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Minco Launches Flexible Heaters Design Guide at MD&M West 2007 – Responds to Increased Need for Education

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Anaheim, CA, February 8, 2007http://www.minco.com – Minco, a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical applications, today announced the launch of its Heaters Design Guide at the MD&M West 2007 tradeshow.Minco will be showcasing the Flexible Heaters Design Guide at its booth #3009 for the duration of the MD&M West show, February 12 – 15, 2007.The purpose of the Minco Flexible Heaters Design Guide is to steer design engineers all the way from the initial concept to the end application, and to provide a repeatable design process checklist for integrating flexible heaters into their designs on a regular basis.“Minco has identified a real need for ongoing education in the design engineering discipline,” said Brian Williams, Heaters Division Global Product Manager, Minco, “and it’s a way to help OEMs to meet their goals of integrating efficient thermal systems into their advanced applications.”The Flexible Heaters Design Guide provides step by step information on:•    How flexible heaters work•    Choosing a heater for prototyping•    Deciding on a long term heating solutionThere is also detailed information on hundreds of stock and standard heaters available for experimentation and proof-of-concept testing, along with various options for temperature sensors and controllers for a complete thermal solution.“Minco hopes that by offering Design Guides, engineers will feel more equipped to experiment in their designs to find the most accurate and reliable flexible heating solution available today,” said Williams.Obtain a hard copy or download an electronic copy of Minco’s Flexible Heaters Design Guide at http://www.minco.com/literatureMinco recently hosted a webcast on Five Tips on How to Avoid Thermal Design Constraints.  Listen to the webcast at http://www.minco.com/community/e2esection.aspx?id=302About MincoMinco designs, manufactures and markets critical components for critical applications.  The company is unsurpassed in its ability to integrate and assemble flexible Thermofoil Heaters, Flex Circuits, Sensors, and Instruments into a single component for greater efficiency.  Minco helps companies minimize the risk of product failure by providing highly reliable components and expert design services.  For more information go to www.minco.com.

Minco Launches Flex Circuits Design Guide – Fills Industry Need for Guidelines to Design Flexible Interconnects

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, December 6, 2006http://www.minco.com – Minco, a leading designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical applications, has released its new Flex Circuits Design Guide, which when used in conjunction with IPC design standards provides the necessary information to successfully design flexible circuits.While flexible circuits have been around for years, demands from manufacturers for smaller and lighter applications are bringing flexible circuits to the forefront as a viable way of meeting these goals.“Flexible circuits offer compact, low mass packaging that can reduce space and weight by up to 75%” said Mark Finstad, Principal Applications Engineer for the Flex Circuit Division of Minco and Chairman of IPC-2223 Workgroup.   “Due to limited education available in the industry, engineers are only just beginning to learn the new ways that flexible circuits can be integrated into their designs.”Minco’s Flex Circuits Design Guide provides the education that engineers need to design with flexible circuits, including design guidelines, specifications, detailed illustrations and instructions on how to build a flex circuit mock-up.The Flex Circuits Design Guide offers recommendations on how to design flex circuits to optimally fit applications while providing superior electrical interconnection. The guide also provides a tutorial on different types of flex circuits, including Rigid-flex and Flex-Coils™, which are flex circuits containing integral wire coils used for antennas or inductors.“Minco’s Flex Design Guide provides the tips and tools necessary for an engineer to design with flexible circuits,” said Nick Koop, Flex Circuits Division Manager of Minco and Chairman of IPC-6013 Workgroup.  “There was a need in the industry for a flexible circuit design guide that provides all the information to start down the path of designing a flex circuit.  Minco has responded to this need.”Obtain a hard copy or download an electronic copy of Minco’s Flex Circuits Design Guide at http://www.minco.com/literatureYou can also order a comprehensive Flex Circuits Design Kit at http://www.minco.com/products/flex.aspx?id=631About MincoMinco designs, manufactures and markets critical components for critical applications.  The company is unsurpassed in its ability to integrate and assemble flexible Thermofoil Heaters, Flex Circuits, Sensors, and Instruments into a single component for greater efficiency.  Minco helps companies minimize the risk of product failure by providing highly reliable components and expert design services.  http://www.minco.com

Minco Collaborates With Supply-Chain Council to Meet Educational Needs of Design Engineering&Manufacturing Community

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Minco has joined the Supply-Chain Council to offer an additional educational resource to its customers and prospectsMinneapolis, MN, August 9, 2006http://www.minco.com – Minco, a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical applications, today announced its affiliation with the Supply-Chain Council, a global, non-profit trade organization dedicated to sponsoring and supporting educational programs.Minco, a company that is focused on bringing educational value to design engineers and manufacturers, views its involvement in the Supply-Chain Council as an additional educational resource to better serve its customers.“Minco is in a very fortunate position to be on the cutting edge of technological development,” said Tony Peet, Minco Vice President. “Minco wants to leverage this position as much as possible to get breakthrough applications to the market and really respond to emerging industry needs.”In October 2005, Minco, along with Anoka-Ramsey Community College, was awarded a $399,998 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) grant to fund professional development training programs for Minco employees and the surrounding community.Minco also launched “Let’s Talk E2E”, an online discussion forum dedicated to answering engineers’ most pressing design questions.“The Supply-Chain Council is a worldwide organization that shares Minco’s educational goals,” said Tony Peet, VP. “As Minco expands globally into Europe and Asia Pacific, our involvement with the Supply-Chain Council will also expand internationally.”To talk engineer-to-engineer and find answers to pressing design questions, visit Minco’s E2E forum at http://www.minco.com/community/e2e.aspxFor a list of events and workshops currently being sponsored by the Supply-Chain Council, visit http://www.supply-chain.org/About MincoMinco designs, manufactures and markets critical components for critical applications. The company is unsurpassed in its ability to integrate and assemble flexible Thermofoil Heaters, Flex Circuits, Sensors, and Instruments into a single component for greater efficiency. Minco helps companies minimize the risk of product failure by providing highly reliable components and expert design services. http://www.minco.com.About the Supply-Chain CouncilThe Supply-Chain Council is a global, not-for-profit trade association open to all types of organizations. It sponsors and supports educational programs including conferences, retreats, benchmarking studies, and development of the Supply-Chain Operation Reference (SCOR) Model. The Council is dedicated to improving the supply chain efficiency of its practitioner members. http://www.supply-chain.org

Minco Announces Global Expansion with New Asia Pacific HQ;Responds to Untapped Industry Need for High Quality Critical Components

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

Minco is expanding its services into a global market, starting with a new office in Singapore, to provide Asia Pacific customers with a higher level of personalized service.Minneapolis, MN, June 20, 2006http://www.minco.com – Minco, a leading designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical applications, today announced that it is expanding globally, starting with the opening of an Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore.Minco, which has been leading the US critical component design industry for 50 years, is now offering its expertise to a larger international market.“Asia Pacific is emerging as a significant market for the medical implants, medical diagnostics and military/aerospace industries,” said Tony Peet, Minco Vice President.  “The Singapore facility is focused on designing and manufacturing components to meet Asia Pacific customer needs.”Minco’s Asia Pacific service coverage will include Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan. The Singapore facility will house a sales support center, engineering staff, and manufacturing space to provide the immediate customer service, design support and components that are needed in today’s rapid time-to-market OEM design environment.Minco also owns a facility in France that offers sales and engineering support and manufacturing capabilities, as well as a technical support location in Switzerland. The addition of the Singapore facility adds to Minco’s commitment in the global market to better serve its customers.Minco is also delighted to be able to offer its online educational tools to an international market,   via Minco’s E2E “Engineer to Engineer” Community, where engineers from all around the World will be able to discuss key design concerns with each other.To access Minco’s E2E – Engineer-to-Engineer online forum, visit http://www.minco.com/community/e2e.aspxAbout MincoMinco designs, manufactures and markets critical components for critical applications.  The company is unsurpassed in its ability to integrate and assemble flexible Thermofoil Heaters, Flex Circuits, Sensors, and Instruments into a single component for greater efficiency.  Minco helps companies minimize the risk of product failure by providing highly reliable components and expert design services.  

Minco Releases Online “Sensor Configurator” to Streamline Customer Ordering Process and Provide On-Demand Product Information

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, March 13, 2006 — Minco, (www.minco.com) a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical applications, today released the “Sensor Configurator” – a configuration tool that allows customers to specify, price, and order Minco sensors, instruments and assemblies online in one easy process.The Sensor Configurator, located on the Minco website, enables the user to choose from a variety of different sensor or instrument models, or input a Minco part number, to begin the configuration process. From there, the user is able to specify the exact model needed, and configure it so the sensor will integrate perfectly into their application.“The Sensor Configurator ensures that the customer has total control over what sensor or instrument is needed”, said Marty Knutson, Minco Marketing Manager. “Most of the time, each customer application is a little different, and this tools allow them to save time by configuring exactly what they need online, and order it right away”.All of Minco’s temperature sensors – probes, assemblies, HVAC/R sensors, flexible thermal-ribbons and thermal-tabs, miniature embedment sensors, stator winding detectors and sensor elements – are available to configure through this tool. A customer can also configure temperature transmitters, controllers, and indicators to piece together a complete sensing solution for turn-key operation in their application.Once the configuration is complete, customers can save time by ordering the products online through a secure shopping cart.“Minco is striving to give customers a multitude of outlets to purchase our products, and the Internet is the perfect way to streamline the configuration, pricing and ordering process”, said Knutson. “Within minutes, a customer can find the sensor and instrument they need, configure it to integrate into their application, and order it. This can save a lot of valuable time so our customers can concentrate less on ordering, and more on their work”.To use the Sensor Configurator, visit http://www.minco.com/sensors_config/For more information please contact Marty Knutson, Minco Marketing Manager, Temperature Sensors Division, at 763-586-2904. About MincoMinco designs, manufactures and markets critical components for critical applications. The company is unsurpassed in its ability to integrate and assemble flexible Thermofoil Heaters, Flex Circuits, Sensors, and Instruments into a single component for greater efficiency. Minco helps companies minimize the risk of product failure by providing highly reliable components and expert design services. For more information go to www.minco.com.

Minco Wins Readers’ Choice Award for RTDs – Claims Top Position as Process Industry Supplier of Temperature Sensors

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, February 16, 2006http://www.minco.com – Minco, a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical applications, was among the top companies honored for best technologies for RTDs (resistance temperature detectors) in CONTROL Magazine’s 14th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.Minco received 6% of the votes in the best RTD supplier category to rank among the biggest names in the process industry in CONTROL Magazine’s annual unaided reader survey.“We are honored to accept this award,” said Tony Peet, Minco Vice President, “especially since it’s voted on by process industry professionals that actually use these products.”Minco RTDs are widely used throughout the process industry, building automation and HVAC, and military and aerospace applications. Minco’s diverse line of RTD packages, ranging from standard probes and assemblies, to flexible Thermal-Ribbons and Thermal-Tabs, to miniature embedment and stator sensors, are manufactured to deliver precision accuracy and reliability in a variety of harsh environments.“We always strive to manufacture industry-leading, reliable RTDs that can be used in a multitude of applications,” said Marty Knutson, Minco Marketing Manager, Sensors and Instruments Division. “We’re very excited to learn that professionals in the process industry think likewise”.View the CONTROL Readers Choice Awards article at: http://www.controlglobal.com/articles/2005/566.htmlAbout MincoMinco designs, manufactures and markets critical components for critical applications. The company is unsurpassed in its ability to integrate and assemble flexible Thermofoil™ Heaters, Flex Circuits, Sensors and Instruments into a single component for greater efficiency. Minco helps companies minimize the risk of product failure by providing highly reliable components and expert design services. www.minco.com.

Minco Enhances HVACR Product Suite with New Relative Humidity Sensor – Offers Building Automation Industry One-Stop-Shop&Greater TCO

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, January 23, 2006http://www.minco.com – Minco, a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical applications, is broadening its building automation product offerings with the launch of its new Relative Humidity Sensor.

The Relative Humidity Sensor is designed to guarantee system accuracies of +/- 1% in a previously unavailable economical manner. Since Minco is also a temperature sensor manufacturer, it is able to offer its customers a more comprehensive sensor package than its competitors.

“Relying on one vendor for multiple sensing parameters eliminates costly sourcing exercises and the cost of issuance of purchase orders,” said Marty Knutson, Minco Marketing Manager, Sensors Division & HVACR Industry. “One-stop shopping also allows lower transactional costs, lower installation time and greater reliability, which all add up to ideal total cost of ownership.”

The launch of the Relative Humidity Sensor not only enhances Minco’s building automation product offering, but it also establishes Minco as a sensor product one-stop-shop that offers both customer ease and cost efficiency.

“Minco has found that customers that require temperature sensing, oftentimes require humidity sensing as well,” said Knutson. “Minco is now in a position to offer customers a full-service sensor package that ultimately saves them money.”

Minco Launches Thermal Vial™ Temperature Sensing System – Responds to Industry Need for Advanced-Capability Building Automation Systems

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, January 18, 2006http://www.minco.com – Minco, a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical applications, has launched its Thermal Vial™ Temperature Sensing System to provide accurate measurement and documentation of freezing, process and storage methodology.

Designed and manufactured for the HVAC and building automation markets, the Thermal Vial Temperature Sensing System builds on existing Minco sensors with additional options such as vial size, multiple thermowell configurations, loop powered indication and three levels of calibration accuracy to ensure that customer requirements are always satisfied.

“Minco recognizes that facilities with critical environments and processes are in need of building automation systems with advanced capabilities,” said Marty Knutson, Minco Marketing Manager, Sensors Division & HVACR Industry. “Facility managers and systems engineers are looking for something that will provide more accurate monitoring, alarming, logging, and control. Standard HVAC sensors do not have the capability to perform to these advanced standards.”

The Thermal Vial System not only ensures that processes and storage temperatures are accurately measured and controlled, but it also removes the need for in-house calibration and simplifies the validation process.

Minco Launches HVAC Industry’s First Combination Temperature Sensor – Chill-Out™ Sensor Reduces Installation Time&Effort

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, January 5, 2006http://www.minco.com – Minco, a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical applications, has launched the HVAC industry’s first combination temperature sensor, an air handling system sensor that includes both a low temperature cut-out sensor (freeze stat) and an averaging resistance temperature sensor in one self-contained unit.

Designed and manufactured for the HVAC and building automation markets, the Chill-Out™ Combination Sensor features an entirely solid state design with the relay integral to the tubing.

“In today’s conventional sensors, the relay must be housed outside the air flow system to work properly,” said Marty Knutson, Marketing Manager at Minco. “This means that the entire length of the attached wound spiral tubing must be carefully uncoiled and threaded though a small mounting hole into the air flow area. The Chill-Out Combination Sensor eliminates this process and therefore reduces installation time and effort.”

The Chill-Out Combination Sensor design is also more reliable than conventional sensors. Its solid state design replaces gas-filled capillary tubes, eliminating the risk of kinking during installation or the occurrence of field failures due to leaking.

Minco Educates Engineers, Customers&Prospects Via New Flexible Heaters&Non-invasive Sensors Design Kits

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Minneapolis, MN, December 19, 2005 — Minco, a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical applications, today launched two design kits, one for Flexible Heaters and one for Non-invasive Sensors, to meet a growing need from engineers to “self educate” early in the product development process.

Minco created the design kits to act as an instructional tutorial to provide engineers with a structured way to experiment, prototype and learn about Minco’s technology and benefits.

“Minco is focused on providing design engineers with solutions, not just products. These kits act as a first step for design engineers to test Minco heaters and sensors and ultimately find a solution to their application or problem,” said Brian Williams, Heaters Division Marketing Manager, Minco.

The Flexible Heaters Prototype Design Kit includes 12 flexible heaters of various shapes and sizes in polyimide and silicone rubber insulation. The heater kit also comes with a 100 ohm platinum RTD (resistance temperature detector) sensor and PSA and Silicone RTV adhesive. Just as valuable is the Design Guide Booklet that features a start-up guide, many pages of technical specifications and applications ideas, and whitepapers for education and prototyping techniques.

 
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