SMT Electronics Manufacturing Industry News Europe – July 2018

■ Chen Golder, PrimeTech Ltd.

New partner in Israel – Chen Golder, PrimeTech Ltd.
With PrimeTech Ltd. SMT Thermal Discoveries has a new partner in Israel. “Israel invests more than average in research and development, especially in the fields of electronics and communication technology. This is an important and interesting market for us. In PrimeTech Ltd. we have found a competent and reliable partner who represents us locally and further expands our network. We look forward to working together in the future, “says Matthias Pfeifer, Sales and Marketing Director of SMT. Based in Wertheim, Germany, SMT Thermal Discoveries was founded in 1987 and is a manufacturer and global supplier of machines for thermal processes, such as reflow soldering, vacuum soldering, curing, coating and tempering for temperature function tests.

Secon CEO of transport robotics specialist EK AUTOMATION

■ Andreas Böttner

E&K AUTOMATION GmbH appoints Andreas Böttner as second CEO. The 37-year old has been working for EK AUTOMATION since May 2011 and initially acted as a consultant for restructuring the purchasing department. Shortly afterwards, he joined the company and took over the position as purchasing manager. Starting in 2016 he, as authorised signatory, was responsible for implementing overarching corporate goals in the daily business. In his new role, Andreas Böttner will now manage the company in close cooperation with Andreas Anger, who has already held the position of CEO since April 2015. Thanks to the concentrated expertise and the personal strengths of the new duo, EK AUTOMATION sees itself in an ideal position to push the strategic company development even more. “I am looking forward to joining Andreas Anger in steering the company in new directions in the future and to expand the good market position of EK AUTOMATION even further. Increasing competitive pressure on globalised markets, the resulting demand for more efficiency in production, as well as changing customer requirements with regard to increasingly individualised products, force the industry to invest in even more automation and more flexible production solutions. I am convinced that our intelligent, networked and flexible transport solutions provide an essential building block for smart factories of the future and help our customers to actively shape the digital transformation,” says Andreas Böttner.

■ YST15 Intelligent SMD Storage System

Altus add new intelligent storage system to portfolio
Altus is adding to its SMT equipment line with the introduction of the new YST15 Intelligent SMD Storage System from Yamaha Motor Europe. Launching in October this year, YST15 interlinks with mounting lines to automatically store and manage supply of Surface Mount Devices (SMDs). Altus will be attending the SMT Hybrid and Packaging Show in Nuremberg from 5 – 7 June where they will be introducing customers to this new advanced system. In readiness for the SMART manufacturing revolution, YST15 interlinks with a mounting line controlled by the Intelligent Factory IoT/M2M integration system, which enables centralised management of electronic component mounting processes. Mount devices requiring supply can be extracted in advance from inventory at the optimal timing and supplied in batches. This advance enables significant reductions in staff workload and prevention of production interruptions due to delays in device supply. Capable of storing up to 1,500 reels (for the 7-inch 8mm format), the YST15 storage system can also load or unload a maximum of 27 reels in one batch, and features many other advancements including an optional humidity management function, an important element within the electronics’ industry providing storage appropriate for electronic components which require a humidity control.

PRINCEPS ELECTRONICS adds an X-ray Inspection System
Glenbrook Technologies has just installed their high performance Ultra Compact X-ray Inspection System with a 5 axis positioner for PRINCEPS ELECTRONICS in Essex, United Kingdom. Glenbrook’s Ultra Compact is the smallest Jewelbox micro focus X-ray system with dimensions of just 22”W x 26”L, small enough to fit on a standard desk, or small lab. The system’s features include up to 2000 magnification with resolution of 100 line pairs/mm, 5-axis manipulator and 360 degree rotation with a 45 degree tilt. All Jewel Box inspection systems include one of the GTI Series of Image Processing Software Packages. PRINCEPS ELECTRONICS is an AS9120 and AS6081 certificated supplier of traceable electronic, electrical, electromechanical components, hardware, fixtures and fasteners serving OEM, CMS and MRO customers in aerospace, defense and other advanced manufacturing Industries.

SMART ELECTRONICS installs Glenbrook’s Jewelbox-70T
Glenbrook Technologies announced that SMART ELECTRONICS in Shannon, Ireland has installed a JewelBox-70T real time X-ray inspection system for quality control. Glenbrook’s JewelBox-70T delivers superior image quality with excellent resolution and sensitivity for laboratory and failure analysis applications. The system’s patented XRTV X-ray camera and Crystal-X imaging plus a 10-micron MicroTech X-ray source provide magnification from 7X to 2000X, with resolution of 100 line pairs/mm. The Jewelbox-70T is ideal for BGA/PCB/LED/QFN and more. SMART ELECTRONICS is an established contract electronics manufacturer (CEM) and specializes in manufacturing high quality printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies and box build systems.

SciMed UK expands with global XRF measurement brand
SciMed has been appointed exclusive distributor for Bowman XRF plating thickness measurement systems in the UK. Paul Vanden Branden, an owner of SciMed, said, “Bowman is an exceptional addition to our portfolio. Their technical people are the best in the XRF industry, and they’re recognized as a leader in XRF instrument technology, both here, and in US.” SciMed will represent Bowman XRF systems throughout the UK, and provide service and technical support. Bowman XRF equipment is tailored to the user’s specific needs, and includes a broad range, from entry-level instruments to elite, “best in class” systems for the most demanding microelectronics applications. Like all Bowman global service partners, SciMed will also repair and upgrade other brands and models of XRF instruments. SciMed was established in 1979 in Stockport, Cheshire, and has become one of the UK’s most prominent distributors of laboratory and process equipment. It works with every sector of UK industry, but primarily advises scientists and technicians involved in microelectronics, metal plating, electrochemistry and elemental analysis. Bowman is a leading manufacturer of precision XRF coating measurement systems, with a robust local service network that provides same-day response for every XRF requirement, worldwide. Equipment evaluation, selection, commissioning, maintenance and modernization is provided for users of all Bowman instruments, as well as other XRF brands.


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