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Hentec Industries/RPS Automation, a leading manufacturer of selective soldering, lead tinning and solderability test equipment, is pleased to announce its distribution agreement with BTU International, Inc. under which BTU will be the exclusive distributor of Hentec/RPS products in Asia.

BTU’s primary focus will be on the Hentec/RPS selective soldering product lines – the Valence and Vector series – including the flagship Valence 3508 selective soldering system.  Under the new agreement, sales, service, training, spare parts, and support will be provided by BTU’s extensive sales and service network in Asia.  A demo Valence 3508 system will soon be available for customer trials and visits in Shanghai, China.

“We are excited to add the Hentec product lines to our existing offerings, which will allow us to provide BTU customers the complete solution for soldering, both reflow and selective,” commented Michael Whang, Chief Executive Officer of Amtech.  “Our strong sales and service infrastructure throughout Asia will provide a firm platform to leverage Hentec’s technologically advanced selective soldering products.”

“We are extremely pleased to enter into this distribution agreement with BTU since this will assist our penetration into the Asian market,” said Reid Henry, President of Hentec Industries. “Our Valence selective soldering system uses an electromagnetic solder pump to provide our customers with greater efficiency, better process repeatability and enhanced solder quality.”

The Valence 3508 is designed for high-mix, high-volume, advanced level PCB production.  The continuous duty, multi-station, in-line selective soldering system and is equipped with an electromagnetic solder pump.  The Valence 3508 can be programmed in minutes and is highly configurable and customizable.  With a three-station processing area and stainless-steel ball screws, the Valence 3508 selective soldering system increases production efficiency and reduces downtime associated with maintenance.

About BTU International
BTU International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Amtech Group (Nasdaq: ASYS), is a global supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment in the electronics manufacturing market.  BTU’s high-performance reflow ovens are used in the production of SMT printed circuit board assemblies and in semiconductor packaging processes.  BTU also specializes in precision controlled, high-temperature belt furnaces for a wide range of custom applications, such as brazing, direct bond copper (DBC), diffusion, sintering and advanced solar cell processing.  BTU has operations in North Billerica, Massachusetts, and Shanghai, China, with direct sales and service throughout the USA, Asia, and Europe.  Information about BTU International is available at btu.com.

About Hentec Industries
Hentec Industries/RPS Automation is a manufacturer of automated selective soldering, component lead tinning, and solderability test equipment for electronics and electronic component manufacturing, assembly, and distribution.  Hentec/RPS has been advancing automated soldering and lead finishing technology for defense, aerospace, automotive, contract manufacturers and micro-electronics component manufacturers since the early 90’s. All Hentec/RPS products are designed and manufactured in Newman Lake, Washington.  For more information, please visit rpsautomation.com.

If you would like more information on system sales, please contact Tom Baro at 509-385-1228 or tbaro@rpsautomation.com.