1980’s

    • Radial Lead Component Sequencer/Inserter product line introduced; well received by customers.
    • Universal and Sanyo Electric, Japan enter “strategic partnership” with reciprocal exchange of machines to strengthen our position in surface mount market.
    • Surface Mount product line gets two new additions; entry level Omniplace® Flexible Placement and Ultraplace® High Speed Chip Placement machines.
    • Universal’s Advanced Process Lab (APL), founded by George Westby,  is created to help Universal’s customers optimize their SMT processes. 
    • MEA’s 17-year association ends as that division separates to become Dover Electronics Manufacturing (DEM), a subsidiary of Dover Technologies.
    • F.H. Lawson retires, ends 27-year service record. John Peebles elected as sixth Universal President.
    • General business recession hits electronics industry; downturn in orders begins.
    • Employee count reaches 2,700.
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