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Gen3 Systems Sees Fast-Growing Customer Base for the CM Series

Feb 23, 2016

Gen3 Systems Limited, a specialist British manufacturer and distributor, has seen a fast-growing customer base for the CM Series in the beginning of Q1 2016. Gen3 Systems was awarded, for the second consecutive time, ‘European Product of the Year’ from Global SMT & Packaging magazine – this time for the new CM Series redesign. The redesign was developed by Mark Routley and the Gen3 team.

Since mid-Summer 2015, Gen3 has been working very closely with Robert Bosch in Germany who have been seeking to implement a “Global Process” for all of their facilities around the world. After extensive evaluations, the CM22 has been selected for that role. The research work conducted by Robert Bosch was, by far, the most thorough into this subject since the U.S. Navy research of the mid-1970s.

Gen3 also achieved full approval from the defence contractor – Thales Group – in an investigation conducted to compare all competitive systems. All of this fully validates the UNIQUE capabilities of the CM Series with Gauge R&R, accuracy and linearity capabilities far beyond that of the competition.

In April 2015 in Weissling, near Munich, at the German ESA Headquarters, Gen3 gave a new PICT presentation that was very well received. The CM60 system is in use with several ESA contractors and this facilitates automatic approval with any ESA sub-contractor. Also, it is the first choice system with Rolls Royce. Gen3 has now submitted the new PICT Test Method into IEC – 61189-5-504.

Additionally, Gen3 is now part of the Task Group re-addressing section 8 of IPC-J-STD-001. It has been fully accepted that the requirement to clean to levels of <1.56µg/cm2 NaCl is being removed and consigned. It is being recognised that PICT is a more suitable and appropriate test method.

In addition to the CM Series, Gen3 also manufactures conformal coating process equipment – bench-top and in-line systems, and SIR, CAF and solderability testing systems. The company also offers a range of test services and distributes products for ACE, Finetech, Optilia, Vacunest, Stoelting, Hirox and MBTech.For more information about Gen3 Systems, visit www.gen3systems.com.


Gen3 Systems is a specialist manufacturer of test and measurement equipment used to help predict reliability of electronic circuits and systems in the field. In addition, the company designs and manufactures dip and spray coating process equipment in both in-line and bench-top formats. Gen3 is a specialist distributor for several leading equipment manufacturers including, ACE, FineTech, MBTech, MEK, Hirox, Optilia and, Aprotec Instrumentation, Solder Paste Inspection (SPI) systems.

Gen3 Systems also provides training, equipment and expertise for manufacturers requiring assessment of their electronic products’ reliability. The company also operates a test service and assists with standards development via both the IPC and IEC. Gen3 Systems operates from premises near Farnborough Business Park, on the M3 corridor and just 30 minutes from London’s Heathrow Airport.

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