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PBT Works s.r.o., a leading manufacturer of cleaning technology for electronic assemblies and tooling, and its German distributor factronix GmbH will exhibit in two stands (Hall 4A, Stand 110 and Hall 4A, Stand 207) at SMTconnect, scheduled to take place May 9-11, 2023 in Nuremberg, Germany. The team will showcase a range of cleaning systems for different manufacturing needs, including the HyperSWASH PCB cleaning system, HyperCLEAN maintenance cleaning system, MiniSWASH stencil cleaner and Go23 stencil printer.
PBT Works will showcase the flexible HyperSWASH that covers a wide assortment of needs – cleaning the most challenging assemblies with the largest BGAs and QFNs. The cleaner features an automated pushcart docking system, pushcart transloader for loading/unloading and customized MES connectivity.
Also on display, HyperCLEAN is a high-capacity flexible maintenance cleaning system that is compatible with all of the latest automation. Ideal for high throughput, handling of numerous or heavy objects is now easier using the included pushcart. HyperCLEAN is ideal for high-volume cleaning of large size solder pallets, SMT oven filters and other mechanical parts.
The MiniSWASH stencil cleaner is a budget-friendly system designed for small and medium manufacturers. The cleaner can handle stencil, squeegee, and misprinted PCB cleaning all in one system. The ideal solution for smaller capacity automated cleaning, the MiniSWASH’s integrated slide-in stencil clamping system can be easily adjusted for any size SMD stencil.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
At the Atlanta SMTA Expo and Tech Forum, I met Neil Hubble, president of the metrology systems provider Akrometrix. If you’re not sure exactly what metrology entails, you’re in luck. In this interview, Neil explains why metrology is becoming a critical part of PCB manufacturing. We also discuss the company’s capital equipment, testing services, and why Akrometrix counts many of the top PCB and semiconductor manufacturing companies in the world as their customers.
Ed Zamborsky, Thermaltronics
During factory visits, I've witnessed what’s happened to our workforce after the pandemic. Sometimes it looks like operator separation for social distancing, working extra shifts to cover for lost or missing employees due to illness, workers who now work from home, or they have simply found working no longer suits them. One possible solution when you can’t hire skilled technicians is to look at automation, particularly automation for soldering. For many it was a “feature piece” for the obligatory factory tour just to demonstrate to potential customers they are forward thinking. Now it’s a reality to solve a true workforce shortage issue. But why use a robotic soldering system?
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
Successful skills training is a crucial part of the onboarding process and can take experienced staff members away from their primary jobs on the manufacturing floor. Effective training to onboard new employees can not only speed up the ramp-up times, but can also be customized to a company’s specific needs. We posed these four questions about new hire training to Sharon Montana-Beard, vice president of sales and operations at Blackfox.