Surface Mount Technology companies
With numerous facilities in the United States, we are one of the electronics industry's leading manufacturers of lead-free solder products, superior quality stencils, and precision cut parts.
FCT Assembly was created in April 2004 after the purchase of Fine Line Stencil, Inc. and consists of two basic operations: stencil manufacturing and the manufacture of electronic assembly products such as solder paste, solder flux and solder (both conventional 63/37 and lead free) bar.
The assembly products are manufactured in the Greeley, Colorado plant and the stencils are manufactured in the Colorado Springs, Colorado and Milpitas, California facilities. The stencils can be fabricated by both laser cutting and chemical etch. Additional details of our stencil operation can be obtained by going to our stencil operation web site at www.finelinestencil.com
One of the more exciting changes in the electronic assembly industry is to move towards lead free soldering. A majority of lead free solder paste users in North America have settled on the so-called SAC alloys. This alloy consists of Tin (Sn), Silver (Ag) and Copper (Cu). FCT Assembly provides the solder paste flux vehicles that are compatible with this and other lead free solder paste alloys. In wave soldering, the industry is roughly divided into two lead free solder alloys:
FCT Assembly is a licensee for the Nihon Superior SN100 lead free solder products for North America and Brazil. A licensing agreement has enabled FCT Assembly to manufacture the Nihon Superior SN100C lead free solder in North America, including Canada, United States, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.
The advantages of SN100C over the SAC alloys are numerous and include:
BGA Rework Stencils are now available direct to you and may be a major product improvement over what you are may be using now. FCT Assembly BGA Rework Stencils are designed to make your rework faster and cleaner. The materials used, design and pre...
Fine Line Stencil is a technology leading manufacture, committed to delivering the highest quality laser stencils and related products in the industry. Fine Line Stencils highly-polished PrintMaster and Slic-Blade nickel squeegee bl...
Fine Line Stencil is a technology leading manufacture, committed to delivering the highest quality laser stencils in the industry. We use the most advanced laser and material technologies available in the world to meet current and future ind...
By combining our latest wire and alloy technologies with SN100c, FCT Assembly has an advantage over all other suppliers in paste, wire and flux. Product ...
FCT Solder has positioned itself as a leader in lead-free solder products. As a licensee of Nihon Superior’s patented technology, we manufacture and sell the leading lead-free alloy, SN100C. FCT Solder is the original licensee of Nihon Su...
FCT Assembly Fluxes are designed to be used with both SN100c and SAC305 alloys. By combining our latest flux tecnologies with SN100c, FCT Assembly has an advantage over all other suppliers in paste, wire and flux. FCT Assembl...
Tip tinner to aid in cleaning and re-tinning solder iron tips de-wetted by use which can’t be repaired with sponge pads and cored solder wire. Use of TTC100C LEAD FREE Tip Tinner offers the following advantages...
WS159 water washable solder paste is designed to provide humidity tolerance and excellent wetting to meet the requirements for reliable solder joints in PCB Assemblies. WS159 offers high levels of repeatability and consistency even in a wide ra...
Solder additive to aid in reducing the solder dross buildup in both static and wave soldering pots containing SN100c. AO1000 can reduce solder usage by as much as 50%. FCT Assembly has developed AO1000 Anti-Oxidant S...
FCT Assembly has partnered with Nihon Superior to be able to offer their patented lead free nickel stabilized tin/copper wave solder alloy- SN100C in North America. SN100C was developed to offer a technically superior and more economical option...
NC676 No Clean Solder Paste is a new generation halide-free, rosin-based chemistry designed to provide a previously unseen level of repeatability and consistency to the printing process. This paste offers an excellent open time, extended abando...
A-Laser's services focus on four forms of laser ablation: routing, drilling, skiving, and depanelling. Diode pumped frequency tripled NdYag lasers +/- .0005" tolerances 50+ years...
Fine Line Stencil is committed to delivering the highest quality laser stencils in the industry. SLIC™ Stencils Electroformed (ElectroLaser™) Stencils Advanced laser technology for y...
Mar 22, 2017 | Tony Lentz
Water soluble lead-free solder paste is widely used in today’s SMT processes, but the industry is slowly moving away from water soluble solder pastes in favor of no-clean solder pastes. This shift in usage of solder paste is driven by an effort to eliminate the water wash process. Some components cannot tolerate water wash and elimination of water washing streamlines the SMT process. Despite this shift, certain applications lend themselves to the use of water soluble solder paste.
This paper details the research and development of a new water soluble lead-free solder paste which improves on the performance characteristics of existing technologies....
Jan 21, 2016 | Tony Lentz
Solder paste has long been viewed as "black magic". This "black magic" can easily be dispelled through a solder paste evaluation. Unfortunately, solder paste evaluation can be a challenge for electronic assemblers. Interrupting the production schedule to perform an evaluation is usually the first hurdle. Choosing the solder paste properties to test is simple, but testing for these properties can be difficult. Special equipment or materials may be required depending upon the tests that are chosen. Once the testing is complete, how does one make the decision to choose a solder paste? Is the decision based on gut feel or hard data?
This paper presents a process for evaluating solder pastes using a variety of methods. These methods are quick to run and are challenging, revealing the strengths and weaknesses of solder pastes. Methods detailed in this paper include: print volume, stencil life, response to pause, open time, tack force over time, wetting, solder balling, graping, voiding, accelerated aging, and others....
Apr 12, 2012 | Robert Dervaes, V.P. Technology
Surface mount technology (SMT) started in the 1960s and became more common in the 1980s. It is the dominant technology in use today. Through-hole technology is still in use, and will be for the foreseeable future, but the drive towards miniaturization of ...
Apr 09, 2012 | FCT Assembly
As the electronics assembly industry evolves, printed circuit board (PCB) features and surface mount technology (SMT) components continue to get smaller and smaller. This miniaturization shrinks the process window at print, placement, and reflow, increasi...
Mar 30, 2016 | FCT Assembly has formulated a unique halogen-free water soluble flux with high activity and neutral pH. FCT's 159HF is a highly versatile solder flux formulated to perform under high temperatures and is compatible with both leaded and lead free alloys. With the low solids content of 159HF, the water soluble flux is applicable in selective; drop-jet spray soldering applications while also being ideal for wave soldering. Because the flux stays active under critical temperatures during pre-heat and wave, 159HF performs exceptionally well in high temperature applications, especially with manufacturers using multilayer boards with lots of heat sink resulting in improved topside fill.
Mar 29, 2016 | FCT Assembly (www.fctassembly.com), a leader in the development and manufacturing of high performance solders and advanced fluxes; has formulated a unique halogen-free water soluble flux with high activity and neutral pH. FCT’s 159HF is a highly versatile solder flux formulated to perform under high temperatures and is compatible with both leaded and lead free alloys.
Feb 25, 2016 | FCT Assembly (www.fctassembly.com), well-known in the electronics assembly industry for its Fine Line Stencil and FCT Solder divisions, will highlight its broad portfolio of printing products at IPC APEX 2016 (www.ipcapexexpo.org), as well as take part in multiple technical conference programs. From booth # 1139 over March 15 - 17, the FCT exhibit will play host to the company’s various technologies including innovative step/relief stencil capabilities, NanoSlic Gold coated stencil and newly formulated, pre-released water soluble paste, WS890.
Feb 24, 2016 | Introduced to the electronics market in 2014, NanoSlic is a proprietary thermoset polymer coating that renders metals, glass and polymers hydrophobic and oleophobic for improved protection and performance. FCT has developed not only the breakthrough chemistry, but also the equipment and application process that provide a turnkey stencil coating solution, NanoSlic Gold. Though used in multiple markets (www.nanoslic.com) for various safeguarding purposes, for electronics assembly applications, NanoSlic-coated stencils dramatically improve printing performance.
Dec 04, 2015 | December 3, 2015 – Continuing to invest in the most advanced stencil production technologies, FCT Assembly’s Fine Line Stencil division today announced that it has added a next-generation micro-milling system to its operation to enable production of highly-accurate step -- or multi-level -- stencils.
Nov 17, 2015 | November 17, 2015 -- At last week’s Productronica event held in Munich, Germany, FCT Assembly was honored with a Global Technology Award for its new, VOC-free stencil coating, NanoSlic® (www.nanoslic.com). This award win comes on the heels of several successes for NanoSlic, including recent expansion of the company’s licensing network and increased use of the coating technology among global electronics manufacturing firms.
Sep 01, 2015 | FCT Assembly (www.fctassembly.com), well-known in the electronics assembly industry for its Fine Line Stencil and FCT Solder divisions, will highlight its broad portfolio of products at SMTA International 2015 (www.smta.org/smtai/), as well as take part in the conference program and live process demonstrations on the show floor.
Aug 04, 2015 | Cardica, a designer and manufacturer of proprietary stapling and automated anastomotic devices for cardiac and laparoscopic surgical procedures, has partnered with precision laser-cutting and engineering firm, A-Laser, to expand and refine its line of next-generation medical devices.
Jun 08, 2015 | A-Laser, an FCT Companies business, today announced that it has doubled the size of its precision laser and marking facility to accommodate growing demand for its services. Simultaneously, the company has appointed optics, photonics and global inventory specialist, Fred Schumacher, to the position of Operations Manager. Together, these moves will position A-Laser for continued growth and success.
Jun 08, 2015 | FCT Companies, a leading chemistry, electronic stencil and specialty manufacturing business, announces the official opening of its new state-of-the-art facility in Guadalajara, Mexico. While FCT has long had a significant presence in Mexico through sales, service and distribution, the company’s Fine-Line Stencil operation in Guadalajara marks its first manufacturing site in the region and is a noteworthy addition to the broad FCT offering.
Colorado Sales Office
FCT ASSEMBLY, INC.
343 West Drake Road, Suite 270
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80526, USA
A-Laser Precision Parts Division
675 Trade Zone Boulevard
Milpitas, California, 95035, USA
Fineline Stencil Division
631 Presidential Drive
Richardson, Texas, 75081, USA
Fineline Stencil Division
3715 S. Perkins Road, Suite 17
Memphis, Tennessee, 38118, USA