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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
  • 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.

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.

Electronica 2018, the world’s largest Electronics Show

Electronica 2018, the world’s largest Electronics Show

Electronica 2018 is in the books. Here are the numbers:

  • 16 Halls, each larger than a football field and 3 stories tall, filled with hundreds of booths representing thousands of companies.
  • 4 full days, plus 2 days of set up.
  • In our booth (138 in Hall B5) we had 6 guys (3 from sales/marketing, 3 from engineering/support) from BPM plus another 6 from our European partner, Adaptsys.
  • 2 Automated Programming Systems, the 3910 and the newest 4910, which was launched at Electronica.
  • 1 Manual Programmer, the 2900L.
  • Months and months of preparation went into this trade show
  • 2 Pony Kegs of fine German Bier served
  • Over 300 sales flyers distributed. We ran out of Manual Programmer flyers by day 2 and printed more.
  • Over 50 people participated in our “WhisperTeach Challenge” (more on that later).
  • Lots of requests for videos of the 4910. Lots of “eyeballs” from people walking by– there wasn’t anything like the 4910 in the whole show
  • A large number of requests for more info, as well as several great meetings with Distributors and Customers

The result: Electronica in Munich last week was by far the best trade show we have ever been to. A lot of great opportunities. 

Congratulations to Richard Steinhäuser of Creative Chips in Dresden, Germany; he is our “WhisperTeach Challenge” winner, and will be receiving an Apple iPad.”I am glad that I have won, but lacking the fancy sensors I admit that I was lucky. I am looking forward to the next challenge with (BPM’s European Partner) Adaptsys,” said Mr. Steinhäuser. He did a manual z-height teach of just 2 steps above the fully-automated teach. In second place, at just 5 steps above, was Elliot Williams of Hackaday.com.

The contest was a great way to showcase just how awesome is WhisperTeach. it saved time: approximately 45 seconds vs under 8 seconds for WhisperTeach. WhisperTeach was more accurate than humans, and when setting up jobs accuracy counts (as the machine is set up, so shall it run). If the “teach” is too high, the vacuum could cause the chip to misalign and cause socket problems; teach too low and you could cause flaws or cracks in the device– not just the one taught, but the whole job!

The SMTA Long Island Trade Show

The SMTA Long Island Trade Show

150 attendees evangelize electronics

David Roy, Regional Sales Manager for BPM Microsystems, represented BPM at the Long Island SMTA Show October 4, 2018. He met with contract electronics manufacturers and was able to introduce and spread the word about BPM Microsystems to about 100 of the 150 attendees. “Several participants took extra business cards to evangelize on behalf of BPM Microsystems as well,” said Mr. Roy.  “I expect in time to get 1 to 2 new APS opportunities directly or indirectly generated from this show.”