BTU International and Hentec/RPS Win Prestigious SMT China Vision Award

Valence 3508 features electromagnetic solder pump, unmatched thermal capability, rapid programming, and simplistic elegance in operation.

Newman Lake, WA (April 20, 2021) – Hentec Industries/RPS Automation, a leading manufacturer of selective soldering, lead tinning and solderability test equipment, is pleased to announce that BTU International, Inc., was awarded a 2021 SMT China Vision Award in the category of Soldering – Selective for the Hentec Industries/RPS Valence 3508.  The award was presented during a ceremony that took place during NEPCON China in Shanghai, China.  BTU is the exclusive distributor for Hentec/RPS products in Asia.

“We are very excited to have added the Hentec/RPS selective soldering product line to our existing offerings for our customers in Asia,” said Ewing Hsieh, Director of Sales Asia Pacific.  “This industry award confirms the importance of having a complete solution for soldering, both reflow and selective, for our Asian customers and we are honored to accept it.”

The Valence 3508 is designed for high-mix, high-volume, advanced level PCB production.  The continuous duty, multi-station, in-line selective soldering system utilizes 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.

SMT China magazine launched the SMT China Vision Awards in 2007 to recognize both international and domestic providers of SMT equipment, materials, software, and services that have made outstanding contributions to the rapid growth of China’s electronics manufacturing industry by their inventions and innovations.


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

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


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