The board wash holding fixture allows open exposure support
for PCBA (Printed Circuit Board Assembly), post solder flux removal via high
pressure hot water spray and hot air-knife impingement. Design simplicity,
along with stainless steel and aluminum construction result in a long-term life
cycle. "V" groove PCBA containment allows the assembly to literally "float"
between the top and bottom washer conveyors, and their associated water and air
streams. This protects the PCBA from the two washer conveyor wire-forms which
tend to snag components causing damaged or missing components. This design,
according to the company, virtually eliminates that rework requirement often
caused by the conveyors and/or the "protective" wire-form cage. This fixture
improves flux removal and post wash drying, and is suitable for use in both the
leaded and lead-free production processes. Open construction allows
significantly improved Post soldering flux removal and process drying, along
with shortened loading/unloading cycle time by virtue of the fixture "clamping"
action resulting from the opposing "V" grooves. A permanently mounted fixture
support base allows vertical capture of fixture and access to rapid loading and
unloading of PCBA's into and out of the fixture. This product allows a significant
cost reduction, quality improvement and performance improvement over the
screened cage alternative.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.