Electronics Manufacturing INDUSTRY NEWS EUROPE – November 2018

Yamaha Total Line installation at Nidec UK

Yamaha Motor Europe IM Division has announced a major order for a complete surface-mount assembly line from Control Techniques, part of the Nidec Group, including the first UK purchase of Yamaha’s new YST15 component tower. The investment will boost efficiency, capacity, and assembly capabilities at the Newtown, UK based producer of advanced motor drives and power-conversion technologies. The high-speed surface-mount line comprises Yamaha’s latest YSP printer, four YSM20 mounters, YSi-V as powerful 2D + 3D inspection system that delivers industry-leading performance. The YST15 component tower stores up to 1500 reels and can load or unload up to 27 reels as a batch, interacting with the line through Yamaha Factory software tools.


ViTrox announces KMC Grup as Channel Partner in Turkey

ViTrox Technologies announced KMC Grup as their first Sales Channel Partner in Turkey. Signed and effective from 1st September 2018, KMC Grup is representing ViTrox in selling V510i Advanced Optical Inspection System (AOI), V810i Advanced 3D X-Ray Inspection System (AXI), and V310i Advanced 3D Solder Paste Inspection System (SPI). With strong connections on hand, KMC Grup is helping ViTrox to sell advanced vision solutions in regions such as Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia. KMC Grup has been serving over 400 customers since 2009. Situated in Istanbul Asia, KMC Grup possesses three companies within the organizations. For instance, KMC Automation, KMC Electronics, and KMC Filter.


Presto Engineering upgrades semiconductor testing facility

Semiconductors play increasingly important control roles in automotive, industrial and safety critical applications. Quality and reliability are therefore of vital importance and so Presto Engineering has completed certification to the ISO 9001:2015 quality standard at its facility in Caen, France, which is Europe’s largest independent semiconductor test facility. “We have an extensive and comprehensive range of semiconductor test equipment,” said Dr Alban Colder, Presto’s Site Director at Caen. “This includes testing at every stage from wafer, through die, to final packed device. As part of the ISO 9001: 2015 quality standard, we have a comprehensive range of equipment for non-destructive analysis such as X-Ray to check packaging and bondings, and ultrasound to see inside a device to check for delamination, voids and cracked silicon. There is also equipment to check for failure localization by photoemission or thermal laser stimulation, and deep physical analysis, i.e. strip a device down layer by layer to see exactly where it is failing and why.


Europlacer extends trade-in initiative to non-Europlacer units

Europlacer has rolled out its successful trade-in scheme to the wider placement equipment market. The extended initiative encourages owners of older pick & place platforms to consider obtaining a trade-in valuation against a new Europlacer machine. For many, this overcomes issues around equipment obsolescence, spares shortages and diminishing support capabilities as well as offering the tangible commercial benefits associated with a new machine. The trade-in initiative has proved exceptionally successful among Europlacer’s own customer base. The company is famed for its award-winning customer service and still has users with fully-operational placement machines well over 20 years old. Europlacer is growing its market share and wants more manufacturers to enjoy the positive experiences of its latest placement technology and support commitment. “Inevitably, older machines will begin to suffer from parts shortages and difficulties in accommodating software and hardware upgrades due to legacy architecture,” explains Business Development and UK Sales Manager Andy Jones. “Our trade-in deals offer great value and have proved highly successful. Many Europlacer customers were surprised to learn that their old machine was worth more than they thought. Most of them traded-in for a new machine.” Now Europlacer is extending its initiative to placement equipment from all suppliers. The reality and objective remain the same: to provide a cost-effective path to a new platform and eliminate potential issues that arise when keeping legacy machines operational.


Growth of engineering team at Danutek

Danutek Hungary Kft, Altus Group’s sister company, based in Budapest, is welcoming a new team member with the appointment of a further Application Engineer. Danutek Kft supports world leading brands in the electronics manufacturing industry, and in particular the automotive sector in Hungary and the Ukraine. As a consequence of a significant interest in the company’s innovative portfolio of products, Bence Buti has joined to help support the technical team. Currently, studying as a Mechanical Engineer at the University of Obudai, and with four years’ SMT experience having previously specialised as an SMT technician; Bence has the expertise to offer Danutek the very best technical advice. Having also worked as a Project Engineer, Bence has seen projects through to fruition from the early planning stages, to mass production. This experince will hold him in good stead to help Danutek’s customers, and provide reliable solutions for any technical issues to ensure complete customer satifisfaction. Together with his technical background and ongoing training, Bence is an assit to Danutek Kft and a great product advocate for the company’s comprehensive range of equipment.



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