the programming process begins immediately. With the typical scenario described, teach points are reduced from fifty to three. WhisperTeach and WhisperTeach+ (both Patent-pending) are only available with BPM Automated Systems.

A factory with 3 shifts and 3 job setups per shift, saving conservatively as little as 15 minutes per setup can recoup 563 production hours annually, greatly improving machine capacity. Assuming 1,000 units per hour typical run-rate, the operation can produce 563,000 additional devices per year with the potential to generate or save $85,000 or more annually. The annual NPI Awards recognize companies that introduce innovative new products for electronics assembly equipment, materials, software, and PCB fabrication. Award recipients are chosen by an independent panel of industry experts.

James Holava, BPM’s Global Sales Director and Scott Bronstad, Marketing, accept the 2019 NPI Production Software Award on behalf of BPM Microsystems. Presenting is Circuit Assembly Magazine’s Editor in Chief Mike Buetow

IPC APEX 2019 Highlights

IPC APEX 2019 Highlights

If you’re into cool gadgets, APEX 2019 was like a techie’s Christmas. BPM brought its coolest new machines and rocked it! Trade shows are a lot of work, and lots of things can go wrong (and they did), but fortunately, everything was running like a top by Tuesday morning. Here are the highlights and some more pics:

  • NPI Award for WhisperTeach+ (if you bring back an NPI award in your carry-on luggage, it will flag a security check)
  • Over 150 guests (that we know about) over 2-1/2 days
  • Two video interviews (with Global SMT and What’s New in Electronics). Links coming soon
  • Many opportunities discovered and a few rekindled
  • Winner of the WhisperTeach Challenge is Daniel Almazan of Benchmark in Guadalajara, Mexico. For being the closest human to BPM’s WhisperTeach (accurate to 15 microns), Daniel wins an iPad!
  • The 3910 and 4910 Automated Programming Systems demonstrated why they are the best solution for Automotive, Industrial, IoT, Medical, etc. device programming— they truly are fast and easy (and profitable!)
  • An 8-foot video wall provided some additional buzz
  • Most of our Sales Representative Organizations covering the US, Canada, and Latin America participated, including InterLatin, the Murray Percival Group, and Restronics Inc.
  • Quote of the week: “Your booth is amazing– so much traffic; you must have sexy machines!” from our next-door neighbor from Parker Hannifin

Video— BPM introduces Award-Winning WhisperTeach+

BPM Microsystems upgrades its WhisperTeach software to WhisperTeach+, the NPI 2019 Award Winner for Production Software. The new software plots X and Y coordinates in addition to the Z height, limiting the potential for misplaced or damaged devices during programming. Trevor Galbraith of Global SMT & Packaging interviews James “Jim” Holava, Global Sales Director with BPM Microsystems on January 29, 2019, at IPC APEX 2019.

Photo Gallery

APEX Day One

APEX Day One

APEX Day One is in the books– we had a great first day meeting with customers, soon-to-be customers, distributors and friends in the business. When the doors opened at 10am, we had a full house. Things stayed busy all through lunch. The afternoon slowed down a bit, but we had a lot to celebrate.

We received the NPI Award for new product development again this year (two years in a row). Last year, we won for WhisperTeach (auto-teach the critical z-height). This year, we received the award for WhisperTeach+ 

  • Reduces set-up times by as much as an hour (compared to competitor’s manual teach methods)
  • Improves yield and job performance with fully-automated teach
  • Blazing-fast set-ups with fully-autonomous XYZ and Theta Teach— up to 48 sockets in just a few minutes without operator intervention

Jim Holava, our Global Sales Director, gave an interview with SMT Global Magazine… stay tuned for that link.

We still have two more days of meetings and greetings. If you’re in SoCal, drop by and do the WhisperTeach Challenge– see if you can beat your fellow humans in a Z-Teach challenge. The closest to the WhisperTeach without going over (which can damage the device) has a chance to win an iPad. We’re also having a special appearance with our founder and president, William White, on Wednesday.

2900L Video

2900L Video

2900L Manual Programmer

Universal Chip Programming with Precision Socket Actuator Lever. Precision High Volume Production Manual Programmer– the 2900L is a multisite manual production programmer ideal for volumes from 1K to 500K+ per year. BPM’s 2900L is excellent for smaller jobs with long programming times

Happy New Year from your Team at BPM

Happy New Year from your Team at BPM

Office Closed Tuesday, January 1, 2019

This Holiday Season, the whole team at BPM wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a  Happy, Prosperous New Year!

The Awards

The Department that stood out and will have the Bragging rights for 2018 will be Device Support !!!!  I just don’t know where to start. It reminds me of a winter wonderland!

Award for the “Jolliest with a splash of the Dark side” goes to Inside Sales –  Love that your mascot is wearing Hayley’s Dress and is lit up.

Award for the “Most Creative” goes to the  APS, Sites, and Software.team. The Christmas tree and lights will hold a special memory for us all.

Award for “Nice try but maybe next year” goes to Customer service – Although, when the time came,  you showed your holiday cheer to Momin and made us laugh

Award for “Most Determined to have spirit despite your limitations” goes to Production. You all used your limited areas and made the departments a Fun and festive place, Way to go!!

Thank you all for participating and maybe next year we will have some other departments join in as well, not mentioning names but Accounting, Marketing and RSM’s we have faith in 2019.