Changes at Vitronics

I just received word that Vitronics-Soltec has eliminated its Advanced Technology Group. It’s a shame, because that group was responsible for reams of soldering and process data. I understand the market environment, the overlap with Speedline (which shares the same parent company, ITW), and the difficulty in realizing a return on what operates more as an internal service arm than a conventional profit center.

But it doesn’t mean I have to like it.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow