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Kurtz Ersa has announced that it has acquired measurement technology expert globalPoint.
Established in 1999 by Christian John, globalPoint GmbH has been developing and distributing intelligent systems for temperature profile determination in soldering systems.
The basis of the company’s success is its expertise in precise measurement technology combined with a deep understanding of the natural science foundations in the soft soldering processes. In particular, globalPoint’s PTP software contains an optimization tool that enables system operators with less experience to guarantee the profile sequences prescribed by standards, soldering pastes and components. A few years ago, Ersa had a specific shuttle developed by globalPoint, and has successfully sold it under its own brand name.
Effective January 1, 2018, globalPoint’s registered office is now Wertheim am Main. John will continue to be the managing director, while Ersa engineer Viktoria Rawinski and a team of employees will be at his side to ensure the further development, supply, handling of replacement parts, and calibration service necessary for the complete continuation of the business.
Stephen Las Marias, I-Connect007
In an interview with SMT007 Magazine, Wolfgang Koehler, CEO of the North America branch of ULT, discusses how their business has been over the past year, their challenges and opportunities, and how they are helping their customers. Another topic of discussion is investing in new equipment—the key parameters to consider, and what’s driving customers to buy their systems.
Bob Wettermann, BEST Inc.
There are a variety of reasons behind pads getting "lifted" completely or partially from the laminate of a PCB. Per the just revised IPC-A-610 Revision G, a defect for all three classes occurs when the land is lifted up one or more pad thicknesses. Lifted pads can occur when a device has been improperly removed or there is a manufacturing defect in the board construction. In any case, as with any repair, the ultimate decision on the ability to repair the pad lies with the customer.
Another year is over in the SMT industry. 2017 saw a myriad of hot topics, including Industry 4.0, the millennials’ entry into the manufacturing space, and alternative solder materials, to name a few. Without further ado, here are the Top 10 columns from SMT007 over the past year.