How we Started
Florida CirTech (FCT) was founded by Mike Scimeca in 1991 with the concept of manufacturing and supplying proprietary chemistries to both the electronic assembly and printed circuit board (PCFAB) industries. In 1996, the office operations in Sarasota Florida were consolidated with the manufacturing operation in Chicago with our move to Greeley, Colorado. Our current 30,000 square foot facility acts as an office, a manufacturing facility, storage spacing and holds our R&D/quality control laboratory. Florida CirTech recieved ISO 9001 certification in May 2003. In our Greeley facility, we currently manufacture a wide range of products ranging from solders (lead free and conventional), solder pastes to a wide variety of proprietary liquid and powder blends.
Florida CirTech has, despite the general downturn in the industries we serve, greatly expanded it's market share both domestically in North America and overseas, particularly in Asia. In the past couple of years, Florida CirTech has, for a variety of reasons, spun off various aspects of our business.
The main mission of the parent company Florida CirTech consists of three elements:
- Manufacture and supply proprietary chemical products to the PCFAB industry through our network of direct salespeople, local sales representatives and distributors.
- Provide the support structure for our subsidiary companies. This includes various infrastructure support including:
- Logistic support through our existing warehouses in North America
- Order taking, accounting, computer system, etc.
- Financial support at the beginning of the subsidiary operation (cash flow support, ect.)
- Manufacturing, quality control and R&D support
- Sales support by relying on our existing sales support system
FCT Water Treatment was founded in Greeley, CO in 2003 with the goal of providing water treatment solutions to Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region. As a sister company to a group of chemical companies serving the printed circuit board and electronic assembly industries, FCT Water Treatment has been able to utilize infrastructure in Illinois, Texas and Northern California to expand its ability to provide custom water treatment solutions to customers across the country.
In addition to traditional boiler and cooling water treatment products, FCT Water Treatment has a full line of precipitants, coagulants, flocculants, and polymers for wastewater treatment. Our state-of-the-art mixed-bed resin regeneration plant in Northern Colorado has allowed us to provide Service Deionization canisters to customers with stringent water purity requirements. Strategic partnerships with equipment control companies as well as innovative new companies augment our ability to provide solutions for any of your water needs.Additional information on FCT Water including products, sales personnel etc. can be obtained on the FCT Water website at www.fctwater.com.
FCT Assembly was created as a spin off of Florida CirTech in April of 2004. FCT Assembly consists of two basic operations: stencil manufacturing and the manufacture of electronic assembly products such as solder paste, wave solder flux and solder (both conventional 63/37 and lead free) bar used in thru-hole wave solder assembly. The stencils can be fabricated by both chemical etch and by laser cutting. Additional details of our stencil operation can be obtained by going to our website which is at www.finelinestencil.com
One of the more exciting changes in the electronic assembly industry is to move towards lead free soldering. A majority of lead free solder pastes in North America have settled on the socalled SAC alloys. This alloy consists of Tin (Sn), Silver (Ag) and Copper (Cu). Florida CirTech provides the solder paste flux vehicles that are compatible with this and other lead free solder paste alloys. In wave soldering, the industry is roughly divided into two lead free solder alloys:
- Sn-Cu alloys such as the Nihon Superior alloy and
- SAC alloy as discussed above.
Florida CirTech is the designated Nihon Superior lead free solder bar supplier in North America. A licensing agreement has enabled Florida CirTech to manufacture the Nihon Superior lead free solder bar in North Americal. The advantages of this alloy over the SAC alloy are numerous and include:
- Lower raw material cost as a result of no Silver
- Less drossing with respect to both 63/37 solder bar and SAC bar
- Very little copper erosion in the copper plated thru holes and
- Much less attack on the stainless steel solder pots versus the SAC materials.