Matric Honored as a 2011 Manufacturer of the Year Finalist
Pittsburgh, PA -- Matric was honored as a finalist at the Manufacturer of the Year (MOY) 2011 program in the 300 to 999 employees category on Thursday, December 1, 2011.
The program is administered by the Pittsburgh Business Times annually to showcase the premiere manufacturing companies in Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding region. There are five total categories based on employee size and a "Sustainable" category to recognize those manufacturing companies taking steps to go "green" in their operations. Matric was also honored as a Sustainable finalist.
The awards banquet honored 21 finalists/category winners at a banquet held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. A social hour was held prior to the dinner. A new feature for the social hour this year was to have each company exhibit their products and/or services on a tabletop display. Matric displayed a variety of printed circuits boards, cable assemblies and literature to showcase Matric PCB capabilities and quality. It provided an excellent networking opportunity to easily answer any questions about what Matric manufactures and possibly develop future customer contacts.
Matric Installs New Automatic Optical Inspection Equipment
Seneca, PA -- Matric recently installed a new Mirtec MV-7xi Series Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI) machine. The technologically advanced equipment features a 5 mega pixel top-down camera and 4 side view cameras that are also 5 mega pixels each. The MV-7 features an Intelli-Scan Laser System that has superior lifted lead detection capabilities for problems such as lifted IC legs by measuring the height of the legs. An Intelli-Beam Laser System can measure the Z-height of BGA’s and CSP devices.
The Mirtec MV-7 software is greatly improved which should result in fewer false calls. Programming the machine is significantly simplified and uses an automatic teaching software with a comprehensive package type library for simple “drag and drop” programming.
With all of these features, the MV-7 has unsurpassed defect detection, speed and accuracy.
Matric Adds Fourth Fully Automated Surface Mount Line
Seneca, PA -- Matric began utilizing the Surface Mount Technology (SMT) process to populate printed circuit boards in 1989. Twenty-two years later, Matric has continued to build on its commitment to the SMT process by adding a fourth fully automated Surface Mount Technology (SMT) line to its existing fleet of high-tech manufacturing equipment. The newest pick and place machine for the line boasts a maximum speed capable of placing up to 24,000 components per hour. Combined with the 21,000 component placement speeds of the other 3 lines and the four SMT lines at Matric can collectively place up to 87,000 components per hour.
At the heart of this fourth line is the newest MyData pick and place machine, the MY100SXe by MYDATA. The latest models of MYDATA machines have undergone complete redesigns. Some of the key features integrated into the new machine are the re-designed high speed mount head “Hydra” and the high precision mount head “Midas” (single mount). The new Hydra is re-buildable in the field. The new Midas has had a majority of the weight removed. The improvements help to generate the faster 24,000 components per hour speed. The new machine now has a CAN based control system.
Matric Adds Second Selective Solder Machine
Seneca, PA -- Matric recently invested in a second new Selective Soldering Machine, Model KISS-103. KISS stands for “Keep It Simple Soldering”. The machines are fully automatic and easily programmed. The machines will accommodate PCB/Panels up to 18” X 24” in size.
Both KISS-103 machines at Matric are equipped with several of the optional features, which will help make the most of the machine’s capabilities. One feature is the optional no-lead alloy compatible solder pot with PID proportional temperature control. The solder pots are compact and easily interchangeable to provide selective soldering capabilities for RoHS or leaded assemblies with little downtime.
Matric Associates Acquire ASQ Certification
Seneca, PA -- Matric Associates Rama Chockalingham, Quality Engineer and Jay Weckerly, Quality Analyst both recently participated in certification programs administered through the American Society for Quality (ASQ). Rama and Jay have each successfully passed their respective certification exams with flying colors. The initial certification processes required a lot of hard work and dedication, as well as knowledge and proof of application skills. ASQ requires that they maintain their certifications every three years and continue to grow their quality expertise.
Office Renovation Project at Matric
Seneca, PA -- In 1995, Matric moved its operations from the spatially challenged facility on Miller Road in Franklin, PA, to the current location at 2099 Hill City Road, in Seneca, PA. Prior to moving, an extensive renovation was performed to the former Tippery Elementary School, which included covering the unsightly green block walls with ESD carpet. This ultimately led to the naming of the office area as "Carpetland". Manufacturing space was also added in 1995. Since that time, there have been two more additions of manufacturing space to bring the facility total to 75,000 sq. ft.
In the summer of 2010, new exterior signage near Hill City Road at the entrance and on the building was added/replaced to kick off the renovation process.
Late in 2010, a plan was formed to begin the renovation process for the Carpetland office area to freshen and modernize the space.
Matric Celebrates 40 Years in the EMS Industry
Matric Limited in Seneca, PA, is celebrating 40 years in the electronics manufacturing service industry this year. Over the decades, the company has remained on the cutting edge by continually investing in the technology and new equipment. For instance, the company has had fully automatic surface mount technology (SMT) systems that are in-line and joined by conveyor systems since 2000. In 2009, Matric placed 8.2 million parts using the three separate lines of automated SMT equipment. The systems were upgraded with a sophisticated lot tracking program last year, as well.
Matric Executives Meet with New Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Oil City, PA. -- Matric executives recently attended the Oil Region Alliance’s annual breakfast meeting held at the Franklin Commons.
The featured speaker at the event was Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, Jim Cawley. Mr. Cawley spoke about the power of the private sector in creating family-sustaining jobs to help turn around Pennsylvania’s economy. Cawley also talked about curbing excess spending in Harrisburg, and the administration’s pledge “to not raise taxes.” Just two months into the job, and facing a $4 billion budget deficit, Cawley and Governor Tom Corbett has found it necessary to freeze funding for more than 700 redevelopment projects.
Spirit of Giving @ Matric
It was a memorable year in many respects for the Associates at Matric, but perhaps the most rewarding memories are those that include the spirit of giving.
Matric Associates participate in a variety of community fund-raisers throughout the year including the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society and the United Way fund drive. Another tradition for the holiday season is an annual drive to collect food, clothes and non-perishable products for the PPC Violence Free network in Oil City.
The Relay for Life was held in late May, 2010, and netted $3,200 for the American Cancer Societies' premiere fundraising event.
The United Way Campaign was also a huge success for the associates at Matric. The local agency depends on the annual donation as a large part of their fiscal budget for the year.
As in the past, Thanksgiving marked the kick-off time for collecting goods for the PPC network, which we hope to help stock their pantry for several months in 2011. With state and federal budget cuts - donations to these types of area agencies is even more crucial than in the past.
New Hi-Tech Conformal Coating Equipment at Matric
Matric recently added to its ever-growing fleet of technologically advanced electronics manufacturing equipment. The latest arrival at Matric is a PVA2000, 4-axis conformal coating machine. The machine is coupled with a twelve-foot infrared curing tunnel, which is in-line and connected via a conveyor.
The PVA2000 provides a clean, efficient process for applying conformal coating while virtually eliminating labor-intensive masking operations. Utilizing a controlled atomized spray and a non-atomized flow coating process, the PVA2000 limits conformal coatings to a defined, preprogrammed coverage area. Film builds as low as 0.01 mm (0.0005”) can be achieved across the desired surface. The new PVA2000 offers an unparalleled level of precision and speed to the coating process.
Dynamic Manufacturing's Newest National TV Star
Lights... camera... action... Something many people dream of hearing as they take center stage on a video production for television or the silver screen. Even with today's numerous "reality-based" television shows, it is still a difficult business to break into, especially living in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania. What happens when Hollywood comes to you and your life? How infrequent and rare is that? Are the odds of winning the lottery or being struck by lightning better?
Enter Robyn (Thomas) Hempfling, the somewhat shy and reserved, blond haired, blue-eyed, Production Supervisor at Dynamic Manufacturing in Freeport, PA. She was selected as a finalist in mid-May to tell her own personal story in a documentary-type commercial being produced for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.
Matric SMT Machines Now Have Lot Tracking Programs
Surface Mount Technology (SMT) has been around since the 1960s, but it wasn’t until the 1980s until this technology really began to show its worth. Matric has been at the forefront of the SMT curve since 1989, when it began to utilize the process. In the early 2000s, the first of 3 MYDATA brand pick and place machines was installed. Two more fully automated SMT lines were added by 2006.
In 2009, Matric placed over 8.2 million parts using the SMT equipment. With the vast amount of components that pass through the machines on a daily basis, keeping track of them can be a daunting task. To help bolster the lot tracking capabilities of components that are being placed on certain boards, the MYLabel and MYTrace programs were added to the machines.
MYLabel enables fast feeder loading and inventory tracking. Matric associates load a reel, stick or tray into a magazine in just two barcode scans and all part information is automatically transferred to the machine.
MATRIC LIMITED ACQUIRES AS 9100 CERTIFICATION
Seneca, PA -- Matric Limited, located in Seneca, PA, is a model of excellence for Electronic Manufacturing Service Providers and is the regional leader in technology, equipment and quality. In September, 2009, Matric was audited for AS 9100 registration from Bureau Veritas, the world’s leading certification body. Bureau Veritas awarded full certification to Matric in January, 2010.
Based on the ISO 9000 requirements, AS 9100 utilizes most of the processes and procedures that were already well-entrenched into the everyday operations at Matric, so adapting to the stricter standards required little change. Matric acquired the original ISO 9001 certification in 1996.
2009 New stories
Matric Associates Embrace the Spirit of Giving
Seneca, PA -- Matric Associates have once again embraced the spirit of giving and helped to make the season bright for the community. Despite the ailing economy, rising energy costs and financial struggles for families across the nation, Matric Associates have found a place in their hearts and pocketbooks to help those in need. In recent weeks, Matric has been a flurry of activity in collecting items for the annual food drive and family adoption project.
MATRIC IMPLEMENTS LASER MARKING ON PCB's
Seneca, PA -- Matric is leading the way of Electronic Manufacturing Service (EMS) providers with a variety of value-added services. The latest addition to the extensive list includes laser marking on the printed circuit boards for lot tracking, identification and labeling. The new laser marking system is manufactured by FlexLink and boasts the ability to make one of the smallest sized laser cells available. Able to produce 1-D and 2-D serial numbers and custom logos/text, the possibilities are endless for our clients to customize their PCB’s.
MATRIC GROUP COOKBOOK BENEFITS HUMANE SOCIETY
The Associates of Matric and Dynamic (Matric Group) recently published their very first “Favorite Recipes Cookbook”. After many years discussing the idea, it finally came time to make the dream a reality. The end result is an awesome collection of 500 tried and true recipes. Plans for the book began in late summer and the professionally published book arrived in early December.
All proceeds from the sale of the cookbook are being generously donated to the Humane Society of Venango County.
2008 Archived Articles
Matric Job Fair - Held August 5, 2008
SENECA, PA - Matric held a job fair with Manpower on Tuesday, August 5, 2008. The job fair was open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m at the Seneca facility located at 2099 Hill City Road.
Immediate openings were being sought for both first and second shifts. These positions included Assembler I and Electronic Tech.
Future applicants for the aforementioned positions or any positions listed on the Employment page of our website may complete and submit the on-line Matric Job Application by clicking here.
Matric Leads the Way with
New X-Ray Inspection Machine!
SENECA, PA - Matric already has a variety of non-destructive testing equipment in place, including two AOI (Automatic Optical Inspection) machines and a Flying Probe MDA (Manufacturing Defects Analysis) tester. The latest addition to the fleet is an x-ray machine manufactured by phoenix|x-ray.
The new x-ray machine is a microme|x. It is a high-resolution, submicron x-ray system designed for the inspection of solder joints and electronic components on printed circuit boards. It can view samples from angles 0 to 70 degrees, with 360 degree rotation. The machine also has built-in modules to perform BGA, QFN, QFP and through-hole solder joint analysis.
2007 ARCHIVED ARTICLES
MATRIC IS NOW IPC RoHS CERTIFIED!
IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries has awarded certification to Matric in Seneca, PA, under IPC’s Certification for Lead Free Electronics Assembly Process Capability Program.
After extensive preparations to the entire product life cycle from the initial interaction with the customer to the finished board or assembly, Matric successfully completed the IPC program during a recent audit. Matric was the 11th company worldwide to be certified by the IPC program.
MATRIC GROUP EXHIBITS AT ARMTECH 2007
The Matric Group companies of Dynamic Manufacturing and Matric recently exhibited jointly at the ARMTECH 2007 Showcase of industry and Technology in Kittanning, PA. The showcase was held at the Belmont Complex on August 16-17, 2007. The event was sponsored by the Armstrong County Department of Planning and Development.
MATRIC WIRELESS CAN BRIDGE IS RACE-PROVEN
The Matric Wireless CAN Bridge was taken to extreme limits this past summer during the Formula SAE racing competition held in May, 2007, at the Ford Proving Grounds in Romeo, Michigan.
CHANGES IN MANAGEMENT REFLECT GROWTH AT MATRIC
Several key management positions at Matric have recently seen activity that reflects the increasing growth at Matric.
MATRIC INSTALLS THIRD SMT LINE
Matric significantly improved Surface Mount Technology (SMT) production with the investment of a third fully-automated line. It was just a year ago that Matric had invested in the second fully-automatic SMT line.
MATRIC IMPLEMENTS LEAN MANUFACTURING
Matric is in the initial stages of implementing a more “lean” approach to its manufacturing operations. Efforts began in December, 2005, when two instructors from the Northwest Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC) gave an 8 hour course on Lean 101 to 25 associates. Among these associates were the president, general operating manager, operational heads, supervisors, team leaders, and technical process engineers.
MATRIC SEEKS ROHS CERTIFICATION
Matric is committed to producing products that meet the ever-changing demands of today’s electronics industry. The most recent implementation of regulations to impact the electronics industry has been European RoHS. The regulations took effect in July, 2006. As a result, Matric geared up to produce RoHS compliant products. To ensure that Matric is following an official process, Matric has chosen to pursue official RoHS Certification. Matric is currently going through the intensive certification process with IPC’s newest RoHS Certification process. Matric has been a member of IPC since 1993.
2006 ARCHIVED ARTICLES
MATRIC PRESIDENT RICK TURNER FEATURED IN BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Matric President, Rick Turner, was featured in the "Manufacturing Spotlight" article in the November, 2006, issue of the Business Magazine. The publication is printed by the Manufacturers' Association of Northwest Pennsylvania.
In the article, Turner explains how Matric is keeping current with the fast-paced dynamics of the electronic manufacturing services industry by continually investing in the future.
MATRIC HOSTS OPEN HOUSE
Matric hosted an Open House Friday, October 13, 2006. Matric recently expanded its operations by adding 20,000 square feet to its existing 55,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and by purchasing new machinery and equipment.
Ground-breaking for the addition began in March, and was recently completed in September. The latest building addition marks the third expansion at the Seneca-based plant. The first was completed in 1994 and the second in 1998. Employment has also grown dramatically in the past year from 200 associates in January, to 270 at present.
MATRIC INVESTS IN ADDITIONAL FULL FUNCTIONAL TEST EQUIPMENT
Matric recently invested in additional testing equipment to double the in-house automated full functional testing capacity. The new equipment was purchased to operate along side an existing, identical model. Both machines are designed to administer customized testing programs for cable assemblies, printed circuit boards and fully assembled units.
MATRIC POSTS THE 3rd SALES RECORD MONTH FOR 2006
Matric recorded the best sales month in its 35-year history this June, noting a 12 percent sales increase over its previous record in March, 2006, and a 52 percent increase over the same month in 2005.
PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR RENDELL VISITS MATRIC
Governor Edward G. Rendell announced during his visit on Saturday, July 22, 2006, that growing electronics manufacturer Matric Limited has created 64 new jobs by expanding its operations in Seneca.
The Governor said through its agreement with the state, the company committed to creating 50 new jobs and retaining 204 existing employees.
BUILDING EXPANSION FINISHED AT MATRIC
A 20,000 square feet expansion was completed in September, 2006, at Matric in Seneca, PA. The most urgent reason for the building addition is to provide a dedicated manufacturing space for the production of wind turbine, blade pitch control systems. The addition will also serve as much-needed warehouse space for raw materials and finished goods storage.
SAFETY GOAL REACHED IN 2006
Matric reached its goal of 365 days without a workplace injury at the close of the business day on May 3, 2006. Despite the almost 30% increase in associates in the past year and integration of new equipment throughout the plant, associates have practiced safe work habits to avoid any mishaps.