Customer Story: Prototype-to-Production Assembly of Innovative Radiation Detection Products

Collaboration is one of the most important driving forces for continued growth in any business. Kromek, a leading developer of radiation detection products, has been able to meet its growth demand through an effective 20 years collaboration with Finetech and an assembly equipment pathway.

Kromek is at the forefront of CZT (cadmium zinc telluride)-based radiation detector development, providing a way for medical device manufacturers to offer a scalable, modular solution for all quantitative SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) systems assembled into hand-held surgical cameras, thyroid imaging, molecular breast imaging, cardiac SPECT, preclinical or veterinary SPECT, and general-purpose whole-body SPECT. The change from conventional scintillator technology to CZT is like moving up from a black-and-white vacuum-tube television to a digital, high-definition, color flat-screen TV.  

Prototype-to-production assembly of array radiation detectors
John Eger, Process Engineer for Kromek, has had a nearly 20 year, long-term relationship with Finetech, installing his first 5 µm FINEPLACER® pico die bonder back in 2002.

The machine provided John the ability to prove out his concept through R&D to moderate production volume. As demand grew, the human limitations of repeatability and throughput, along with the need for higher accuracies, dictated a clear need for a new equipment solution. Finetech supported the transition to the fully-automated FINEPLACER® femto 2 bonder.

Kromek‘s volume assembly processes consist of epoxy dispense and picking and placing of multiple high density array radiation detectors with high precision. 

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