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Europlacer Receives Order for Xpress Placement System

Apr 27, 2009

DORSET, UNITED KINGDOM - April 2009 - Blakell Europlacer Ltd., a designer and manufacturer of comprehensive SMT placement systems for the global electronics industry, announces that CT Production placed an order for the Xpress placement system.

CT Production (CTP) has provided electronics manufacturing services since it was founded in 1982. The present owners took control in 1998 and the company has grown steadily at an average of 20 percent annually, mainly from goodwill references. The company has a strong belief in offering excellent quality, on-time delivery and customer focused service.

CTP believes that continuous investment is essential to keeping ahead with technology and equipment. For example, CTP was one of the first UK manufacturers to offer lead-free services early in 2005, long before the RoHS directive of July 2006. The company continues to offer leaded processes for exempt products while it remains legal and viable.

The Xpress brings new vision to modular placement, combining high-speed and fine-pitch capabilities within an ultra compact footprint. At the heart of the Xpress placer is a placement head equipped with a full �on the fly� vision system, which can be used to analyze components ranging from 0201 to 50 x 50 mm QFPs. This advanced method of vision analysis results in remarkably fast tact times, even when placing a high proportion of fine-pitch devices.

CT's Managing Director, Alan Trevarton says,� We are delighted with this machine, which is in a line rated at 38,000 cph, together with a Finesse. We also have a Vitesse machine plus a slower Access4, now part of a third SMT line dedicated to prototyping and pre-production. The beauty of the Europlacers is that they are flexible and inter-compatible, so we can start a product's life on the slower line and, when it matures to production, move it to one of the faster lines very easily. This purchase is one of a range of initiatives being taken as part of our drive to offer the ideal manufacturing service.�

For more information about Europlacer's Xpress placement system, visit

About Europlacer

Europlacer has been developing machines for electronics assembly since the 1970s and invented the intelligent feeder concept in the 1980s.�After acquisition by Blakell Europlacer in 1991, the company moved away from split-axis to the inherently more capable X-Y architecture that underpins the company's machines today.�Europlacer's policy has been to ensure wherever possible that technology purchased many years ago, especially feeders, remain compatible with the latest equipment. Europlacer designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of highly flexible SMT placement systems for the global electronics industry. For more information, visit Europlacer's Web site at

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