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Since partnering with Heller Industries last year, Altus Group, a leading supplier of capital equipment for the electronics industry, has seen growing interest in the company’s reflow oven technology including its latest innovation, the MK7.

Altus has introduced Heller Industries equipment to a wide variety of customers as it supports all production requirements from entry level NPI volumes, to the fastest throughput needed in automotive environments.

As an innovator in convection reflow and in-line continuous curing applications, Heller Industries MK7 Reflow Oven is one of the world’s best SMT convection reflow oven for high-throughput applications.

Joe Booth, Altus said: “Heller Industries are leaders in their field, having pioneered convection reflow soldering since the 1980s. Because they have many years of in-depth knowledge and understanding of reflow oven technology, we were thrilled to add them to the Altus portfolio. The addition of the MK7 Reflow Oven has enabled us to introduce their technology to even more of our customers because of its game changing benefits and massive energy-based ROI.

“Mk7 is designed with lower Delta T for superior thermal uniformity. It also has reduced nitrogen consumption of up to 40% and a new low height package that makes it easy to see across the production floor. There is also a flux collection system included trapping flux in collection jars that are easily removed and replaced while the oven is still running, so there is no downtime for changes.

“Another important feature is the energy management software. Energy saving is a hot topic at the moment and one which we are often asked about when it comes to new equipment. The MK7 software allows users to optimise energy consumption during the various production times, whether during heavy use or even when idle. With optimal airflow, uniformity and double insulation on all its skins there is at least a 20% energy saving when compared to the MK5 which was already comparable to others in the field.

It is not just software that makes this unit so energy efficient. Heller has modified the design of the heating zones to remove overall mass and reduce the distance from the fans to the product. This means that the oven requires less energy to heat up and less ongoing energy consumption to remain hot. This means that the oven warm up is faster (25%) and the oven is more reactive when reflowing higher thermal mass products, which helps keep the internal zone temperatures as uniform as possible to their set temperatures and in doing so, increases profile accuracy.

PCB West: The leading technical conference and exhibition for electronics engineers. Coming Oct. 4-7 to the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center.

Cranston, Rhode Island USA – AIM Solder, a leading global manufacturer of solder assembly materials for the electronics industry, is pleased to announce the expansion of its Business Development group with the promotion of Petr Bettinec to the position of Business Development Manager, Europe.

In this position, Petr will develop the company’s efforts at large multi-site, multi- national electronics producers in the critical European electronics marketplace. By focusing on this key region, he will bring knowledge regarding the requirements of the industry to all of AIM’s efforts, enabling the company to develop and promote products effectively in the EU and globally, now and into the future.

"Petr’s broad experience, including his proven success as Eastern Europe Sales Manager with AIM, has earned him this new position,” said AIM’s Vice President – Business Development, Andy Dolan. “We look forward to the positive impact he will have while expanding our business in this very important region."

Petr will continue to be based in the Czech Republic and can be reached at

PCB West: The leading technical conference and exhibition for electronics engineers. Coming Oct. 4-7 to the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center.

Yamaha Motor Robotics FA Section will show visitors to Motek 2022 its family of compact, affordable industrial robots boost the productivity of common component-handling and product-assembly processes.

Topical demonstrations at Yamaha’s booth, 7515 in hall 7, will present SCARA, cartesian, and single-axis robots, and the LCMR200 linear conveyor module, highlighting their speed, accuracy, and flexibility.

The LCMR200, which has programmable direction, speed, acceleration, and stop positions, solves workpiece-transport challenges in robot assembly cells as well as manual production lines. At Motek, Yamaha will combine LCMR200 units with a cartesian robot to show how parts can be quickly moved between processes. The LCMR200 allows robots to work on items without first removing them from the module, which can save engineering costs and reduce cycle time.

Yamaha LCMR200

Also at Motek this year, an automated bonding demonstration will show SCARA and cartesian robots working together to accelerate adhesive deposition and ensure precision assembly. In addition, single-axis robots from the Yamaha Robonity series will show how they can address numerous applications for transport, feeding, and general process automation throughout today’s factories. The slim units are designed with high rigidity and a low centre of gravity for rock-solid automation and highly repeatable positioning. The Robonity lineup includes models with up to 1100mm stroke length and up to 2400mm/s excursion speed.

Yamaha’s affordable YK-XE SCARA range, which allows a low cost of entry into flexible automation, will also be on display. The smallest YK-XE model has arm length of just 400mm, with 4kg maximum load handling, for moving and assembling small items with high positional accuracy. Three further models offer arm length up to 710mm and up to 10kg maximum load. The demonstration will combine the YK-XE robot with an Asycube bulk-parts sorter to assist with picking. The Asycube interface leverages software developed by Yamaha to integrate and coordinate the two systems.

Visitors can also see the software packages available to help select, simulate, and program robots in standalone or group configurations. They include the RCX-Studio 2020 for programming SCARA, cartesian, and LCMR200 systems, and a software toolkit for RCX3 series controllers. In addition, the Robonity controller and software tools for offline configuration and real-time performance monitoring ensure the best performance from single-axis robots.

Motek, the trade fair for automation in production and assembly, is in Stuttgart from October 4-7. Yamaha’s industrial robot experts will be available throughout the show to discuss the demonstrations and any further questions about applying advanced robots to solve today’s automation challenges.

For further information, please visit

ABOUT YAMAHA Robotics FA Section

Yamaha Factory Automation Section (FA Section), a subdivision of Yamaha Motor Robotics Business Unit in Yamaha Motor Corporation, is focused on delivering flexible, high-accuracy industrial robots for precision automation challenges.

With its roots in the introduction of robot technology to Yamaha motorcycle assembly activities, the division has over 40 years’ experience solving automation challenges from factory-scale to micron-level. Yamaha’s industrial robots are now trusted by leading corporations worldwide, in activities as diverse as semiconductor fabrication and assembling electronic products, domestic appliances, automotive components, and large liquid-crystal panels.

Yamaha Motor FA Section offers a unified range of solutions for robotic assembly, including single-axis robots, SCARA, cartesian, and articulated robots. Innovations such as the LCMR200 linear conveyor module; a smoother, space-saving and more versatile successor to conventional belt and roller conveyors continue to set the pace in factory automation. Core robotic technologies as well as key components and complete robot systems are all produced in-house, ensuring consistent quality and control over lead-times.

Headquartered in Neuss, Germany, Yamaha FA Section serves customers in all Europe.


Sarasota Florida – July 2022 – WPI Vision, a division of World Precision Instruments, is pleased to announce that it has signed on Circuit Technology, Inc. (CTI) as its manufacturers’ representative. Bob Doetzer will represent the new 3D SpectaSCOPE™ inspection microscope systems in North and South Carolina. CTI is a manufacturers’ representative group and IPC Master Training Center. The products represented by the company are used in electronics manufacturing and cover nearly every facet of circuit board production and repair as well as IPC training.

Under the new agreement, CTI will represent the 3D SpectaSCOPE – a game changer for the PCBA industry. For the first time, the microscope has increased return on investment (ROI) by solving some of the problems in the PCBA process. With patent-pending technology and intuitive copyrighted software, the 3D SpectaSCOPE inspection microscope utilizes enhanced reality screen technology with high resolution cameras.

The ergonomic 3D inspection microscope features an incredible working distance of 300 mm, automatic self-focusing, integrated image capture and true 3-dimensional viewing. The 3D SpectaSCOPE lets users increase throughput while achieving greater accuracy at the highest detail. The 3D SpectaSCOPE is optimal for rework, through-hole assembly and inspections, and it is available in multiple configurations.

Reduce time and errors and increase ROI by adding the 3D SpectaSCOPE into your inspection process. Available with a free 14-day try before you buy, 3D SPECTASCOPE can be tested out to prove its effectiveness on your inspection bench. For more information, visit

For more information about CTI’s products and services, contact Bob Doetzer at 919-552-3434 or visit

About WPI Vision and 3D SPECTASCOPE

The genesis of 3D SpectaSCOPE was driven by the engineers at WPI to solve some of the persistent problems in the production process and inspection in the PCBA industry. A byproduct of the bio-medical and research industry, 3D SpectaSCOPE is available for immediate FREE trials at or by calling (866) 606-1974.

WPI Vision is in the business of enriching the stereo microscopic process using patent pending technology to provide an superior user experience when compared with any other product at its price point. By leveraging advances in displays, CMOS sensors and processing power, WPIV is redefining how microscopic needs and problems are met and answered. WPI Vision is a wholly owned subsidiary of World Precision Instrument. Founded in 1967, WPI is a world leader in research laboratory product design and manufacturing with offices around the globe.

Collaboration drives leading-edge automation solutions for smart manufacturing.

US-based electronics manufacturing solutions provider Universal Instruments Corporation announced today the completion of the company’s acquisition by Delta Electronics, Inc., a global leading provider of smart energy-saving solutions for e-mobility, ICT and energy infrastructure, as well as for smart buildings and factories. With more than 50 years developing its core competence in high-efficiency power electronics and with sales, R&D and manufacturing capabilities spread over 5 continents, Delta’s Industrial Automation Business Group offers a broad spectrum of industrial automation products and solutions that serve a myriad of industries, including electronics manufacturing. Universal boasts a 100-year history and specializes in providing precision automation solutions for advanced high-accuracy, multi-process applications for semiconductor and electronics assembly.

The cooperation is expected to generate substantial benefits by leveraging both companies’ R&D and global customer base to offer comprehensive, progressive smart manufacturing capabilities for the electronics industry. Universal will continue to operate under its existing management team as a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta.

Jean-Luc Pelissier, Universal’s chief executive officer, notes that the partnership will greatly strengthen Universal’s market position in the USA and worldwide, enabling the company to accelerate its growth ambitions. “Delta has been a long-term customer partner of Universal Instruments, and we are privileged to now be part of the Delta family,” says Pelissier. “Delta’s global scale and footprint, smart manufacturing prowess, and deep understanding of electronics automation needs, fully supports our technology development and growth strategy. This unique combination will expand our scalability, improve our global reach, and also complement our supply chain and manufacturing footprint, thereby greatly benefiting all our customers.”

Based in Conklin, NY, Universal Instruments is an industry pioneer with a lineage of innovations that have led to more than 500 technology patents and close to 30,000 systems delivered to date. From making printed circuit board insertion equipment for IBM in the 1960s, Universal has evolved to offer comprehensive advanced semiconductor packaging, precision automation, and PCB assembly solutions, backed by the mature process expertise of its Advanced Process Lab.

“Universal Instruments has built a remarkable track record and long-lasting customer relationships in the electronics manufacturing field, which is a key focus of Delta’s industrial automation business,” says Delta’s CEO, Ping Cheng. “Furthermore, by adding Universal’s precision automation machine offering and leading technologies to our highly diversified industrial automation portfolio, we can offer customers total solutions capable of enhancing the productivity and carbon footprint of their production lines.” Cheng also appreciates the value of Universal’s experience in standard automation machine design, thus enhancing and accelerating the development of Delta’s next-generation smart manufacturing solutions.

To learn more about Universal’s solutions for any electronics manufacturing challenge, contact Universal Instruments at +1-800-432-2607 or +1-607-779-7522 or visit

Altus Group, a leading distributor of capital equipment for the electronics assembly industry, is increasing its Spare Parts and Logistics department to support the company as business continues to grow throughout the UK and Ireland.

As the company expands ensuring customers receive equipment and accompanying goods efficiently has never been more important. With Altus adding 15-20 new partners year on year since 2017, servicing these customers is of the utmost importance. Simon Richings, a professional with an employment history that includes extensive experience in customer service and issue management, has joined the team to make sure every customer receives an unrivalled customer service.

Dylan Jones, Altus Spares and Logistics Manager, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Simon into the team. It comes at a perfect time as Altus is experiencing company growth.

“As a company that takes the long-term view, it is important for us that all the cogs in the wheel are turning together and every department is working to the best of its ability. The continued growth impacts the central processes that our office team support. Having more experienced hands to call on means that we can continue our forecast growth but still offer the rapid response and support our complex logistical projects require. “I am sure that Simon will slot right in, and we will see the benefits immediately of our additional capacity for customers in the UK and Ireland alike.”

The Altus Spares and Logistics team includes employees with the knowledge and experience to drive forward an unrivalled service and optimal customer experience with a high fill rate.

Supply chain management and attention to detail have also never been more important. Projects which include purchases from global suppliers must be realised in the suggested timeline and with limited risk. Growing the department will ensure this is achieved.

“With operational processes and systems in place to futureproof the company’s growth, partners can not only purchase top quality equipment but also receive a fast and consistent service,” said Dylan. “With our strategy of making aftercare a priority, it is not surprising that the company continues to grow.”

PCB West: The leading technical conference and exhibition for electronics engineers. Coming Oct. 4-7 to the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center.



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