PCB assembly support supports manufacture

ASK reviewFor fast turn, rapid prototyping, high technology, R&D or NPI PCB assembly, ASK Technology is able to offer placement accuracy down to 01005 (imperial) combined with comprehensive inspection using onsite x-ray and AOI.

Quality assurance processes (ISO-certified) enable customers to benefit from its focus through design for manufacture feedback.

Turnaround times ensure a product is delivered in the minimal assembly time possible. The company is able to offer flexible procurement options from full supply to complete free issue materials and PCBs.

The company can support low volumes from one board upwards, and has the capability to turn around complete assembly in 24 hours, as well as service regular or intermittent build requirements.

To support the initial design process, the company offers a comprehensive PCB assembly service.

Find out more at www.asktechnology.co.uk


Cables withstand harsh conditions

habia cable_product_cropFrom ladle cars in the steel industry to submarines in deep oceans, Habia Cable has developed custom-designed cables and cable systems to withstand the most harsh environments imaginable.

When a cable needs to be exposed for fire, heat, acid, radiance, pressure or withstand millions of bending cycles and twist the design and choice of materials need consideration. The company’s long experience and expertise in development and manufacturing of wires, cables and cable assemblies will help find the most suitable, cost-efficient solution for a specific application, no matter how demanding or extreme. The company also aims to provide competitive lead times and offers low minimum order quantities.

Find out more at Habia Cable www.habia.com

Packaging and finishing remains competitive

Reel Service Ltd_tmbProviding complete component solutions for device manufacturers, distributors, contract assembly providers and end users, Reel Service has been providing quality component packaging and finishing solutions for 31 years. Continuous re-investment in leading automated equipment maintains the company’s competitive advantage in order to provide fast, efficient tape and reel of customers’ components with minimal lead-time, it says. 

As a partner in Europe for tape and reel service and short lead-time standard and custom carrier tape, it provides SMD tape and reel, bare die / CSP tape and reel, device programming, bake and dry pack, laser marking, component lead crop and form.

It also offers all materials required to support the tape and reel process including short lead-time carrier tape (standard and custom), cover tape (hot and cold seal types), plastic reels seven, 13-, 15- and 22-inch diameters, moisture barrier bags, desiccant and humidity indicator cards.

For users looking to perform tape and reel in-house, the company also offers class-leading fully automated tape and reel equipment from semiconductor technologies and instruments (STI) for tape and reel from tube, tray, wafer / film frame or bulk / loose. Integrated inline mark quality, orientation, lead/ball geometry and surface inspection detect cosmetic defects such as scratch, chip and surface contamination.

Find out more about Reel Service at www.reelservice.com

Lamp kit introduces electronics to students

LampKitSpecialising in the design, testing and manufacture of innovative electronic systems, RVL is based in Kent. The electronics engineering company says that the electronics it designs and manufactures provide innovative solutions in a variety of industry sectors, increase productivity and efficiency, and even save lives.

At this year’s show, it demonstrated an assembled board that a customer is currently using in an electric paint lamp kit. The kit allows users to explore how electronics work by making a lamp from scratch, without programming or other skills, making it a fun and educational gift.

Find out more about RVL at www.rvl.co.uk

Trio showcases production and verification services

Encompass_tmbThe three technical engineering companies in the Encompass Group, Termate, kA Testing Facility and 3 Phase Design showcased their collective range of production and verification service expertise at Southern 2018.

Termate has been manufacturing electrically insulating components since 1956 in Nottingham. In the first quarter of 2018 it will add CNC fabrication. It will produce bespoke products within technical and quality assured processes and to offer support and technical guidance from a CNC prototype into full production.

kA Testing Facility is a UKAS-accredited, independent testing laboratory offering a range of product proving tests. In the first quarter of 2018 it will invest in additional test equipment to broaden its testing capabilities and offer testing services to a wider range of sectors.

3 Phase Design is a product compliance specialist. Engineers work alongside companies from the beginning of a project or enter at any point as required. It offers assistance with CE marking, understanding EU directives, understanding product standards both national and international, product development support, technical training and pre / post test inspections.

Find out more at the Encompass Group website www.encompass-group.co.uk

Quality stands the test of competing market

Ingun preview edit_tmbSince 1971, Ingun has been a leading supplier in the field of test equipment and sophisticated testing strategies.

At Southern 2018, the firm showcased a small sample of its impressive 20,000 test probe and test fixture product lines. The spring-loaded test probes guarantee reliable, secure contacting for consistent testing accuracy. Parts are produced exclusively at the company headquarters in Constance, Germany for a worldwide network of subsidiaries and agents.

The company’s test fixtures provide both standardised and customised solutions for every test requirement, says the company. With a wide range of text fixture accessories, it offers a variety of individualised customising options.
Find out more at Ingun – http://www.ingun.com

Displays on display

craftExamples from the Craft Data electronic display range on show at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 ranged from simple alphanumeric LCD modules, through monochrome graphic modules, character and graphic OLED to full colour TFT LCD including four-wire resistive and projected capacitive touch versions, as well as high brightness sunlight viewing options, there will also be versions featuring wide viewing O-Film technology.

Additions to the ‘stretched’ or ‘bar-type’ TFT LCD were also seen. These letterbox format displays have high brightness LED backlights, wide operating temperature range and use the latest IPS panel technology to provide wide viewing angles on all axes. They are suited to automotive and aerospace markets as well industrial equipment manufacturers.

Also on show were examples of the thermal printer range, from simple printer mechanisms and their associated driver boards to panel mount or embedded versions. Alongside these were a selection of printers from the mobile thermal printer range incorporating both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless interfaces.

Visitors to the stand were able to see and handle two, three and four-inch versions from simple, low cost options for entry level printing requirements, to full IP54- certified versions designed for hostile or rugged applications.

Find out more on the Craft Data website – www.craftdata.co.uk

Eurofins acquires UK calibration and EMC specialists

180208192711101The Consumer Products Testing division of Eurofins Scientific has announced the acquisition of Electronic Test and Calibration (ETC) Ltd, a premier supplier of calibration services and EMC compliance solutions, and Hursley EMC Services Ltd, a leading provider of EMC testing and certification services. The combined acquisitions, providing a range of complementary and extended services, supports Eurofins’ continued growth plans and accelerates entry into new and adjacent markets.

ETC has provided accredited calibration services for over 25 years from its base in Bideford, Devon. It has built an unrivalled reputation for client focused service, fast turnaround times and technical competence and is trusted by manufacturers and test laboratories alike both in the UK and overseas. Its commercial and military EMC testing services attract customers from all over the UK.

Becky Scott, ETC Managing Director, commented “The stability and backing of one of the world’s leading testing and certification companies will enable ETC to deliver the benefits of new and innovative services to its clients.”

Hursley EMC Services has been at the forefront of EMC testing, certification, and compliance solutions for over 20 years. Operating from two sites in Southampton and led by Rob St John James and Julian Jones, both of whom remain with the company, they have built a loyal and growing client base by providing exceptional client service.

Managing Director, Rob St John James commented, “Joining the Eurofins network was a natural progression for Hursley EMC Services and we are excited about the prospect of joining a respected and progressive international company. This provides a major growth opportunity for our business as well as providing extended services to our clients from the wider Eurofins network.”

The acquisitions bring the number of Eurofins E&E product testing sites in the UK to 6, enabling easy access to services for manufacturers throughout the UK.

“The acquisition of ETC and Hursley further demonstrates the ambition of Eurofins be the market leader in calibration, testing and certification, following the 2017 acquisition of York EMC Services” explains Nick Wainwright, Managing Director of Eurofins E&E Product Testing UK and Chief Executive of Eurofins York, “The new acquisitions support our shared plans to meet increasing demand, as well as offering the most comprehensive range of calibration, testing, certification and compliance solutions.”

Find out more at www.eurofins.com

Acquisition expands test facilities across France

Shaker in action_tmbUKAS-accredited environmental test laboratory. Product Assessment And Reliability Centre (PARC), offers vibration / shock, high / low temperature, humidity, thermal shock, corrosion, altitude, ingress protection, impact and HALT tests.

The company conducts testing for various industry types including rail, aerospace, automotive, medical, defence, telecommunications, marine, oil and gas, electronics, highways and power generation.

Through a recent acquisition, it now joins forces with the Sopemea Group, adding three accredited testing sites across France.

Recent investments have enhanced test capabilities with three key new pieces of equipment: a combined temperature / altitude / humidity test facility, a rapid temperature cycling chamber achieving up to 20°C/minute and an IPX9/9K high pressure / jet wash test rig.

Find out more: PARC – www.parctest.co.uk

Selective soldering system handles larger boards

Pillarhouse preview edit_tmbSelective soldering systems were centrepiece of the Pillarhouse International stand at Southern 2018. The company has been designing and manufacturing specialist soldering equipment for the electronics industries for over 30 years and offers an extensive range of selective soldering solutions from low cost, flexible, standalone, benchtop, entry level systems through to advanced, high speed integrated inline production cells.

The company offers the latest developments in soldering technology, backed by a global network of technical sales and support specialists.

On the stand at this year’s show was the Jade MK IV, the hand-load selective soldering system. New process features include increased board handing size, enhanced PillarCOMM interface, nozzle conditioning system and bottom-side instant IR heater.

Find out more – Pillarhouse International – www.pillarhouse.co.uk