IPTE, a supplier of automated production equipment for the electronics and mechanics industry, will exhibit on the upcoming IPC Apex Expo (January 29 to 31) in San Diego, USA. The company will focus on three main categories during the exhibition: depaneler (PCB), test handling, and board handling. Due to that, the products EasyRouter (off-line low-cost PCB), Easy test handler ETH (economical test solution with compact footprint) and Test handler MFT 19 ” (Board handler for in-circuit- or functional-test as well as programming processes) will be shown.
The participation at the upcoming show is part of the company’s strong presence in North America. They’ve had their own subsidiary in the United States since 1997, located in Georgia. It used to be a sales and service unit but has now been fully developed into a production site. The total area of the subsidiary has expanded to 1,500 square meters, with 600 square meters office space and 900 square meters production site.
Loading and unloading of the depaneler
The machine is equipped with a productive milling tool featuring a speed of up to 60 mm/s for the fast routing of circuit boards from above. The loading and unloading of the depaneler takes place manually during the separating process via a rotating table on which non-complex and highly functional work-piece holders are mounted. The X and Y drive mechanisms for the milling operation during the separating process are equipped with modern, fast and precise linear-motor axes. For the easy programming of the depaneling process, the machine comes with the camera-based CATS (Camera Aided Teaching System). Moreover, the programming can be carried out by using standard dxf-files or with G-data codes. Both capabilities are available for off- or on-line operation respectively.
Easy test handler and test handler 19 ”
In-Circuit- or functional- test as well as programming processes can be inline automated with the company’s Easy test handler ETH and Test handler 19 ”. Both test handlers are practical for the use with single-circuit boards, multiple boards or corresponding carriers for circuit boards. Both, one or double-sided fixtures can be realized. The fixtures can be changed quickly and easily. For optional parallel use of more than one test handler, the handlers can be equipped with a bypass-segment. This allows a constant production process, which is not interrupted by the testing process. Moreover, the bypass can be used to optimize the cycle time. The Test handler MFT 19 ” is designed for the usage of 19 ” test equipment.
Apex, Booth 3809