Seica exhibited at the APEX show held in San Diego this year showing expanding lines of test and assembly equipment.The automated Pilot4DV8 was showcased fully automated in a batch line environment. The automated solution demonstrated a magazine and conveyance solution that allows customers to load different board part numbers for automated testing. Industrial automation software was discussed with those interested in full production line monitoring with the company’s new ‘standalone’ software that can be integrated with not only their equipment, but SMT line equipment, ovens, pick & place systems, X-ray and vision systems. All equipment and software are all Factory 4.0 ready. For those interested in RF measurements using a Flying Prober, the company was awarded a place in the exhibition hall, specifically for OEMs with newly released innovated solutions showing their high frequency measurement solution. This has been the company’s fourth award at APEX for its innovated product advancements.
The Compact line showed several solutions for production line testing, from ICT, to automotive, and RF functional testing. The Company showed 4 products; Compact TK, Compact Multi, and both, the Mini 80 and Mini 200 benchtop ATEs. From very simple ICT testing with a few 100 channels to high density solutions that perform combination testing, the company has a robust, easy to maintain, and easy to use solution for your production lines.
New for the show, this year was their top and bottom selective laser soldering system, the Firefly. This unit is ideal for automotive, high production through put and mil/aero applications. The Firefly is unique, as it requires no nitrogen and can be easily changed from lead to no-lead applications in under 5 minutes. The power consumption of their laser solution is far less than traditional molten solder solutions and easier to maintain and set up. The Firefly can also be easily integrated into assembly lines and a retrofit kit is available for third party integrators.
In regards to automation, there was a selection of loaders and unloaders shown. Specifically, the Firefly was set up with an input magazine and unloader. Under the name of “Seica Automation”, their sister division produces board conveyance systems for their own equipment but for full production lines that may not use the company’s equipment. Seica Automation equipment includes handlers, buffers, loaders, magazines, label applicators, vision inspection cells and rework cells, and all types of board handling solutions under the model names of FLO (standard) and FLEX (custom). The company is also able to customize a solution for your challenging board handling requirements.
New for 2017 is the company’s line of distributor products, such as the Modus GmbH, AOI conformal coat and THT inspection system, and SMH flash programming solutions. The Modus system is unique in the market due to its LED scanning system and high-resolution capability. Its ability to detect contamination is unprecedented on the market. The need in both the automotive and mil/aero markets are increasing due to the number of ongoing product recalls in 2016.