The latest addition to our machine park required a total of three overseas containers, which were delivered and unloaded within one day. You could already guess that the new wet machine would be big, and that’s how it turned out: The DES line from the Asian manufacturer UCE has a total length of 23 meters. We had previously carried out some conversion work in the area so that the line could be optimally integrated into our production.
During the LAUFFER Technology Days, ILFA Managing Director Thomas Michels and LAUFFER Managing Director Christof Lauffer announce a close cooperation, which is sealed with a joint letter of intent. The new investment project, which is part of ILFA’s modernisation offensive, is aimed at a highly automated lamination centre that will sustainably support PCB production at ILFA’s Hanover site.
In mid-July, we had already received six ROBI-FLEX 2×1 loaders and unloaders from LHMT and integrated them into our production. Now, in September, the next delivery took place and another four of the handling devices were installed in our OFT (surface technology). This has further increased our degree of automation, because now loading and unloading is also fully automatic on our deburring machine and on the palladium line for direct metallisation.
For its expansion plans, the Hanover-based PCB producer ILFA relies on the expertise of the respective industry leaders. In the field of wet chemistry and electroplating, the specialist Atotech has now been acquired. The Berlin-based company is one of the world’s leading suppliers of special chemical processes and equipment for the printed circuit board, chip carrier and semiconductor industries and is distinguished by its excellent support and services, among other things.
Modernization at Hanover-based PCB manufacturer ILFA is progressing steadily: with the placement of an order worth a total of several million euros, the leading English supplier of PCB services and machine equipment Viking Test Ltd. has been contracted to supply state-of-the-art wet machines from the Asian market leader UCE for production.