Finetech Delivers 2.000th Bonding System

In January 2013, Finetech proudly handed over the 2000th FINEPLACER® bonding system. The Russian Institute for High Energy Physics will now work with a FINEPLACER® lambda.

Together with EuroIntech, a Moscow-based company representing Finetechs micro assembly equipment line throughout Russia, Finetech has been serving the Russian market for several years. Numerous academies, universities and scientific institutions all over the country have already put their trust on the bonding and advanced rework systems "Made in Germany".

With more than 20 years of business experience and thousands of machine installations all over the world Finetech is a premium partner for customers from a wide spectrum of industries, including aerospace, medical engineering, consumer electronics, semiconductor engineering, optics electronics and defense as well as all kinds of educational, research and development centers.

The beginning of 2013 marks a proud and special date for Finetech. With delivering and installing a new FINEPLACER® lambda at the Institute for High Energy Physics in Protvino (IHEP) near Moscow, Finetech successfully brings into service the 2.000th FINEPLACER® bonding system worldwide!

The acclaimed IHEP which has close networks within the international scientific community is home to Russia's largest particle accelerator. IHEP physicians are taking an active part in a multitude of international scientific programs, i.e the experimental use and further development of the Large Hadron Colliders, together with CERN.

During machine installation in January 2013, IHEP Chief Science Officer D.Sc. Alexander P. Vorobyev , in charge of evaluating and introducing the machine to the institute, was kind enough to  do a short interview and provide some insights into the selection process that led to the decision to go with a FINEPLACER® lambda:


1.    The IHEP made a decision to invest into a FINEPLACER® system. What were the deciding factors?

In the field of high energy physics, test equipment used for research of subatomic matter structures often integrates pixel array detectors. These detectors allow identifying the accurate spatial position of radioactive reaction products with a deviation of only a few microns. Manufacturing the semiconductor detectors follows the flip chip bonding principle and requires sub-micron placement accuracy. We had looked into a number of suitable machines visiting laboratories in several countries (Switzerland, France, Germany, and Finland). In the end, we've found that the FINEPLACER® lambda by Finetech would match our criteria best (scale of production, maintenance, required resources, infrastructure, etc.).

2.    The IHEP is co-operating with physics institutions all over the world, for example CERN, DESY and Fermilab, some of those are also customers of Finetech. Have you had the chance to gather impressions and maybe work with FINEPLACER® systems while at their facilities?

Yes, we were aware that several of our partners abroad would already be using FINEPLACER® lambda systems for the production of pixel array detectors. They showed trust in their machines so this was a decisive factor why we opted for Finetech. It is really important for us to be able to get qualified consulting service and support if we should run into some issues.

3.    Could you describe in short which kinds of application are planned to run on the FINEPLACER® lambda?  Can you talk a bit about the projects which the machine will be used for?

For the time being, the system will be operated as flip chip bonder for the production of pixel array detectors needed for the detection of charged particles with our IHEP and JINR synchrotrons. This will help pushing our practical experiments in the field of high energy physics to the next level of quality. We received requests for pixel array detectors from the centers of synchrotron radiation at the Kurchatov Institute (Moscow) and INP (Novosibirsk). There are also plans to use the detectors for new developments in the field of medical engineering (particularly detectors based on Gallium arsenide).

4.    Placement accuracy, Parallelism, flexible and modular equipment – which of the system's key competences are the most relevant for your challenges?

Basically, all of the mentioned characteristics are essential for manufacturing pixel array detectors but they will also allow and be crucial for applications in basic research, industry, medical engineering etc.

5.    Finally, could you please give us your opinion on the co-operation with Finetech to date, especially when reflecting the consulting and evaluation stage? How important was it for you to have a local support contact with EuroIntech?

So far we are more than happy about the ways we can co-operate with both Finetech and EuroIntech. For example, I found it remarkable that EuroIntech made arrangements that allowed us running detector manufacturing sample tests directly at the Finetech headquarters a whole year before we finally agreed on a contract of purchase.

From our experiences with many highly advanced scientific apparatuses from abroad we've come across in the past we knew that the machine manufacturer providing local support is absolutely helpful. To have EuroIntech around is a very reassuring fact because we can be sure the FINEPLACER® lambda will always be operated as effective as possible.

Thank you for the interview and the best of success for your future plans and projects!

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