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ISO 9001 Update

ISO 9001 Update

Check out what we got today! Congratulations to our Quality Manager, Reggie Fields and all the departments at BPM Microsystems. “ISO 9001:2015 Certification is a huge accomplishment by our company. The fact that BPM Microsystems designs and manufactures hardware and software makes us a unique and complex company and document control within this type of organization can be very challenging. Meeting the strict requirements within this ISO standard was difficult but it made us a better company and I’m excited about the continuous improvement efforts our team is engaging in to become THE leader in this industry,” says Mr. Fields.

Bill White, CEO & President of BPM says, “This is a perfect example of a stretch goal. There was no certainty it was even possible to complete certification this year.  Many people were suggesting we needed another six months. But, we set the goal and you all accomplished it. Congratulations! This will be important news to our automotive customers who have a hard requirement for their suppliers to be ISO certified.”

TUV USA Inc. hereby certifies that
BPM Microsystems, Inc.
15000 Northwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77040 USA
has established and applies a quality system for
Design and Manufacture of Manual and Automated Programming Systems and Software Algorithms
Proof has been furnished that the requirements according to ISO 9001:2015 are fulfilled.
Further clarifications regarding the scope of this certificate and the applicability of ISO 9001:2015 requirements may be obtained by consulting the organization.
Certificate Registration No. 56 100 18560071

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots

The Toys for Tots donation box is in the lobby! Please drop off your new, unwrapped toys in the box anytime between now and December 17th! We will be dropping off the donations to Toys for Tots that day!

Houston Children’s Charity has reached out to us about the Toys for Tots drive, providing a list of gift ideas for teenagers, as they are severely low on toys for teens every year. I have attached that list for everyone in case you want to use it when shopping for the drive but please do not feel like you have to use it- any and all donations you bring in are greatly appreciated and for an excellent cause. In case you missed it, the box for collecting the donations is in the lobby, next to the Christmas tree. 🙂
Thank you!
Kellie & Penny

Update:
12/06/2018- The box is starting to fill up…
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!

Electronica– Day 2

Electronica– Day 2

Day 2 of Electronica is in the books. Our newest machines– the 3910 and the 4910 are running great and getting lots of attention. Our contest this year is “Beat the Teach” Challenge, where we are letting attendees try to see who can teach the critical z-axis without touching the device. We’ve had everyone from visiting students to Physicists try out our system. It’s been fun, and a great way to showcase WhisperTeach… after we let them try it manually, we show how easy it is (and how fast!).

Currently, the leader is Elliot Williams at just 5 steps above WhisperTeach. Simon Ratzer is in second place with a score of 6 steps above. The winner at the end of the week receives a free Apple iPad.

The team of six from BPM Microsystems and our European Partners, Adaptsys, are a little tired, but very excited by the response to our newest systems.


Pictured above is our Region Sales Manager for US and Canada, David Roy, demonstrating the WhisperTeach Challenge with two attendees.

The team from BPM enjoying a well-deserved traditional German dinner (and beverages). Charlie Watson, Colin Harper, Jim Holava, David Roy, Fernado Guillen, and Scott Bronstad.

New Sales Partners

New Sales Partners

BPM Microsystems is excited to announce several new sales teams in the US and Canada. These sales organizations are uniquely positioned with both the technical expertise and marketplace understanding to partner with BPM to grow Automated Programming Systems sales. David Roy, BPM Regional Sales Manager for the US and Canada, is looking forward to working with these outstanding organizations. “We’ve been looking for the right mix of expertise and drive… we were looking for “hunters” who know their territories and can bring in opportunities,” said Roy.

Among the teams are:

  • Brock Electronics | Canada. Founded in 1967, Brock Electronics is a supplier of premium equipment, consumables, software & engineering services, to the electronics and general manufacturing industries.
  • Electri-Rep, Inc. | Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Founded in 1975 is a second generation company representing the best in class manufacturers and technology. With a combined selling experience of over 60 years, our line card includes equipment and supplies for the electronics industry. This includes SMT Printers, Pick and Place, Reflow Oven, AOI, Test Equipment, Wave Solder, Selective Solder, Solder Irons, Benches, Solder, Solder Paste, Circuit Board Protection, Selective Coating Machines, ESD Products, Aqueous Cleaners, and Chemicals.
  • Murray Percival Company | Midwest US. Founded in1960,  the Murray A. Percival Company was approached by the Electrovert Corporation, a company they still represent today, to sell their printed circuit board wave soldering equipment. At that time, the use of PCBs was still relatively rare, and the foresight to enter this business was not without risk: the industry had yet to emerge. Today, of course, circuit boards are crucial components of our everyday life, used in automobiles, medical equipment, military equipment, avionics, communications, computers, appliances, and entertainment products. Electronics are ubiquitous, increasingly mobile and growing every day. 58 years ago, Murray Percival was a pioneer servicing an emerging industry, one that has become a key component in the worldwide market of today’s manufactured goods. The Murray Percival Company is now a leading supplier to the Midwest’s electronics industry and offers literally thousands of products… many of which can be purchased simply and directly from their website.
  • Spectra Sales Corporation | Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Quality lines represented include Automated Point Soldering Systems, Robotic Systems, Selective Soldering Systems, Automated Wire Cutting Stripping, and Terminating Equipment, Benchtop & Stand-alone X-Ray Systems, Automated Optical Inspection equipment, Precision High-Resolution 2D and 3D / CT X-Ray inspection, Nitrogen and Oxygen Generation Systems, and SMT placement machines & Printers
  • Technical Marketing Company | Colorado, Utah, Montana. Providing solutions to Assembly Manufacturing for over 20 years, the Technical Marketing Company represents only the highest quality lines to provide the best equipment and service for their customers, providing coverage to the entire Rocky Mountain Region.
Top 6 Reasons you should bring your programming In-house

Top 6 Reasons you should bring your programming In-house

If you are currently outsourcing your device programming, here’s 6 reasons you may want to reconsider (and if you’re already programming in-house, here are 6 reasons to feel good)

6. Security

It may sound simple, but just having your program in your facility is a major deterrent to intellectual theft. You control access, and with our suite of tools that all work together, you have control over the entire process— from the first article to production.

5. Advanced Cybersecurity

BPM offers flexible security solutions for serialization, encryption, key handling, and user control requirements. BPM Microsystems Software Engineering team can provide professional services to consult, scope and quote a complete cybersecurity solution.

4. Easy Software

Use BPWin to set up and run your jobs, using our ever-growing collection of features and algorithms. The user-friendly interface helps you set up, run and save your programming jobs with ease. Factory integration through the BPWin API streamlines production processes.

3. WhisperTeach™

The winner of the 2018 NPI Award for Production Software. BPM’s advanced patent-pending Auto-Z teach technology eliminates the need for a highly skilled operator to set critical Z-height for pick-and-place functions. WhisperTeach™ offers faster set up times and improved yields!  WhisperTeach™ eliminates common Z-height errors such as miss picks, miss place, and socket continuity flaws.

2. “One Programmer to Rule Them All”

BPM’s 9th Generation universal programmer offers the fastest flash programming times as well as the widest universal device coverage all in a single programming site. BPM allows customers to efficiently program first articles, offering manual and automated production using the same algorithms and sockets across the entire line— saving both time and money.

1. Service Excellence Award

The 2018 Service Excellence Awards recognize companies that received the highest customer service ratings, as judged by their own customers. Customers of participating companies rated each company in five service categories including dependability, quality, responsiveness, technology and value for the price. BPM Microsystems ranked first place across device programming equipment providers. What does that mean to you? You can count on BPM to take care of you, literally for years to come.

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