Step Stencils

Multi-level stencils, also known as “step” stencils, are developed using multiple techniques to improve stencil printing.  Mixed steps (up & down) have become an important component of stencil printing because, when adjusting aperture sizes and stencil thickness fails to optimize solder paste volumes, step stencils “step up to the plate” to meet the challenge. How … Read More

APEX 2018 Highlights Market Trends

Methods Automation was thrilled to participate in this year’s IPC APEX Show in San Diego, California. After speaking to suppliers over the course of the event, we gathered that there has been significant growth in sales over the past year within the industry.  The unanimous feedback was an optimistic approach for the future, with many … Read More

OC-SCAN CCX.3

We are starting 2018 with some exciting news!  Methods Automation is pleased to be representing a new product line, Optical Control. The SMD X-Ray Scanner OC-SCAN CCX.3 provides automated inventory counting with >99.9% accuracy for reels, matrix trays, cut tape and sticks. The OC-SCAN CCX.3 was first introduced in 2013, and has since undergone continued … Read More

BlueRing Stencils

BlueRing Stencils is a full-service stencil manufacturer that is committed to supplying the most advanced, high quality stencil printing technologies in the circuit board assembly industry.  The company was formed in 2017 from the merger of two powerhouse SMT Stencil manufacturing companies, Metal Etching Technology (MET) and Fine Line Stencil (FLS).  The merger combines most … Read More

ViTiny UM08 HDMI Digital Microscope

Overview The ViTiny UM08 Tabletop HDMI Inspection Microscope delivers full HD 1080P images at 60 fps, so it is an excellent product to consider for speedy inspection on PWA production lines.  The product is equipped with WDR image processing, noise reduction, and image stabilization technologies. The built-in 5 object lens offers a parfocal distance at … Read More

AMP One Ultra Low Voiding Solder Paste

Hot topic: Why is voiding a problem? Voids have the potential to cause two major defects in a PCB solder joint: Voids can lead to mechanical weaknesses which can create cracks in the solder joint. Voids can also hinder thermal dissipation, preventing heat transfer away from a component, ultimately leading to thermal failure. Combining new … Read More

Breakthrough Developments in AOI Technology:

Nordson YESTECH’s FX-940 ULTRA 3D AOI Nordson YESTECH’s FX-940 ULTRA 3D AOI combines advanced 2D and 3D imaging technology to provide a superior inspection solution.  The FX-940 ULTRA boasts improvement and increased throughput by way of: Greatly improved defect identification levels True solder joint volume measurement Verification of correct part assembly > 50% reduction in … Read More

New Year, New IPC Training Class Schedule!

 Here’s what we have in store for 2017 IPC Training’s classes IPC-A-600 CIS/CIT Acceptability of Printed Boards Training and Certification Program IPC-A-610 CIS/CIT PWA Inspection Criteria IPC/WHMA-A-620 CIS/CIT Wire Harness Assembly Inspection Criteria Combination Classes IPC-7711/21 CIS/CIT Hands on Rework & Repair IPC-JSTD-001 CIS/CIT Hands on Soldering Process Custom on-site classes and training Kits What’s … Read More

New to Methods Automation: Kilews West

About Kilews We are very excited to announce the addition of Kilews to our portfolio of assembly tool offerings.  Kilews is an established global electric driver OEM that has set up shop in the United States to serve our market directly. Kilews offers a comprehensive line of AC and DC screw drivers, feeders, and torque … Read More

Cubus by Essemtec

The Cubus is a fully automated component storage cabinet for reels and JEDEC trays.  It can also house boxes with various contents from connectors to assembly materials to PCBs, with a total weight of up to 7 lbs per shelf.   The spacing of the shelves is freely user configurable and thus allows you to … Read More