New SMT Manufacturers Products
Altus supports next generation equipment
As the sea change to a SMART manufacturing ideal escalates, and with the development of next generation capital equipment already underway, Altus Group is preparing for this progression with its choice of suppliers all of which are at the cutting edge of technology. One company that is fully embracing Industry 4.0 is Altus’ pre-eminent supplier, Rehm Thermal Systems with the introduction of ViCI (Virtual Communication Interface) a portal for maintenance support in modern electronics production. As leading innovators in plant engineering, Rehm is addressing the issue of Industry 4.0. with innovative concepts which support worldwide Augmented Reality to make maintenance, documentation and on-the-job-training easier. These new systems will help to reduce travel costs, increase worldwide availability and shorten response times. Joe Booth, sales manager at Altus said: “All of our suppliers are stepping up to the plate when it comes to pioneering Industry 4.0 innovation. Products like Rehm Thermal Systems’ ViCI is ground-breaking and will help to change the production process for the better. “The innovative portal solution offers concrete support with the help of smart glasses, guided maintenance scenarios on tablet or smartphone as well as a comprehensive and expandable knowledge base. Since it was first introduced at SMT Hybrid & Packaging show in Germany earlier this year, Altus has received many enquiries from customers interested in ViCI.
Nordson ASYMTEK combines coating and inspection
Nordson ASYMTEK announced an Automated Coating Inspection (ACI) line combining its Select Coat SL-940 Conformal Coating system with the FX-940UV Series ACI/AOI Automated Conformal Coat Inspection system. Together, the systems ensure a conformal coating process that’s accurate and reliable, and delivers ongoing coating quality and consistency.
Eliminating coating problems starts with a high-quality conformal coating system with process controls. The Nordson ASYMTEK Select Coat SL-940 conformal coating system provides the highest quality and productivity for automated coating processes. The system has a wide range of features to monitor and control the process and to provide traceability, such as Fan Width Control, Viscosity Control, Flow Monitoring, a bar code system, and a vision system. Information can be exchanged with customer-specific Factory Information Systems (FIS) and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) to ensure factory production workflow.
Conformal coatings used by electronic manufacturers contain UV indicators for the purpose of inspection. Since coatings are transparent, parts must be viewed under ultraviolet or black light to verify coverage and non-coverage. The FX-940UV’s advanced, high-power UV lighting and newly available image-processing technology integrate several techniques, including coverage and color inspection, normalized correlation, and rule-based algorithms to provide complete inspection coverage with an unmatched low false-failure rate. Advanced multiple-camera imaging technology offers high-speed inspection with defect coverage. The FX-942 model provides dual-sided viewing (top-down and bottom-up) cameras. The ACI/AOI systems inspect conformal coating coverage and verify correct part assembly in SMT or through-hole applications, improving quality and enhancing yield.
With minimal programming, the inspection set-up is fast and intuitive, typically requiring less than 30 minutes. A known-good board is used to teach the coverage and non-coverage areas. Automated inspection typically takes only a few seconds and results are immediately displayed. These results can be stored and reviewed off-line. The FX-940UV also reads all common barcodes and captures board images for product traceability.