Gardien Europe GmbH exclusive distributor of InScantech AVI Equipment

In May 2013 Gardien Europe GmbH(Gardien Germany) became the major distributing partner of InScantech’s cutting-edge Automated Visual Inspection systems with exclusive distribution rights across most of Europe and CIS countries.

Gardien Germany can now offer equipment sales, servicing and spare parts for the InScantech FI-6 and FI-18 as well as final inspection services as part of their quality assurance solution in Europe.

Born out of a company with arguably some of the best Electrical Test Equipment credentials, Gardien Germany has partnered with InScantech to bring leading Automated Visual Inspection (AVI) systems to Europe and CIS countries.

No stranger to the importance of quality equipment, The Gardien Group already provide final inspection services as part of their Quality Assurance solution using the InScantech AVI equipment across a number of their facilities in China. InScantech’s expertise includes core competencies in optics, image acquisition and advanced vision algorithms. The InScantech AVI system structure has a software-based modular architecture which allows for a high degree of tailorabilty to meet differing customer requirements.

The Gardien Group has worked closely with InScantech on further R&D with particular focus on set up times. By creating a CAM import the set up time has been reduced from a 120 minute mechanical set up time to a 4 minute mechanical set up time, an amazing 30 times faster! Each job program takes only 15 minutes to produce, this is carried out on the offline station and requires no down time from the equipment allowing final inspection to continue on other jobs simultaneously.

Gardien Germany is the main Equipment R&D operation for The Gardien Group and, alongside the ongoing development of Gardien technology, the introduction of the InScantech AVI equipment means that they will also be able to provide the full complement of quality assurance services to customers in Germany and throughout Europe. Gardien Germany is reportedly moving location this summer to accommodate their expanding quality assurance services, R&D and Equipment centre.

Heiko Henrich, Managing Director Gardien Europe GmbH says “Gardien Solutions are all tailored to the needs of each customer, whether this is providing quality assurance services, data services or Equipment sales and services. By working with InScantech and bringing this outstanding AVI equipment to Europe and CIS countries we are able to better support our customers with the important Final Inspection stage of their process. As well as selling the AVI equipment and providing equipment servicing we will be able to offer final inspection services as part of a tailored solution to customers in this region. We are very happy to be working with InScantech here in Europe and the CIS Countries.”

Gitay Shavit InScantech founder and CEO says “InScantech chose to combine its advanced Final Inspection solutions with Gardien Germany’s high end quality assurance services and well known equipment sales distribution networks, across Europe and CIS countries. This partnership enables both Gardien and InScantech to offer the customers unique one step complete and comprehensive testing solutions, from Electrical Test to Final Inspection. We are very excited to start our long term partnership with Gardien in Europe and CIS countries. ”

About Gardien

The Gardien Group is the world’s largest provider of independent quality assurance services to the PCB manufacturing industry. From small batch testing in one of the company’s 26 facilities located throughout Asia, North America and Europe, to fully integrated inspection within a PCB production environment. Gardien’s 500 employees serve customers supplying the automotive, defense, telecommunications, aerospace, medical, computer and industrial markets worldwide.

About INSCANTECH

InScantech is a Final Inspection equipment solution provider to the PCB manufacturing industry. InScantech designs, develops, manufactures and markets advanced optical Final Inspection systems used to improve processes and yields for the PCB industry. InScantech AVI equipment systems are well integrated at leading PCB manufacturer´s production floors around the world.

For more information about The Gardien Group, or this particular press release, please contact Jemima Block at marketing@gardien.com.

KEVIN SYVRET

FINANCE DIRECTOR, NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Syvret joined Gardien Services Canada as Financial Controller in 2001 and assumed the role of Finance Director North America in 2007. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Syvret has held senior finance and accounting roles, including with Canadian Pacific Ltd and Sprint Inc.

NIRAJ PATEL

VICE PRESIDENT, GARDIEN NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Niraj Patel joined the company on a part time basis in 1993 while attending college full time. He worked in various positions until he graduated from the Centennial College Computer Systems Technology program, whereupon he was hired full time. He progressed through several testing and CAM department positions and was appointed North American CAM Manager in 1998. After 18 years with the company, Mr. Patel was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations, Gardien Services Canada Inc. in 2011. In January, 2015 Mr. Patel became Vice President NA of the newly combined organizational unit North America which includes the Canada and USA.

TODD KOLMODIN

VICE PRESIDENT QUALITY, NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Todd Kolmodin, a native to the Pacific Northwest was born in Seattle Washington. At a young age he moved to the Portland Oregon area. In March of 1986 he graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Todd began his tenure in the Electrical Test field that same year.  Todd spent eight years working in an independent testing facility in Wilsonville Oregon where he built skills in all aspects of Electrical Test and Quality Assurance. 

Todd then spent a short term with Yamamoto Corporation on their Engineering staff covering PCB drill, finishing and Electrical Test before joining Probe Test Fixtures in 1995. His charge was CAM and Fixuring Manager.  Todd joined the Gardien Group in September 1998 continuing the same roll and taking on the responsibilities of Quality Manager for Oregon operations. In 2008 Mr. Kolmodin was promoted to Vice President Quality USA. In this position Mr. Kolmodin oversees and maintains the Gardien ITAR registration, ISO Multi-Site registration and multiple site Lab Suitability with the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime. Now also maintaining the Gardien QMS system Todd now serves as Vice President Quality North America.

Mr. Kolmodin is also a published columnist and Technical Presenter with multiple appearances at the IPC Apex Expo Conferences in both San Diego and Las Vegas. 

ROLAND VALENTINI

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Mr. Valentini was appointed COO in July 2010 after successfully serving as head of North American operations since 2005.

Roland has over ten years’ experience in the PCB industry, including sales, service, and project management at Atotech GmbH, Germany mainly relating to PCB plating equipment.
He has significant sales experience from his tenure at Mack Rides GmbH and headed up worldwide installations for Lurgi Bischoff GmbH.

Mr. Valentini received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mannheim, Germany.

RICHARD HORSMAN

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Prior to Richard joining Gardien in September 2014, he was Chairman/CEO of tool chain vendor Atego Group Systems Limited which was sold to PTC Inc.

Prior to joining Atego, Richard held a number of Executive and Non-Executive roles including Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Plethora Solutions, an AIM listed Pharmaceutical Company and CEO of AIM listed Cybit Holdings plc. where he grew the company from inception to revenues of over 25 million and took the company through multiple acquisitions before managing a sale of the business to Francisco Partners.

Richard previously held a number of senior roles in the Software industry.

RICK MERAW

GROUP VICE PRESIDENT QUALITY

Mr. Meraw was appointed Group Vice President of Quality in Jan 2015 after successfully  serving as Senior Vice President of USA operations since 2011.  Prior to being responsible for USA operations Mr Meraw was responsible for Canadian operations since 2001.

Rick has over twenty years’ experience with Gardien Group and has various roles including, service technician, customer liaison, Quality manager, technical support, project management, and software design/ implementation.

In June 1992 he graduated with an Electronic Engineering Technologist degree, with honors from a local community college.

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