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Count On Tools Inc. to Introduce New StripFeeder Mini at the IPC APEX EXPO

Posted by Z.Shook on 1/1/2015 to Event News

Count On Tools Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, will exhibit in Booth #3625 at the IPC APEX EXPO, scheduled to take place Feb. 24-26, 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center in California. COT will debut the new StripFeeder Mini that 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 showcased at the event include: The original StripFeeder, the LED Nozzle Series, ezLOAD PCB Supports and ezCLIP PCB Magazine Rack Stop Clips. In addition to the company’s standard product range, the LED Nozzle Series and a broad assortment of custom nozzle designs for odd-form components will be displayed. Also, the INSTOCK Consignment Program will be launched at the show.

Products from the PB Swiss Tools division and Count On Tools’ Contract Machining Services also will be highlighted. 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.

Count On Tools Introduces ezCLIP Universal Stop Clip for PCB Magazine Racks

Posted by Z.Shook on 11/1/2014 to New SMT Products

Count On Tools Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, introduces the new ezCLIP universal stop clip for PCB magazine racks. The ezCLIP system was created to allow electronics manufacturers who manually load/unload PCB magazine racks a simple way to distinguish required spacing between boards and to prevent damage on boards with taller components.

At this time, companies who operate without the ezCLIP system must manually check each board when loading the PCB magazine rack to ensure that they are spaced correctly. Failure to confirm correct spacing can lead to damaged components that are critical to the board’s operation. With the ezCLIP installed on the PCB magazine rack, companies can quickly identify which card guides should be skipped as they prevent boards from being inserted. This allows for faster set-up times for the production run and swift manual loading and unloading of the boards during assembly, reflow, rework, inspection and more.

The ezCLIP system offers the lowest cost option for safely marking board spacing on PCB magazine racks for quick loading with the proper component height tolerances. Single lane ezCLIPS are available in packs of 50 for $100.00. This package would allow users to disable 25 lanes of the PCB magazine rack. Double lane ezCLIPS also are available in packs of 50 for $150.00. The double lane clips allow users to disable 50 lanes of the PCB magazine rack.

The ezCLIP is manufactured from high quality spring steel and coated for long life use. Installation is simple; just push the clip over the PCB magazine rack slot that needs to be skipped. The bright finish is a visual cue that the cardguide slot is not available and is easily distinguishable across a variety of electronics manufacturing operations.

Count On Tools Now Offers Nozzles for i-PULSE Series Surface Mounters

Posted by Z.Shook on 10/31/2014 to New SMT Products

Count On Tools Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, now offers nozzles and tooling for i-PULSE series surface mounters by Yamaha Motor Company’s SMT division. This includes all standard nozzles for the M-series machines as well as custom engineered nozzles for odd-form components.

According to Curt Couch, President of Count On Tools, Inc., “Count On Tools understands that in order for our customers to remain competitive in today’s market, they must be able to cut costs while simultaneously maximizing the capabilities of their SMT assembly equipment. Our new line of nozzles for i-PULSE equipment allows us to help customers achieve consistent placement performance and reliability in their machines while saving them money.”

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 Introduces Quad 01005 Ceramic Nozzles

Posted by Z.Shook on 10/15/2014 to New SMT Products

Count On Tools Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, is pleased to introduce the Quad 01005 Ceramic Nozzle. This nozzle design enables highly accurate, repeatable chip placement for 0201/01005 micro-components. The latest version of the micro-component nozzle for Quad machines measures 0.32mm OD with a 1.00mm ID. Count On Tools ceramic nozzles are based on a proven design that has been in use in SMT equipment for more than a decade.

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 maximize the capabilities of their existing SMT assembly equipment. By creating affordable nozzles that expand the limits of what a machine is capable of picking and placing, our customers are able to increase revenue without large investments in new machines.”

Count On Tools also offers a full line of products for the Quad/PPM machines, including standard nozzles and tooling, custom nozzles for odd-form components such as LEDs, replacement nozzle seals, z-rod adaptors, filters, O-rings and feeder rollers.

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 ezLOAD Board Support System Named Best Environmentally Friendly Product at SMTAI

Posted by Z.Shook on 10/1/2014 to Articles and Awards

Count On Tools Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, announces that it was awarded a 2014 Global Technology Award in the category of Best Environmentally Friendly Product for its ezLOAD PCB Support System. The award was presented to the company during a Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 ceremony that took place at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL during SMTA International.

The new ezLOAD PCB Support System features a precision-machined aluminum base with magnetic supports and soft, ESD-safe foam fingers. The system not only reduces changeover times, but also improves product build quality, increases revenues by providing significant cost savings, and eliminates component damage during the assembly process.

The ezLOAD PCB Support System is compatible with any SMT equipment, from pick-and-place to chip shooters, screen printers, dispensers, AOI equipment and more. The soft, flexible design makes it extremely durable and is proven to be reliable after testing in the most hazardous conditions. The ezLOAD PCB Support System is customizable depending on machine requirements, specialized components or specific design application requirements.

Premiering in 2005, the Global Technology Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

Count On Tools’ offers ASM Siplace Discontinued 702/902 Nozzles

Posted by Z.Shook on 4/14/2014 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 offers the discontinued 702/902 nozzle for ASM Siplace equipment.

ASM phased out the 702/902 nozzles in January 2013 with the 706/906 being offered as a direct replacement. Due to higher customer demand, COT continued production of the 702/902 nozzles in anticipation of customers still seeking to utilize the 702/902 nozzle geometry for 0201 (0.6 x 0.3 mm) and 0402 (1.0 x 0.5 mm) components in their pick-and-place equipment.

COT produces molded ceramic tips based on OEM designs utilizing the latest injection molding technology and materials. COT’s unique vacuum geometry provides excellent performance, saving customers time and money during production. All COT ASM Siplace nozzle bodies are machined from a high strength plastic, making them flexible and more durable than the competition.

COT’s ASM Siplace nozzles are available individually or in six-packs in the 701/901, 702/902, 704/904, 706/906 and 725/925 versions. COT’s current technology can be extended for applications including custom engineered nozzles for odd-form components such as LEDs, connectors, switches and more.

All nozzles are guaranteed to function properly with the original equipment. Every nozzle 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. 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. Saw Great Success at the IPC APEX Expo

Posted by Z.Shook on 4/14/2014 to Count On Tools News

Count On Tools Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, received great customer feedback at the recent IPC APEX EXPO. The company had many quality leads from new prospective customers with special interest in the StripFeeder .mod Version 2 system after the Circuits Assembly award ceremony on opening day of the show. COT received an NPI Award for its StripFeeder system as well as a Service Excellence Award for its customer service.

 New product lines that were showcased at the event included: The expanded series of StripFeeder .mod kits and accessories as well as the expanded line of ezLOAD modules and the new Mydata Feeder Repair parts. In addition to the company’s standard product range, the LED Nozzle Series and a broad assortment of custom nozzle designs for odd-form components were displayed.

 Additionally, products from the PB Swiss Tools division and Count On Tools’ Contract Machining Services were highlighted. 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.

Count On Tools Adds a Service Excellence Award to Its Repertoire

Posted by Z.Shook on 4/11/2014 to Articles and Awards

Count On Tools Inc. (COT) announces that it has been awarded a 2014 Circuits Assembly Service Excellence Award for its outstanding customer ratings, as judged by its own customers. Count On Tools was selected for the Equipment Suppliers Automation and handling equipment category.

Circuits Assembly Editor-in-Chief, Mike Buetow presented the award to Curt Couch, COT’s President, during a Tuesday, March 25, 2014 ceremony that took place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Mr. Couch commented about the award, “I must say that receiving our latest award from Circuits Assembly is the single most rewarding and gratifying award ever given to our company. Having customers grade you on what counts the most being customer service, is like receiving a ‘global stamp of approval’ and that what we’re doing is working and what we all expect as paying customers. Without satisfied customers our day-to-day activities in the way we handle success or problems is the measure of consistency and longevity in this industry or any for that matter. Having received this honor will not change how we treat our employees nor our customers but actually cause us to hold ourselves more accountable to strive to be the best at what we do while maintaining consistency along the way with both.”

 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 22nd 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’ StripFeeder Series Hits Triple Crown with NPI Award

Posted by Z.Shook on 3/31/2014 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 2014 NPI Award in the category of Automation Tools for its StripFeeder Modular (.mod) System version 2. The award was presented to the company during a Tuesday, March 25, 2014 ceremony that took place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during the IPC APEX EXPO. The StripFeeder System is the ideal solution for loading tape-and-reel components onto compact modules for prototyping and high-mix low-volume applications. This marks the company’s third award for the StripFeeder Series in the last year.          

The latest version of the StripFeeder Modular (.mod) System features 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. Additionally, the StripFeeder .mod System version 2 features removable rails that can be mounted to accommodate a wide array of tape sizes in the same feeder. Unlike the fixed width version, the StripFeeder .mod can be adjusted by removing the rails and re-positioning them on the base plate at the desired width (4mm pitched hole pattern). The rails align with precision pin locaters and lock down tightly with magnets to guarantee a stable, repeatable application. Customers who have already purchased StripFeeder System can contact COT about upgrading their systems to the latest version.

Premiering in 2008, the NPI Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

Count On Tools Announces Support Plates for the ezLOAD Board Support System

Posted by Z.Shook on 3/28/2014 to New SMT Products

Count On Tools Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, has announced the release of the new support plates for its line of ezLOAD Board Supports. By utilizing the support plates on the ezLOAD modules, customers can limit the movement of the ESD-safe foam fingers while shortening the compression height. This provides enhanced support for heavy load procedures. The ezLOAD Support Plates are available in 1/4" (0.25) and 3/8" (0.375) heights.

The new ezLOAD PCB Support System features a precision-machined aluminum base with magnetic supports and soft, ESD-safe foam fingers. The ezLOAD system not only reduces changeover times, but also improves product build quality, increases revenues by providing significant cost savings, and eliminates component damage during the assembly process.

Count On Tools’ ezLOAD PAD features active grip technology to securely hold boards during the manufacturing process and is ESD-safe. With the basic universal design, there are no mechanical functions to fail. The system requires no air, electronics or communication from the user. Most importantly, the ezLOAD PCB Support System is affordable compared to competitive products on the market.

The ezLOAD PCB Support System is compatible with any SMT equipment, from pick-and-place to chip shooters, screen printers, dispensers, AOI equipment and more. The soft, flexible design makes it extremely durable and is proven to be reliable after testing in the most hazardous conditions. The ezLOAD PCB Support System is customizable depending on machine requirements, specialized components or specific design application requirements.

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