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.
Microtech has recently taken on two apprentices, Liam Fenwick and Koen Crawford. They will be following a three year training programme covering all aspects of Microtech's operations. Alongside this, they wil be undertaking a course at Aylesbury Training College. After their initial 14 week foundation course at college they will be working 4 days a week at Microtech and 1 day a week at college.
Congratulations to Graham Mills and Adrian Grocott for completing the 4 day comprehensive training course and passing the exam to become 'Trained Trainers' in the IPC610 workmanship standard for PCB assembly.
Over the next few months all Microtech staff will be trained in IPC610 to levels appropriate for their job role.
We have just installed Europlacers latest 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".