Kurtz Ersa North America, a leading supplier of electronics production equipment, last week announced that it was awarded two 2016 Global Technology Award in the category of Soldering – Selective for its VERSAFLEX-Ultra and the category of Rework and Repair for its HR600/2 VOIDLESS. This certainly demonstrates Ersa’s commitment to continually develop product to make our manufacturing process more robust and effective.
The Michigan chapter of SMTA held their annual golf outing last month and it was a hit. About seventy golfers enjoyed a beautiful day for golf, and hunting for lots balls at the beautiful Oak Point Country Club. There were 26 sponsors for the event and the Murray Percival Co had 8 of their vendors sponsor holes.
The golf event was proceeded by a presentation conducted by Jason Fullerton of Alpha Assembly Solutions titled The Discrepancy Between Ionic Contamination and SIR Testing in Predicting Electrical Reliability. After the event we enjoyed a BBQ cook out, drinks and awards. Make sure you keep an eye out for next year’s event. It’s a great venue and chance to network with your pears.
Since 1988, one of our most innovative manufacturing partners has been providing Vapor Phase soldering solutions to the electronics industry. IBL went on to file over 30 patents in the following ten years, highlighted by the addition of its Soft Vapor Phase technology in 1996.
In a recently published interview, IBL Managing Director Jochen Lipp traces some of that history and also describes the many benefits of vapor phase soldering, not the least of which is its superior economy compared to convection reflow. And, as the technology continues to be moved forward, it is an increasingly viable choice for high volume applications and can support both lead free and leaded soldering with the same fluid.
Read more about the technology and IBL
The Murray Percival Company is pleased to announce that Kurtz Ersa North America, a leading supplier of electronics production equipment will exhibit at the SMTA Ohio Expo & Tech Forum, scheduled to take place Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Cleveland Rockside in Cleveland, OH. Ersa’s team will showcase the Smartflow 2020.
Due to its universal pallet fastening, the Smartflow can handle PCB sizes of up to 508 x 508 mm [20” x 20”]. With the Smartflow 2020, ERSA finally closes the gap from its high-end Versaflow platform to an entry level machine. In all process steps, the automatic Smartflow system uses the same successful and proven Ersa Selective Soldering Technology as the large Ersa VERSAFLOW systems without compromising quality and accuracy. The Smartflow 2020 selective soldering system requires less than 3 m² of space, thus fitting optimally into cell production environments.
The Murray Percival Company has partnered with Techcon Dispensing Systems to bring you the newest in fluid dispensing technology.
Techcon’s consumable product offering includes industrial dispensing syringe barrels, cartridges and fluid dispensing tips. Additionally Techcon Systems offers automated fluid dispensing solutions including adhesive dispensing, fluid dispenser & epoxy dispenser systems, precision valves and valve controllers as well as a multitude of dispensing system solutions for your business.
Surface mount rework and repair can be straight forward if simple rules are followed. Globally-recognized expert in surface mount and area array technology, Bob Willis has teamed up with Vision Engineering to bring you a FREE electronics Academy Webinar series, taking an in-depth look at the issues affecting PCB/SMT assembly and the challenges of achieving Zero Defect Manufacture.
This webinar series is a great opportunity to gain valuable insight and learn expert tips to identify quality issues and understand the common causes of solder joint failure.
Within the webinar Bob will be explaining the best ways to inspect solder joints on conventional and surface mount assemblies with reference to international standards. In addition, Bob will illustrate some of the most common joint failures, why they occur and corrective action. In addition, he will suggest some of the best ways to capture defect images to incorporate in to a Defect Database with causes and cures. Space is limited, so sign up today and tune in this Thursday, 16th June, 9:30am EST.
Benchtop cleaning of PCBs is a tough challenge for process engineers. Dip-and-brush is a cheap but slow cleaning method that often leaves residues to migrate across circuits. Traditional high-pressure aerosols are convenient but can be expensive. Here at Murray Percival we supply MicroCare, a product that offers a better way to clean circuit boards.
There is a large PCB repair depot near Minneapolis (USA) that has tested this for themselves. This company cleans and repairs the “brains” of point-of-sale systems used in stores. These computers have a hard life but must function reliably despite the abuse they might receive. A POS system can get dropped on a floor or drowned in a sugary drink. When they fail, credit card transactions come to a screeching halt. This is a tough pill to swallow for retailers whose customers no longer carry cash.
For years, this company cleaned their boards with a traditional, high-pressure aerosol. But consumption was high and the cleanliness was not great. MicroCare offered the patented TriggerGrip™ system along with Heavy-Duty Flux Remover – SuprClean™. After the test the process engineer noted, “The MicroCare product does a superior job.
We have cut our [aerosol] usage to a quarter of what it was before.”
The TriggerGrip™ system allowed technicians to clean precisely without waste while lowering worker exposures to chemical fumes. It localizes the cleaning to the area of the repaired area of the PCB, which prevents flux from migrating across the board. The benchtop cleaning process becomes standardized, with a consistent quantity of liquid dispensed for each repair. With the TriggerGrip™ system and SuprClean™ “it is much less work to remove the flux,” the engineer added.
“You were right about the savings in the chemical usage,” the customer told Mike Helmer, the MicroCare sales representative. “I wish we had placed the order two years ago when you first tried to help us.”