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Count On Tools Inc. to Display the New QWIKTRAY with Adopt SMT at productronica

Posted by Z.Shook on 10/12/2015 to Event News

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, will display its new QWIKTRAY system in the AdoptSMT Booth, Hall A3 Booth 181, at the productronica International Trade Fair, scheduled to take place Nov. 10-13, 2015 at the Messe München exhibition center in Munich, Germany. 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. As a result, 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). For more information, please visit www.qwiktray.com.

COT also will showcase its new Stripfeeder Mini, the original StripFeeder, the LED Nozzle Series, ezLOAD PCB Supports, ezCLIP PCB Magazine Rack Stop Clips. Additionally, COT’s standard product range of nozzles/tooling/consumables and a select assortment of custom nozzle designs for odd-form components will be displayed.

Count On Tools Inc. Launches the QWIKTRAY Custom Matrix Tray System

Posted by Z.Shook on 9/30/2015 to New SMT Products

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, is pleased to announce the launch of the new QWIKTRAY system, 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).

According to Zach Shook, Operations Director of Count On Tools, Inc., “Our company understands that in order for our customers to remain competitive in today’s market, they must be able to cut costs while maximizing the capabilities of their existing SMT assembly equipment to prevent costly investments in new equipment or increased labor from hand placements of electronic components. The QWIKTRAY platform provides customers with a fast and easy way to get components back into the machines. This could be from loose components with no standard packaging, such as tape reel or JEDEC trays, or from recovered components that were miss-picked or dropped during previous production runs.”

The QWIKTRAY program provides rapid turnaround on the design and production of any quantity of custom matrix trays. Standard lead time is 7-10 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.

Mr. Shook continued, “Our company is based on engineering solutions for the entire SMT operation, from component handling and presentation to pick-and-place to final processing. The QWIKTRAY system is just another way that customers can move costly manual labor back into their production equipment. The design and manufacturing process has been streamlined to make the turnarounds fast while maintaining our high quality standards. Our QWIKTRAYs are designed for precision, stability and protection during the pick-and-place process.”

Count On Tools Inc. Introduces the StripFeeder Transition Rail

Posted by Z.Shook on 9/1/2015 to New SMT Products

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, has released a new accessory – the Transition Rail – for its award-winning line of StripFeeder products. Each StripFeeder Transition Rail features machined tracks for both paper and emboss tape on the same rail for a seamless transition.

The StripFeeder Transition Rail allows customers to take full advantage of the StripFeeder platform when running both paper and emboss tape, simultaneously, without the loss of a component lane. The rail will be sold individually or in StripFeeder .mod and Mini kits. StripFeeder Transition kits are set up to run three lanes of paper tape and three lanes of emboss tape in 0.25" (6mm), 0.50" (12mm), and 0.75" (19mm) pocket depths. Additional rails can be added to these kits to increase the amount of component lanes, up to 10 per tray for 8mm tape.

All StripFeeder .mod and Mini systems feature removable rails that can be mounted to accommodate a wide array of tape sizes in the same feeder. Unlike fixed width feeders, the StripFeeder Mini can be adjusted by removing the rails and re-positioning them on the base plate at the desired width (4mm pitched pattern). The rails align with precision pin locaters and lock down tightly with magnets to guarantee a stable, repeatable application. All StripFeeder rails also feature a mechanical lock-spring to 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.

This innovative rail design holds the components securely in the machined tracks to prevent parts from being miss-picked, flipped in the pocket or lost. Customers also can remove rails to accommodate larger components up to 120mm tape width. 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.

Count On Tools Expands its Manufacturing Facility in Gainesville, GA

Posted by Z.Shook on 6/18/2015 to Count On Tools News

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, recently expanded its manufacturing operations at its Gainesville, Georgia headquarters. The latest expansion is in response to the growing market for custom engineered SMT nozzles and consumables.

According to company representative, Zach Shook, Count On Tools recently installed a Langun American Turnmaster Manual Lathe to increase production capabilities and lower product lead times on custom engineered nozzles and tooling for the SMT industry. Count On Tools also recently expanded its production and assembly staff in this division to further speed up delivery times on custom engineered SMT nozzles and consumables.

 

The industries Count On Tools serves count on accuracy of part specifications and on-time delivery of their orders. The new equipment will enable Count On Tools to achieve both. Additionally, the new equipment handles more complex jobs faster by providing Count On Tools with increased production speeds, automation of production and faster processing power. "This new equipment produces tight tolerance, precision components reliably," said Shook. "As a result, we can now respond to changing customer needs quickly and at highly competitive costs."

As a manufacturer, Count On Tools and its experienced, knowledgeable management team strives to provide a full line of services to its customers and to continue meeting customer demands both now and in the future.

Count On Tools Inc. to Display Range of Products at SMT Hybrid Packaging 2015

Posted by Z.Shook on 3/19/2015 to Event News

Count On Tools Inc., a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, today announced they will display an array of products in the Adopt SMT booth, Hall 7-100, at SMT Hybrid Packaging, scheduled to take place May 5-7, 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany.

On display at the show will be the full range of Count On Tools’ SMT Nozzles (standard & custom) , as well as the original StripFeeder and all new Stripfeeder Mini, which features the same award-winning design of the StripFeeder in a smaller package (134mm x 152mm).

The StripFeeder Mini is better equipped to handle shorter strips of components, such as 2-4" of tape. It offers increased lane capacity with the ability to run two StripFeeder Minis in the same space as one original StripFeeder. The Mini is a lower cost option than OEM feeders, both standard and custom, for small strips of components. Additionally, it is designed for both prototyping and low-volume, high-mix applications.

Other product lines that will be displayed at the show include: ezLOAD PCB Supports and the all new ezCLIPs, as well as Mydata Agilis Feeder Repair, which is now available as a service directly from AdoptSMT in Europe.

All COT products and services are designed to optimize SMT equipment for faster production and lower build costs. The company supplies a full range of SMT tooling, odd-form component tooling and design services, and other SMT consumables for the electronics manufacturing industry.

For more information about Count On Tools, stop by the AdoptSMT booth, Hall 7-100 at the show.

Count On Tools, Inc. Launches MYDATA Feeder Repair Program in Europe

Posted by Z.Shook on 3/1/2015 to New SMT Products

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, today announced that it has authorized AdoptSMT Group, its distributor in Europe, to offer repair services for MYDATA Agilis Feeders. This program will be available for the 3.7, 4.0, 4.7, and 5.4 Agilis feeders. This is the only repair option for these feeders on the market and provides significant costs savings over purchasing replacement feeders.

All repair components (tape plows and feeder springs) are precision machined replacements for the original parts using high quality materials and industry leading coatings. COT and AdoptSMT guarantee the functionality of the equipment and the ability to extend the life cycle of worn or damaged feeders.

For more information about AdoptSMT Group, contact Erhard Hofmann at +43-6246-72440 or on the Web at www.AdoptSMT.com.

Count On Tools Wins a Service Excellence Award for the Second Consecutive Year

Posted by Z.Shook on 2/25/2015 to Articles and Awards

Count On Tools Inc. (COT) announces that it has been awarded a 2015 Circuits Assembly Service Excellence Award 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. 24, 2015 ceremony that took place at the San Diego Convention Center during the IPC APEX EXPO. Mr. Couch commented about the award, “As with last years’ service excellence award I am always humbled by recognition of this caliber based solely on customer response. It is not by chance, our dedicated caring 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 Service Excellence Awards (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 23rd 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. to Launch INSTOCK Consignment Program for SMT Nozzles, Tooling and Consumables

Posted by Z.Shook on 2/24/2015 to New SMT Products

Count On Tools Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, is launching an innovative program designed to give EMS companies on-demand access to high quality SMT nozzles, tooling and consumables for more than 20 of the top pick-and-place equipment vendors. The INSTOCK Consignment Program has been developed to give EMS companies and contract manufacturers immediate access to project critical products with no up-front inventory costs or risk of overstock.

Customers can benefit from guaranteed on-hand supply of products at their facilities, which eliminates emergencies and machine downtime while reducing product overstocking and waiting for purchase order approvals. This low-cost solution means NO additional service fees, NO upfront costs and NO monthly-minimums. COT welcomes the opportunity to help EMS companies gain vital product access with minimal risk.

With the INSTOCK program, participants can take advantage of program and volume discounts of up to 25 percent on all consignment purchases. Customers also receive enhanced customer service by working directly with specialized Account Managers for up-to-date customer support, product pricing and availability, and more!

Additionally, the INSTOCK Consignment Program is available for the full COT product catalog, including all OEM’s standard products, custom nozzles, StripFeeders, ezLOAD and more. 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 completely satisfied with the performance or quality of a product, Count On Tools will replace it or offer a full refund.

Count On Tools Inc. Expands Panasonic Nozzles for NPM Equipment

Posted by Z.Shook on 2/24/2015 to New SMT Products

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 NPM machines. These nozzle designs enable highly accurate, repeatable, optimized chip placement. The NPM Series equipment optimizes the latest technologies into a lean modular solution for changing, expanding and evolving electronic assembly needs.

The expanded series of Panasonic replacement nozzles for the NPM’s high-speed (8-nozzle, 12-nozzle and 16-nozzle) and multi-functional (2-nozzle and 3-nozzle) placement heads offers a high productivity, low-cost alternative to OEM nozzles. Most standard nozzles are available in a variety of materials, such as high strength plastic, tool steel and ceramic. All NPM nozzles also feature laser marked factory barcodes.

All Panasonic NPM 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 for odd-form components, such as LEDs, connectors, grippers, etc.

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.

Count On Tools Inc. Unveils StripFeeder Mini System

Posted by Z.Shook on 2/24/2015 to Count On Tools News

Count On Tools Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, has launched the next version of its award-winning StripFeeder System for loading tape-and-reel components onto compact modules for prototyping and high-mix, low-volume applications. The StripFeeder Mini features the same award-winning design of the original StripFeeder in a smaller, compact package (134mm x 152mm). This package is ideally suited for smaller prototype and rework machines as well as most SMT pick-and-place equipment.

The StripFeeder Mini’s compact design is better equipped to handle short strips of components, such as 2-4" of tape for both prototyping and low-volume, high-mix applications. It offers increased lane capacity with the ability to run two StripFeeder Minis in the same space as one original StripFeeder. The Mini is a lower cost option than OEM feeders, both standard and custom.

Additionally, the StripFeeder Mini features removable rails that can be mounted to accommodate a wide array of tape sizes in the same feeder. Unlike fixed width feeders, the StripFeeder Mini can be adjusted by removing the rails and re-positioning them on the base plate at the desired width (4mm pitched pattern). The rails align with precision pin locaters and lock down tightly with magnets to guarantee a stable, repeatable application.

The StripFeeder Mini rails also feature a mechanical lock-spring to 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.

The innovative design holds the components securely in the machined tracks to prevent parts from being miss-picked, flipped in the pocket or lost. Customers also can remove rails to accommodate larger components up to 120mm tape width. The StripFeeder Mini 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 trays are compatible with both paper and emboss tape simultaneously, and are ideal for low-volume high-mix applications and prototyping. 

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