Bob Waterfall will be retiring on his 65th birthday (March 19th). Bob has been with Microtech for 18 years providing design, design support and technical consultancy both to Microtech and to many of our customers. Over the last 5 years Bob has been steadily reducing his working hours giving us the opportunity to plan for a smooth hand over of his duties and responsibilities. Please be assured that Microtech will continue to provide a high level of engineering and design support to our customers.
I would like to thank Bob for all he has done during his time at Microtech and wish him a long and happy retirement.
Simon Thomson Managing Director
Microtech has a policy that it will increase all employees’ knowledge and training. With this in mind a Health & Safety awareness course was organised to enhance the understanding of Health and Safety in the work place. Also employees will realise the commitments of the company to their well-being.
Martin Pearson from JJ Medics came in on the 5th June 2014 to instruct half of the production staff on the Health & Safety Course - Level 1 in which all staff members excelled and passed
Simon Archer (SMT Cell Manager) : “The Course was informative”
Bart Ledwon (Operations Manager) : “The course was needed as I was unaware of certain aspects”
Ron Wentworth (Stores Cell Manager) : “The course was a good refresher and made me aware of the legal side to Health and Safety”
The CMS-400 with its “pallet conveyor” is particularly suited to Microtech’s batch manufacturing. The machine is fully computer controlled allowing rapid reprogramming between batches of printed circuit boards (PCBs) that require different soldering profiles.
The settings can be stored and then recalled to configure the machine with 100% accuracy ready for when the next batch is needed.
The CMS-400 is designed to reduce waste; the use of Argon gas prevents unnecessary oxidation of the solder bath and dramatically reduces the amount of solder dross produced. The spray fluxer reduces flux usage by having sensors that ensure that only the PCB is fluxed. To save power, the solder bath and preheats are controlled by software. This allows the machine to switch on automatically in order to be ready for a planned run.
The CMS-400 will be installed, commissioned and working by the second week of January 2012.
Congratulations to Graham Mills and Adrian Grocott for completing the 4 day comprehensive training course and passing the exam to become 'Trained Trainers' in the IPC610 workmanship standard for PCB assembly.
Over the next few months all Microtech staff will be trained in IPC610 to levels appropriate for their job role.
Microtech has recently taken on two apprentices, Liam Fenwick and Koen Crawford. They will be following a three year training programme covering all aspects of Microtech's operations. Alongside this, they wil be undertaking a course at Aylesbury Training College. After their initial 14 week foundation course at college they will be working 4 days a week at Microtech and 1 day a week at college.
We have just installed Europlacers latest Pick and Place machine, the iineo 1. This can place components with an accuracy of +/- 35um allowing the placement of components as small as 0.4mm x 0.2mm (01005 components). The machine can place 14,000 components per hour (IPC placement rate of 11,580 c/h). The many advantages of this machine ensure that Microtech is "Ready for tomorrows challenges".