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Count On Tools Launches Redesigned Online Catalog and Web Site

Posted by ZShook on 7/31/2013 to Count On Tools News

Count On Tools (COT) Inc., a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, has launched its interactive online catalog and redesigned Web site. The online resource, located at www.nozzles4smt.com, is loaded with new features to enhance the Count On Tools' online shopping experience.

The enhanced Web site offers customers the same product range with more extensive technical information, and a more logical and user-friendly interface. The newly streamlined site features an exciting new design to make it faster, easier to navigate and more intuitive. COT's updated site now operates more efficiently with the new online catalog that retains a wealth of product and technical information. The new online catalog was developed to inform and help customers understand COT's complete scope of products and services. Upgrades to the new Web site include:

Design ― Count On Tools offers users a fresh new look while maintaining the wealth of product information available on its complete line of SMT nozzles, tooling, and other consumables. New and featured products can be found on the home page. Customers can stay up-to-date on the latest product and company news with the integrated blog. This interactive catalog system allows users to find the products they need most to keep their production on track. 

Navigation & Search ― Count On Tools has simplified the structure of the Web site by developing a consistent menu and simplified interface that makes navigation simple and straightforward.  With the new site, it is easier than ever to quickly locate specific products for your pick-and-place equipment. The site now offers SmartSearch technology that quickly indexes all product information and provides predictive search results as you type. Additionally, the site features an easy-to-navigate site structure based on machine OEM and types, along with category and product index links on every page.

Orders & Payments ― COT's new site features more ways to pay for orders to align with current customer accounts. COT now offers payment via Invoice with net terms, credit card orders, wire transfer payments, and even PayPal. These options allow for faster order processing, especially for International customers as well as customers seeking rush shipments on critical components.

Countless customers around the globe put their trust in COT's quality nozzles and associated consumables. The upgrades to the online store make it possible for Count On Tools to become the Internet's one-stop source for quality replacement parts for SMT pick-and-place machines.  COT has been the original source for quality nozzles and associated consumables in the electronics manufacturing industry for more than 20 years. The company's nozzles and associated consumables are in use at many of the world's leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) companies.

Count On Tools Announces Full Solution Package for Odd Form Components

Posted by Z. Shook on 7/17/2013 to New SMT Products

Count On Tools (COT) Inc., a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, announces a new addition to its custom nozzle engineering services with the Full Solution Package for Odd Form Components. With this new program, Count On Tools can offer customers placing odd form components the ability to streamline their process by purchasing a custom designed SMT placement tool along with the award-winning Stripfeeder .mod Version 2 kit. This combination provides a universal feeder platform for presenting the components in the equipment as well as a placement tool guaranteed to accurately and repeatedly place odd form components.

“This program not only offers significant cost savings for the end-user, but it also provides the board builder a full process solution from pick to place of odd form components in any SMT equipment,” says Zachery Shook, Marketing Director for Count On Tools, Inc.

By including the Stripfeeder .mod V2 kit, customers can take advantage of including oversized components in their equipment without the need for expensive custom feeders. The Stripfeeder .mod V2 kit 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 V2 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.

The innovative design holds the components securely in the machined tracks to prevent parts from being miss-picked, flipped in the pocket, or lost. Also, customers can remove rails to accommodate larger components up to 120mm tape width. The StripFeeder .mod system is built to JEDEC-standards and size specifications to allow the unit to be utilized in most types of SMT equipment or JEDEC-style tray feeder units.

Count On Tools has the experience and manufacturing flexibility to develop custom engineered solutions to satisfy individual process requirements. Customers wishing to participate in this program can submit information regarding the type of component to be placed, the equipment being used, as well as any other process requirements by email to sales@cotinc.com. If samples are available they can be submitted as well. 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.

Count On Tools Announces Improvements for Fuji NXT 2D Barcodes

Posted by Z. Shook on 7/17/2013 to New SMT Products

Count On Tools (COT) Inc., a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, announces that it has developed an improved process for marking its Fuji NXT products. With the cooperation of advanced labeling system manufacturers, COT has established a new layer of identification and protection for its products that is unmatched in the industry.

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. COT provides all standard size nozzles in all three styles including:

  • 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)

Every COT Fuji NXT nozzle features both the original 2D data matrix code and OEM color matrix code for easy identification of the nozzles by the user and the machine software. The new cutting-edge 2D barcode allows for endless marking applications that require durability, flexibility and resistance to forgery. This is a perfect fit for SMT placement tooling. The mil-spec material is even resistant to abrasion, grease, oils and many other chemicals. The most important feature; however, is the clear black and white mark that is easily read by the machine software and is guaranteed to never fade.

COT also offers a 2D barcode repair service for customers who have existing nozzles that cannot be recognized by the machine due to the worn or faded barcode. With this new system, all previous nozzle versions can be upgraded for extended use. This provides significant cost savings over purchasing new nozzles.

Count On Tools Introduces Custom Gripper Nozzles for Panasonic CM Machines

Posted by Z. Shook on 7/17/2013 to New SMT Products

Count On Tools (COT) Inc., a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, announces that it now offers Custom Gripper Nozzles for Panasonic CM and NPM machines with multi-function placement heads. These nozzles feature precision machined, vacuum-actuated jaws for securely gripping a variety of parts and shapes that cannot be placed with traditional SMT placement tools. The COT Gripper Nozzles easily pick components from several input types, such as tape, trays, and other feeding solutions.

Additionally, COT can generally provide a finished nozzle within seven to ten days, saving customers up to 50 percent over OEM designs for custom nozzles. There are no design fees and COT provides free quotes based on the equipment and type of component being placed.

All nozzles are guaranteed to function properly with the original equipment. Every nozzle manufactured by COT comes standard with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. If any customer is not 100 percent satisfied with the performance or quality of a product, COT will replace it or offer a full refund.

Count On Tools, Inc. Launches MYDATA Feeder Repair Program

Posted by Z. Shook on 7/15/2013 to New SMT Products

Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, today announced plans 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 guarantees their functionality in the equipment and the ability to extend the life cycle of worn or damaged feeders.

Starting in late September 2013, COT will begin accepting customer feeders for evaluation for repair. The program will be officially launched during SMTA International in Fort Worth, TX this October. For more information, visit www.cotinc.com.