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Prototype Technology Must Stay Up To Date

Becker and Mueller Schaltungsdruck GmbH: 6-digit investments in state-of-the-art technology in PCB production

Prototype Technology Must Stay Up To Date

Invisible from the outside at first glance, processes are running at the state of the art

Product developers know that they need to engage in a close exchange with the producers at all times for prototypes of their PCBs to ensure that they are producible as planned. Exotic or highly innovative requirements quickly reach the limits of feasibility, since the production lines are not designed for certain prototypes or demands. Becker & Müller Schaltungsdruck GmbH from Kinzigtal in the Black Forest know this, of course. Prototype production is one of the focuses in this company. Therefore, an amazing 6-digit total has been put into modernisation of the production lines in the recent past there, in order to offer the latest technology at all times.

Becker & Müller were busy during the production-free time between Christmas and Epiphany. They focused on modernising their plants. Of course, it had all been planned with the corresponding lead time. The calmer time around the change of the year had been reserved for implementation.

Changing and new requirements from the clients that kept growing more and more demanding had made this step necessary. Anything that is doable at some point, in some manner, will be done by someone – and production must be ready for it. However, these investments are often impossible to calculate in advance from a business management point of view. It is impossible to tell if the technologies currently demanded will prevail on the market in the long run as well. Investments in the right direction can only be made with a confident sense of which developments will continue. It has paid off to look ahead of developments and to offer the production options before they are actually needed. An open eye and a certain sense of the market are a good insurance for proper investments.

For example, Becker & Müller Schaltungsdruck have now invested in development and modernisation of the wet process with a vacuum etching module by PILL. The industry has already had some good experiences with the vacuum etching technology. Standard PCBs starting at a thickness of 50 μm and reaching up to 5 mm can be processed in reliable quality on one and the same plant. The technical update now permits implementation of even finer structures in higher qualities than before. The detailed plans for the improvement were able to mostly avoid interruptions of the ongoing process. A team of technicians from PILL was on site and able to support the work immensely well.

Becker & Müller Schaltungsdruck GmbH broadened its footprint on the market by its acquisition of Häfele. The organically developed customer base with its individual and new demands provides a good overview of what will determine the future framework for requirements in the industry. The previous base material storage had grown too small, requiring an investment of 26,000 Euro in order to bring operation of the warehouse to the newly required skills and the necessary size. The customers taken over from Häfele had some different requirements from the previous customer base where base materials were concerned. This led to some further options to choose from among HF materials.

The base material storage was enlarged and the computer-supported warehouse management was updated and improved. For example, the system will easily find its way between FR4 or PTFE materials in the great material diversity in the paternoster warehouse, quickly and reliably retrieving the right material for any customer’s order.

Analysis also showed that use of HotAir is still widespread in tinning of PCBs. Modernisation of the surface area is therefore another investment with a good outlook. At the same time, the pre- and post-cleaning steps in the process were changed. HAL surfaces are more cost-efficient than chemical SN or chemical Ni/Au and therefore, of course, in high demand among the customers. Since plant builders also continue to develop new features, the investment in this area also meant investing in improved quality, reducing maintenance intervals by separate pre-cleaning and increasing employee productivity with a buffer.

Environmental aspects and quality increase are important aspects in decision-making at Becker & Müller Schaltungsdruck GmbH. Detailed test series with thorough analyses showed that surfaces are becoming more even in the newer process, as proven by their microsections. This production area alone had an investment volume of approx. 80,000 Euro.

It’s impossible to do without computer-based processes in modern productions anymore today. Data protection is one central item. Therefore, it was clear that this area also needed to be part of the service provider’s investment strategy. In order to minimise external influences and risks, locally separate EDP systems, RAID systems and further backup strategies were developed. It was an investment in safety and future capability. This also meant moving towards the new EU General Data Protection Regulation GDPR (2016). European data protection law has been updated. After a transfer period until May 2018, specified companies must have adjusted their processes, procedures and hardware to prevent damage for other companies and persons.
The galvanisation machine received a „software facelift“ as well, and program input for the individual panels through a data matrix code reader was automated. It was already possible to foresightedly anticipate further developments in operability, the latest safety requirements and upcoming reinforcements in the overall IT strategy. This is another investment with a good perspective.

Further investments are put on the technology roadmap at Becker & Müller. No matter if they are made for another measuring machine in the test area or a new system for drill management: The bidirectional exchange between the development department of the product manufacturers and the DFM department of the PCB producers has proven to fertilise healthy developments.

More Information: www.becker-mueller.de

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Pill – Die Erfahrung des Entwicklers zum Vorteil der Anwender

PILL GmbH – Vakuum-Aetz-Technologie zum Standard in der Industrie gereift

Pill - Die Erfahrung des Entwicklers zum Vorteil der Anwender

Vakuum-Ätz Anlage der PILL GmbH

Die Elektronik-Industrie ist einer extrem schnelllebigen dynamischen Entwicklung unterworfen. Fast täglich sehen wir neue Errungenschaften der Elektronik im Angebot des Handels. Über die Jahre sind die Anforderungen an die Leiterplattenindustrie aber stetig gewachsen. Höherer Zeitdruck in der Fertigung, dünnere PCBs, immer feinere Layouts stellen die Leiterplattenhersteller vor große Herausforderungen. Als die PILL GmbH aus Auenwald bei Stuttgart vor etwa 15 Jahren ihre Vakuum-Ätz-Technologie im Nassprozess vorstellte, war das eine kleine Revolution in der Leiterplattenfertigung. Heute – 15 Jahre später (!) – ist diese Technologie ein Standard in der Leiterplattenfertigung.

Einen Prozess für die Pill Nassprozessanlagen frühzeitig entwickelt zu haben, der zum weltweiten Trend in der Fertigungstechnik geworden ist, ist eine besondere Auszeichnung. Der Anlagenbauer PILL GmbH aus Auenwald hat das mit seiner Vakuum-Ätz-Technologie geschafft. Die damals neue Technologie begann relativ bald, sich am Markt durchzusetzen. Bedeutete sie doch einen Quantensprung was Präzision und Qualität im Ätz-Prozess anging in bisher nicht gekannte Regionen. Mit der Vakuum-Ätz-Technologie ist es möglich, in horizontalen Durchlaufanlagen Ober- und Unterseite der Leiterplatten in gleicher Qualität und höchster Präzision zu ätzen. Ein aufwändiger und zeitraubender Nachätz-Durchlauf fiel damit weg.

Durch die Vakuum-Ätz-Technologie konnte der Ätz-Faktor auf 4 verbessert werden. Die Ätzflanken wurden wesentlich steiler, was der Verfeinerung der Layouts zugutekam, und die Unterätzung der Leiterbahnen wurde minimiert.

Heute – 15 Jahre später – ist die Nachfrage der Industrie nach dem Vakuum-Verfahren nach wie vor enorm groß. Daher sind natürlich auch andere Anbieter auf dem Markt, die Anlagen mit Vakuum-Ätz-Technologie im Portfolio haben. Aber an die langjährige Erfahrung des PILL Teams kommen sie nicht heran. Wer hat die Erfahrung? Viele Kunden verlassen sich konsequent auf die gewachsene Kompetenz aus Auenwald. Das Unternehmen hat viele Firmen über Jahre begleitet und ist mit ihnen gewachsen. Die Kommunikation, das direkte Feedback hat viel zur Entwicklung und stetigen Verbesserung der Technologie beigetragen. Und die Erfolge auf der letzten Fachmesse ‚Productronica‘ zeigen wieder, es kommen immer neue Kunden dazu.

Das Team der PILL GmbH hat sich von Beginn an auf die Verfeinerung und Weiterentwicklung des von ihnen eingeführten Prozesses konzentriert, hat die Kernkompetenzen gewinnbringend für den Fortschritt eingesetzt. Dazu trägt auch die geringe Fluktuation bei den Mitarbeitern bei. Die Erfahrung wurde in der Firma gemacht und ist geblieben. Der Anlagenbauer aus Süddeutschland ist weltweit in der Elektronikindustrie vertreten. Besonders stark sind sie auf den deutschsprachigen Märkten, doch ist Gesamt-Europa im Fokus. Ein stabiler Markt, den PILL seit vielen Jahren bedient, ist der russische. Gute, völlig problemlose Geschäftspartnerschaften, trotz der dort regionalen Krisensituation, prägen die Beziehungen.

Was macht die langjährige Erfahrung besonders? Während sich andere Anbieter auf dem Markt noch in der Prototypenphase befinden, oder Erfahrungen sammeln, liefert PILL die eigene Entwicklung auf den neuesten Stand aus. Durch interaktiven Austausch mit den Kunden konnte das Vakuum-Modul stetig den aktuellen Bedürfnissen angepasst werden. So gibt es beispielsweise kaum eine andere Anlage auf dem Markt, in der Leiterplatten von der Folienstärke 50 µm bis hin zur Plattenstärke von 5 mm bearbeitet werden können – ohne Umrüstung und Zeitverlust.

Die Anlagentechnologie wurde weiterentwickelt und optimiert, um die Aufgaben noch präziser zu erledigen, und um die Flexibilität bei der Nutzung zu erhöhen. Viele Systeme, z.B. auf dem asiatischen Markt, haben diese flexiblen Optionen nicht. Neben dem Transportsystem wurden auch die Düsen weiterentwickelt. Winkel und Abstände wurden optimiert um die Verteilung der Ätzflüssigkeit zu verbessern. Dadurch konnte erreicht werden, dass die Ätzkanten noch präziser wurden. Auch werden heute verschiedene Gehäuse in PP und PVC Ausführungen ausgeliefert.

Doch die Anforderungen des Marktes wachsen. Dem stellen sich die Entwickler des PILL-Teams und lassen die Fähigkeiten ihrer Anlagen mit der Technikentwicklung mitwachsen – und schauen ihr auch voraus. Außer mechanischen Verbesserungen an den Anlagen, arbeiten die Entwickler auch mit unterschiedlichen Chemikalien. Ihr System ist für sowohl für saure als auch alkalische Prozesse geeignet. Großer Wert wurde von Anfang an darauf gelegt, dass die Anlagen geschlossene Systeme sind, bei denen die verwendete Chemie im Kreislauf der Fertigung bleibt und nichts davon nach außen gelangen kann. Ein Umweltaspekt von vielen, der die Entwicklung immer begleitet hat.

Durch den Einsatz unterschiedlicher Chemikalien kann optimal auf kundenspezifische Materialien eingegangen werden, die in den Anlagen bearbeitet werden sollen. Alkalische Ätz-Flüssigkeiten werden bei der Bearbeitung metallischer Materialien verwendet und die sauren sind bei Fotoresist-Leiterplatten die Regel. Das Entwicklungs-Team bleibt an dem Thema der Nassprozesse konsequent dran, um immer auf dem aktuellsten Stand der Technik zu bleiben.

Das Praxisbeispiel zeigt, dass es absolut Sinn macht, sich auf Kernkompetenzen zu konzentrieren. Die Firma aus Auenwald hat Standards gesetzt, die beachtet und angewendet werden. Und das Team ist nicht beunruhigt, dass auf ihrem Sektor Mitbewerber versuchen neue Anlagen in diesem Bereich zu platzieren. Wer also über die Erfahrungen und dem technologisch Möglichen erfahren möchte, sollte in Auenwald bei der PILL GmbH nachfragen. Hier wird auf Erfahrung gebaut.

Weitere Informationen unter: www.pill-gmbh.com

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Rehm Introduces New Equipment for Optimal Hardening of Coatings and Adhesives

Innovative solutions for reliable drying processes in electronics manufacturing

Rehm Introduces New Equipment for Optimal Hardening of Coatings and Adhesives

Airbags in cars can save lives, headlights keep you safe when driving during the day and at night, sensors on an aeroplane transmit accurate flight information for navigation even at 10,000 meters, and simple traffic lights regulate the traffic in any weather. To ensure sensitive electronic components function reliably even in adverse conditions, protective coatings are applied to circuit boards during the manufacturing process. In addition to the popular RDS Series, Rehm Thermal Systems is now offering two new systems for the optimal hardening of such protective coatings – the vertical dryer RVDS and a compact UV hardening system.

The tried-and-tested RDS Series from Rehm (http://www.rehm-group.com) already covers a wide range of drying applications – from hardening all kinds of conventional adhesives, coatings, cast resins, casting compounds and silicon gels to drying protective coatings reliably. Rehm not only offers systems for normal electronics manufacturing but also systems especially for use in clean rooms in semiconductor manufacturing. Two newly developed systems – the vertical dryer RVDS and the RDS UV for UV applications – complete Rehm“s portfolio of hardening systems.

RVDS: Hardening of coating on electronic components – vertically with minimal space requirement
Rehm Vertical Drying System can achieve the optimal drying of all kinds of protective coatings and casting compounds that can be hardened by convection heating. Circuit boards are transported through the system vertically, and loaded board carriers are stacked on top of each other in the tower during the drying process. A highlight of the system is the automatic width setting of the goods carrier. This enables circuit boards of different sizes from different coating lines to be processed at the same time. With this ingenious configuration, the RVDS is exceptionally flexible and space-saving – our customers are not only able to save production space but also can do completely without an additional drying system. The innovative control, blower, heating and sensor technologies, combined with Rehm“s strength in mechanical engineering, make the RVDS a high-quality and reliable system for manufacturing electronic components.

RDS UV: Compact system for hardening all UV coatings and UV adhesives
UV coatings enable hardening to take place in a matter of seconds. This reduces processing times and increases production speed, thereby giving both environmental and economic benefits. No wonder the electronics industry is also increasingly using UV coatings in its production. With the RDS UV, Rehm is offering a compact system that enables UV coatings to harden within seconds. Owing to its low exhaust air flow rate and short warm-up time, the system is ready for operation immediately after switching on and is much more energy-efficient than comparable systems. Depending on the material to be hardened, the system can be equipped with undoped medium-pressure mercury lamps, doped UV lamps, UV LED arrays or special lamps that emit specific light spectrums.

Rehm Thermal Systems was founded in 1990 by Johannes Rehm and is a provider of reflow soldering systems and drying systems for the electronics industry as well as a manufacturer of fast firing systems and solar dryers for the metallization of solar cells. With Simply. More. Ideas. our goal is to become technological leaders in all areas of production and offer our customers sustainable, future-oriented products.

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PCB Elect Export bietet Leiterplattenbestückung

PCB Elect Export (Germany) ist auf die Bestückung von Leiterplatten spezialisiert.

PCB Elect Export bietet Leiterplattenbestückung

Platinenbestückung von PCB Elect Export (Bildquelle: Creative Commons CC0)

Das Elektronikunternehmen PCB Elect Export (Germany) beschäftigt sich mit Leiterplatten und deren Bestückung. Die Platinenbestückung erfolgt durch erfahrene Fachleute, die die elektronischen Komponenten gewissenhaft zusammenfügen. Dabei ist es sowohl machbar völlig neuartige Prototypen entwickeln und bestücken zu lassen, als auch möglich Leiterkarten in Serie zu produzieren.
Neben den herkömmlichen Standard-Platinen gehören zu der umfangreichen Produktpalette von PCB Elect Export (Germany) beispielsweise noch Flex- und Starrflex-Leiterplatten. Dabei handelt es sich um flexible Platinen, die einer Beanspruchung durch Biegen besonders gut standhalten können. Ob starre Platine oder Flex- beziehungsweise Starrflex-Leiterkarte, alle diese Varianten können auch mit der sogenannten Multilayer Technology kombiniert werden. Leiterplatten mit der Multilayer Technology verfügen über mehrer Schichten, so dass der vorhandene Raum noch effektiver ausgenutzt werden kann.

Die Kunden des Elektronikunternehmens können den Prozess der Leiterplattenbestückung aktiv mitgestalten und ihre jeweils vorhanden Anforderungen an die Elektronikprodukte einbringen. Sollten bereits Platinen erworben worden sein, so können diese sogar an PCB Elect Export übergeben werden, um sie von den versierten Spezialisten weiter bestücken zu lassen.
Natürlich stehen die kompetenten Fachleute auch für ein individuelles Beratungsgespräch bereit, um schon während der Planung einer anstehenden Produktion behilflich sein zu können.

Der Betrieb PCB Elect Export (Germany) ist ein wichtiger Bestandteil der international erfolgreich tätigen PCB Elect Export Unternehmensgruppe. Die PCB Elect Export Gruppe wurde im Frühjahr des Jahres 2000 ins Leben gerufen. PCB steht in diesem Zusammenhang für „Printed Circuit Board“, zu deutsch „gedruckte Schaltung“. PCB Elect Export ist bereits in Deutschland, Frankreich, Niederlande, Südkorea und den USA anwesend. Der deutsche Bereich PCB Elect Export (Germany) wird durch das Unternehmen Intertranet vertreten. Inhaber der Firma Intertranet ist Herr Andreas Weiler. Der Firmensitz von Intertranet liegt im Brockhauser Weg 24, in 58840 Plettenberg. PCB Elect Export produziert und vertreibt zahlreiche Elektrotechnik-Produkte, wie Leiterplatten mit Multilayer Technology, Leiterplatten ohne Multilayer Technology, Flex-Leiterkarten und Starrflex-Leiterkarten sowie LED-Leuchten. Die Standard-Platinen, Flex-Platinen und Starrflex-Platinen werden in zahlreichen unterschiedlichen Spezifikationen offeriert. Die Flex- und Starrflex-Leiterkarten verfügen zum Beispiel über flexible Bestandteile. Für die Automobilindustrie werden spezielle Platinen nach dem Automobilzertifikat TS16949 bestückt. Im Zuge der Leiterplattenbestückung werden die elektrotechnischen Platinen mit SMD- und THT-Bauteilen bestückt. Dabei werden SMT- und THT-Montagemethoden (Oberflächenmontage und Durchsteckmontage) der Aufbau- und Verbindungstechnik genutzt.
Zu den LED-Leuchten in der Produktpalette von Intertranet gehören z.B. LED-Birnen, LED-Spots, LED-Röhren, Flutlicht-LED und LED-Industriestrahler. Die verschiedenen Leuchtmittel werden über einen eigenen Onlineshop vertrieben. In dem Onlineshop finden sich auch viele Informationen über die Leuchtmittel sowie ein interessantes Video.

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Andreas Weiler
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(+49) (0) 2391 – 409 595
(+49) (0) 2391 – 149 160
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New Technology Brochure with Tips on Producing Complex PCB

Practical and Integrative by Rehm Thermal Systems

New Technology Brochure with Tips on Producing Complex PCB

SIPLACE Demo Board (Source: ASM Assembly Systems)

They are barely visible to the naked eye and have names like 03015 or 01005, but they are achieving great new things in the world of electronics. The smallest of components, such as microchips, capacitors and resistors, are gaining ground when it comes to the manufacturing of electronic products. They offer new technological solutions and challenge the industry to make compromises, so as to keep up-to-date with the trend towards miniaturisation. In a joint project, experts from the Fraunhofer Institut (FhG IZM Berlin), Rehm Thermal Systems (http://www.rehm-group.com) and other manufacturers from the electronics industry met to discuss experiences and process recommendations for the production of complex boards, based on the example of the current SIPLACE demo board. The results have been compiled and demonstrated in a practicable way, in a new trade brochure.

Complex boards with an extensive spectrum of components make high demands on planning and implementation of the manufacturing process. From circuit board tolerances, through to a stable opening layout of the print templates, to a choice of soldering paste and a reliable soldering process – the right decisions must be made from the outset.

The „Complex Board Project“ provided an excellent opportunity to examine in detail the technological challenges in manufacturing intricately assembled circuit boards. The focus was on the wide variety of components. Using the SIPLACE demo board example, which contains components with edge lengths of just 0.3 mm x 0.15 mm, up to sizes in the centimetre range, critical points were able to be analysed for work with a complex mix of components. The current results are now contained in a technology handbook, which has been compiled by the companies ASM Assembly Systems, ASYS, Christian Koenen, Fraunhofer IZM, Heraeus, Rehm Thermal Systems and TDK Europe. The experts discuss factors in the SMT value chain that need to be observed for a robust manufacturing process. It is the aim of the partner companies to offer electronics manufacturers technological and practicable solution concepts for processing the smallest of components (e.g. 03015) alongside very large components (e.g. transformers) and for making production more efficient and as flawless as possible.

Those interested can get a copy of the technology brochure „Complex Boards – a Challenge for SMT“ at the Productronica Trade Fair (10.-13.11.2015) in Munich, from Rehm Thermal Systems at exhibition stand 335 in hall A4.

Further details on the SIPLACE demo board: http://www.siplace.com/en/mysiplace/demoboard

Rehm Thermal Systems was founded in 1990 by Johannes Rehm and is a provider of reflow soldering systems and drying systems for the electronics industry as well as a manufacturer of fast firing systems and solar dryers for the metallization of solar cells. With Simply. More. Ideas. our goal is to become technological leaders in all areas of production and offer our customers sustainable, future-oriented products.

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Rehm Thermal Systems GmbH
Marketing Department
Leinenstrasse 7
89143 Blaubeuren-Seissen
+49 7344 9606-0
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http://www.rehm-group.com/

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Neue Technologiebroschuere zur Fertigung komplexer Boards

Praxisnah und prozessübergreifend

Neue Technologiebroschuere zur Fertigung komplexer Boards

SIPLACE Demoboards (Bildquelle: ASM Assembly Systems)

Sie sind mit dem bloßen Auge kaum richtig zu erkennen und haben Namen wie 03015 oder 01005, aber sie bewirken großartig Neues in der Welt der Elektronik. Kleinste Bauelemente wie Mikrochips, Kondensatoren oder Widerstände sind bei der Herstellung von elektronischen Produkten auf dem Vormarsch. Sie bieten neue technologische Lösungen und fordern die Industrie heraus, Kompromisse zu wagen, um mit der Miniaturisierung Schritt zu halten. In einem Gemeinschaftsprojekt haben Experten des Fraunhofer Instituts (FhG IZM Berlin), Rehm Thermal Systems und andere Hersteller aus der Elektronikindustrie am Beispiel des aktuellen SIPLACE Demoboards Erfahrungen und Prozessempfehlungen für die Fertigung komplexer Boards diskutiert. Die Ergebnisse sind in einer neuen Fachbroschüre zusammengetragen und praxistauglich aufbereitet.

Gerade komplexe Baugruppen mit umfangreichem Bauteilspektrum stellen hohe Anforderungen an die Planung und Durchführung des Fertigungsprozesses. Von den Toleranzen der Leiterplatte, über ein stabiles Öffnungslayout der Druckschablone bis hin zur Lotpastenauswahl und einem zuverlässigen Lötprozess – bereits im Vorfeld müssen die richtigen Entscheidungen getroffen werden.

Mit dem „Complex Board Project“ bot sich eine ausgezeichnete Gelegenheit, die technologischen Herausforderungen bei der Herstellung komplex bestückter Leiterplatten detailliert zu untersuchen. Im Fokus stand die Variantenvielfalt der Bauelemente. Am Beispiel des SIPLACE Demoboards, welches Bauteile mit Kantenlängen von nur 0,3 mm x 0,15 mm bis zu Größen im Zentimeterbereich enthält, konnten kritische Punkte bei der Arbeit mit einem komplexen Bauteilemix analysiert werden. Festgehalten sind die aktuellen Ergebnisse nun in einem Technologie-Handbuch, welches von den Unternehmen ASM Assembly Systems, ASYS, Christian Koenen, Fraunhofer IZM, Heraeus, Rehm Thermal Systems und TDK Europe erarbeitet wurde. Die Experten diskutieren entlang der SMT-Wertschöpfungskette Faktoren, die für einen robusten Fertigungsprozess zu beachten sind. Ziel der Partnerfirmen ist es, Elektronikfertigern technologische und praxistaugliche Lösungskonzepte anzubieten, um kleinste Bauelemente (z. B. 03015) neben sehr großen Bauelementen (z. B. Trafos) gleichermaßen zu verarbeiten sowie die Fertigung effizienter und nahezu fehlerfrei zu gestalten.

Die Technologiebroschüre „Komplexe Boards – Herausforderung in der SMT“ erhalten Interessierte auf der Productronica-Messe (10.-13.11.2015) in München bei Rehm Thermal Systems in Halle A4 am Messestand 335.

Weitere Details zum SIPLACE Demoboard: http://www.siplace.com/de/mysiplace/demoboard

Mit der Idee kleine, günstige Luftanlagen mit einer zu öffnenden Prozesskammer zu bauen wurde 1990 die Firma Rehm gegründet. Durch Einfach. Mehr. Ideen. im Bereich thermische Systemlösungen für Elektronikindustrie, ist Rehm heute Technologie- und Innovationsführer für die moderne und wirtschaftliche Elektronik-Baugruppen-Fertigung. Als global agierender Hersteller von Löt- und Trocknungssystemen sind wir in allen relevanten Wachstumsmärkten vertreten und realisieren als Partner für unsere Kunden, Fertigungslösungen, die Standards setzen.

Langjährige Partnerschaften mit unseren Kunden, die Zusammenarbeit mit renommierten Instituten und ein umfassendes Know-How sichern auch zukünftig unseren Erfolg. Mit einem hohen Eigenfertigungsanteil bieten wir unseren Kunden die passende Lösung für individuelle Anforderungen.

Firmenkontakt
Rehm Thermal Systems GmbH
Abteilung Marketing
Leinenstrasse 7
89143 Blaubeuren-Seissen
+49 7344 9606-0
info@APROS-Consulting.com
http://www.rehm-group.com/

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APROS Int. Consulting & Services
Volker Feyerabend
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72800 Eningen
07121-9809911
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Wissenschaft Technik Umwelt

Aus RE 7500 wird RE 7550 – Rework für Forschung und Entwicklung

Aufgrund des steigenden Kostendrucks müssen Unternehmen ihre FuE Budgets verkleinern. Dennoch müssen in der Elektronikbranche bestimmte Arbeiten durchgeführt werden, um Serienreife zu erreichen oder Bestehendes zu verbessern

Aus RE 7500 wird RE 7550 - Rework für Forschung und Entwicklung

Rework Station von jovy systems

Innovative Unternehmen erfahren durch die immer komplexeren Herausforderungen der Weltmärkte den Bedarf ihre Kosten zu senken. Dazu müssen die Budgets der Forschungsabteilungen gesenkt werden. Gleiches gilt auch für die Abteilung Qualitätssicherung.

Dennoch gibt es Aufgaben die unumgänglich sind, für die spezielle Geräte benötigt werden. Im Produktbereich der Rework Stationen gibt es große preisliche Bandbreiten.

Das liegt zum einen am Fertigungsstandort der Geräte als auch den vorgesehenen Einsatzgebieten.

Die Firma Jovy Systems ist seit 2006 am Markt mit seinem immer größer werdenden Angebot an Rework Stationen. Die RE 7500 und RE 8500 Rework Station sind die im Industriekundensegment am bekanntesten Produkte.

Mit der Einführung der neuen RE7550 geht nun ein deutlich leistungsstärkerer Nachfolger für die RE 7500 in den Markt. Das neue Gerät kommt mit einem 800W starken Pre-Heater und damit 200W höherer Leistungskraft als das Vorgängermodell.

Dafür singt die maximale Größe der zu bearbeitenden Mainboards von 300*300mm auf 200*200mm. Wer größere Platinen bearbeiten möchte, ist mit dem großen Modell RE8500 bestens bedient. Das RE-8500 Gerät ist jedoch 10 Kg schwerer als die beiden RE-7500 / RE-7550 Geräte.

In diesem Jahr folgte auch die Einführung der kleinsten und flexibelsten Reworkstation für die Reparatur von Smartphones, Handys und Spielekonsolen sowie sehr kleinen Elektronikplatinen. Turbo IR ist leicht, kompakt und handlich.

Das besondere an den Produkten von Jovy Systems sind die innovative Anbindung großer und kleiner Rework Stationen an einem Computeer. Selbst die kleine Lötstation iSolder-40 verfügt über einen USB Anschluss, wodurch man Temperaturwerte steuern kann.

Was macht man aber so mit einer Rework Station wie die Turbo IR oder RE-7550?

Mit der kleinen „Turbo IR“ kann man defekte Bauteile (Anschlussbüchsen, Chips) austauschen. Mit den größeren Geräten kann man ebenfalls defekte Bauteile austauschen, dabei soll die Elektronikplatine möglichst wenig durch die Erwärmung belastet werden. Häufig muss ein neuer Chip mit Lötkugeln ausgestattet werden, um die Chips mit der Platine zu verbinden.

Die Überwachungsfunktionen und dem dazu gehörigen Zubehör (z.B. Monitoring Kamera und Bildschirm) helfen neben den Messkurven auch das visuelle Begutachten der Reflow Abläufe. Dadurch können Fehler in der Durchführung rechtzeitig erkannt und vermieden werden.

Damit geht selbst das große RE 8500 System zu einem deutlich günstigeren Preis als vergleichbare Konkurrenzprodukte. Die ACATO GmbH ist einer der wenigen weltweiten Distributoren für Jovy Systems und versorgt verschiedene Spezialkunden mit den für die verschiedenen Anwendungsbereich benötigten Systeme.

Die ACATO GmbH hat seit 2015 die Rework und Reballing Produkte der Firma Jovy Systems in sein Distribution Programm aufgenommen. Rework Systeme werden für die Reparatur von Leiterplatinen in Notebooks, Handy, Smartphone, Tablets und Spielekonsolen benötigt. Reparaturwerkstätten und spezialisierte Dienstleister sowie Smartphone Händler sind die typischsten Nutzer solcher Rework Stationen. Gerade die Turbo IR und die RE 8500 werden am häufigsten für den Service Bereich eingesetzt.

Firmenkontakt
ACATO GmbH – Rework Technology Distribution
Christian Bartsch
Heimeranstr. 37
80339 München
8954041070
presse@acato.de
http://www.acatostore.de

Pressekontakt
ACATO GmbH – Rework Electronics Distribution
Christian Bartsch
Heimeranstr. 37
80339 München
08954041070
presse@acato.de
www.acatostore.de

Electric Electronics

Profits and Savings go Hand in Hand

Profits and Savings go Hand in Hand

Energy efficient reflow welding machine saves 20%

Operational energy management is becoming increasingly important

Energy costs, energy transition, energy efficiency – just a small selection of keywords relating to increasingly important energy issues that we have constantly faced in the recent past. Almost all home appliances are advertised with labels showing their energy efficiency class, because even in private homes, the economical use of energy has a noticeable effect on the household budget. Therefore, how much higher is the savings potential for industries where energy consumption is much higher than in individual households and where energy costs are a major calculation factor for production?

Both areas – private households and industry – are important for the efficient use of energy. Energy efficiency has become an issue in all areas of society. Universities offer courses which are exclusively dedicated to the energy industry and energy management. In other disciplines, such as mechanical engineering, the „energy efficiency“ issue is essential in the training of engineers.

Over the past few years, nationwide networks have formed over this issue. The Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and the Chamber of Crafts offer their members comprehensive consulting services on energy efficiency in the workplace. For example, there have been large campaigns to promote energy efficiency in industry and private households, including the ‚energy efficiency initiative‘ (www.initiative-energieeffizienz.de) by the Germany Energy Agency (dena GmbH) and the ‚energy efficiency export initiative‘ (www.efficiency-from-germany.info) by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).

Many businesses are now discovering the economical use of energy for themselves. This can positively impact on the economic efficiency of a business. With concrete savings, due to implementing energy-saving measures in business, unexpected savings potentials can often be realised. Since the beginning of 2013, according to the „General Administrative Regulation for procuring energy-efficient products and services“ (AVV EnEff), energy efficiency is a required selection criterion for bidders in tenders. Energy efficiency has clearly grown beyond the stage of a mere act of conviction and into a tangible business or profitability factor.

It is not often easy for companies to achieve energy savings in their business. To achieve savings by using modern technologies, initial investments need to be made. This is not usually a problem as these investments pay for themselves in the course of time due to savings in operation and an improved competitiveness. Often enough, amortisation periods are surprisingly short.

The bigger problem in many places is that the range of modern production plants able to take energy efficiency into account is sometimes very small or even non-existent. This is very surprising when you see how high the saving potentials are for plants that implement energy efficiency measures. So you’d think a market for such technologies would exist.

One company which is committed to sustainability and efficiency, with their ‚Save the Future‘ concept, is Rehm Thermal Systems GmbH (http://www.rehm-group.com) in Blaubeuren near Ulm. Since 1990, Rehm have produced soldering machines and more for global companies in the electrical and photovoltaic industries. For years, the issue of sustainability has concerned those in power at Blaubeuren. A large solar system on the roof of the production hall documents this to the outside world. With their new development, the Vision XP+ reflow soldering machine, Rehm developers have given their clients the opportunity to realise substantial savings in relatively energy-intensive PCB production.

The greatest demand for energy in a reflow soldering machine is probably in the process chamber, the stage of production in which components are soldered to the board. In the process chamber, temperatures must be kept stable at up to 240 0C for the entire production time. The idea, which was implemented at this point, sounds simple but implementation was rather complex – a significantly improved isolation of the process chamber. The final result was impressive and worth seeing. Due to the new isolation, temperatures of only about 30 0C were measured on the exterior shell of the plant. These measures alone reflected a reduction of 12% in the balance of the total energy consumption of the plant.

A second positive aspect, almost a side effect, was the energy savings generated from the low heat dissipation of the plant to the exterior. Compared to production with conventional systems, in which you could burn yourself on the exterior shell, the air-conditioning of the production hall can be of a significantly smaller scale in production with the Vision XP+. And those who know how big the energy requirements of effective air-conditioning can be, know that significant cost reductions can be deployed.

But the targeted savings are not feasible with just the new insulation and improved separation of the heating zones in the process chamber, and modified cooling sections. The wealth of data that must be recorded and monitored in the system is so large that separate software is required in order to maintain the established parameters of a production profile, or even to measure and control the energy requirements for individual sections.

With the ‚Intelligent Software Solutions‘, developers at Rehm have created a system which can reliably control and monitor the plant. One module of this system is furnace communication and furnace control. With this module, current temperatures from different heating zones in the process chamber are reported to the system and automatically corrected by controlling the fans. During production breaks the system enters standby mode. By limiting fan frequencies in standby mode, savings of up to 18% can be achieved.

The monitoring tools of the ‚Intelligent Software Solutions‘ not only monitor and control the energy requirement, but also measure and meter out the nitrogen requirements of the plant. Rehm was the first manufacturer to carry out soldering in a nitrogen atmosphere. With nitrogen, all of the oxygen from the process chamber is displaced. Thus, the oxidation of the copper is avoided in the intense heat. Since the nitrogen comes out of the LPG tanks at a temperature of -196 0C, developers at Rehm have designed the gas flow in the system so that the lower temperatures of the gases help to save energy in the cooling sections and, on the other hand, the gas vapour can be deployed for application in the process chamber via the temperatures of the PCBs to be cooled. The ’nitrogen management‘ software option regulates gas demand.

Such complex processes can no longer be controlled manually. The only reliable method is computer-controlled monitoring and regulation. Markus Mittermair is a software developer at Rehm in Blaubeuren. He sees the way to control software in such production plants as irreversible. „The software control and monitoring of processes is increasingly important in the production of electronics.“

By optimising the plants and coordinating communication with special software control, energy consumption and noise emissions are noticeably reduced in the production facilities. A better climate in the hall with less noise means a big increase in the quality of the working environment for employees – a favourable aspect for operational health management. Reduced energy consumption and healthy employees improve the competitiveness and profitability of the business.

Reduced energy consumption will pay off more and more in the future. Based on current electricity prices, in direct comparison of the Vision XP from Rehm and the optimised Vision XP+, savings in electricity costs of 5,000 Euros per year can be realised. Projected to a cycle of 5 years for a machine, savings per machine would be 25,000 Euros – based on current electricity prices.

A Rehm Thermal Systems client has calculated the following in a calculation for an existing production line, which currently consists of the older V6 series: compared to the V6 which runs in a 24h/3 shift operation, the new acquisition of a Vision XP+ (http://www.rehm-group.com) will create energy cost savings of 30,000 per year. Projected to the first 5 years, we are talking about a saving of over 150,000 Euros.

If you follow the electricity price developments of previous years, you can see a constant trend despite fluctuations in individual years. Since 2000, industrial electricity prices have increased by 150%. And you will see that production costs are reducing while the proportion of fees, such as the EEG (German Renewable Energy Act) reallocation charge, sharply increases. And, according to the Energy Roadmap 2050 the EU Commission will not change anything before 2030 – at least until then, electricity prices will continue to rise.

Energy efficiency and energy conservation are factors which cannot be ignored when considering the profitability of a company. Using these opportunities to save energy ultimately means working more economically. ‚Do something good and talk about it.‘ That is what Erich Kästner said. ‚Let your facilities save for you in terms of software control and do something good with it.‘ This could be the motto for adjusting to modern technology.

Rehm Thermal Systems was founded in 1990 by Johannes Rehm and is a provider of reflow soldering systems and drying systems for the electronics industry as well as a manufacturer of fast firing systems and solar dryers for the metallization of solar cells. With „Simply. More. Ideas.“ our goal is to become technological leaders in all areas of production and offer our customers sustainable, future-oriented products.

Firmenkontakt
Rehm Thermal Systems GmbH
Department Marketing
Leinenstrasse 7
89143 Blaubeuren-Seissen
+49 7344 9606-0
info@APROS-Consulting.com
http://www.rehm-group.com/

Pressekontakt
APROS Int. Consulting & Services
Volker Feyerabend
Rennengaessle 9
72800 Eningen
+49-7121-9809911
info@APROS-Consulting.com
http://www.apros-consulting.com

Electric Electronics

Selective Conformal Coating as a trend?

Selective Conformal Coating as a trend?

Partly protected printed circuit board

Despite the growing challenges it is facing, Conformal Coating (http://www.rehm-group.com) is becoming more and more important. As printed circuit boards become smaller and smaller, the challenges faced when coating them grow. It is increasingly important that products are protected from damage from moisture, dust and other dirt, as this can lead to interference and even cause the board to fail.

In the protective coating process (Conformal Coating process), printed circuit boards are protected from dust and environmental factors by applying a targeted protective coating, thus ensuring their reliability. Being able to protect electronics is of critical importance in sectors where faultless function is essential.

Theoretically, any assembled circuit board can be coated, although, depending on the plant system, the size of the board and how it is arranged may need to be reviewed beforehand. Because of the very technically complex challenges and the extreme climatic changes involved, protective coating is essential in air and space travel, ship building, automotive engineering and military technology. But this coating is also very useful to protect the function of products with printed circuit boards that come into contact with dirt or other environmental factors. Therefore the coating is used in all branches of the electronics industry, such as alarm technology, telecommunications, industry controls, traffic technology, railway technology, medical engineering, food engineering and many other areas.

To implement the Conformal Coating Line, as well as the coating equipment itself, handling equipment and a drying or annealing oven are also needed. It is important to have a detailed, regulated temperature profile to prevent blistering or other flaws in the surface of the coating material.

The first step in Conformal Coating is choosing the coating material. Several factors must be considered, including the protection required, whether the selected coating can be processed in the line considering its application, drying and cycle time and its cost effectiveness. Popular coatings are epoxy, urethane, silicone and acrylic based. Choosing the right coating requires a lot of experience and technical knowledge and is an almost impossible decision for anyone except an expert. After choosing the right coating materials to fit the mechanical, chemical and electronic requirements of the board, the core Conformal Coating Line process, the coating process itself, can begin. There are different methods for applying the coating on to the board, such as squirting, spraying, dipping, flooding, dispensing and vapour depositing.

As most printed circuit boards contain components that cannot be coated, the modern standard is selective spray coating. Diverse parameters must be considered, as not every coating can be applied with every process. One problem, for example, is that many of the nozzles in selective spraying equipment become clogged quickly, so highly viscose coatings cannot be used and changing coatings can be problematic. Another important factor is the layout of the board, which should be designed for coating beforehand to ensure the most effective and cost-efficient coating. This is because the spaces in very high or tightly packed circuit boards cannot be sprayed with every nozzle. After the protective coating has been applied, the next step is the drying process. This process should take place at a regulated temperature profile so that the results can be reproduced and are reliable. Incorrect temperature profiles or hardening the coating too quickly can lead to several faults, such as blistering, holes or the orange peel effect. It is clear that protective coating is both crucial and complicated.

Because of the complexity and the interaction of the individual parameters and processes, it is vital that the customer agrees on the desired result and the best solution for each end product with the equipment manufacturer and material supplier. It is very complex and one will make sure that this solution is found. Therefore, in addition to the RDS drying plants, Rehm Thermal Systems (http://www.rehm-group.com) as an example now offers a complete coating line as a general contractor. Large companies requiring a wide range of coatings and also producing a large volume need quick reaction times, so it might be more cost-efficient to have the equipment in house to be able to adjust perfectly to market demand.

Rehm Thermal Systems was founded in 1990 by Johannes Rehm and is a provider of reflow soldering systems and drying systems for the electronics industry as well as a manufacturer of fast firing systems and solar dryers for the metallization of solar cells. With „Simply. More. Ideas.“ our goal is to become technological leaders in all areas of production and offer our customers sustainable, future-oriented products.

Firmenkontakt
Rehm Thermal Systems GmbH
Frau Department Marketing
Leinenstrasse 7
89143 Blaubeuren-Seissen
+49 7344 9606-0
info@APROS-Consulting.com
http://www.rehm-group.com/

Pressekontakt
APROS Int. Consulting & Services
Herr Volker Feyerabend
Rennengaessle 9
72800 Eningen
+49-7121-9809911
info@APROS-Consulting.com
http://www.apros-consulting.com

Electric Electronics

Posalux develops the drilling and milling process further

Posalux develops the drilling and milling process further

Saving retrofitting – combination of drilling and milling at Posalux

PCB production: Where precision turns even more precise

The complex process of PCB production is subject to continuous change and further development. The circuit structures are continually refined, the PCBs as such are getting extremely thin at times, depending on application. There are qualified specialists for each step on the supply chain of PCBs. Posalux (http://www.posalux.net/site/en) from Biel in Switzerland is one of them. Micro systems for high-precision production are the domain of this Swiss company. With its new ULTRASPEED MONO (http://www.posalux.net/site/en/products/ultraspeed_micro_machining/us_mono) , it has achieved another step forward in precision for small series and prototype production.

For the manufacturers of PCBs, the purchase of new equipment is preceded by the decision on the type and specifically the dimensions of the new system. There are many operations that have focused on production of small series or even production of prototypes. This means, of course, that large machines that are designed for large series production are not an option. On the other hand, such operations often produce special designs or prototypes where special value must be placed on special requirements, maximum accuracy and quality. Nevertheless, acceptable cycle rates and good utilization in production must be warranted.

The manufacturers of large series also need more than just large machines. Not every series will also fully utilize the range of the system. Thus, it is sensible to integrate even smaller machines into production. Not least, it is, of course, also a cost factor whether investments are made in a badly utilized unit or a fully utilized smaller unit. Smaller units may also be used as buffers for times with high loads.

With the Ultraspeed Mono, the engineers at Posalux hit a market niche into which hardly any other machine fits so far. It can be used flexibly and integrates very well into present shop floors. The developers gave the small system the same machine equipment as can be found in large systems. For drilling and milling heads, the same equipment that may already be present can be used.

In terms of precision, however, further work was done. Where the drilling position tolerances when working with drilling and milling heads used to be at +-20 m – no provider was able to offer smaller tolerances before – they could once again be reduced by 25 % to +-15 m for the machine series. This feature is important, e.g. for free milling of copper inlays, to equip such inlays with connections or heat dissipaters. For copper layer thicknesses of only 30 m in the inner layers, this development is a great step forward. The further-developed cutting technology is thus now able to further reduce surface roughness to achieve a very fine area free of adhesive residue – the polish function.

Milling is only one of the disciplines mastered to perfection by the Ultraspeed Mono. The drilling units have been improved as well. In addition to the even better precision, this sector also achieved a clear increase of productivity. Previous drilling units already managed an acceptable frequency of up to 1,000 strokes/minute. In the new drilling unit, the frequency could once again be increased by 20% to 1,200 strokes/minute.
Since two spindle sets are used in parallel in the Ultraspeed Mono, drilling and milling in the same run is possible to improve the tolerances even more. Any combination is possible – two drilling heads, a drilling head and a milling head, two milling heads. Equipment is specified in the logistics plans of the individual customer project. Control with the internal software permits easy specification of all parameters for production at the customer’s site. The software of the Posalux developers is deemed the standard reference in the industry.
It is possible to use the software control in combination with automatic panel supply systems to make the system work independently. After filling of the machine manual action is no longer required. For smaller operations, for example, this means that the machine can be set and equipped in the evening and left to run over night. This makes 24-hour utilizations of the machine easy – even in companies without shift operation. It is easily possible to implement direct product changes quickly. Even interruption of the current production to insert another product on short notice is possible easily.

Drilling and milling are processes where the material is removed mechanically. The spindles in the Ultraspeed Mono rotate at speeds between 5,000 and 300,000 rpm, depending on application. Such speeds do, of course, also generate vibrations. Therefore, the Ultraspeed Mono has been put on a ‚Granite Base‘. A stable granite block forms the foundation for the machine. The high material weight and great density of granite prevent most of the arising vibrations.

For ’normally thick‘ PCBs, the familiar clamp systems, with which the PCBs are clamped to the drilling table, can be used. For a higher throughput, layers of 3-5 PCBs are common. For some applications, however, such clamp systems cannot be used. The PCB is hold by the clamping device sidewise but may not be held stably in vertical position. Inaccuracies and rejects in production would be the consequence of this.

Posalux (http://www.posalux.net/site/en) offers its customers a new development for such applications. The new option is to add a vacuum table to the Ultraspeed Mono. Switching between the clamp system and vacuum table is possible at any time depending on product line in production. The vacuum table takes up the PCBs fully and fastens them on the surface with a vacuum. A system of camera and software measures the precise position of the PCBs based on measuring points integrated in the printed layout and controls the spindle heads accordingly with maximum precision.

Last November, this new option drew lots of attention at ‚Productronica 2013‘. It offers a quality or value increase in a machine that has already been on the market for 2 years and that has only received the best of feedback from customers to date.

The Swiss manufacturer enters additional target markets with the Ultraspeed Mono as well: in addition to PCB production, the machine is also of interest for industries that work with flat materials, such as plates of aluminum, metal or glass. The machine can be used very well there. The first projects with new reference customers in these new industries are already underway. The company hopes to reach a wider market, as well as to achieve learning effects that in turn can benefit the main market of Posalux, the PCB industry, to come of this diversification.

The performance capacity of the new machine and specifically the possible positioning tolerance at +-15 m, also make high-precision products of medical technology, including pacers and insulin pumps – in short: micro-sized and small flat parts – an accessible niche. With its precision, the new unit can also be used sensibly in production of adapter plates for electrical testers. Accuracy in such testers must be extremely high. Electrical connections and contacts are tested by finest needle systems in such devices.

The developers at Posalux continue on the path of their technology roadmap. The consequence with which they regularly implement their own specifications is impressive.

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