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Altix is pleased to announce the release of its new Acura Premium Series of contact printers for inner layer, outer layer and soldermask processes.
This new range replaces the previous line-up of Acura products. The Acura Premium Series enjoys enhanced reliability and productivity thanks to a new platform and a large number of incremental upgrades and client-focused innovations. Moreover, it integrates the latest high-performance LED light sources while keeping collimated light sources as an option.
Boasting double-sided simultaneous exposure capabilities with minimal footprint, the new range combines a wide-angle rocking upper-frame for easy cleaning and a dual screen display for optimized operator control.
Damien Boureau, R&D Director at Altix, confides, "After so many upgrades and major changes to the original Acura model, we felt it was the right time to streamline all of them in a new purpose-built design to better answer our customers’ requirements. We are confident that our partners in the PCB and PCM industries will be extremely satisfied."
Britta Schafsteller, Atotech
Immersion tin is well accepted as a high-reliability final finish in the industry. Due to its excellent corrosion resistance, it exhibits major market shares, particularly in the automotive industry. During the soldering process, an intermetallic compound (IMC) is formed between copper and tin. One remaining concern in the industry is the potential impact of the IMC on the solderability of the final finish. In this article, typical failure modes in soldering immersion tin are described and correlated to potential root causes for the defects.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
We recently spoke with Loren Davidson, a senior manufacturing engineer at TTM Technologies in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. In this wide-ranging discussion, Loren details the medium-volume facility’s imaging processes and equipment, a variety of imaging tricks of the trade, and why it’s so important to make decisions based on solid statistical data.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
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