National Gift Card Implements First Gift Card Sequencer Machine of Its Kind in the World

National Gift Card Implements First Gift Card Sequencer Machine of Its Kind in the World

NGC Enhances Gift Card Fulfillment Automation Systems for the B2B Loyalty, Rewards, and Incentive Market with Technology Investment

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CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill., July 27, 2017 /CNW/ – National Gift Card Corp. (NGC), a leading B2B digital and physical gift card solution and fulfillment provider with more than 2,000 U.S., Canadian and European corporate clients, has purchased two new gift card fulfillment machines from Kern International Inc., the American subsidiary of the Swiss-based manufacturer of the fastest card attaching and mail insertion equipment in the world.

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NGC EVP of Operations, Steve Van Witzenburg, introduces the world’s first gift card sequencer to NGC’s gift card fulfillment teams at the ribbon cutting ceremony with KERN. ©John Sundlof

“The investment in this technology gives us the quantifiable speed and accuracy that keeps us on point with our mission of being ‘Best in Class’ in the gift card industry,” said NGC CEO Adam Van Witzenburg.

One of the new machines is the first of its kind Kern K-91CS gift card sequencer, which sorts and arranges the cards for the K91 insertion machine, maintaining validation of the programmed card sequence throughout the process. This technology will increase NGC’s capacity, scalability and accuracy for physical gift card fulfillment to the highest level in the B2B gift card market.

The second acquisition is the Kern K91 system that tracks each gift card and matches it to a customized carrier. The carrier is a letter which contains the end user’s address, program branding, custom messaging, and other pertinent information that allows for custom physical gift card fulfillment. The K91 then inserts the carrier into an envelope, seals the mailer, and stacks the mailers to maximize speed and accuracy of the card delivery to the end customer.

NGC already operates two Kern K-91 machines in-house. The addition of another K-91 and the new K-91CS will exponentially increase NGC’s throughput and accuracy, making it the most automated gift card fulfillment center in North America. Kern built the new, prototypical K-91CS card sequencer specifically for NGC, integrating its engineering and design teams to develop the machine’s process specifications to NGC’s requirements.

This technology investment gives NGC an unprecedented ability to deliver customers’ campaigns with increased speed, accuracy, and end-to-end validation. Customers will have increased confidence that the correct gift card is going to the right recipient. 

“The combination of our four Kern machines, NGC’s gift card API and NGC’s gift card fulfillment platform is setting the gold standard for B2B gift card sourcing and fulfillment,” says Eric Thiegs, President of National Gift Card. “We bring the all-important aspects of security, quality, and capacity, along with over 400 international merchant gift cards and prepaid open loop products, to help decision makers in the rewards, loyalty, and incentive markets sleep well at night knowing their gift card rewards are being fulfilled to the highest standards with the broadest brand selection.”   

NGC Senior Vice President of Operations, Bill St. Clair added, “With all our gift card machines running, National Gift Card will be able to fulfill gift cards on customized reward carriers at a capacity and accuracy level that’s best in class in the B2B gift card industry.”

About National Gift Card Corp.:  National Gift Card Corp. (NGC) is the leading marketer and supplier of gift cards for use in loyalty, incentive and rewards programs. The agency offers a wide variety of retail, restaurant and prepaid cards along with secure online ordering, distribution, fulfillment services, a Gift Card API and customized programs designed to reach each client’s specific objectives. NGC continues to develop innovative technology solutions and delivers the best value to its customers. NGC operates across the U.S. and Canada. NGC also operates in the United Kingdom and across Europe as NGC Corp. Europe, Ltd. NGC is headquartered in Illinois. To learn more about NGC, visit or call +1.888.472.8747.


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Toshiba Introduces New 20V MOSFETs with Low On-Resistance Specifications


Toshiba Introduces New 20V MOSFETs with Low On-Resistance Specifications

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IRVINE, Calif., July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)* has introduced four new 20V MOSFETs that feature some of the lowest on-resistance specifications in the industry. Housed in small SOT-23F packages, the SSM3K344R, SSM3K345R, SSM3J355R and SSM3J358R are suitable for lowering the power consumption in power supply controls for individual function blocks, or for power supply distribution. Applications include mobile devices, such as PCs, laptops and tablets, in addition to other consumer products and industrial equipment.

Toshiba's new 20V MOSFETs feature some of the industry's lowest on-resistance specifications and come in small SOT-23F packages.

Toshiba’s lineup of SOT-23F package MOSFETs provide a simple FET switch functionality for power rails up to 40V, at currents up to 6A. The company’s UMOSVII-H MOSFET process allows for a significant reduction in gate switch charge and on-state resistance (RDS(ON)) when compared to the previous MOSFET process, resulting in greater power efficiency. Toshiba’s SOT-23F package (2.4×2.9mm) offers superior power dissipation and can be installed in the industry-standard SOT-23 package land pattern.

The new 20V products achieve low on-resistance by utilizing the latest low voltage trench structure process and feature a highly allowable power dissipation rating (2.4×2.9mm, PD=1.0 W[1]).

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The SSM3K344R, SSM3K345R, SSM3J355R and SSM3J358R are available now. For more details, samples and pricing information, please contact your local Toshiba Sales Office.

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*About TAEC

Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide.  A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs), discrete devices, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers, wireless components, mobile peripheral devices, and advanced materials that make possible today’s leading smartphones, tablets, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, industrial applications, enterprise solutions and more.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan’s largest semiconductor, solid state drive and hard disk drive manufacturer and the world’s seventh largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2015 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue, January, 2016). Founded in Tokyo in 1875, Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 550 consolidated companies employing over 188,000 people worldwide (as of March 31, 2016). Visit Toshiba’s website at

Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications.

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Tel.: (949) 453-8080


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Innova Launches The Next Generation Of Professional OBD Tools And Repair Solutions


Innova Launches The Next Generation Of Professional OBD Tools And Repair Solutions

CarScan® Pro Line Streamlines Vehicle Repairs for Automotive Technicians and Shops

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IRVINE, Calif., July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Innova Electronics Corporation, a leading supplier of test equipment and diagnostic reporting for the automotive aftermarket, announces the launch of its latest line of professional on-board diagnostic (OBD) tools. The INNOVA CarScan® offering is designed by professional automotive technicians to help technicians of all levels streamline repairs on today’s vehicles. The line, which begins shipping this month, includes the entry-level 5023 CarScan® Code Reader, the 5100 CarScan® ABS/SRS, and the fully featured 5160 CarScan® PRO, and the (MSRP from $114 to $642). 

Innova Electronics, Corporation launches its new INNOVA CarScan® line of professional on-board diagnostic (OBD) tools designed by professional automotive technicians to help techs of all levels streamline repairs on today’s vehicles. Also now featuring RepairSolutions® Pro online and app-based diagnostic guidance. For more information, visit

“For nearly two decades, Innova has provided millions of automotive DIYers and pros of all levels with tools and information to affordably solve check engine light problems without time-consuming training and scrolling or expensive subscription fees,” said Mike Fitzgerald, Vice President and General Manager, Innova. “This line builds on the features that have made our patented products popular over the years by adding functions that appeal to service bay techs, whether you’re working in a tire, collision, lube and tune, dealership or independent repair shop.

“What truly sets these tools apart from other professional OBD tools on the market is access to the proprietary Innova RepairSolutions® Pro website and app, offering unmatched repair guidance to help techs fix vehicles quickly and efficiently,” adds Fitzgerald.

Each of the INNOVA CarScan® tools includes access to RepairSolutions® Pro through a free 1- to 12-month trial subscription. The higher-end 5100 and 5160 tools also include Bluetooth® connectivity to conveniently communicate with the RepairSolutions Pro mobile app (iOS and Android). RepairSolutions Pro is a diagnostic solutions resource created to help professionals and shops diagnose and repair today’s complex vehicles by providing verified fixes, difficulty ratings, Technical Service Bulletins, step-by-step instructions, resource to connect with fellow pros, and more.

The INNOVA 5160 CarScan® PRO is a top-of-the-line, all-in-one professional scan tool featuring an all-systems module Network Scan, Active Test and bi-directional controls to perform diagnostic routines, ABS and SRS live data and maintenance system resets for most gas, diesel and hybrid OBD-II vehicles on the road today. Optional OBD-I coverage is available to service model year 1982 to 1995 vehicles. It also features FixAssist® technology with patented on-screen code and troubleshooting repair tips, and trip cycle procedures to support technicians in the proper validation of repairs.  Users can clearly view and record diagnostic results on the tool’s full-color 3.5″ display that provides the convenience to view up to four live data parameters at one time. The 5160 also features battery initialization, as well as steering angle, battery and oil light reset. Click here for a compatibility checker. The 5160 comes with a protective rubber boot and soft storage pouch.

The INNOVA 5100 CarScan® ABS/SRS reads Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) codes on most 1996 and newer domestic, Asian and European cars, light trucks and SUVs on the road today. It enables the user to graph two live data parameters at a time. The 5100 also features Network Scan, as well as the ability to read ABS and SRS live data. It is an economical option for technicians who want most of the features available on the 5160 but don’t need the advanced Active Test or Steering Angle Reset functions.

The INNOVA5023 CarScan® Code Reader is the ideal starter tool for the entry-level technician. It is also a great choice for shops that want each of their service writers or mobile techs to have their own diagnostic tool. The 5023 reads and clears powertrain codes on all 1996 and newer vehicles. It also displays diagnostic trouble code severity and freeze frame data shows the engine condition at the time the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) was set.

The new INNOVA CarScan® series has a tool to cover everything from quick vehicle inspections to pre- and post-collision repair scans to more advanced Network Scan, Active Test, as well as live data for airbag and anti-lock brake system functions. The higher-end 5100 and 5160 tools also include trip cycle procedures to validate repairs and emissions test readiness, as well as precise, mobile app-based RepairSolutions® Pro guidance. Each of the tools features lifetime updates and upgrades, and support from INNOVA’s expert team of U.S.-based ASE-certified technicians.

A complete list of product features and functions with a comparison chart and vehicle compatibility coverage is available at For more information, pricing and availability, contact Innova Sales using this link.

About Innova

Innova Electronics Corporation is a leading supplier of test equipment and diagnostic reporting for the automotive aftermarket, offering high-quality products, innovative diagnostics, and value to customers. Distributed from facilities in the U.S. and Canada, all Innova products are researched, developed and designed at the company’s headquarters in Irvine, Calif. For more information, visit or


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