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Award-winning PCB manufacturer announces major investment in automated imaging facility

Invotec : 12 November, 2012  (Company News)
Invotec Group, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of time critical, high technology printed circuit boards, is making a EUR 1 million investment in upgrading the capability of its Tamworth facility.
Award-winning PCB manufacturer announces major investment in automated imaging facility

A key feature of the investment programme will be the installation of an Orbotech Paragon 9800i LDI system. Offering high speed automated imaging of HDI, Flex, Rigid-Flex and Solder-Mask applications, the unit will ensure high yields while satisfying tight registration accuracy requirements.

Commenting on the new system, Chris Haley, Operations Manager at Tamworth, said: "This will be the first 16 Watt LDI machine in the UK. With further miniaturisation and component pitch reduction, the necessity for improved capability and quality is paramount. The 9800i will do exactly that; allowing plated images and solder mask to be aligned by the same digital process. This is a true step forward from our current process of camera-aligned printer and artworks for solder mask. This technical advantage allows us to auto scale both the printed copper image and the solder mask image to achieve optimum registration of fine tight tolerance features. LDI also brings the added benefit of reduced common defects. We have also invested in associated robotic arm LDI automation which will not only bring significant efficiency gains but also reduce handling intervention.”

Invotec Group Ltd will also be upgrading its resin fill and brush system process in response to an increased demand for HDI technology. An automated copper planariser brings consistency and productivity gains. The company also anticipates significant lead-time reduction, especially for quick-turn capability and overall flexibility.

In addition, the investment programme will include new robotic loaders and un-loaders for the chemical pre-bonding process. This will reduce manual handling and ensure improved cleanliness, consistency and efficiency.

Invotec has received a Gold Supplier Award from BAE Systems, the only PCB supplier to win this award, given in recognition of sustained supplier performance for both quality and delivery over a six month period, this is the third consecutive occasion on which the Company has done so.

Terry Dowling, Invotec Group Ltd’s Business Development Director commented: “We are delighted to receive this award for the third time. There is a close working partnership with BAE based on performance and trust. Our commitment to continuous improvement and lean manufacturing principles is fundamental to our ongoing journey of providing total customer satisfaction. This award is a direct result of the focus and effort of all of the Invotec Group Ltd team."

BAE Systems is a leading global provider of defence and security products. From sophisticated cyber services and military support, to mission critical electronic systems and protection equipment, the company aims to be at the forefront of defence technology and science. Some 93.500 employees work in the company’s regional offices and home markets across the globe, including Australia, India, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

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