Post Falls, ID�Integrated Ideas & Technologies, Inc. has developed a prototype solder paste printing tool, the Desktop Companion II.
The Desktop Companion II was created as a solution to printing inconsistently routed boards. Previous methods of prototype printing dictated individual boards be tapped down, then printed. With a Desktop� stencil mounted to the adjustable plate on the Desktop Companion II, the two tension screws can be loosened, allowing the movement of the stencil in both the x and y axis.
�When board manufacturers have a tolerance of +/- 0.010� on a route, and there is fine pitch or other small parts on the board, that 0.010� could result in bridging. This product allows the stencil to move, rather than each board, to compensate for the difference in the board edges and speed up the printing process. If you have 100 boards to run and each board has to be taped down, you're looking at a lot of time and several rolls of masking tape� states Michael Ray, developer of the Desktop Companion II and president of IIT, Inc.
For more information regarding this product, please visit IIT's website at http://www.integratedideas.com