UK manufacturer adds specialist PCB capability for hi-rel market

Corintech has invested £300,000 in a surface mount production line at its manufacturing facility in Fordingbridge, Hampshire.

Corintech’s managing director, Pete Cross

Corintech’s managing director, Pete Cross

The Europlacer pick-and-place machine and ancillary services will be located in Fordingbridge, Hampshire and will start production in March.

The new machine will give the company a capability in intricate PCB assembly for products used in high reliability medical and aerospace applications.

Tim Waterman, technical director at Corintech, believes having these high quality and advanced capabilities onshore in the UK will give our customers huge advantages.

“Over the last couple of decades, PCB production has evolved from a labour-intensive process to a more automated one. This new machine allows us to take surface mounting to the next level by being able to work with smaller and more intricate components, and at a faster rate,” said Waterman.

As well as production runs, the line can also be used for prototyping or design revisions, as it can be up and running within hours from when Corintech’s team receives a revised design.

Technical features of the surface mount machine include the ability to place components from 01005 (0.010 x 0.0005in) to 50x50mm.

It can print solder to 0204 size pads without a stencil, offers component traceability to individual PCBs and has vision recognition for components’ package shape, size and identity marking.

The new surface mount facility adds to Corintech’s range of electronics manufacturing capabilities, which includes conventional electronic assembly, thick film hybrids and chip on board wire bonding.


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