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ESSEMTEC to Attend 16th Annual SMTA Atlanta Expo & Tech Forum

Apr 16, 2012

 Essemtec, a leading manufacturer of surface mount technology (SMT) production equipment, announces that it will exhibit at the upcoming SMTA 16th Annual Atlanta Expo & Tech Forum, scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Gwinnett Civic Center in Duluth, GA. Essemtec staff will be on site to discuss some of its industry favorites including Paraquda 4, Tucano, EXPERT-LINE and more.

The Paraquda 4 pick-and-place system combines a large feeder capacity, fast programming and changeover while the machine is running, with the ability to quickly place any component from 01005 up to 80 x70 mm including fine-pitch, BGA, CSP or flip chips. The Paraquda series automatic pick-and-place machines are designed to fulfill the requirements of a high-mix SMT production. All SMD components are placed quickly, and are reproducible and reliable using modern placement technologies.

The system features a three-stage conveyor with automatic rail adjustment, and a tool changer with 1x36 positions and 14 nozzles. The high-resolution fly-by vision system is equipped with the latest Cognex SMD image processing technology, thus can detect any kind of component – even odd-shaped parts. The Paraquda is the first machine generation worldwide that is operated by ePlace – the new standard in pick-and-place software.

ePlace, the new software designed entirely by Essemtec, is based on the company’s eez-technology. It has been fully developed in .net, uses an integrated database and offers a modern, interactive, intelligent and intuitive tool for controlling all parameters.

Essemtec’s Tucano automatic stencil printer was designed based on experiences from solar wafer printing and metallization. The printer uniquely combines accuracy and quality with high-speed and reliability. Tucano features a unique double camera vision system with no moving parts or mirrors.

Tucano features a unique design with only one XY-drive for vision, PCB stopper, stencil cleaning system, stencil load and unload, and 2-D inspection. The special design increases the reliability of the printer and simplifies maintenance. Additionally, Tucano requires less space than other printers with a 23.6 x 22.8 inch printing area on a footprint of only 1.3 m2. It uses fewer motors than other systems for its operation and, therefore, uses less drive control electronics and energy.

Production of today’s SMT boards for prototyping or small batches requires tools to ensure the highest quality standards. Essemtec’s EXPERT-LINE system provides these tools with a complete family of pick-and-place machines. With more than 2000 systems in daily use worldwide, the EXPERT-SAFP comes with most configuration features standard, including a micro adjust PCB holder (x, y, theta), microprocessor control, XY measurement system, interface and software, and many optional features including micro camera and prism QFP alignment system. The EXPERT-SAFP also boasts a 600-800 cph placement speed chip and a 100-200 cph placement speed IC. 

The system is equipped with Essemtec’s patented pick-and-place head with air sus­pension. This unique feature allows for adjustable placement force, which results in precise placements even after long periods. The lightweight pantograph arm and the air suspended placement head allow for fast, accurate operation with almost no force.

Additionally, an integrated micropro­cessor controls all operations. Because of the EXPERT-SAFP‘s modularity, all functions are included within the electronics, making future upgrades possible. An LCD provides clear status about the operating mode of the system.

For more information about Essemtec’s flexible production equipment, visit the company at the show or on the Web at www.essemtec-usa.com.



Essemtec is a worldwide leader in the manufacture of Surface Mount Technology (SMT) production equipment. Essemtec specializes in high mix production equipment for printed circuit boards (PCB) using Surface Mount Technology.
Essemtec is the only manufacturer to cover the entire production process, from printers and/or dispensers, to pick-and-place and soldering equipment. Therefore, customers benefit from unparalleled knowledge and the ability to select, from a single source, a complete process solution to meet their requirements.

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