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SMT Hautes Technologies Adds Advantis AC-90T, Augments Partnership with Universal

Apr 10, 2012

Advantis 3 AC-90T – An ultra-high-speed small part placer

Advantis 3 AC-90T – An ultra-high-speed small part placer

SMT Hautes Technologies has further leveraged its alliance with Universal Instruments to enhance the company's capabilities and bolster its position as a leading-edge EMS provider. SMT Hautes has purchased an Advantis® AC-90T Platform for its Montreal, Canada production facility, extending its growing Universal Instruments surface mount production portfolio. The new high-speed machine is currently achieving 3X the throughput in half the footprint of the previous equipment set.

SMT Hautes Technologies is a global EMS provider specializing in quick turn for high-end complex electronics assemblies. The company’s solutions range from prototyping to highvolume requirements for an established global base of world-class customers. SMT Hautes features a dynamic, experienced workforce and 100% automated final inspection to deliver the highest-quality end-products to its customers.

The new platform represents a continued reliance on Universal Instruments’ equipment by SMT Hautes, as the company purchased both Advantis and Genesis Platform solutions in 2008 and 2011 respectively. Stephane Deschesnes, SMT Hautes’ President, endorses the newest acquisition, “As we continue our push to be more flexible and ever more capable, the AC-90T enables us to achieve both, thereby improving the value proposition to our customer base as we drive to be one of the premier manufacturers in North America. This further validates the strength of our partnership with Universal as a means of growing our company.”

SMT Hautes’ Director of Sales, Michael Simpson, notes, “The superb performance of our existing Universal equipment made this newest platform the right choice for us and the results have confirmed the selection. The AC-90T has been accurately placing the 0201 and 01005 passives that our previous equipment set could not, while doing so at a higher throughput rate and occupying a fraction of the floor space. Its breadth of capabilities has given us the ability to quote a much greater range of customer requirements. The new platform was also easily assimilated with the other Universal equipment in our production environment by means of common NPI, programming and optimization software, as well as common feeders.”

Universal’s Vice President of Sales, Brad Bennett, comments, “Continuing to build our relationship with SMT Hautes by integrating multiple generations of our SM platforms is a testament to the versatility of our product offering. We now have both Genesis and Advantis Platforms delivering results at the highest level in the same manufacturing environment. We’re very pleased to work with SMT Hautes as they evolve their high-technology, future-ready production model.”

The Advantis 3 portfolio includes both single- and triple-beam base models. Advantis 3 features an affordable entry price and low maintenance costs with VRM linear motor technology that provides improved accuracy, acceleration and velocity without the downtime of lead screwdriven positioning systems. Additional class-exclusive technologies such as the 30-spindle Lightning® head – the industry’s fastest – and a host of easily integrated performance options provide superior investment protection for growing requirements.

Advantis 3 is the only truly scalable placement platform, as vision capability can be expanded or spindles added without changing heads, for a throughput of up to 34,400 cph. A class-leading component range of 0201 passives through 150mm connectors and a large overlapping range between placement heads maximize utilization. A comprehensive suite of NPI software tools assists from new product introduction throughout production to achieve 100% first-pass yields and ensure the best possible PPM.


SMT Hautes Technologies has made its mark based on providing high-quality assembly of complex electronics assemblies requiring very quick turnaround. Our advanced equipment along with a dynamic workforce with a strong background in manufacturing allows us to provide solutions ranging from NPI to high-volume manufacturing. Our long-term customer relationships serve as proof that we have the flexibility to respond to our customers’ changing needs.

Universal Instruments is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced automation and assembly equipment solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry. Universal provides complete assembly lines to EMS Providers, ODMs and electronics assemblers around the world, leveraging its portfolio of compatible and flexible equipment platforms that address the diverse requirements of high-speed chip and multifunction placement applications as well as component insertion. Universal Instruments is headquartered in Binghamton, with offices in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

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