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Count On Tools, Inc. Receives Its Third Service Excellence Award for Quality Products and Service

Posted by Z.Shook on 2/14/2017 to Articles and Awards

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, announces that it has been awarded a 2017 Circuits Assembly Service Excellence Award (SEA) for its outstanding customer ratings, as judged by its own customers. Count On Tools was selected for the Automation and Handling Equipment category.

Circuits Assembly Editor-in-Chief, Mike Buetow presented the award to Curt Couch, COT’s President, during a Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 ceremony that took place at the San Diego Convention Center during the IPC APEX EXPO. Mr. Couch commented about the award, “I am always humbled by recognition of this caliber based solely on customer response. It is not by chance that we received this honor – our dedicated and responsive team always places the customers’ needs first. Service isn’t a product that can be created; it’s a culture and attitude towards others. We treat customers as we would like to be treated ourselves.”

Sponsored by Circuits Assembly, the SEAs for Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) providers and electronics assembly suppliers honor companies excelling in the crucial area of customer service. The program, now in its 25th year, functions as a way for participants to see how they compare to peers in customer satisfaction.

Count On Tools is a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts. The company has won numerous awards for its quality products and service. 

Count On Tools, Inc. Focuses on its Four Core Precision Component Product Lines at APEX

Posted by Z.Shook on 1/1/2017 to Count On Tools News

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, will exhibit in Booth #1537 at the 2017 IPC APEX EXPO, scheduled to take place Feb. 14-16, 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center in Calif. The COT team will focus on its core product lines at the show:

  •  Standard Nozzles: COT’s catalog of products has grown significantly over the years to include nozzles and consumables for a wide variety of industry leading equipment manufacturers. But, it is not just about late model equipment as COT continues to offer products for discontinued models and vintage machines as well. The team at COT understands that customers often have more than just one OEM’s range of machines. Therefore, the company trys to offer as wide a range of SMT nozzles and consumables as possible so that you can keep your supplier bases to a minimum.

  • Custom Nozzles: COT has the experience and manufacturing flexibility to develop custom engineered solutions to satisfy your individual process requirements. With more than 25 years of experience on multiple machine platforms, COT’s team has the professional expertise to solve your pick-and-place issues! This would include special nozzles for LEDs (Cree, Lumileds, Luxeon, Osram, Nichia, Seoul, etc.), micro components (0201/01005/03015), connectors, switches, push buttons, pins, clips, heavy, over-sized, and more. There is no limit to COT’s capabilities when it comes to automating your custom component processes.

  • Component Handling Products: COT offers several styles of component handling trays based on industry proven specifications and the unique requirements of each product. These include the Stripfeeder Platform and the QWIKTRAY systems. Application requirements such as temperature and chemical exposure, manufacturing processes, mechanical and electrical constraints are factors that are combined with operation considerations including production volumes, build costs, total estimated usage and process control. From off the shelf kits to custom built tray products, rest assured that COT has the right fit for your next job.

  • Automation Tooling Products: As a design and manufacturing company, COT specializes in developing solutions. The focus of the company’s development projects has been on improving the methods of assembly of printed circuit boards. Every aspect of this process can benefit from automation tooling. Customers come to COT with problems that they experience, such as having to hand place odd-form components, repairing worn/damaged feeders, or developing universal board supports, like the ezLOAD series. COT’s team sees every opportunity as a challenge to prove that they are capable of producing solutions at every level of the SMT assembly process, especially nozzles and tooling. The technology that COT has developed over the years has allowed the company to design and manufacture custom engineered tooling for any process in the SMT industry.

Count On Tools, Inc. Breaks Ground on 5,000 ft.2 Expansion to Round Off its 25th Year

Posted by Z.Shook on 12/1/2016 to Count On Tools News

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, is pleased to announce that the company’s 25th year in business has been one of tremendous growth and expansion. Earlier this year, COT purchased the suite next door. The company has knocked down the walls and broken ground on the 5,000 ft.2 expansion.

In conjunction with the expanded footprint, COT plans to add five to six new machines to increase its manufacturing capacity. Furthermore, the company has added a second shift crew to keep up with demand.

The market and electronics industry as a whole continues to push the boundaries of design and innovation, which provides constant motivation for Count On Tools to evolve. This has fueled the team’s passion to not only offer products, but create solutions for everyday problems in the industry. “It has always been exciting to develop new ideas with my team here at COT. We have such great people employed here, and I am honored to work with them. COT is an exceptional company because we handle adversity so well. We are never afraid of change and we are able to quickly adapt to most circumstances, including new challenges from customers.”

Count On Tools manufactures high-quality, low-cost pick-and-place nozzles and associated components for the SMT and electronics manufacturing industries. Proven engineering expertise, coupled with the company’s commitment to manufacturing excellence and investment in the latest production equipment, ensures that innovation and competitiveness is applied to all of its extensive product range.

Count On Tools continues to offer original rework services as well as custom tooling/nozzle design services and new nozzle offerings. Each year, the company produces thousands of custom nozzle designs for an array of components, from LEDs to connectors and switches.

Count On Tools, Inc. Extends Special Pricing on MYDATA Feeder Repair Kits

Posted by Z.Shook on 9/14/2016 to Count On Tools News

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, today announced that it has extended the special introductory pricing on all MYDATA Feeder Repair Kits through the remainder of the year. The special pricing began in May and will be effective through Dec. 31, 2016.

Each MYDATA Feeder Repair Kit includes: a precision machined aluminum side cover plate with cover tape plow pre-installed, a new spring, and matching screws for re-assembly.  This is the only repair option for these feeders on the market and provides significant cost savings in comparison to purchasing replacement feeders. With each broken feeder, customers are throwing away money. Thanks to the introduction of the new Feeder Repair Kits, customers can expect much higher durability combined with significant cost savings and reduced waste.

The new MYDATA Feeder Repair Kits can be installed by the customer, eliminating the need for worn / damaged feeders to be sent in to Count On Tools for repair. This new system also allows users to repair feeders with broken finger tabs. The robust all aluminum construction of the new feeder side cover plate means greater strength and more durability. All components are precision machined replacements for the original parts using high quality materials and industry leading coatings. Count On Tools guarantees the functionality of the parts included in the repair kits in the equipment and the ability to extend the life cycle of worn or damaged feeders.

The MYDATA Feeder Repair Kits are available for the 3.7, 4.0, 4.7, and 5.4 Agilis feeders. To take advantage of this service, customers will need to supply Count On Tools with Feeder ID codes. Count On Tools will then label each feeder with a matching barcode sticker to ensure full functionality with the MYDATA software and equipment. 

Count On Tools, Inc. Will Exhibit with Panasonic at SMTAI as a Panasonic Total Solutions Partner

Posted by Z.Shook on 9/1/2016 to Count On Tools News

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision machined products for the SMT market, will have a selection of products on display with Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America (Booth #225) at SMTA International, scheduled to take place Sept. 27-28, 2016 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. This product selection includes customized tooling, including grippers and LED nozzles for odd form component placement, ezLOAD PCB support modules, Stripfeeder tape carrier trays, and the new QWIKTRAY system. 

As a Panasonic Total Solutions Partner, Count On Tools works to provide complimentary products and turnkey production solutions compatible with all Panasonic equipment. Count On Tools has worked closely with Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America to develop products that solve customers' SMT product challenges. From automation tooling to pick-and-place applications, Count On Tools offers a wide variety of specialized products and services that compliment Panasonic’s equipment.

For more than 25 years, Count On Tools has been a manufacturer of high quality, low cost nozzles and associated components for the SMT & PCB assembly industries. Proven engineering expertise, coupled with their commitment to manufacturing excellence and investment in the very latest production equipment, ensures that innovation and competitiveness is applied to all of their extensive product range. The market continues to push the boundaries of design and innovation, which provides constant motivation for Count On Tools to evolve. This has fueled the company’s passion to not only offer products, but create solutions for everyday problems in the industry.

Count On Tools, Inc. Introduces the MYDATA Agilis Feeder Repair Set

Posted by Z.Shook on 5/16/2016 to Count On Tools News

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, is offering special introductory pricing on all MYDATA Feeder Repair Kits, effective immediately through July 31, 2016.

Each MYDATA Feeder Repair Kit includes: a precision machined aluminum side cover plate with cover tape plow pre-installed, a new spring, and matching screws for re-assembly.  This is the only repair option for these feeders on the market and provides significant cost savings in comparison to purchasing replacement feeders. With each broken feeder, customers are throwing away money. Thanks to the introduction of the new Feeder Repair Kits, customers can expect much higher durability combined with significant cost savings and reduced waste.

The new MYDATA Feeder Repair Kits can be installed by the customer, eliminating the need for worn / damaged feeders to be sent in to Count On Tools for repair. This new system also allows users to repair feeders with broken finger tabs. The robust all aluminum construction of the new feeder side cover plate means greater strength and more durability. All components are precision machined replacements for the original parts using high quality materials and industry leading coatings. Count On Tools guarantees the functionality of the parts included in the repair kits in the equipment and the ability to extend the life cycle of worn or damaged feeders.

The MYDATA Feeder Repair Kits are available for the 3.7, 4.0, 4.7, and 5.4 Agilis feeders. To take advantage of this service, customers will need to supply Count On Tools with Feeder ID codes. Count On Tools will then label each feeder with a matching barcode sticker to ensure full functionality with the MYDATA software and equipment. 


Count On Tools, Inc. Offers Special Introductory Pricing on all MYDATA Feeder Repair Kits

Posted by Z.Shook on 5/1/2016 to Count On Tools News

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, is offering special introductory pricing on all MYDATA Feeder Repair Kits, effective immediately through July 31, 2016.

Each MYDATA Feeder Repair Kit includes: a precision machined aluminum side cover plate with cover tape plow pre-installed, a new spring, and matching screws for re-assembly.  This is the only repair option for these feeders on the market and provides significant cost savings in comparison to purchasing replacement feeders. With each broken feeder, customers are throwing away money. Thanks to the introduction of the new Feeder Repair Kits, customers can expect much higher durability combined with significant cost savings and reduced waste.

The new MYDATA Feeder Repair Kits can be installed by the customer, eliminating the need for worn / damaged feeders to be sent in to Count On Tools for repair. This new system also allows users to repair feeders with broken finger tabs. The robust all aluminum construction of the new feeder side cover plate means greater strength and more durability. All components are precision machined replacements for the original parts using high quality materials and industry leading coatings. Count On Tools guarantees the functionality of the parts included in the repair kits in the equipment and the ability to extend the life cycle of worn or damaged feeders.

The MYDATA Feeder Repair Kits are available for the 3.7, 4.0, 4.7, and 5.4 Agilis feeders. To take advantage of this service, customers will need to supply Count On Tools with Feeder ID codes. Count On Tools will then label each feeder with a matching barcode sticker to ensure full functionality with the MYDATA software and equipment. 


Count On Tools, Inc. Will Introduce MYDATA Feeder Repair Kits at APEX

Posted by Z.Shook on 2/19/2016 to Event News

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, announced plans to expand its repair program for MYDATA Agilis Feeders by offering Feeder Repair Kits. Each MYDATA Feeder Repair Kit will include: a precision machined aluminum side cover plate with cover tape plow pre-installed, a new spring, and matching screws for re-assembly.

This is the only repair option for these feeders on the market and provides significant cost savings in comparison to purchasing replacement feeders. With each broken feeder, customers are throwing away money. Thanks to the introduction of the new Feeder Repair Kits, customers can expect much higher durability combined with significant cost savings and reduced waste.

The new MYDATA Feeder Repair Kits can be installed by the customer, eliminating the need for worn / damaged feeders to be sent in to Count On Tools for repair. This new system also allows users to repair feeders with broken finger tabs. The robust all aluminum construction of the new feeder side cover plate means greater strength and more durability. All components are precision machined replacements for the original parts using high quality materials and industry leading coatings. Count On Tools guarantees the functionality of the parts included in the repair kits in the equipment and the ability to extend the life cycle of worn or damaged feeders.

The MYDATA Feeder Repair Kits will be available for the 3.7, 4.0, 4.7, and 5.4 Agilis feeders. To take advantage of this service, customers will need to supply Count On Tools with Feeder ID codes. Count On Tools will then label each feeder with a matching barcode sticker to ensure full functionality with the MYDATA software and equipment.

The program will be officially launched during the IPC APEX EXPO in Las Vegas this March. Customers can stop by the Count On Tools booth (#2801) to see the new product.

Count On Tools, Inc. Introduces ASM Siplace Metal Nozzle Magazines for AdoptSMT’s 7xx/9xx Series

Posted by Z.Shook on 2/19/2016 to Event News

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, today announced the launch of ASM Siplace Metal Nozzle Magazines for 7xx/9xx Series machines. With each broken nozzle magazine, customers are throwing away money. Thanks to the introduction of this self-designed replacement nozzle magazine for Siplace collect-and-place machines, customers can expect much higher durability combined with significant cost savings and reduced waste.

The newly designed full metal nozzle magazine from AdoptSMT offers several advantages compared to the typical plastic ones offered by the OEM. This new magazine is manufactured with a hardened base plate and a non-moving top plate with complete round holes as nozzle garages, allowing the nozzles to sit securely. The nozzles are held in position by robust springs and detents. Numbers of the nozzle garages are clearly marked and can be read easily.

The new ASM Siplace Metal Nozzle Magazines are compatible with all Siplace 7xx / 9xx Series machines. They are guaranteed to work as a drop-in replacement and are priced to be competitive with OEM plastic versions.

The program will be officially launched during the IPC APEX EXPO in Las Vegas this March. Customers can stop by the Count On Tools booth (#2801) to see the new product.

Count On Tools, Inc. Develops StripFeeder Precision Plate Systems

Posted by Z.Shook on 2/15/2016 to Event News

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, has added a new product – the Precision Plate – to its award-winning line of StripFeeder systems. The StripFeeder Precision Plate allows customers to run high capacity lanes of micro components, such as 0201s, 01005s and 03015s in 4mm or 8mm tape (paper or emboss), on a single plate.

The StripFeeder Precision Plate features machined lanes based on industry tape standards to securely hold the tape in place during the pick-and-place operation. With the additional support underneath the tape, the microscopic components do not see the violent movement as with some feeder systems. Ball detents located on one end of the rail hold the tape in place by the sprocket hole for part registration and repeatable pick-and-place applications. This means the user only has to teach the pick-up location one time and consistently reload the unit with the same parts over and over for longer runs.

Each StripFeeder Precision Plate is custom made with several stock sizes available in common JEDEC and OEM tray sizes. Each is designed to run all 8mm lanes, all 4mm lanes, or a combination of the two depending on the customer’s specific application

The StripFeeder system is compatible with most types of SMT equipment. The StripFeeder systems are a cost-effective way to load many components, including odd-form and custom components, without having to purchase expensive feeders. The quick-to-assemble, easy-to-install modules are designed for rapid loading of tape-and-reel components on existing SMT pick-and-place equipment. Additionally, the trays enable fast changeover between product runs without unloading from the machine.

The StripFeeder Precision Plate will be displayed for the first time at the IPC APEX EXPO in Las Vegas this March. Customers can stop by the Count On Tools booth (#2801) to see the new product.