SMT & Inspection | October 08, 2008
Panasonic installs Modular Placement Machines at Murata
Panasonic Factory Solutions Europe has installed two CM101 modular placement machines at Murata Power Solutions’ UK technical centre in Milton Keynes.
The order was won following comprehensive evaluation and benchmark testing, to ensure the highest capability and quality when assembling a wide range of component types and substrates. Murata Power Solutions is using its two new Panasonic CM101s to build power supplies ranging from miniature DC/DC converters to single-output and multi-output supplies for applications over 300 Watts. Flexibility was a key requirement, to place components ranging from small surface-mount passives up to planar magnetic components as large as 45mm2. The chosen machine also had to accommodate standard FR4 PCBs, ceramic substrates and direct placement onto lead-frames when building board-mount converter modules. “We set ourselves some tough goals in the development of our new range of ‘greener’ high-efficiency miniature DC/DC converters,” said Matthew Cooper of Murata Power Solutions. “To achieve our objectives we needed a technology solution which ensured fast and accurate placement of components smaller than any we had placed before. After a rigorous selection process using our own test assemblies, Panasonic’s CM101 was selected, not only because of its high quality and performance but also because of Panasonic’s brand reputation and their commitment to supporting us as a technology innovator into the future.” The CM101 is a modular component placement solution, priced to compete at the lower end of the SMT marketplace, a new area for Panasonic. Offering an optional 3-nozzle multi-function head, 8-nozzle optimum-flexibility head and a 12-nozzle high-speed head, this allows customers to optimise for a wide range of production requirements. Valuable productivity-boosting features include chip-thickness detection, 3D sensing with the multi-function head, and an optional board-warp sensor. Murata Power Solutions is able to place its full range of components using the 8-nozzle high-flexibility configuration, to achieve optimal throughput without changing heads. The CM101 has a compact footprint of 1.53m x 1.807m, and accepts PCB dimensions from 50mm x 50mm up to 460mm x 360mm. Flexible feeder allocation allows Murata Power Solutions to optimise changeover time and throughput for its two-machine configuration, using the setup software provided to balance performance and maximise overall throughput. “We are pleased that Murata Power Solutions selected Panasonic as its placement partner, based on the performance of the CM101 as well as our customer support infrastructure. We understand the value of real, rather than virtual, support, and provide practical back-up based locally to our customers,” said Stan Edwards of Panasonic Factory Solutions Europe. “Following delivery of the two machines, we provided extended on-site support, with several engineers to assist with setup and familiarisation.”
EUV photoresist company Inpria raises $31 million in funding Inpria, a pioneer in high-resolution metal oxide photoresists for extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV), has secured USD 31 million in Series C funding from a broad syndicate including two of the biggest names within the semiconductor manufacturing space.
Semiconductor industry avoids direct impact of coronavirus The semiconductor industry appears to have escaped the direct impact of the coronavirus crisis so far, but the market is likely to suffer the repercussions as the outbreak slows or suspends production among electronics manufacturers, according to Omdia.
Plessey partners with Axus Technology Plessey, an embedded technologies developer, is partnering with Axus Technology (Axus), a provider of CMP, wafer thinning and wafer polishing surface-processing solutions for semiconductor applications, to bring high-performance GaN-on-Silicon monolithic microLED technology to the mass market.
GPV Electronics CN resumes production On 19 February 2020, the Chinese Central Government informed that all enterprises in the Guangdong province are now allowed to resume production.
Nano Dimension moves its main commercial activity to USA Nano Dimension announces that the company is establishing its headquarters for the Americas in South Florida.
Rockwell Automation inks deal for Italy’s ASEM Rockwell Automation Inc. has signed a purchase agreement to acquire digital automation technologies provider ASEM S.p.A.
IFR releases ‘Top Trends 2020 Robotics’ The International Federation of Robots (IFR) has forecasted an uptick of 2 million industrial factory robotic units in the next two years.
Paslin, Rivian fuel EV factory expansion The Paslin Company, a builder of robotic assembly lines for Tier 1 suppliers and OEM auto companies, is expanding in Warren, Michigan.
Nokia plans to acquire US-based company The Finnish telecom company is planning to acquire Elenion Technologies, a U.S.-based company focusing on silicon photonics technology.
neutec electronic to handle Asymtek and Dima in Switzerland Asymtek, a part of Nordson Electronics Solutions - announces that their distributor, neutec electronic AG, has expanded its representation of all Asymtek and DIMA products to the French-speaking areas of Switzerland.
BMZ subsidiary Poland reports successful business year 2019 BMZ Poland, the second largest production site of the BMZ Group, is expanding its production area and is reporting 10% sales growth and thereby reached record results for the business year 2019.
Scanfil CEO: ‘Our operations are making good progress’ The last quarter of 2019 was the strongest one for the EMS provider. Scanfil recorded a turnover of EUR 155 million, a growth of EUR 15 million or 10% year-over-year.
Prime Technological Services acquire ITS EMS provider Prime Technological Services LLC has acquired Georgia-based I Technical Services (ITS).
Florida’s Sypris snags BAE Systems contract Sypris Electronics LLC, a subsidiary of Sypris Solutions Inc., has won a contract award from London-based BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems sector.
Into the future, San Diego style IPC APEX EXPO, the North American electronics manufacturing industry’s biggest gig, has left the teenage years behind with this year’s 20th anniversary show held Feb 3-8 in San Diego.
5 semiconductor companies hold 53% of global wafer capacity The world’s top-five wafer capacity leaders each had capacity of more than 1,000,000 wafer starts per month, says IC Insights.
Global DRAM revenue holds steady in 4Q19 The DRAM inventory finally returned to a relatively normal level for most OEMs in 4Q19 after nearly three consecutive quarters of adjustments, says the DRAMeXchange research division of TrendForce.
Mitsubishi Electric completes new satellite production facility Mitsubishi Electric has completed construction of a new facility for the production of satellites at the company’s Kamakura Works in Kamakura, Japan.
ISS-Broadband delivered by Kongsberg Kongsberg equipment is to enable broadband transmission for the International Space Station (ISS) to 'significantly improve communication between the ESA astronauts manning the station and earth.
Mycronic receives order for an SLX mask writer Swedish equipment provider, Mycronic AB, has received an order for the new SLX mask writer from a customer in Asia. The customer already has mask writers from Mycronic.
A new production unit for mirror segments for ELT Safran's new production unit at the company's Saint-Benoît facility near Poitiers in central France will make the primary mirror segments for Europe's Extremely Large Telescope (ELT).
A more sustainable approach to semiconductor manufacturing Reuse; that is the key to driving environmental sustainability in global semiconductor manufacturing, says Steven Zhou, CEO of Moov Technologies.Load more news