A special project at KCS Elektronica

KCS Electronics assembly is located at the Kuipershaven in the historic center of Dordrecht in a characteristic harbor building (built around 1700). Behind this historic facade you will find a modern electronics manufacturing company.

Following a long range of interviews and research, KCS decided in November 2016, to significantly modernize SMD production in collaboration with W&S.

To achieve this goal, KCS decided to invest in assembly equipment, test equipment and a comprehensive software package to be able to produce the highest quality with maximum flexibility.

The following process steps were brought to the latest state of the art:

  • Pick & Place:
    • Juki Flexline KE3010 and KE3020 Pick & Place machines including matrix tray changer.
    • Juki Intelligent Shopfloor software for control of the Pick & Place machines combined with the advanced intelligent feeder system IFS-NX.
  • Reflow:
    • Heller 1707MKIII reflow oven with 7 zones on top and bottom side of the PCB.
  • Automatic Optical Inspection:
    • Koh Young Zenith 100% 3D measuring machine for AOI inspection.
  • Program Preparation / CAD Conversion:
    • Siemens – Unicam NPI software for fast and error-free conversion of CAD and BOM data as provided by the customers.

Mission Impossible?

Even though at W&S we do have quiet some experience with interesting installations of equipment in special buildings, a 17th century canal house with all the constraints was an interesting project for us.

The free space between the front of the property and the (unshielded) water of the harbour was about eight meters, this was a nice challenge for the forktruck driver. Inside the building the production floor where the new equipment was going to be placed consisted of three different levels. Also this meant a big challenge for the movers.

To get the reflow oven at the planned location, two height differences had to be bridged, and two door frames had to be temporarily removed. After these preparations we had an opening where the four meter long machine had to pass through with a clearance of less than 2 centimeters on the side.

Not much space between the building and the harbour
It fits, we measured correct 😉

AT the location where the Pick & Place machines are placed, there used to be an indoor swimming pool. Before arrival this swimming pool was completely filled with hard foam, and covered with a top layer of concrete.

After these preparations the surface was sufficiently stable for the very high precision Pick & Place machines.
(At these moments we are very happy with the exceptionally stable frame of the Juki machines).

Internal transport of the Juki machines was easy in comparison with the Heller oven.
All equipment arrived safely at the right location

After transportation and installation of the oven and the pick & place machines, placing the Koh Young AOI machine was easy to accomplish.

Mission Completed!

The result:
Thanks to the perfect collaboration between the highly professional movers, the (almost complete) KCS team and the W&S service team everything was in the right place within 2 business days and shortly after this KCS could start production with the new equipment.

The Heller oven installed and running.
The Juki Pick & Place line in full production

Meanwhile, KCS employees are already getting used very well to the new equipment and many high quality products are produced every day.

We wish KCS good luck and many years of worry-free production with the new equipment.


Through the involvement, knowledge and empathy during preparation,
W & S Benelux has managed to literally deliver a tailor made solution to KCS.

The technical support from W & S Benelux enabled us to learn the software
and equipment functionality in a short period of time.

With the new JUKI line, KCS produces most advanced electronics products
with minimal lead time.

— Arie Bogaard, Operations Director KCS BV —


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Electronics & Applications show 2017

Electronics & Applications 2017

W&S Benelux bv will be present at the Electronics and Applications show 2017.

Booth number: 7E088

You are very welcome to visit our booth for a fresh coffee, a cool drink and to discuss your ideas with us.

In the Live Production Line we will do a 100% 3D inspection of the gadget pcb after reflow soldering.

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MicroCare newsletter June 2016

MicroCare newsletter, advances in critical cleaning

MicroCare newsletter, Advances in critical cleaning

MicroCare has published a newsletter containing very interesting information regarding the costs of cleaning. The cleaning experts at MicroCare have just completed a highly detailed study comparing the costs of aqueous cleaning to the costs of vapor degreasing cleaning.

Click here to download the newsletter.

Juki Introduces the JX-350 LED Long Board Machine 1.5m

Juki JX350 LED long board

Juki Automation Systems (JAS), Inc., is pleased to introduce the new JX-350 LED mounter for long board production.

The JX-350 LED supports a wide variety of LED nozzles and can place up to six diffusing lenses over the top of the LED simultaneously for backlighting applications.

The new JX-350 LED Mounter offers a flexible placement system specially designed for LED lighting products and mid- to large LCD display backlights. It can support ultra-long boards up to 1,500mm, and Juki laser centering for high-speed, high accuracy placement offers the best in the industry.

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Juki introduces new GL Plus screen printer

Juki introduces new GL Plus screen printer
Juki GL Plus, click image for more info

GL Plus printer

The power of continuous improvement

The new GL Plus screen printer offers advanced performance and enhanced value.

Capable of reaching a process alignment of 2 Cpk@ ±25 microns 6 sigma, a 2 minute product changeover time, and a new product set up time in 10 minutes, the GL Plus is fast, flexible and precise.

Standard features:

  • User definable PCB flow direction
  • Automatic Width Control
  • Tool-free Top- and Sideclamping
  • Adjustable clamping pressure
  • SQG pressure front/rear can be set separately
  • Automatic stencil cleaning system: Wet/dry/vacuum
  • 2D SPI for misprint recognition
  • Stencil inspection with automatic triggering of stencil cleaning
  • Solder bead diameter check system with alarm function
  • SMEMA-, USB- and Ethernet-Interface

Kester Select-10 selective soldering flux


Kester Select 10 flux for selective soldering - bottle
Kester Select 10 flux for selective soldering

Kester presents  SELECT-10™ selective soldering flux, the liquid flux designed specifically for the needs of the selective soldering process.

SELECT-10™ is a zero-halogen, no-clean liquid flux designed to withstand long dwell times and high preheat temperatures.

Features of SELECT-10™:

  • Zero-Halogen Chemistry (none intentionally added)
  • Sustained Activity – flux is able to withstand long dwell times and high preheat temperatures to improve hole-fill and wetting on thick or challenging boards
  • Reliability Assurance – unheated flux will pass SIR testing therefore ensuring reliability in final assemblies
  • Controlled flux application, flux does not spread beyond the spray pattern
  • Ability to provide desired hole-fill with preheat temperatures over 135°C
  • Clear and Minimal Residue – clear residue that is non-tacky for improved cosmetics and testing
  • No Clogging – does not cause clogging of Dropjet heads
  • SELECT-10™ is classified as ROL0 flux under IPC J-STD-004B.

Contact us for detailed information or samples.

Koh Young Announces Sale of 1000th 3D AOI System

KY-Zenith-1000SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – Koh Young Technology announces the delivery of their 1000th 3D in-line Inspection AOI system, a Zenith model; the system was sold to Mando-Hella Electronics Corp. (MHE), located in Songdo, Incheon, South Korea. Mando-Hella is recognized as leading the trend in advanced electronic technology in the Korean automotive market.

In making the announcement, Dr. Kwangill Koh, CEO of Koh Young, said “The delivery of our 1000th in-line AOI system is a significant milestone for Koh Young Technology since we’ve started introducing 3D AOI from 2010. We are honored to have Mando-Hella Electronics deploy our Zenith systems to optimize their electronics manufacturing process. My thanks go out to the entire Koh Young family whose dedication, perseverance, and commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction have made this possible.”

In announcing their purchase, Keon Lee, Plant Manager of Mando-Hella Electronic in Korea, said, “We chose the Koh Young Zenith 3D AOI to increase product quality by using quantitative 3D measurement to overcome the shortcomings of 2D AOI technology. We are implementing Smart Factory setup configuration, helped in part by Koh Young’s KSMART Remote Monitoring System (RMS), part of our Industry 4.0 realization. We also expect ongoing process improvement through the integration of closed loop process control between our Koh Young SPI systems and our Mounters.”

MHE was the first company to introduce various state-of-the-art electronic products into the Korean market, including digital type torque and angle sensors, POWER Pack, a core control unit of electronic power steering systems (EPS), and radar, the brain of advanced driver assistance systems (DAS).

The Koh Young Zenith 3D AOI system measures the true profilometric shape of components, solder joints, patterns and even foreign material on assembled PCBs with patented 3-dimensional measurement, overcoming the shortcomings and vulnerabilities of traditional 2D AOI. Zenith uses 2D and 3D information for better visualization of the components and solder joints. This ability allows a true comparison with the IPC-A-610 standard for inspection. Thus, the acceptability of the solder joint is without question. Zenith is the first true 3D AOI system ever developed.

Agile Process Management is enabled with Koh Young Technology’s KSMART Remote Monitoring System (RMS), a portal to Industry 4.0 realization. KSMART RMS shares crucial Information such as yield data, machine condition, and defect data from different SPI and AOI systems to one location. Fewer engineers and operators are required for real-time multi-line management, which is now easier and centralized for higher productivity. Process status and analysis from individual production lines can also be managed from a remote location.

LPKF Launches Entirely New Flex Drilling & Cutting Laser

LPKF Microline 5000Electronics manufacturing equipment manufacturer and laser specialist LPKF Laser & Electronics AG is launching an entirely new laser drilling and cutting system specifically tailored to the needs of the flexible circuit industry.

The LPKF MicroLine 5000 is a UV laser based flex drilling system with a large working area of 21” x 24” and is available in two different laser power classes, depending on customer needs for various substrates and thicknesses. The system is equipped with precise process monitoring systems as well as intelligent vision systems for fiducial recognition and alignment.

Nils Heininger, Senior Vice President at LPKF explains, “We believed that the flex drilling market was underserved with the solutions currently existing in the marketplace in terms of speed, quality and cost. With LPKF being a specialist in laser based circuit processing, we felt we can do better and serve the industry with a modern laser system that is very fast and delivers superior quality drill holes at a very low cost of ownership.”

Although the system is mainly focused on high-speed drilling of both blind vias and through holes, it is equally effective for contour cutting of flexible circuits. With a small laser beam spot size of only 20 μm, it allows for precise cuts of intricate flex circuit geometries. The laser system is operating in the UV wavelength allowing it to drill and cut delicate substrate materials with a minimal heat affected zone. For added flexibility, LPKF’s MicroLine 5000 can also be configured for reel-to-reel handling of flex substrates.

Koh Young 3D SPI – Closed loop to printers

A new Koh Young brochure is available with the latest information about the “Closed Loop”  functionality for the SPI systems and major screen printers.

Closed Loop function

The Closed Loop option is a method of continually monitoring and adjusting a process to maintain a particular target value of outputs. The Closed Loop option, used between screen printers and solder paste inspection systems, uses inputs from an automated Solder Paste Inspection (SPI) system to control print parameters and actively prevent defects, instead of just identifying defects.

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