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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.

COT expands NXT nozzle line for new H24 head

Posted by Z.Shook on 7/17/2017 to Count On Tools News

Count On Tools Inc., a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, announces the expansion of the Fuji NXT Nozzle Series for the new H24 mounter head. The new high-speed head from Fuji achieves improved productivity over previous models. Standard nozzles from Count On Tools compliment this mounter to provide increased reliability and performance within the Fuji NXT III platform of machines.

The Fuji NXT interchangeable head allows each machine to support almost all surface mount component types and perform both high-speed chip mounting and odd-form component placement. Every Count On Tools Fuji NXT nozzle features the both the original data matrix code and OEM color matrix code for easy identification of the nozzles by the user and the machine software.

Count On Tools provides all standard size nozzles for the following Fuji NXT mounters:

  • H01 – 36mm Disc (1.0mm – 20.0mm; including Compliant and MELF)
  • H04 – 19mm Disc (1.0mm – 15.0mm; including Ceramic, Compliant and MELF)
  • H08/H12 – 9mm Disc (0.3mm – 5.0mm; including Ceramic, Compliant and MELF)
  • H24 – 4.7mm Disc (0.3mm – 2.5mm Ceramic Tips)
  • H08M & H04S also available upon request

 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 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 100 percent satisfied with the performance or quality of a product, Count On Tools will replace it or offer a full refund. 

COT installs new production cell with MAZAK equipment

Posted by Z.Shook on 7/1/2017 to Count On Tools News

Count On Tools Inc., a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, is pleased to announce that with the recent expansion of its manufacturing facility, the company has purchased and installed four new MAZAK machining centers to further increase production capabilities and lower product lead times. The new equipment expands COT’s current capabilities into larger diameter parts, including more complex features that can be manufactured with significant costs savings to the end-user. The new equipment includes: three new MAZAK HQR-150MSY 9-axis Multi-task Machining Centers and one new Quick-Turn QTU-200MSY 6-axis Multi-task Machining Center.

According to MAZAK, the HQR Series is designed for high volume productivity, featuring simultaneous first and second operations or balanced cutting/milling through its first/second spindles and upper/lower turrets. The HQR machine configuration directly results in part-processing versatility and reduced cycle times among various operations – ranging from chuck work to the machining of large diameter bar stock. The superior designs of the HQR machines ensure high productivity within a compact floor plan.

Unprecedented productivity, precision and operability separate these machines and COT from the competition. The industries that COT serves count on accuracy of part specifications and on-time delivery of orders. The new MAZAK production cell will help Count On Tools achieve both. Additionally, the new machine handles jobs faster by providing increased production speeds and faster processing power.

As a contract manufacturer and job shop, Count On Tools 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.

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.

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