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COT completes $2 Million Expansion of its Gainesville, Georgia Manufacturing Headquarters

Posted by Z.Shook on 9/29/2017 to Count On Tools News

Count On Tools Inc., a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, recently announced the completion of a six month, $2 million expansion at its Gainesville headquarters, which includes a 25 percent increase in manufacturing floor space. The recent expansion is in response to the growing market for SMT nozzles and consumables as well as the increased demand for its precision contract machining services.

Count On Tools was founded in 1991 by Curt Couch, after working for several years as a mechanical engineer in the electronics manufacturing industry. The company has grown steadily over its 26 years of business, from occupying a 5,000 ft.2 suite in its current building since 1998. Mr. Couch expanded the company in 2005, moving to three suites at the opposite end of the building. The latest expansion includes an additional suite, increasing the overall manufacturing facility to 20,000 ft.2 with an additional 5,000 ft.2 for future development.

Upgrades from the recent expansion include opening up an additional 5,000 ft.2 of production space, installing several new production cells with state-of-the-art machining centers, a new larger conference room, and more offices for a growing sales force. COT also installed energy efficient LED lighting throughout the factory and office space.

The industries that COT serves count on accuracy of part specifications and on-time delivery of orders. The new expansion will help COT achieve both. According to company representative, Zach Shook, “This new investment helps us to strengthen our position as a quality local supplier to our clients and as a result, we can now respond to changing customer needs faster and at highly competitive costs.”

As a contract manufacturer and job shop, COT and its experienced, knowledgeable management team strives to provide a full line of services to its customers and to continue meeting customers' demands both now and in the future. COT is proud to count themselves as one of the small, growing businesses contributing to the strength of manufacturing in the US.

An official ribbon cutting for the new facility is being planned, but no definitive date has been set as of yet.

Count On Tools Announces the New INSIDER MINI from PB Swiss Tools

Posted by Z.Shook on 9/29/2017 to Count On Tools News

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, is pleased to introduce the INSIDER MINI from PB Swiss Tools – the newest pocket tool that offers six screwdrivers in one. The sturdy handle with practical clip for clip-on contains three  two-sided blades, each with two different screwdriver tips. The blades are securely held in the handle by a strong magnet. Always have the right tool at your fingertips for small screws. 

The tool with the look of a pen contains all of the necessary items for the precise application in precision mechanics and multimedia electronics. The new PB Swiss Tools’ INSIDER MINI saves space and weight while maintaining its precise, reliable and convenient form.

Two versions are available, each featuring a selection of PB Tools’ smallest flat/slotted and Philips bits with the second version featuring a Pentalobe security bit specifically for working on Apple® products.

With more than 130 years of experience, PB Swiss Tools is a global leader of hand tools manufactured for use in the industrial marketplace, even for the most hazardous jobs. All PB Swiss Tools are 100 percent Swiss-made and come with an unlimited lifetime guarantee. Work with the best!

Count On Tools Inc. Expands Panasonic Nozzles for AM100 Placement Equipment

Posted by Z.Shook on 9/15/2017 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 it now offers a complete line of nozzles for the Panasonic AM100 machines. These nozzle designs enable highly accurate, repeatable, optimized chip placement. The AM Series equipment maintains the high standards for capability, flexibility and reliability that customers expect in a cost-effective, incrementally scalable, high-mix SMT solution.

The expanded series of Panasonic replacement nozzles for the AM100’s placement heads offers a high productivity, low-cost alternative to OEM nozzles. Most standard nozzles are available in a variety of materials, such as durable ceramics. All AM100 nozzles also feature laser marked factory barcodes.

All Panasonic AM100 nozzles from Count On Tools utilize the same style reflectors as the OEM with a special hard coating to provide waterproofing, prevent scratches, and increase tool life and overall durability.

Count On Tools also provides custom engineered nozzle designs from the OEM as well as special nozzle designs for odd-form components (LEDs, connectors, pins, clips, grippers, etc.) based on customer and application specific requirements. There is no limit to our capabilities when it comes to automating your custom component processes; we make the nozzle to fit your application.

All of Count On Tools’ SMT nozzles and consumables are guaranteed to function properly with the original equipment. Every product manufactured by Count On Tools comes standard with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. If any customer is not completely satisfied with the performance or quality of a product, Count On Tools will replace it or offer a full refund.

COT announces PB Swiss Tools’ two new INSIDER models: INSIDER STUBBY and INSIDER STUBBY RATCHET

Posted by Z.Shook on 9/15/2017 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 PB Swiss Toolsrecently added two new models to their popular INSIDER product line: The INSIDER STUBBY and INSIDER STUBBY RATCHET. The PB Swiss Tools’ INSIDER STUBBY is  the little pocket tool for rapid screwdriving.

The PB Swiss Tools’ INSIDER STUBBY comes standard with six common PrecisionBits for universal application (flat/slotted, Philips, and Torx®). It is ideal for locations that are difficult to access, while offering high hand torques without effort and its design remains compact and space-saving.

The new INSIDER STUBBY RATCHET with integrated ratchet function on the short SwissGrip handle makes it possible to carry out screwdriving in difficult to reach places and, at the same time, it can be used for rapid turning. Because it can be used with one hand and is reversible, this little pocket tool will never fail you.

Both versions feature the SwissGrip handle, which is made of Santoprene®, making it possible to generate a large amount of torque, even with wet hands. The compact, short SwissGrip handle is ideal for screw fastening at difficult to access locations. The STUBBY with bit holder offers even more than its predecessor – a ¼" PrecisionBit magazine extendable from within the handle so it remains safely connected with the handle when it is opened.

With more than 130 years of experience, PB Swiss Tools is a global leader of hand tools manufactured for use in the industrial marketplace, even for the most hazardous jobs. All PB Swiss Tools are 100 percent Swiss-made and come with an unlimited lifetime guarantee. Work with the best!

COT announces new Knurled Hex Keys from PB Swiss Tools

Posted by Z.Shook on 9/1/2017 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 PB Swiss Toolsnow offers knurled hex keys as a standard option in their product catalog. The knurling at the shaft increases the non-slip property in wet or oily environments, thereby increasing the safety. The round shaft, manufactured from PB Tools’ unique steel alloy guarantees higher reverse fatigue strength. The new knurled hex keys from PB Swiss Tools is available in sizes 1.5mm –10mm as individual hex key l-wrenches or as a set in a handy plastic holder.

All PB Swiss Tools Knurled hex keys are made from the company’s signature spring steel alloy with precision heat treatment. This alloy is known for its high hardness, long durability, perfect dimensional accuracy, and exceptional elasticity and tenacity.  Additionally, the PB Swiss Tools’ Knurled hex key series provides absolute precision and the highest regularity with tolerances smaller than a human hair. PB Swiss Tools’ hex keys are chrome-plated for protection against corrosion.

Each hex key is labeled with the serial number for additional security and to enable tracing the production back to the raw material. PB hex keys also feature a perfect-shaped ball-point end, allowing any user to turn the screws with an angle of up to 30°. PB Swiss is the only manufacturer to offer such a large angle for ball-point hex keys, making them the most versatile for the user and very unique.

With more than 130 years of experience, PB Swiss Tools is a global leader of hand tools manufactured for use in the industrial marketplace, even for the most hazardous jobs. All PB Swiss Tools are 100 percent Swiss-made and come with an unlimited lifetime guarantee. Work with the best!

Count On Tools Inc. Reduces Pricing on the QWIKTRAY Custom Matrix Tray System

Posted by Z.Shook on 8/31/2017 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 it has reduced pricing on the QWIKTRAY system from $699.00 to $499.00 each, with even lower prices on higher volumes. Thanks to further development of the manufacturing process and reduced materials costs, COT was able to provide significant cost savings on the new system. The new pricing took effect July 14th, 2017.

The QWIKTRAY platform was developed to provide low-cost, custom matrix trays for many types of electronic components. The QWIKTRAY platform allows surface mount components to be picked up in a repeatable method when tape-and-reel is not available and standard JEDEC trays do not exists. Customers no longer have to place these components by hand.

Utilizing the latest in machining and additive manufacturing technologies, QWIKTRAY will develop a custom pocket design matched to your component specifications and machine it into a finished matrix tray. QWIKTRAYs can be designed for almost any component, including QFP, BGA, hybrid, assemblies, sockets, pins, connectors, LEDs, switches, buttons, transformers and more.

Each QWIKTRAY is CNC machined to the specific configuration for your component and ships ready to load and install in the equipment. Each QWIKTRAY includes CAD drawings, containing pocket dimensions, first part location, spacing, and other programing details. QWIKTRAYs come standard in non-ESD black acrylic (ESD-safe and other materials are optional).

The QWIKTRAY program provides rapid turnaround on the design and production of any quantity of custom matrix trays. Standard lead time is 5-7 days with optional expedited service in as little as 24-48 hours (additional charges may apply). The system is designed for any application requirements, from prototype to high-volume processes. With the QWIKTRAY platform, there is one flat fee per tray with no minimum orders and no additional charges for design, programing, molds, setup, etc. Volume discounts also are available. 

COT announces new PICKTOOL from PB Swiss Tools

Posted by Z.Shook on 8/16/2017 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 PB Swiss Tools has released a new version of its popular PICKTOOL set. The specially curved tip in the shape of a hook gives you a clear advantage. Whether positioning, probing or dismantling, handling is very easy with the PICKTOOL. Thanks to the specially curved and rounded tips, parts can be positioned, probed or disassembled, even in hard to reach places. The PICKTOOLS are particularly suitable for assembly, disassembly and cleaning work on motors, brakes, gearboxes, air conditioning systems, sealing elements and other small parts.

With more than 130 years of experience, PB Swiss Tools is a global leader of hand tools manufactured for use in the industrial marketplace, even for the most hazardous jobs. All PB Swiss Tools are 100 percent Swiss-made and come with an unlimited lifetime guarantee. Work with the best!

Count On Tools Inc. Expands Samsung-Hanwha Nozzles for EXCEN Equipment

Posted by Z.Shook on 8/7/2017 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 it now offers a complete line of nozzles for the Samsung – Hanwha Techwin EXCEN chip mounters. These nozzle designs enable highly accurate, repeatable, optimized chip placement. The expanded series of Samsung – Hanwha replacement nozzles for the EXCEN HS high-speed placement heads offers a high productivity, low-cost alternative to OEM nozzles. Most standard nozzles are available in a variety of materials, such as durable ceramics.

Count On Tools also provides custom engineered nozzle designs from the OEM as well as special nozzle designs for odd-form components (LEDs, connectors, pins, clips, grippers, etc.) based on customer and application specific requirements. There is no limit to our capabilities when it comes to automating your custom component processes; we make the nozzle to fit your application.

All of Count On Tools’ SMT nozzles and consumables are guaranteed to function properly with the original equipment. Every product manufactured by Count On Tools comes standard with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. If any customer is not completely satisfied with the performance or quality of a product, Count On Tools will replace it or offer a full refund.

COT introduces new SwissGrip Bit Drivers from PB Swiss Tools

Posted by Z.Shook on 7/31/2017 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 PB Tools’ versatile universal bit holder is now available with the SwissGrip handle for exceptional comfort. The two-component handle, with its pleasant feel and ergonomic shape, fits perfectly in the hand and allows fatigue-free working. The universal design is compatible with any standard ¼” bit, including the full line of PB PrecisionBits.

Each SwissGrip handle, which is made of Santoprene®, makes it possible to generate a large amount of torque, even when working with wet hands. The compact, short SwissGrip handle version is ideal for screw fastening at difficult to access locations. With the different blade lengths or handle shapes, you can even master challenging situations.

With more than 130 years of experience, PB Swiss Tools is a global leader of hand tools manufactured for use in the industrial marketplace, even for the most hazardous jobs. All PB Swiss Tools are 100 percent Swiss-made and come with an unlimited lifetime guarantee. Work with the best!

COT Reduces Prices on SMT Nozzles & Consumables

Posted by Z.Shook on 7/19/2017 to Count On Tools News
GAINESVILLE, GA - Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, today announced significant restructuring and cost reduction actions that have led to lower prices across the board for its standard SMT nozzles and associated consumables product line. The new pricing took effect July 1, 2017. 

“There is an effort underway in our industry to redefine value,” said Curt Couch, president COT. “While some are leading with price, our clients tell us it’s much more than that. They have told us time and again that value is delivered via customer service that prioritizes flexibility and quality, coupled with a simple, straightforward price. We have an award-winning product offering, plus tremendous scalability with the recent expansion of our manufacturing facilities. COT has a unique opportunity to enhance that experience even further with lower pricing for all of our clients.”

COT has recently invested more than $2 million to expand the manufacturing facility with more space and innovative equipment to reduce costs for customers. The company’s commitment and goal is to be the number one supplier of precision engineered components to a wide range of market sectors. Using only the most advanced CNC and other manufacturing capabilities, COT’s expertise is second to none in quality, price and delivery. The company aims to pass these advantages and capabilities onto its customers, and in so doing, create long-term relationships that will enhance and add value to the end users’ products and services.

Mr. Couch continued: “We’re proud of that quality and breadth of service we provide. We’ve been investing in the SMT industry for more than 25 years, and our work to push the envelope in this regard will continue as the needs and expectations of customers evolve.”

COT invites customers to contact them today to get the latest product flyers with the new reduced pricing. Customers also can view the entire product catalog online at www.nozzles4smt.com.

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