Nordson MARCH

Nordson MARCH is the global leader in plasma cleaning equipment and plasma applications technology. The company has designed and manufactured plasma equipment for more than 30 years.

Manufacturer of Assembly Equipment, Cleaning, Component Preparation, Repair/Rework, OEM

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Nordson MARCH Plasma Treatment Systems

Nordson MARCH is the global leader in plasma cleaning and plasma surface treatment equipment, and plasma applications technology. The company has designed and manufactured plasma surface treatment equipment for more than 30 years and has broad experience in the areas of advanced semiconductor packaging and assembly, wafer level packaging (WLP), printed circuit board manufacturing, life science & medical device assembly, and various large-scale industrial applications.

Nordson MARCH was formed through the merging of March Instruments of Concord, California, USA and Advanced Plasma Systems (APS) of St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. The company was acquired in 1999 by Nordson Corporation and referred to as March Plasma Systems until renamed Nordson MARCH in 2009.

Nordson MARCH headquarters are located in Concord, California, which also houses its product development staff, applications engineering, global technical service support and administrative functions. The company has its principal manufacturing locations in Carlsbad, California. International sales, service and plasma applications staff are located around the world in Maastricht, Netherlands; Tokyo, Japan; Shanghai, China; Hsinchu, Taiwan, and Singapore. Each facility is equipped with equipment for customer-specific applications support.

Nordson MARCH Postings

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Systems for Plasma Prior to Conformal Coating:

Plasma treatment prior to conformal coating addresses these detrimental manufacturing issues: Removes organic contaminants Eliminates flux and mold release residue Enhances surface wettabi...

Coating Equipment

Systems for Plasma Prior to Conformal Coating:

FlexTRAK Plasma Treatment System

Superior Plasma Process Quality and Automation in One System The Nordson MARCH FlexTRAK™ platform provides unparalleled treatment uniformity and process consistency. A three-axis symmetrical chamber ensures all p...

Surface Finish

FlexTRAK Plasma Treatment System

ModVIA Expandable Plasma System

Nordson MARCH's ModVIA™ system can be upgraded from 4 to 8 plasma cells to grow with production requirements and operations and is ideal for small- to medium-sized businesses or R&D institutions that process low-volume, high-mixture ...

Surface Finish

ModVIA Expandable Plasma System

VIA Series PCB Plasma Treatment Systems

Ideally suited for the printed circuit board (PCB) plasma manufacturing requirements, Nordson MARCH’s unique approach of isolated, temperature-controlled panel processing delivers superior plasma etching process capabilities for etch-back, p...

Surface Finish

VIA Series PCB Plasma Treatment Systems

2 technical articles »

Evaluating the Effects of Plasma Treatment prior to Conformal Coating on Eectronic Assemblies to Enhance Conformity of Coverage

Jun 01, 2017 | John D. Vanderford, Ann E. Paxton - Desich SMART Center, Dave Selestak - Nordson MARCH

The corrosion of Nickel-Palladium-Gold (Ni-Pd-Au) finish terminals in humid environments is known to be reduced with the application of a conformal coating such as acrylic. Corrosion has a higher rate of occurrence around the terminal ‘knee’ of a surface mount component, which may be reduced with the application of conformal coatings. Although radio frequency (RF) plasma processing is generally known to enhance conformity of conformal coating to surfaces through ionic bombardment, the effect on the functionality of assembled printed circuit boards (PCB) is not as well known.

The purpose of this study is to assess whether RF plasma processing can enhance the adhesive and coverage qualities of an acrylic conformal coating on PCBs, specifically on Ni-Pd-Au terminals with a knee, and if plasma processing has an effect on the electrical functionality of components and fully assembled PCB....

Is coating adhesion a problem?

Nov 09, 2016 | Dave Selestak, Alex Berlin, and Carla Loeffler

Nordson MARCH found a solution for a manufacturer of PCBAs used in ruggedized environments. Read how plasma prior to conformal coating reduced defects and virtually eliminated coating-related failures....

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Nordson MARCH Wins 2017 New Product Introduction Award for its ModVIA Plasma System

Mar 07, 2017 | Nordson MARCH has won the 2017 New Product Introduction (NPI) Award in the Surface Treatment Equipment category for its ModVIA™ Plasma Treatment System. The Award, sponsored by Printed Circuit Design and Fab magazine, was presented at a ceremony during IPC APEX 2017, held in San Diego, CA, on February 14, 2017.

Nordson MARCH's New Plasma Polymerization Deposition Systems Deposit Materials During Precision Manufacturing Processes

Feb 07, 2017 | Nordson MARCH introduces its PD Series Plasma Deposition Systems family, which uses plasma polymerization to deposit thin films uniformly during precision manufacturing and assembly processes to change the surface characteristics of a substrate. Plasma deposition can be used for applications in a wide range of industries, including medical, life sciences, industrial, semiconductor, MEMS, plastics, and electronics.

Nordson MARCH Receives Global Technology Award for FlexTRAK-CDS High-volume Plasma System

Oct 11, 2016 | Nordson MARCH received the 2016 Global Technology Award for its FlexTRAK®-CDS high-volume plasma system at a ceremony held in conjunction with the SMTA International conference in Rosemont, IL on September 27, 2016. The system removes contamination, etches surfaces to improve adhesion, and provides surface activation prior to die attach, wire bond, mold encapsulation, and underfill to lead frame strips, laminated substrates, and other strip-type electronic components.

Nordson MARCH's Plasma Confinement Ring Increases Etch Rate and Improves Treatment Uniformity for Wafer Processing

Sep 21, 2016 | Nordson MARCH introduces its Plasma Confinement Ring for wafer processing and wafer fan-out applications. The ring concentrates and focuses the plasma directly over the wafer to speed up the etching process, provide uniform plasma coverage, and to isolate the plasma on the wafer itself rather than the area around or below it. Process temperatures can be kept low because the ring increases etch rate capability without the need to increase the electrode temperature or add bias to the chuck.

Nordson MARCH Research Evaluates the Effects of RF Plasma Processing Prior to Conformal Coating on Adhesion, Conformity of Coverage, and Electrical Functionality

Mar 03, 2016 | Nordson MARCH has recently released a white paper showing the results of RF plasma processing on conformal coating adhesion, the conformity of the coating coverage, and the resulting effects on electrical functionality of a fully assembled printed circuit board. The research was done in conjunction with Nordson ASYMTEK, AirBorn Electronics, and SMART Microsystems (formerly known as Desich SMART Center). The paper can be downloaded at

Nordson MARCH StratoSPHERE Plasma Treatment System Expands Up to 6 Chambers for Increased Throughput and Flexibility

Aug 20, 2015 | Nordson MARCH announces that its StratoSPHERE™ Series plasma treatment equipment for wafer-level packaging and 3D packaging applications can now be configured in two, four, and even six chamber configurations for increased throughput and flexibility. The SPHERE™ plasma systems provide surface preparation and elimination of contamination for ashing, descum, bump, organic contamination removal, and wafer destress during semiconductor manufacturing operations, especially for applications such as 2.5D and 3D wafer-level fan-out.

Nordson MARCH Introduces the SPHERE Series Plasma Treatment Systems for Semiconductor Applications

Jul 01, 2015 | Nordson MARCH, a Nordson company (NASDAQ: NDSN)announces its new SPHERE™ Series plasma systems for wafer-level and 3D packaging applications. Based on Nordson MARCH's TRAK™ Series, the new series consists of the TrophoSPHERE™ and StratoSPHERE™ plasma treatment systems. The systems perform descum, ashing (photoresist/polymer stripping), dielectric etch, wafer bumping, organic contamination removal, and wafer destress. Both systems support automated handling and processing of round or square wafers and can process thin wafers with or without a carrier, depending upon the wafer thickness.

Nordson MARCH MaxVIA System Offers Superior PCB Plasma Treatment Uniformity for Varied Panel Sizes and Types

Jun 07, 2011 | Nordson MARCH announces the global availability of the MaxVIA™ plasma treatment system that streamlines the printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing process by quickly and uniformly treating a variety of panel sizes and types.

FlexTRAK-WR Plasma System nominated for 2007 Editors' Choice Best Product Award from Semiconductor International Magazine.

Jul 16, 2007 | March Plasma Systems has nominated its advanced wafer processing plasma system, the FlexTRAK-WR system, for the prestigious 2007 Editors' Choice Best Product Award sponsored by Semiconductor International magazine.

March Plasma Systems Receives Purchase Order for FlexTRAK-WR 200 mm Wafer Processing System

Apr 23, 2007 | March Plasma Systems has received a firm purchase order for a FlexTRAK-WR wafer processing system from a major semiconductor manufacturing company.

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