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EMS firm Firstronic has strengthened the capabilities of its Juarez facility by installing its second vapor phase soldering system to support a large program ramp.
"Vapor phase soldering technology represents a robust solution to a number of challenges convection reflow doesn’t address as well. The vapor blanket immersion process ensures perfect wetting and void-free, high quality solder joints, which makes it ideal for densely packed printed circuit board assemblies," said Steve Fraser, Firstronic’s vice president of operations.
The facility achieved yields of over 99 percent in the first three days of production ramp-up, thanks to the quality and repeatability of the vapor phase soldering system. Volumes have ramped smoothly to approximately 30,000 per month.
"We are seeing business growth in Juarez both in terms of revenue and diversity of the projects we build. Our Lean manufacturing philosophy, combined with the investments we’ve made in equipment capable of supporting leading edge technology challenges enables us to perform flawlessly from both a quality perspective and in terms of on-time deliveries," Fraser added.