INDUSTRY NEWS EUROPE – May 2018
IPTE expands location in Oradea, Romania
IPTE Factory Automation has expanded its production location in Oradea, Romania. The Romanian team, which consists of 24 members, moved into a new building. The new location in Oradea has now a size of 1,400 square meters in total. Test fixtures for in circuit, functional and RF test, test racks as well as assembly for IPTE’s EasyLine board handling system are developed and produced here. Moreover, a complete service unit for Romanian clients with capacities for all IPTE products is based in Oradea. IPTE’s first activity in Romania was the founding of a service unit back in 2005. Already in 2006 the location in Oradea was established. In the recent year 2017 more than 300 test fixtures have been produced in the Romanian factory. “With the expansion of the location in Oradea IPTE is strengthening its presence in the important Eastern-European market.
Intertronics launch F4500N large area benchtop robot
New from Intertronics is the Fisnar F4500N Dispensing Robot which shares all the technical advantages of the F4000 range in an expanded format of 500x500mm, still in a convenient benchtop design. The F4500N is a full function robot that enables cost effective automation of liquid dispensing operations, allowing increased productivity and consistent output. Integrated with dispensing equipment from the extensive Intertronics range, the Fisnar F4500N can dispense beads, dots, arcs and infills in three dimensions, with a positioning resolution of 0.001mm/axis. Robust and reliable, it is suitable for use in continuous manufacturing environments, as well as in production development. By adding the appropriate dispensing setup to the robot (which might include syringes, valves or pumps) it can be configured for the application of form-in-place gaskets, adhesives, coatings, potting and encapsulation materials, sealants, filling and RFI/EMI shielding, and can handle single part or multi-component materials.
Flex invests HUF 3 bn in Zalaegerszeg car part plant
Flex, formerly known as Flextronics, will expand its car industry manufacturing plant for HUF 3 billion, creating 100 jobs, Foreign Minister Péter Szíjjártó said at a press conference in Zalaegerszeg on Friday. The government of Hungary will extend a HUF 769 million non-repayable grant for the U.S.-owned company, Szíjjártó said. The investment will allow Flex to introduce a state-of-the-art surface treatment technology, increasing the overall supplier capacity of the car industry, which is a leading segment in Hungary, he added. American-owned companies number 1,700 in Hungary, making the U.S. the second largest investor after Germany, Szíjjártó said.
USl’s PRISM-500 selected for precision coating ap
Ultrasonic Systems, Inc. (USI) announced the installation of its PRISM-500 high-speed, high performance spray coating system at a European-based medical company that sells instruments used to perform medical diagnostic tests. USI’s patented, nozzle-less tCAT ultra-Thin Coating Application Technology was chosen to apply an activation agent (coating) to the surface of a biomedical diagnostic instrument carrier that holds multiple test samples. USI’s tCAT ultrasonic spray technology is a novel application method that deposits an ultra-thin, uniform and defect-free coating to the test substrates, which are about the size of a playing card and contain multiple test locations used for diagnostic testing. With coating transfer efficiency of up to 99% and finished film thicknesses as low as the sub-micron range, the PRISM-500 handles high-precision applications.
AWS Group expands automotive hall in Slovakia
AWS Electronics Group has recently installed an additional Surface Mount automotive line in its dedicated automotive hall based at its low-cost manufacturing facility in Námestovo, Slovakia. The new line mirrors the original automotive line with four SMT machines, In-Line Laser Marking, AOI and routing, alongside specialist automated Pin Insertion. This 50% expansion in size of the automotive hall, coupled with the achievement of the internationally recognised TS 16949 approval last year, has contributed to significant growth for AWS in the automotive sector. This year AWS expects to assemble 3.7M PCBAs at its dedicated automotive hall for a wide range of leading global automotive manufacturers. Rob Lackey, AWS Group Technical Director, comments: “The volume automotive sector is an intensely competitive arena, where low cost and zero defects are fundamental drivers. Through our continued targeted focus on lean principles, precision engineered solutions and a high degree of automation, we meet both these core challenges head on, enabling us to keep our costs to an absolute minimum and contributing positively to the growth of the AWS Electronics Group.” Alongside its TS 16949 certification, AWS Slovakia has achieved a variety of other accreditations including: ISO 9001; ISO 14001; ISO 13485 and most recently, AS9100. The AWS Group also has an additional manufacturing facility in the UK.