Surface-Mount Technology (SMT)

Pivot expands manufacturing capacity with Surface Mount Technology



Pivot International has expanded its manufacturing capacity to secure its position as an industry leader in the designing, engineering and manufacturing of electronics industry in the US and in Asia. The investment includes the installation of two mirrored Samsung high-speed SMT lines in the Omaha, NE and in the Philippines, Manila, South Asia manufacturing facilities.

SMT technology is the newest, most effective and efficient electronic manufacturing solution, especially for small formats. It is utilized in virtually all commercial, industrial and consumer products with electronic features ranging from phones to computers, tablets, coffee makers, automobiles, ioT, biometric and medical products. Surface-mount technology (SMT) is a method for producing electronic circuits in which the components are mounted or placed directly onto the surface of printed circuit boards (PCBs). An electronic device so made is called a surface-mount device (SMD).

The automated SMT technology makes manufacturing highly efficient and consistent resulting in the most accurate execution of high-volume production. Pivot installed one SMT line in its Omaha, NE facility and the other in the Philippines, Manila, Asia facility. The mirrored lines are identical and can perform simultaneously with same specifications to maximize manufacturing volume. The mirrored technology is advantageous for customers who distribute globally, saving time and money on shipping to the destination from the closest manufacturing facility. This gives clients the assurance that their product manufacturing is failure-proof protecting customers’ manufacturing needs from natural disasters such as fires or floods, human incidents such as strikes or political/economic or implications such as tariff impositions or currency fluctuation. Pivot can switch or adjust the manufacturing instantaneously using the same equipment and specs in US and in Asia. The mirrored lines share a server and database that can run the same manufacturing on two continents simultaneously.

Mark Dohnalek, President and CEO of Pivot International states “This strategic investment expands our global manufacturing capacity and ensures that we are the expert of choice for the highest quality, efficient, consistent production with safeguards to deliver uninterrupted SMT products.

Mark Dohnalek describes the company’s growth strategy as “an aggressive calibrated approach to growth of capacity, expertise and assets in order to help customers meet market needs with Pivot’s global process and resources most effectively.

In order to support the global markets and serve customers in all geographies around the world, Pivot International continues to build its portfolio of brands, talent and resources with offices in the US, London and Glasgow, UK, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Pivot continues to expand its US national sales force, as well as continues to build company-owned manufacturing plants in the US and Asia. Pivot’s company-owned global resources provide a unique ability to engage the world’s top talent to develop and engineer product and the world’s most efficient and effective manufacturer for any product format.

Pivot has a 47-year track record of outstanding performance, innovation, quality and design, engineering and manufacturing as a single-source expert serving clients in a broad range of industries including biometric/security products, wearable technology, touchscreen technology, medical, wireless, fitness, electronic components, agriculture, building operations and consumer products.

Mark Dohnalek, President & CEO affirms, “I am committed to ensuring that Pivot has the global capabilities to manufacture in the US, UK and Asia so that we can deliver the most efficient solution for our clients all over the world.

Adam Kiburz Joins Pivot International

Adam Kiburz Joins Pivot International


Adam Kiburz joins Pivot International to support the company’s rapid growth in US, Asian, and European markets. Mark Dohnalek, CEO and President says “the company continues to expand its organization to support its growth. Adam joins us with extensive industry experience working for Garmin and Arrow Electronics.”

Adam Kiburz

Adam Kiburz, Director of Field Application Solutions and Business Development brings over 18 years of demonstrated experience in technical design and engineering, product management, and business development in leadership positions. Among Adam’s extensive background, he has spent much of his career working at Garmin in a variety of engineering and project & product management roles and Arrow Electronics in the role of Field Application Engineer. Adam’s expertise and innovative, results orientation, has been demonstrated in solutions he spearheaded from concept to execution in a variety of technical challenging applications in the overall Electronic Design marketplace.

Adam holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA from the University of Arkansas. One of the more noteworthy achievements of his career was being recognized as one of Arrow Electronics’ top Field Application Engineers.

More about Pivot International

The company encompasses ten facilities globally. The UK offices support the European market in both business development and engineering; the Taipei office supports the Asian business development and supply chain & quality operations, while the Manila location encompasses two manufacturing operations, totaling nearly 100,000 square feet, which produce product solutions for clients from all over the world. Pivot’s company-owned global resources provide a unique ability to engage the world’s top talent to develop and engineer products, while also being recognized as one of the world’s most efficient and effective manufacturer for any product format to serve the needs of the customer and their marketplace.

Mark Dohnalek, Pivot International President and Chief Executive Officer describes the company’s growth strategy, as “an aggressive calibrated approach to organic and acquired competencies, expertise and assets to help customers meet market needs and global client needs most effectively.”

Pivot’s compounded annual revenue growth in excess of 100% over the last 5 years demonstrates the company’s agility across a broad range of industries and product categories. Pivot has a 46-year track record of outstanding performance, innovation, quality and design, engineering and manufacturing as a single-source expert serving clients in a broad range of industries including biometric/security products, wearable technology, touchscreen technology, medical, wireless, fitness, electronic components, agriculture, building operations and consumer products.

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