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.

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8 products »

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

PD Plasma Deposition Series

Nordson MARCH's PD Series uses plasma polymerization to deposit materials during precision manufacturing processes. The PD Series for plasma deposition uses a gas vapor, or heated liquid monomer vapor delivery system to deposit coa...

Surface Finish

PD Plasma Deposition Series

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

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

RIE Anisotropic & Isotropic Plasma Etching System

Nordson MARCH's RIE-1701 Plasma System is designed for advanced etching applications such as: removal of interlayer films for failure analysis, de-encapsulation and dielectric material removal, etching of oxides, nitrides, polyimides, silicon...

Surface Finish

RIE Anisotropic & Isotropic Plasma Etching System

SPHERE Wafer Series Plasma Treatment Systems

Designed for wafer processing, Nordson MARCH's SPHERE™ series plasma systems are ideal for wafer-level and 3D packaging applications. Plasma applications include descum, ashing/photoresist/polymer stripping, dielectric etch, wafer bumpi...

Surface Finish

SPHERE Wafer Series Plasma Treatment Systems

AP Batch Series Plasma Treatment Equipment

Nordson MARCH's AP series of vacuum plasma treatment systems includes batch units with small, mid-size and large vacuum chamber options that deliver process correlation, controller continuity and reliable, reproducible vacuum gas plasma treat...

Surface Finish

AP Batch Series Plasma Treatment Equipment

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

2 technical articles »

Evaluating the Effects of Plasma Treatment prior to Conformal Coating on Electronic 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....

17 news releases »

Nordson MARCH Receives Vision and Innovation Awards at NEPCON China for its RollVIA Self-contained Vacuum Plasma System

May 31, 2018 | Nordson MARCH announces that it has received the VISION Award from SMT China magazine and the Innovation Award from Electronics Manufacturing (EM) Asia magazine for its new-generation RollVIA™ plasma system. The awards were presented at NEPCON China, held in the Shanghai EXPO World Center, Shanghai, China, on April 24 and 25, 2018. The RollVIA™ plasma system is used for plasma applications such as surface activation for improved adhesion, carbon removal and descum/desmear for cleaner surfaces, and etchback, which removes a slight amount of dielectric contamination between internal copper planes during printed circuit board (PCB) production. The RollVIA provides uniform plasma treatment of substrates as thin as 25 microns.

Nordson MARCH Receives NPI Award for its RollVIA Self-contained Vacuum Plasma System

Mar 07, 2018 | Nordson MARCH announces that it has received a 2018 New Product Introduction (NPI) award in the Surface Treatment category for its new-generation RollVIA™ plasma system. The system is used for plasma applications such as surface activation for improved adhesion, carbon removal and descum/desmear for cleaner surfaces, and etchback, which removes a slight amount of dielectric contamination between internal copper planes during printed circuit board (PCB) production. The RollVIA provides uniform plasma treatment of substrates as thin as 25 microns.

Nordson MARCH MesoSPHERE Plasma Systems Enable Very High Throughput Processing for 3D and Wafer-level Package Assembly

Feb 01, 2018 | Nordson MARCH introduces the MesoSPHERE™ Plasma System for very-high throughput processing of 3D and wafer-level packaging processes such as fan-in, fan-out, wafer-level, and panel-level -handling wafers up to 450mm and panels up to 480mm. The MesoSPHERE's new, patented W3 three-axis symmetrical plasma chamber ensures that all areas of the wafer are treated equally and uniformly. Tight control over all process parameters gives highly repeatable results.

Nordson MARCH Introduces the new-generation RollVIA plasma system for roll-to-roll production in PCB manufacturing operations Completely Self-Contained with Integrated Pump Package

Nov 29, 2017 | Nordson MARCH announces its new-generation RollVIA™ plasma system, a completely self-contained vacuum plasma system with production-proven, roll-to-roll material handling for flexible printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing. The new RollVIA incorporates unique vacuum and gas flow technology, new process control technology, updated electrode designs, and superior temperature management with precise control of roll speed, tension, and edge guidance for uniform plasma treatment of substrates as thin as 25 microns. The RollVIA system is used for plasma applications such as surface activation for improved adhesion, carbon removal and descum/desmear for cleaner surfaces, and etchback, which removes a slight amount of dielectric contamination between internal copper planes during production of PCBs.

Nordson MARCH Will be Ready to Discuss Plasma Technologies at Productronica 2017

Nov 08, 2017 | Nordson MARCH will be ready to discuss plasma technologies for printed circuit board, microelectronics, and semiconductor packaging in stand A2.345/445 at Productronica, the world’s leading trade fair for electronics development and production, to be held in Munich, Germany, November 14-17, 2017.

Nordson MARCH Presents Paper at SMTA Guadalajara on Enhancing Performance of PCBAs Using Plasma Treatment

Oct 05, 2017 | Nordson MARCH will present the paper, Enhancing the Performance of Printed Circuit Board Assemblies Using Plasma Treatment, at SMTA Guadalajara 2017. David Foote, Global Applications Manager, Nordson MARCH, will discuss the fundamentals of plasma treatment. Specific applications and examples will be shown to demonstrate the many uses and benefits of plasma processing for printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs), including managing electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage.

Revolutionary AOI, AXI and & Bondtesting from Nordson at NEPCON South China

Aug 03, 2017 | Nordson DAGE, Nordson MATRIX, and Nordson YESTECH, divisions of Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN), will exhibit in Stand 1H20 at NEPCON South China, scheduled to take place August 29-31, 2017 at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. Test and inspection solutions from Nordson DAGE, Nordson MATRIX and Nordson YESTECH will be demonstrated at the event.

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.

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