We have just installed a second Europlacer Pick and Place machine, the iineo 1. This can place components with an accuracy of +/- 35um allowing the placement of components as small as 0.4mm x 0.2mm (01005 components). The machine can place 14,000 components per hour (IPC placement rate of 11,580 c/h). The many advantages of this machine ensure that Microtech is "Ready for tomorrows challenges".
Microtech has invested in a new Europlacer Speedprint Solder Paste Printer SP700. This will improve solder paste application to the PCBs, especially for smaller components. Some of the standard features include automatic rail width adjust, fully automatic stencil load & eject, fully programmable wet/dry vacuum Under Stencil Cleaner & on-stencil solder bead inspection.
Kenny Charles - I would like to thank Graham Mills for giving me the chance to become a cell manager, at 17 I didn’t take work serious and Graham sat me down and said you can do more for yourself thank god I listened to him, I have worked at Microtech from the age of 17 I am now 47 making that 30 years service, I have seen many people come and go and people have said to me why are you still working there? My answer is Microtech is a very good company to work for very understanding and I have built up a second family, I have enjoyed my 30 years at Microtech.
Khalid Golamy - I would like to thank Microtech for having me for 10 years, this is the longest I’ve ever worked at a company, even with my slight disability they are very understanding and helpful, the people are very friendly and I feel if I ever had a problem I could talk to the managers and the workers.
Nick Cocksedge - Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to Simon and Graham for my gift for 30 years service and thank you for all your support over the years.
Having worked at Microtech for 30 years now going from a 17 year old trainee wireman to 47 year old production engineering manager I have seen many changes mostly in SMT Technology which has moved very fast and I believe that the company is moving with it and not backwards, We as a company have many strengths and I look forward to many more years working at Microtech.
Debbie Sargeant - I am proud of myself for completing 10 years service with Microtech Electronics Ltd, and would like to thank them for the watch I have received in recognition of my service.
I have greatly enjoyed my time with Microtech, my colleagues here have been very supportive and professional, which has grown my knowledge and skills working for a sub-contractor manufacturer, as I came from a distribution company.
Lots of the Microtech staff have been with the company for over 10 years and this is down to the company working as a team, its friendly working environment, and the open door policy from the management which enables you to feel that you can fulfil your potential.
Microtech has a policy that it will increase all employees’ knowledge and training. With this in mind a Health & Safety awareness course was organised to enhance the understanding of Health and Safety in the work place. Also employees will realise the commitments of the company to their well-being.
Martin Pearson from JJ Medics came in on the 5th June 2014 to instruct half of the production staff on the Health & Safety Course - Level 1 in which all staff members excelled and passed
Simon Archer (SMT Cell Manager) : “The Course was informative”
Bart Ledwon (Operations Manager) : “The course was needed as I was unaware of certain aspects”
Ron Wentworth (Stores Cell Manager) : “The course was a good refresher and made me aware of the legal side to Health and Safety”
Bob Waterfall will be retiring on his 65th birthday (March 19th). Bob has been with Microtech for 18 years providing design, design support and technical consultancy both to Microtech and to many of our customers. Over the last 5 years Bob has been steadily reducing his working hours giving us the opportunity to plan for a smooth hand over of his duties and responsibilities. Please be assured that Microtech will continue to provide a high level of engineering and design support to our customers.
I would like to thank Bob for all he has done during his time at Microtech and wish him a long and happy retirement.
Simon Thomson Managing Director
The CMS-400 with its “pallet conveyor” is particularly suited to Microtech’s batch manufacturing. The machine is fully computer controlled allowing rapid reprogramming between batches of printed circuit boards (PCBs) that require different soldering profiles.
The settings can be stored and then recalled to configure the machine with 100% accuracy ready for when the next batch is needed.
The CMS-400 is designed to reduce waste; the use of Argon gas prevents unnecessary oxidation of the solder bath and dramatically reduces the amount of solder dross produced. The spray fluxer reduces flux usage by having sensors that ensure that only the PCB is fluxed. To save power, the solder bath and preheats are controlled by software. This allows the machine to switch on automatically in order to be ready for a planned run.
The CMS-400 will be installed, commissioned and working by the second week of January 2012.