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Heraeus, a supplier of materials solutions for the semiconductor and electronics assembly industries, has selected ASM Assembly Systems’ E by SIPLACE mid-speed placement platform to enhance customer support and benchmarking initiatives within Heraeus’ new Pennsylvania-based state-of-the-art SMT Applications Lab. The system was installed earlier this year and is already proving to be a valuable asset to Heraeus and its customers.
“Among other sectors, we have numerous customers in the automotive, lighting, RF and handheld markets, so being able to reliably and repeatably place small components such as 01005s, while also being adaptable to different product requirements, is critically important for the evaluation work that goes on in our lab,” says James Wertin, Heraeus Manager of Technical Sales and Application Support, who oversees day-to-day lab operations. “E by SIPLACE is the best of both worlds: it has advanced capability and superb flexibility, and is surprisingly economical for a platform with such broad functionality. The system can do everything we need it to and then some. Plus, the ASM brand is synonymous with quality, which is important for customers.”
The Heraeus Applications Lab offers a fully operational SMT manufacturing line, allowing production duplication to facilitate NPI work and process optimization. For materials development, the Heraeus lab provides benchmarking and characterization capabilities to enable R&D collaboration with other Heraeus facilities around the world. The customer product range seen within the lab presents a unique scenario, as PCBs for applications ranging from lighting to mobile phones to automotive are being populated. E by SIPLACE offers Heraeus the broadest scope of capability, with long board compatibility and a component placement range that spans very small 01005s through to 200 mm x 110 mm parts.
“Because this environment is quite different than a traditional manufacturing facility, the programming simplicity of E by SIPLACE was also a key consideration in our selection,” notes Wertin. “The line is manned by an engineer with applications expertise, but not a traditional equipment operator, making the intuitive E PRO software essential. This, combined with the fact that it is really a one machine solution for all of our customers’ applications, made E by SIPLACE the obvious choice for our lab’s SMT line.”
Customers interested in both the E by SIPLACE platform and the Heraeus Applications Lab are invited to visit ASM and Heraeus at the upcoming SMTA International exhibition, taking place September 19-20 in Rosemont, Illinois. E by SIPLACE demonstrations will take place throughout the event in ASM Booth 1205. Show delegates interested in learning more about Heraeus and its new lab can take part in a presentation and discussion in Heraeus Booth 1009 at 2:30 p.m. on September 19.
For more information about ASM’s E by SIPLACE system, visit www.asm-smt.com.
About Heraeus Electronics
Heraeus Electronics - a Global Business Unit of the Heraeus Group - is one of the leading manufacturers of materials for the packaging of integrated circuits in the electronics industry. The company deals with sophisticated material solutions for the semiconductor and automotive industries, consumer goods, energy, industry electronics, as well as communications and telecommunications. Core competences include bonding wires, assembly materials, thick film pastes, as well as roll clad strips and substrates.
The SMT Solutions segment of ASM Pacific Technology
Since the acquisition of printing specialist DEK and its integration into ASM Pacific Technology (ASMPT) on July 2, 2014, ASM Assembly Systems has been operating as ASMPT's SMT Solutions segment consisting of the Printing Solutions Division (DEK) and the Placement Solutions Division (SIPLACE).
SMT Solutions develops and sells best-in-class DEK printers for the SMT, semiconductor and solar markets as well as best-in-class SIPLACE SMT placement solutions. Both divisions use the ASMPT organization to let their customers enjoy significant competitive benefits. ASMPT's SMT Solutions segment shares and expands its expertise with electronics manufacturers and partners all over the world. Its goal is to improve its customers' workflows and use new technologies to advance process integration in the industry. For more information about SIPLACE and DEK, visit www.asm-smt.com.
ASM Pacific Technology Ltd
Founded in 1975, ASMPT is the only company in the world that supplies high-quality equipment for all major steps of the electronics manufacturing process – from carriers to chip bonding, assembly and packaging to surface-mount technology. No other equipment maker comes close to the scope and depth of ASMPT’s process expertise.
The Backend Equipment Segment of ASMPT offers a wide range of products for bonding, molding and trim-and-form processes as well as their integration into complete inline systems for the microelectronics, semiconductor, photonics and optoelectronics industries. The Materials Segment offers a multitude of etched or stamped leadframes and advanced packaging solutions. The SMT Solutions Segment of ASMPT develops and sells best-in-class printers for the SMT, semiconductor and solar markets under the DEK brand name and best-in-class SMT placement solutions under the SIPLACE brand name.
ASMPT has been listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange since 1989.
For more information about ASMPT, visit www.asmpacific.com.