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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.

Count On Tools Expands Selective Soldering Nozzles for Pillarhouse Equipment

Posted by Z.Shook on 3/26/2014 to New SMT Products

Count On Tools Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, announces that it now offers ID threaded versions of the Pillarhouse AP universal nozzles for its entire line of selective soldering machines. COT offers the OD threaded versions of the nozzles as well.

As Selective soldering becomes more popular in the electronics manufacturing industry, COT has realized the need for higher quality selective solder nozzles that can consistently apply flux and solder to component leads without disturbing nearby SMT components. By utilizing superior steel alloys made in the USA, along with the latest precision machining technologies, COT is able to produce selective soldering nozzles that have been proven to be more durable and last longer than those from the OEM, while still maintaining all of the original design properties.

The nozzles are available in all standards sizes; from 2.5mm to 14mm. Count On Tools also can provide identification marks that enable customers to easily identify leaded nozzles from lead-free versions. Additionally, COT offers custom selective solder nozzles based on specific application requirements. This includes special wave form sizes, multi-port and extended or shortened lengths.

“Our goal with this product line is to offer our customers a more cost-effective selective solder nozzle that will not only last longer than conventional nozzles, but will also outperform OEM nozzles in terms of accuracy and consistency,” said Zachery Shook, Marketing Director at Count On Tools, Inc. “It is our obligation to assist customers that wish to incorporate lean manufacturing into their operations by offering solutions that allow them to automate processes and become more streamlined in the production of circuit board assemblies.”

All nozzles are guaranteed to function properly with the original equipment. Every selective solder 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.

Nortech Systems Counts on the ezLOAD Board Support System to Reduce Changeover and Increase Revenues

Posted by Z.Shook on 3/24/2014 to Articles and Awards

Based in Wayzata, MN, Nortech Systems Inc. is a full-service electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider of wire and cable assemblies, printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA) and higher-level complete box build assemblies for a wide range of industries. Markets served include industrial equipment, aerospace/defense and medical. The company’s expertise includes medical device, industrial equipment, military/aerospace, machine vision, EMS contract manufacturing and wire & cable assembly solutions. Additionally, the company has a wide range of specialized, high-tech facilities used for the customized design, manufacture, testing and repair of its contract manufacturing solutions and cable assembly operations.

Over the years, the company has realized that circuit board designs have continued to become smaller and more densely populated. These designs use many fine-pitch components on both sides of the circuit. With these changes have come challenges in achieving adequate solder transfer during the screen printing process. After analyzing the process, Nortech Systems discovered that one of the biggest difficulties was providing adequate support for double-sided boards.

“We began to notice a growing failure trend related to the printing process. Solder bridging, solder voiding and inconsistent printing causing line stoppages prompted us to start looking at our options for achieving consistent and efficient printing,” said Michael Fritz, Maintenance Technician at Nortech Systems. “Several of the options that were tested came with new challenges, including increased setup times and rubber tooling tips that would wear out and cause component damage. We also tried reducing array sizes to reduce the need for boards; however, this option can increase board costs and reduce throughput.”

To combat these issues, the company looked to Count On Tools for its ezLOAD universal board supports.

Fritz confided that he was fairly skeptical that the flexible fingers would be adequate when printed double-sided boards. As a result, Nortech Systems requested a demo and tested it out in the following applications:

  • 150-piece production run of a 14-up assembly array (7 x 2) with 10 mil BGA apertures. This test resulted in zero defects on the BGA. This was great news and the customer was pleased with the increased quality of its product.
  • 100-piece production run of a 6-up assembly array (6 x 1) with extensive routing and S0-8 package components located at the edges of the circuit that were known to produce solder bridging. The test run was completed with zero defects on the S0-8 components.

Not only did the company reduce or even eliminate defects, it also decreased the amount of changeover time with the ease that the ezLOAD printed circuit board (PCB) support system provides. Nortech Systems has now tested the board support system on four different assemblies known to have solder voids and solder bridging and has achieved great results each time.

Count On Tools’ ezLOAD PCB support system not only reduces changeover times, but improves product build quality, increases revenues by providing significant cost savings, and can eliminate component damage during the assembly process.

The ezLOAD system features a modular universal design with only two parts: the support pad and the base. There are no mechanical functions to fail and it requires no air, electronics or communication from the user. The support pads feature ESD-safe active grip technology to securely hold boards during the assembly process. The support pads are capable of supporting densely populated, double-sided boards. The ezLOAD support pads are extremely durable because of the soft, flexible design, and are proven to be reliable after testing in the most hazardous conditions. Additionally, the ezLOAD base is precision machined from aircraft grade aluminum alloys to provide a strong and reliable support for boards. The magnetic locking base enables a quick, easy installation in the user’s machine. Other base designs are available for machines that feature non-magnetic tables.

Most importantly, the ezLOAD PCB Support System is affordable compared to competitive products on the market. Each component can be replaced or upgraded based on the customer’s specific product, equipment or application. The ezLOAD PCB Support System is simple to use: Simply place the unit on the equipment’s board support table and align as required. Multiple units can be arranged in rows (X & Y) for more support on larger boards. The ezLOAD PCB Support System is compatible with any SMT equipment, from pick-and-place to chipshooters, screen printers, dispensers, AOI and more. The ezLOAD system can be customized depending on machine requirements, specialized components or specific design application requirements.

“With the ezLOAD system, we continue to notice a significant reduction in defects on component issues including micro BGAs, fine-pitch ICs and leadless components,” added Fritz.

 For more information about Nortech Systems, contact Michael Fritz at 1120 Wayzata Blvd. East, Suite 201; Wayzata, MN 55391; 952-345-2244; Web site: www.nortechsys.com.

Count On Tools Announces Releases MecaTorque Line by PB Swiss Tools

Posted by Z.Shook on 2/24/2014 to New PB Products

Count On Tools Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, announces the launch of PB Swiss Tools’ MecaTorque tools. This new line of analog torque wrench screwdrivers is simple, reliable and safe for application.

The new PB Swiss Tools MecaTorque torque tools can be used in a multitude of ways. Thanks to their ergonomic handle construction and mechanical design without electronics and without batteries, they are reliable and safe for application. If needed, the handles can be adjusted: Users can adjust their torque without additional tools. This is done by unlocking the turning cap at the end of the handle, adjusting the desired value on the scale, and locking the turning cap again.

The new MecaTorque handle is available in four variants that are compatible with PB’s existing line of interchangeable blades and PrecisionBits. The handle for the range from 10 - 50 Nm is tailored to precise work: It is smaller and fits the interchangeable blades PB 53 for precision work. The larger handle is available in two versions: One for use with PB 215 interchangeable blades and one for use with C6 or E6 PrecisionBits. For high torques, the pistol-style handle provides support for perfect use. It is ideally matched for the use of PB 225 interchangeable blades.

All handles of the MecaTorque consist of non-slip material and feature ergonomics that are adjustable for various applications. The display on the analog scale is available as a metric [Nm] and a non-metric [ft*lbf] design. The new SwissGrip torque handles in ESD design ensure the discharge of electrostatic charges as well as when working in ESD-protected areas.

According to PB Swiss Tools, “The Emmental company PB Swiss Tools makes professionals more successful. Once again, the Swiss company is bringing a sophisticated innovation to the market. Its new MecaTorque torque tools allow safe, even and exact screw actions while working. Those using MecaTorque tools for their work have a handle on their working processes. The inside of the new products guarantees continuous, even tightening of screws with the specified torque. The MecaTorque is guaranteed at all times, at any time and over many years. Whether it is in manufacturing, assembly, electronics or any other application areas.”

All of the torque handles are supplied with test certificate +/- 6 percent according to EN ISO 6789. PB Swiss Tools offers a warranty of three years against manufacturing and material defects for all torque tools. The MecaTorque is 100 percent developed and manufactured in Switzerland.

All PB Swiss Tools products can be purchased online at www.pbtools.us.

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