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Count On Tools Inc. Announces Improvements to Revolutionary StripFeeder Trays

Posted by Z. Shook on 11/3/2011 to New SMT Products

Count On Tools Inc., a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, is pleased to announce improvements to its revolutionary StripFeeder Trays for loading tape-and-reel components onto compact modules for prototyping and high-mix low-volume applications.

The newly re-designed StripFeeder Trays now feature re-usable adhesive layers on the tracks to securely hold down tape-and-reel during the assembly process. This prevents components from being disturbed by the pick-and-place action of the equipment and provides a non-violent system for fragile components or loose packaging. In-house testing proved that the adhesive is effective even after hundreds of installations with the tape-and-reel components. Also, the adhesive can be removed and replaced after it is worn out.

The new StripFeeder Trays are a cost effective way to load many components in the machine without having to purchase expensive feeders. The quick-to-assemble, easy-to-install modules are designed for quick loading of tape-and-reel components on existing SMT pick-and-place equipment with fiducial markers for alignment.

The trays are available for tape ranging from 8 to 72mm wide with many pre-designed configurations to choose from as well as fully customizable widths and pitches based on process requirements. 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. The trays are compatible with any style SMT pick-and-place equipment or JEDEC-style Tray Feeders.

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Count On Tools Inc. Develops New LED Nozzle Series

Posted by Z. Shook on 11/2/2011 to New SMT Products

Count On Tools Inc., a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, announces the development of a new series of LED nozzles. Recognizing issues with LED component handling during the pick-and-place process, Count On Tools went back to the drawing board to create a new nozzle approach to overcome the tackiness or stickiness of the LED substrates.

COT's new technology utilizes an exclusive semi-rigid material made from organic compounds to create a vacuum bond with components that is guaranteed to improve placement accuracy and reliability with LED components while overcoming issues with the substrate. This new design also improves LED component release onto the board, preventing misplaced LEDs, lost components, or miss-picks.

Count On Tools’ new LED nozzle series can be applied to any style of pick-and-place nozzle for any OEM or machine type. Additionally, Count On Tools can generally provide a finished nozzle within three to five days, saving customers up to 50 percent over OEM designs for custom nozzles. Some nozzle designs can even be made the same day with the company’s existing nozzle tip selection straight off of the shelf. There are no design fees and Count On Tools provides free quotes based on the equipment and type of LED being placed.

Recent growth in LED technology and solid state lighting has provided the electronics manufacturing industry with viable solutions for today’s electronic devices. As a result, companies in the Surface Mount Technology (SMT) industry are expanding their manufacturing capabilities to meet this demand. The range of new and potential applications for LEDs in electronics is practically endless. Count On Tools has realized this trend and worked to quickly develop a line of nozzle designs that will allow customers to accurately and consistently place LEDs with its existing SMT pick-and-place equipment. By working closely with the LED component manufacturers, Count On Tools guarantees secure picking of all fragile components and accurate placement on circuit boards. Count On Tools' LED nozzle series is available for all types of SMT pick-and-place equipment and tooling.

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 to prevent costly investments in new equipment or increased labor from hand placements of odd-form components. This line of custom LED nozzles allows us to help customers achieve better placement with odd-form components.”

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.

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Count On Tools Announces Successful SMTA International Expo

Posted by Z. Shook on 11/1/2011 to Event News

Count On Tools Inc., a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, is pleased to announce the success of its latest developments in SMT nozzles and consumables at the recent SMTA International Conference & Exhibition.

“This year’s SMTAI show was a success. As we celebrated our 20th anniversary with customers, we were able to not only meet some new customers, but also gain some great exposure with our new StripFeeder product launch,” commented Curt Couch, Count On Tools’ CEO about the show.

At the show, Count On Tools’ representatives celebrated the company’s 20-year anniversary with special gifts for attendees who stopped by the booth. Additionally, the launch of the new StripFeeder trays was a tremendous success.

The new StripFeeder Trays are a cost effective way to load many components in the machine without having to purchase expensive feeders. The easy-to-install modules are designed for quick loading of tape-and-reel components on existing SMT pick-and-place equipment with fiducial markers for alignment.

Count On Tools products and services can help 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. The Count On Tools product range can be found in leading EMS companies worldwide.

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