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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.