EMS Orders Second Line

Electronic Manufacturing Solutions Limited (EMS) is to take delivery of a second SMT line in late 2018, plus enhancements for the existing line. This second line will quadruple the capacity of EMS surface mount facility, providing a strong excellent foundation for future growth.

The second line will consist of brand new;

  • Board handling equipment to maximise automation and minimise board handling in process.

  • ASM Horizon 03iX with Hawkeye 1700 paste inspection and;

    • Paste Roll Height Monitor – which measures the height of the paste roll and sense when it needs replenishment.

    • Automatic Paste Dispenser II – which automatically dispenses paste when detected by the sensor.

  • Two off Panasonic NPM-W2 modular pick and place machines, each of which has two heads and feeder carts, providing pick and place capacity which is at least 4 times faster than the current line and fast turnarounds between assemblies;

    • Machine 1 – has two off 16 nozzle heads for chip shooting, with capacity of up to 120 different components.

    • Machine 2 – has two off 8 nozzle heads for larger reeled components and tray components, with tray feeder for up to 20 different components and reel locations for up to 86 different components.

  • In line workstation for hand placement and/or inspection pre-reflow.

  • Heller 1809 MK III reflow oven.

The first line will be enhanced by;

  • Additional board handling equipment to provide the same setup as the second line.

  • Modifications to the existing ASM Horizon 03iX with Hawkeye 1700 paste inspection to add the same Paste Roll Height Monitor and Automated Paste Dispenser II as detailed for the second line.

  • In line workstation for hand placement and/or inspection pre reflow.

  • Moving completely inline to allow PCBs to travel from loading, through placement and reflow to unload in one process.

Offline EMS is adding;

  • Automated board handling to the existing AOI machine, MEK PowerSpector FDAz 650L.

  • A new AOI machine, a MEK PowerSpector GTAz+GDAz 550BTL which incorporates top and bottom cameras to facilitate inspection of both sides of the PCB at the same time, reducing inspection times as only one transit through the machine is required for double sided assemblies and removing board handling.

  • Automated board handling for the new AOI machine, MEK PowerSpector GTAz+GDAz 550BTL.

The investment in this equipment is a significant one for EMS and represents a step change in our capacity, to support the growth and development of our customers, this new equipment will allow EMS to;

  • Produce new and existing high volume SMT assemblies faster through placement and inspection.

  • Reduce turnaround times between SMT builds.

  • React even faster to quick turn assemblies or changes in priorities.

This investment allows the core business of EMS to reach its full potential and will be supported by developments in facilities, equipment and employees to support the growth.

We are very excited by this investment and the opportunities it provide to EMS and its customers through 2019 and beyond.