Industry News Europe – December 2016
INERTEC selects the Scienscope X-Spection 6000
Scienscope International announced that INERTEC has installed the X-SPECTION 6000 at its demo lab in Kreuzwertheim, Germany. The X-SPECTION 6000 X-ray Inspection System is Scienscope’s most technologically advanced cabinet style X-ray inspection system. As with all X-SCOPE platforms, it includes every advanced software tool required for a wide variety of applications. With more tilt and a rotating work table, the X-SPECTION 6000 offers the ultimate in flexibility.
Sales Manager and General Manager, Jochen Elbert stated, “Having X-ray in our laboratory gives us the ability to immediately inspect the results of any customer product. A majority of our customer base are automotive suppliers that typically require a 99.98 percent first pass yield. The Scienscope machine is very flexible and gives us ‘on the spot’ testing capabilities.” With more than 1300 installed soldering systems, INERTEC is one of the leading companies in this market sector. Right from the start, the company’s main focus was on the development and production of innovative soldering technologies.
3D Inspection Systems from Viscom at WABCO
WABCO has successfully optimized production quality on its prototyping line with the S3088 SPI and S3088 ultra from Viscom. Viscom Quality Uplink manages the data networking for WABCO, which is known for its ABS systems. As part of an ongoing development partnership since 2014, WABCO has acquired a prototype line in stages at its Lindener Hafen location in Hanover, Germany. The line includes Viscom’s S3088 SPI and S3088 ultra. Today, the company’s false call rate has been consistently decreased and first pass yields (FPY) have significantly increased. “Electronic braking systems, transmission controls, air suspension systems and the associated peripherals, like compressors and air dryers – these are the electronic items our customers seek from us,” states Lars Schulze, test methodologist at WABCO. Customers include DAF Trucks, Daimler, MAN, Scania and Volvo, as well as ZF Friedrichshafen. One very important product right now that is manufactured in the prototype line is a new, highly complex transmission electronic unit with around 450 components, to be used in utility vehicles as the core of the transmission control.
Dr. Chris Hunt, Gen3 Systems Chief Technology Officer
Gen3 Systems Limited announced the appointment of Christopher Hunt, Ph.D., as Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Hunt joins Gen3 with a range of practical, academic and on-the-job experience working with key players from a wide range of disciplines, including materials science, physics and chemistry. Prior to joining Gen3, Dr. Hunt was a Principle Research
Scientist at NPL for more than 43 years, where he built and led the electronics interconnect team of 10 scientists. There, his team won more than 10 major collaborative research projects with 60 industry partners (many international) in the last 10 years, including significant ongoing projects for major OEMs in Europe. Dr. Hunt graduated from Surrey University with his Ph.D. in Material Science and a BSc (Hons) in Physics. He is the Chair of both the IEC TC91 Electronics assembly and the UK BSI EPL 501 national committee following TC91, vice-chair of IMAPS and a member of the steering group of SMART Group, and co-inventor of two patent-pending technologies: smart textiles, and recyclable electronics.
SMS appoints Jeff Clifford as head of business development
SMS announced the appointment of Jeff Clifford as the company’s Head of Business Development. Mr. Clifford brings more than 20 years of experience in the EMS industry and will hold a key strategic role in sales and marketing as well as managing key customer and supplier relationships. Andrew Maddock, company CEO, stated that several members of his extended network have worked with Mr. Clifford when he was at other companies. “We recognize the value he brings to our team,” Mr. Maddock said. He added that Mr. Clifford’s “contacts and experience in both large and mid-size EMS markets make him the perfect addition to manage the next stage in our reach and strategic sales growth plans.” Mr. Clifford, meanwhile, was equally excited about joining SMS. “SMS is known in the UK market for its work in the aerospace & defense, communications, industrial and medical markets,” said Mr. Clifford. “These markets share common challenging characteristics, such as complexity and configurability in a low to medium volume production environment. SMS is large enough to have the right manufacturing resources and smart enough to have the right technological capabilities to service our customer needs in a unique way.”