LONDON CIL, the Whitchurch based electronics manufacturing and design company, has installed its third fully automated surface mount line in the last 14 months.
John Boston, CIL managing director, said, “We have invested £600 000 in SMT placement machinery recently but we are getting a healthy return on this investment from the amount of new work the increased capability is producing.”
“The type of work that is staying in the UK rather than going offshore involves complex boards where a higher degree of accuracy and improved repeatability is required,” added Boston. “We are also seeing more and more applications using BGA and FPGA style packages. The older type of SMT lines just cannot cope with this type of product and the reduced lead-times required by customers.
The latest in-line system incorporates a Tyco MIRAE1025P placement machine, a Speedprint SP880avi vision printer and a Tyco reflow oven. All three new lines at CIL can be used with lead free components.