Industry News: Europe – March 2017
Vi TECHNOLOGY’s successful Open Days in Hungary
Vi TECHNOLOGY announced that it participated in AMTEST’s recent open days at the AMTEST facility in Budapest, Hungary. More than 20 Vi TECHNOLOGY customers attended the event, including top EMS and automotive companies, for live demos of the 5K3D and PI machines. Krisztian Kern, Business Development Manager at Vi TECHNOLOGY, commented, “The open days were a great success – many customers came and were delighted to discover our SPI, 3D AOI and Sigma Link total inspection solution for process control.” Smart factories were the focus of the discussions between customers and Vi TECHNOLOGY teams. “With the Sigma Link com plete solution, inspection brings maximum value to control your process, and this is clearly the way to a zero defect line,” said an engineer from a leading EMS company. The new 5K3D is a full 3D AOI based on laser technology with angled cameras combined with the 2D Spectro optical solution. It provides indifferently 3D or 2D images of the components. This new patented 3D AOI combination offers complete defect coverage with high precision metrology.
Alpha and STP Electronics announce new partnership
Alpha Assembly Solutions announced a new stencils partnership with STP Electronics for the French market, commencing the 1st February 2017. Alpha’s Country Manager for France, Mathias Mary, commented, “Alpha has been one of the leading manufacturers of stencils for the solder paste printing process in France for more than 20 years. The new partnership with STP Electronics will enable us to increase our commercial and technical footprint and support network for French customers.” STP Electronics, led by manager Eric Vignard, has over 25 years’ experience in the sector and was one of the first suppliers of solder paste printing stencils in France. Customers will be able to benefit from STP Electronics’ technical expertise and commercial support in collaboration with the existing Alpha team. In this new partnership, Alpha France will continue to process and produce stencils orders at its Cholet facility.
Smart Made Simple appoints Danielle Bentley
Smart Made Simple has announced the appointment of Danielle Bentley as their newest Internal Sales Executive. Ms. Bentley is the latest in a number of new hires to the SMS team, in a year that has seen continued growth and maturation of the company’s sales capacity, in the UK contract electronics manufacturing market. Mr. Craig Taylor, CFO, SMS commented; “Our substantial progress in the UK would not have been possible without our talented internal and external sales team.” Ms. Bentley joins SMS from Aggregate Industries, where she held the position of Internal Sales Representative. In this strategic role, Ms. Bentley was required to effectively manage the communication and relationship between Aggregate Industries and key stakeholders, through the lifecycle of demanding projects. “We are delighted to welcome Ms. Bentley to our team as we enter another financial year of transformation, investment and growth. Her experience and enthusiasm will no doubt continue the tradition of SMS industry innovation and leadership.” Mr. Taylor continued. “In Ms. Bentley’s new role within SMS, she will be responsible for identifying new business opportunities, pricing enquiries, managing relationships and account management.
Yamaha Motor Europe IM extends as it expands
Yamaha Motor Europe IM nnounced the extension of its products portfolio and strengthens its cooperation with its European agents in order to continue to best serve its European distributors and to reinforce its full range portfolio in the region. Per 1st January 2017, Yamaha Motor Europe has integrated its i-PULSE series into its portfolio. Thus, Yamaha continues to successfully offer Yamaha Printers, the well-established multifunctional Yamaha YS/YSM and high speed Sigma series pick and place machines and Yamaha 3D AOI and X-Ray inspection machines solutions and is delighted to announce the extension of its portfolio with Yamaha iPulse products range, the mounters models M10, M20, S10 and S20 for Hybrid-mount solution. Yamaha’s distributors representing i-PULSE series in Europe are enthusiastic of the trustworthy collaboration with Yamaha, their long term partner and welcome the extension
of the products range into their sale portfolio. They are convinced that the comprehensive Yamaha portfolio allows their continuous success in the unique market field that will surely benefit the European customers with the reliable and high quality Yamaha machines. ANS, Blundell, Core-EMT consolidated with SMT Solutions, Electron Csillag, IEMME, Renex, Stepan, Universal Pribor and Zetech have extensive experience and are highly knowledgeable in the industry.
Networked 3D inspection from Viscom at DELTEC
For Solder Paste Inspection (SPI), Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI) and Automatic and Manual X-ray Inspection (AXI/MXI) technologies, DELTEC Automotive GmbH & Co. KG relies on 3D systems from Viscom AG. Their user-friendly advantages are clearly evident. In the AOI area, DELTEC uses 3D inspection especially for detecting SOT (small-outline transistor) component bodies because this inspection technology has been proven to be the best for this task. Thomas Fischer, manager of production and process technology at DELTEC, commented: “Of course there will always be important optical factors, such as the great number of different body designs with barely enough contrast to distinguish them from the printed circuit board background. The 3D AOI is simply better at this.” The company uses the 3D AOI systems S3088 ultra and S3088 ultra gold from Viscom in its production lines. The paste inspection with 3D also has proven its worth at DELTEC: “With this inspection technology, we are handed information about volume, paste height and other aspects and suddenly see, there are actually differences between one and another of the components which could not be determined in any other way,” states Fischer. DELTEC deploys the automatic data exchange from Viscom (Closed Loop) between the Viscom S3088 SPI solder paste inspection systems and the Panasonic SP18 stencil printers in their lines. Depending on the solder paste offset values determined by the 3D SPI system, the print offset is automatically corrected over several printed circuit boards. With this approach, instead of in one single step, an offset is corrected in several intermediate steps. This method achieves the optimum result. Components from DELTEC are found, for example, in vehicles from the best-known European automotive manufacturers.