PCB Manufacturer Ilfa Feinstleitertechnik Invests in New Electrical Test and AOI


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To keep on investing during the pandemic, ILFA Feinstleitertechnik GmbH, PCB manufacturer from Hannover Germany, invests in the latest technology from CIMS and atg-LM.

As a longstanding highTech prototype and serial PCB manufacturer in Germany focusing on offering a wide technology range, ILFA has analysed and conducted the investments as part of an overall factory technology and capability upgrade for manufacturing state of the art printed circuit boards.

The CIMS Galaxy Automatic Optical Inspection and atg-LM Flying Probe Electrical Test systems are supplied by Dutch based distributor and service provider Adeon Technologies BV. The purchase orders are following extensive benchmarking, from which the results proved to ILFA’s management that these are the right products for their ever- increasing technology level and meeting customer demands.

The CIMS Galaxy AOI offers the latest by CIMS parameterized optical inspection technology. The CIMS Galaxy is part of the CIMS SPARK technology, which was introduced in 2013 and has become the PCB Industry’s benchmark together with its sister product the Phoenix. The system allows customers to define their own factory specifications and tolerances. This enables fast set-up and throughput with 100% detectability and clear outcome for operators as well as full statistical control in compliance with Industry 4.0 requirements. The CIMS AOI systems are capable to work with the wide range of base materials and surface finishes that ILFA is capable to offer to its widely spread customer base worldwide.

The atg-LM technology is partially an expansion, and partially a replacement for the atg-LM equipment that has been in use at ILFA for over a decade. Especially with the Model A7, equipped with the latest state of E-Test technology, ILFA can test finer pitch, smaller pads and also every type of surface finish at unrivalled speed. The Model A7 enables ILFA to test embedded components and is prepared for 4-wire testing. The latest probe technology secures ultra-delicate handling of the pads when tested so that every type of surface finish is tested thoroughly, yet non-destructive.

The managing partners at ILFA, Mr. Thomas Michels & Mr. Christian Behrendt, explain their decisions, “The choice for the CIMS AOI and atg-LM secure us of the latest technology, with an open structure for upgrading into the future and enabling to stay ahead  in the prototype to mid-volume segment of the more complex PCB manufacturing. Through a long and solid partnership with ADEON Technologies and its service and support, it ended up being a straight forward decision for us.”

Mr. André Bodegom, MD at ADEON Technologies added, “We are proud of having strong and lasting relationships with ILFA as well as our entire customer base. We will never take any purchase order for granted and will always have an open communication link with our customers and suppliers to keep detecting potential improvements at an early stage, whilst trying to offer the lowest cost of operation, service and support. This new step for ILFA has confirmed to us that this philosophy is recognized by market leaders and so we’ll continue this steady course.”

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