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Electric Electronics

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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Science Research Technology

EuroMold 2013: More Visitors and Increasing Internationality

EuroMold 2013 – With 58,673 visitors, 1,056 exhibitors and increasing internationality, the World Fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Application Development was the most successful in five years

Frankfurt/Main, 21 January 2014: On the occasion of its 20-year anniversary, the trade fair presented a comprehensive model of the entire industrial product development process chain from 3 to 6 December 2013. With 58,673 visitors from 83 countries, the number of people visiting the trade fair this year exceeded the values of the previous five years. A total of 38,593 (66%) of the visitors came from Germany and 20,080 (34%) from abroad. Most of the foreign guests were from Italy (7.4%), France (6.4%), Turkey (6.3%) and Switzerland (5.9%). The trade fair was pleased to welcome visitors from Japan and Finland for the first time.

Overall the visitors to the trade fair were comprised of department and development managers (24%), owners/managers (21%), skilled workers (18%), foremen (11%), production managers (9%), sales managers (5.5%) and plant managers (4%).

In a comparison of industries, most of the visitors came from the automobile industry (34 %) followed by mechanical engineering (26%), the electrical and electronics industry (11%) and medical technology (10%). Visitors also came from the sectors of household appliances (8%), consumer goods (7%), aviation and aerospace (6%), plant engineering and apparatus construction (5%) and packaging (5%).

The number of exhibitors at 1,056 from 37 different countries was kept at a high level compared to the prior year. Furthermore, the proportion of international exhibitors increased from 36.2 to 40.8% compared to last year. Segmented by industry sectors, companies presented their innovations in the fields of tool and mould construction (28%), rapid prototyping and tooling / generative manufacturing (11%), model and prototype construction (11%), machine tools (7%) and software (6%).

Forums on a wide variety of topics offered more than 120 top-class speakers with interesting presentations for the visitors. The international Terry Wohlers Conference on the topic of „Business and Investment Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing“, a one-day event, was once again highly successful this year with more than 100 participants. Generative manufacturing in relation to various materials and production methods was explored at the two-day Material Forum, which also enjoyed high attendance. It reached 120-140 people and gave scientists and developers as well as producers and designers of additive techniques the opportunity to present innovations and developments. The Fabmaker Expert Forum examined the impact and opportunities of additive manufacturing processes, and ended with a podium discussion with lively participation. The forum with a total of around 12 presentations on both days had 15-60 visitors per day. With more than 50 participants, the Lightweight Construction Forum presented the latest trends in tool and mould construction for fibre composite applications to numerous trade fair visitors. The design+engineering Forum, which dealt with the topics of virtual reality and simulation, rapid prototyping and industrial design, was held on 4 days and encompassed 40 presentations that attracted up to 65 listeners each.

The purmundus challenge was held for what is already the second time under the topic „Design 3.0 – Opportunities for Customisation through 3D Printing“. Ranging from jewellery to lamps to a customisable urn, the range of the 12 finalists on display was highly varied. During the trade fair, the jury consisting of professionals in the fields of design, economics, teaching, industry and the press decided on the design, conceptual quality, originality, innovativeness and design tailored to the manufacturing technique. First places were awarded respectively in the categories of Best Product, Best Concept and Best Interface.

The Career Exchange which simultaneously serves as a networking platform and information centre was a great success as well. More than 100 job descriptions are currently online (status quo) and it continues to be actively used by numerous companies and professionals.

A selection of award-winning exhibits from the past 15 years of the EuroMold Award – the Oscar of product development presented for outstanding technical innovation – was on display as well.

Additional highlights included the guest country of Italy, the e-mobility test course and the joint „DigiFabb“ exhibition stand presenting 3D printing for anyone, the special topics of lightweight construction and hybrid technology, and the topics of thermoforming and turning and milling technology. Theme parks were presented for the jewellery industry and dental technology as well as development and simulation processes. There were also special exhibitions on rotational moulds as well as VDI/NCG guidelines for evaluating the production quality of machine tools.

EuroMold 2014 is being held from 25 to 28 November 2014 in halls 8.0, 9.0 and 11.0 at the Frankfurt am Main Exhibition Centre.

Further information: www.euromold.com

About EuroMold:
EuroMold – World Fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Application Development – celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2013. Based on the process chain „from design to prototype to series“, it presents products and services, technologies and innovations, trends and tendencies for the markets of the future. The EuroMold process chain promotes the formation of networks, partnerships and business relationships. EuroMold offers a unique trade fair concept that closes the gap between industrial designers, product developers, fabricators, suppliers and users. The EuroMold trade fair reveals methods for the faster, more cost-effective and efficient development and manufacturing of new products. This increasingly plays a central role in the modern economy. The renowned trade fair organiser DEMAT GmbH transfers the successful concept of world-leading EuroMold trade fair to attractive foreign markets on a total of five continents.

DEMAT GmbH / EuroMold
Jörn Gleisner
Carl-von-Noorden-Platz 5
60596 Frankfurt / Main
+49 (0) 69 27 40 03-13

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Computer Information Telecommunications

swarm Platform Set for Further Expansion

swarm Platform Set for Further Expansion

The new swarm radio mini (50 x 24 x 6 mm3) with serial host interface

nanotron Technologies expands swarm product family for usage in mine safety, robotics, smart machines and workflow management.

Berlin, September 19, 2013 – The leading RTLS developer, nanotron Technologies, has expanded its swarm product family, providing additional swarm radio modules optimized for new application areas. Mini and maxi modules have been developed to best meet specific industry requirements. swarm radio mini, nanotron“s smallest swarm volume product, has been designed for portable, small-size, low-profile and high-volume applications. swarm radio maxi offers higher ranging precision for mobile volume applications and addresses precision portable applications. In addition to its proven functionality in mine safety – collision avoidance, secure access and virtual safety zones – swarm is now set to address and target further application areas in robotics, smart machines and workflow management.

Nanotron CEO Dr. Jens Albers comments: „It is the first time, that customers are able to prototype their location-aware applications within only a few weeks. Within only six months, products can be ready for production – this reduces product development costs and minimizes risks. With the addition of our new swarm modules, customers have enhanced options to address the new applications appearing in this rapidly growing market.“

The different swarm radio types are interoperable over the air-interface. The application-programming interface (API) has been expanded and harmonized to enable all swarm radios to interact seamlessly. The common API platform across all swarm family radios allows easy IP re-use. The flexible and expandable platform supports many different applications and network topologies. The high-level API provides direct implementation of a system-level design approach, thus enabling rapid results and a faster go-to-market strategy.

Nanotron“s swarm products help to solve several problems wherever distance monitoring and automated communication is crucial. With the extended product portfolio, further market segments open-up in addition to industrial safety. Now, swarm can be also deployed for emerging robotic, smart machine and workflow management applications.

About nanotron Technologies
Nanotron Technologies (www.nanotron.com) is a leading provider of wireless products that help to protect and find people, animals and valuable assets. They create highly accurate location information and energy-efficiently transmit data with a singlelow-cost chip. Nanotron“s technology is patent-protected and follows ISO and IEEE standards for global asset tracking. Nanotron“s solutions are used in a wide range of applications and industry verticals including child safety in public places, livestock monitoring & management, mine safety, virtual fencing and transit yard management. Nanotron“s products are available on two distinct platforms: protect and find. The protect platform monitors proximity. The find platform locates people, animals and valuable assets. Both platforms create reliable and efficient visibility. Nanotron supports its customers and channel partners to adapt the protect and find products to the needs of their vertical markets.

nanotron Technologies
Dr. Thomas Förste
Alt-Moabit 60
10555 Berlin
+49 30 399 954-0

Anne Bettina Jäger
Schauenburgerstraße 37
20095 Hamburg
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