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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.

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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.

ISO 9001 Update

ISO 9001 Update

Reggie Fields, BPM Microsystem’s Quality Manager, presents VP Jon Bondurant with the ISO 9001:2015 Certificate

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

Download BPM's ISO 9001:2015 Certificate

We’ve had some requests to make the PDF accessible on our web page; please feel free to download BPM’s ISO Certification for your records

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!