Finetech en-gb Copyright Sat, 05 Dec 2020 07:45:55 +0100 Sat, 05 Dec 2020 07:45:55 +0100 news-185 Mon, 03 Feb 2020 14:51:52 +0100 Customer Story: The Core of Highly Flexible Rework Siemens AG in Fürth, Germany, successfully uses the hot air rework system FINEPLACER® coreplus for rework tasks in the production of electronics for industrial applications. Around the globe, Siemens locations rely on Finetech systems for rework of electronic components and high-accuracy semiconductor assembly. One of them is the long-established production site in Fürth Hardhöhe, Germany. For decades, this Siemens facility has been producing electronic components, standardized and customer-specific modules and complete systems for industrial use, i.e. control and automation technology, as well as medical and energy technology.

The wide spectrum of different electronics manufactured in Fürth is unique in the realm of Siemens. It requires highly versatile production facilities, and also a very flexible approach to reworking manufacturing-related error cases at the production environment level. Not least, the rework results have to be extremely reliable, as Siemens offers its industrial customers a warranty of up to 25 years on electronic components.

However, reworking very small components and assemblies on densely populated printed circuit boards is particularly demanding. The infrared heating technology previously used by Siemens had reached its limits with regard to optimum heat distribution, so Siemens was looking for a partner that could offer a state-of-the-art solution.

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news-184 Wed, 29 Jan 2020 07:47:48 +0100 Finetech Presents at MIT’s Integrated Photonics Bootcamp On January 17, Finetech participated in Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Integrated Photonics bootcamp, a week-long, hands-on learning experience at the MIT.nano facility.  The training allows participants to explore and learn to solve problems using lab equipment, preparing them for the challenges they will face in the workforce. The session covered precision bonding fundamentals: optics, die and substrate temperature, alignment tolerances, thermal mismatch, inert atmosphere, and force.  A review of bonding technologies included thermo-compression and thermo-sonic bonding, and UV adhesive cure.

Finetech provided a demonstration of flip-chip bonding using the FINEPLACER® lambda bonder.  Participants learned about one of the most critical bonds in a complex surface mount photonic device: the assembly of QFN low-profile quad transceiver modules using thermo-compression bonding of a VCSEL onto a sapphire substrate.  Each student had an opportunity to “drive” the equipment to get a feel for the sub-micron placement accuracy of the system.  

Anuradha (Anu) Agarwal, Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Materials Research Laboratory and Leader of the LEAP (Lab for Education and Application Prototypes) Program, was a bootcamp instructor and instrumental in organizing the program.  Following the event, Anu stated, “The Finetech team highlighted the ability of the FINEPLACER® lambda tool in achieving the desired accuracy for mounting III-V based laser dies onto an opto-electronic silicon chip. This is something desirable as we move forward with integrated photonics packaging. MIT values Finetech’s partnership in education, as we train (or re-skill) people for next generation jobs in manufacturing. We look forward to more such educational opportunities with them in the future.”

Indium Corporation, a materials manufacturer and supplier, partnered with Finetech to talk about the chemistries and physical properties of bonding materials, and the importance of using that information to select the right materials for their application. “We were pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Finetech and MIT for this event. It provided us with the opportunity to educate students and industry participants, and to learn more about Finetech equipment capabilities and the specific materials needs of the photonics industry,” said Andy Mackie, Senior Product Manager at Indium Corporation.

The general feedback from the participants was how fascinating it was to see and align such small features.  Most couldn’t wait to get their hands on the machine and try the alignment process.

news-180 Tue, 07 Jan 2020 09:37:12 +0100 Customer Story: Reworking Photodiode Arrays in the Manufacturing Process How Finetech, together with First Sensor AG, developed a complete solution for reproducible rework of faulty photodiode arrays for CT detectors. In the growing sensor market, First Sensor AG develops and produces standardized and customer-specific solutions for numerous applications. Based on proven technology platforms, a wide range of products are developed, from chips to components and detectors to sensor systems. Among other things, First Sensor is a strategic partner for leading medical device manufacturers in the field of medical diagnostics. Here, imaging procedures such as endoscopy, computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) play an important role in the identification of diseases and functional disorders and what causes them.

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news-172 Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:16:54 +0200 With Sub Micron Accuracy from Lab to Fab Finetech's high-precision placement and assembly systems support customers from the photonics and optoelectronics industry in cost-efficient product development and transfer to automated manufacturing. With the newly introduced FINEPLACER® lambda 2 and the high-yield production platform FINEPLACER® femto 2, the Berlin-based precision machine manufacturer offers integrated equipment and process solutions for all product stages from a single source. As a manufacturer of micro assembly equipment and process technology, Finetech has been supporting start-ups, as well as global technology leaders, for almost three decades in the development of innovative semiconductor products. The highly accurate sub-micron placement and assembly systems are a cornerstone of the Berlin-based mechanical engineering company's portfolio - valued worldwide as versatile, cost-efficient and compact bonding platforms for R&D, prototyping and automated production.

They are the first choice for complex multi-stage assemblies with extremely high accuracy requirements, as well as diverse and very demanding bonding technologies. Applications include the development and production of optical transceivers up to 400 G for data communication, environmental sensors for autonomous driving, or power laser modules for use in industrial and medical applications.

FINEPLACER® lambda 2 - the starting point for successful product development
For basic research, concept and prototype phases, Finetech offers manual and partially motorized table-top systems. For this segment Finetech recently presented a new version of its long-standing successful model, the FINEPLACER® lambda.

The FINEPLACER® lambda 2 is used to place and connect components with an accuracy of better than 0.5 microns - ideal for the high requirements, e.g. in the development of opto-electronic products such as transceivers (TOSA/ROSA) or laser diode modules.

Thanks to the proven FINEPLACER® alignment and placement principle with only one moving axis, the system combines highest process quality, stability and accuracy. In conjunction with specially developed optical systems with an optical resolutions down to 0.7 µm, it enables superimposed images of the highest optical quality for the reliable detection and alignment of finest structures in the micron range.

Focus on the user
During the development of the FINEPLACER® lambda 2, Finetech put particular emphasis on the user's needs. Thanks to the ergonomic machine design and software-supported guidance, the user always remains at the center of the action.

For greater comfort and safety, all operating elements have been adapted to the typical workflow. This allows the user to concentrate on the essentials and quickly obtain results. The uniform operating concept with clearly structured process sequences also ensures quick familiarization.

The library-based toolbox design of the newly developed IPM Command operating software simplifies the preparation and modification of process sequences. Instead of predefined scripts, the user can freely create, modify and combine sequences. The visual representation of all process components and parameters in real time enables intuitive and efficient process design.

Thanks to the intelligent user guidance, user errors are minimized.

Automated processes with the FINEPLACER® femto 2
Placement and assembly processes can be automated quickly and easily on Finetech equipment. The FINEPLACER® femto 2 maintains the level of reproducibility and accuracy of the processes developed on the FINEPLACER® lambda 2, while at the same time integrating the automatic handling and process steps required for series production.

The automatic bonding platform offers placement accuracy down to 0.3 micron @ 3 Sigma and supports a wide range of assembly applications at chip and wafer level. Designed for complex applications with highest accuracy requirements and a diverse technology mix, the system is suitable for automated development environments, as well as high-yield manufacturing of high-quality semiconductor products.

The Vision Alignment System FPXVisionTM allows cost- and time-efficient passive optical placement of devices. In combination with a powerful pattern recognition, it opens up numerous possibilities for the user in terms of application flexibility and accuracy.

The FINEPLACER® femto 2 has a special housing to eliminate external interference factors and to precisely control and influence the process conditions. Filter technology ensures a protected process environment in cleanroom quality up to class 100/ISO 5 - regardless of the machine's location.

Flexibility and compatibility
Both FINEPLACER® systems follow Finetech's uniform software concept IPM Command and share the same process module base. In this way, processes which have been already qualified during the development phase can be transferred to automation without technology change or changeover effort and scaled for production.

Like all FINEPLACER® bonding systems, the machines support individual configurations. The modular architecture of the platform makes it possible to equip the machine with a multitude of extension modules for a wide range of assembly and bonding technologies, including eutectic soldering, thermocompression bonding or bonding with UV-curing adhesives. This technological diversity opens up a wide range of applications, which can be further expanded by the large bonding force range.

Thanks to the modular system architecture, the systems remain adaptable at any time: if the technology requirements change, the corresponding process module can be retrofitted by the user via plug & play.

Process development and automated production cannot be more flexible; at the same time follow-up costs are kept low and the investment is safeguarded even with changing application requirements. Ideal scenario for users who frequently want to implement new technologies and processes in the long term.

Both systems will be exhibited at Productronica 2019, hall B2, booth 411

news-169 Fri, 02 Aug 2019 08:48:24 +0200 Neuralink using Finetech bonder for packaging development work Neuralink is a neurotechnology company that’s developing implantable, ultra-high bandwidth brain–machine interfaces (BMI) to connect humans and computers.  Neuralink’s approach to BMI involves unprecedented packaging density and scalability in a clinically relevant package. The exciting and rapid advances Neuralink has made over the past couple of years has been aided by the accelerated delivery time of a Finetech precision bonder, capable of bonding die with accuracies of 0.5 µm.  Finetech recognizes Neuralink to be one of the most compelling startup companies of the last decade.

The FINEPLACER® bonders have become the “go to” solution for dozens of startup companies to create innovative products that require a pathway from prototyping to production. “Simply Accurate” is not just our company slogan, it’s a capability that assists in the development of many novel technologies.

“The ability to have a turnkey solution for our high precision die bonding is critical for us. Not only has Finetech provided this, but they’ve done so with speed and outstanding support” – Vanessa Tolosa, Neuralink

To learn more about Neuralink’s technology, watch the July 16 press conference that outlines their plans

news-166 Mon, 06 May 2019 10:39:19 +0200 New Sub-Micron Bonder FINEPLACER® lambda 2 to Make European Debut At Laser World of Photonics in Munich, Finetech will present the successor of its acclaimed sub-micron bonder for research and development. Technological innovations make the high-precision placement and assembly system the ideal starting point for cost-efficient and fast development of optoelectronic products. As a manufacturer of micro assembly equipment and process technology, Finetech has been supporting start-ups as well as global technology leaders in the development of innovative semiconductor products for more than two decades. The FINEPLACER® lambda - the worldwide epitome of a versatile, high-precision and compact R&D die bonding system with an unrivaled price/performance ratio - is a cornerstone in Finetech’s product line-up.

At Laser World of Photonics, the Berlin-based company presents the successor of this successful model. The FINEPLACER® lambda 2 continues the virtues of its predecessor and sets new benchmarks in optoelectronics assembly.

High-precision placement and assembly
With the FINEPLACER® lambda 2, components can be placed and bonded with an accuracy of better than 1 micrometer - ideal for the high requirements, e.g. in the development of opto-electronic products such as transceivers (TOSA/ROSA) or laser diode modules.

Thanks to the proven FINEPLACER® alignment and placement principle with only one moving axis, the system provides highest process quality, stability and accuracy. In combination with specially developed interchangeable optics with a resolution of down to 0.7 µm, it enables overlaying images of the highest optical quality. Even finest structures in sub-micrometer range can be reliably detected and aligned. For each application, the user can choose between different image field sizes to ensure optimum viewing conditions for all supported component dimensions.

Modularity for flexible use
The completely revised bonding platform is still available in manual or semi-motorized configurations and can now be equipped even more conveniently with a variety of extension modules for very different assembly and bonding technologies, including eutectic soldering, thermocompression bonding or bonding with UV-curing adhesives. 
This technological diversity opens up a particularly wide range of applications, which can be further extended by a large bonding force range.

Thanks to the modular system architecture, the machine always remains flexible: if, for example, applications are to be bonded with ultrasound at a later point in time, the required process module can simply be retrofitted by the user himself via plug & play.

Process development cannot be more flexible, at the same time follow-up costs are kept low and the future security of the investment is guaranteed even with changing application requirements. That makes the FINEPLACER® lambda 2 the ideal proposal for users in education, research and development who continually need to implement new and adapted technologies and processes.

Focus on the user
During the development of the FINEPLACER® lambda 2, Finetech has consistently focused on the needs of the user. Thanks to the ergonomic machine design and software-assisted user guidance, the operator always remains at the center of action. 

For greater comfort and safety, all operating elements have been adapted to typical work sequences. This allows the user to focus on the essentials and achieve results in no time. The uniform operating concept with clearly structured process sequences also ensures a quick familiarization with the machine. 

The library-based toolbox design of the newly developed IPM Command operating software simplifies the setup and modification of process sequences. Instead of predefined scripts, the user can freely create, modify and combine sequences. The visual representation of all process components and parameters in real time enables an intuitive and efficient process design. 

Due to the intelligent user guidance, user errors can be minimized.

Starting point for product development
With IPM Command, the FINEPLACER® lambda 2 also follows Finetech's integrated software concept. Whether prototyping device or production system - all new FINEPLACER® machines are based on the same software platform. Processes created and certified during the development phase can be quickly and easily transferred to Finetech's automated production systems. This enables a seamless transition from development to series production and a fast ramp-up of production.

With sub-micron accuracy from development to series production. The FINEPLACER® lambda 2 is the ideal starting point for successful product development in optoelectronics.

Finetech at the Laser World of Photonics in Munich
The European premiere of the new FINEPLACER® lambda 2 will take place from 24 to 27 June 2019 at the Laser World of Photonics in Munich, hall B2, booth 212.

news-149 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:42:01 +0200 Stanford Nanofabrication Facility Partners with Finetech on Die Bonding Technologies GILBERT, AZ (September 18, 2018) – Finetech, a global supplier of micro-assembly equipment, is pleased to have recently formed a partnership with the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF) located in the newly opened Paul. G Allen Building in Stanford, California.  The FINEPLACER® Lambda, a flexible sub-micron die bonder for precision die attach and chip packaging, is an integral part of the SNF lab’s equipment capabilities, accommodating the evolving research needs of its lab members. This collaboration enhances the support and availability of Finetech's technical knowhow, thereby enabling innovative solutions and strengthening the position of Finetech tools in leading edge research.
SNF is a vibrant research community where users work in areas that cover a wide range of disciplines, such as optics, MEMS, biology, chemistry, as well as the more traditional areas of electronics device fabrication and process characterization/development.  Having the bonder in the facility provides Finetech a resource by having access to a highly respected Silicon Valley research nanofabrication lab.
Dr. Usha Raghuram, SNF senior tech staff says, “The addition of this bonder to our lab has filled in a much needed gap for bonding between small substrates, with superior alignment accuracy.  The simplicity to configure and use makes the bonder a perfect fit for students looking to further their developments and inventions.”   

The FINEPLACER® Lambda is an ideal addition for process development with high accuracy requirements. The machine was designed with particular attention to the needs of laboratory environments.  This includes a high degree of configurability for flexible integration of packaging technologies, as well as fast process setup times and immediate operation. The latest version of the system comes with a number of innovations that address the challenges of working with ultra-small components.

“Having a partnership with one of the most prestigious universities in the United States is an honor,” said Robert Avila, Sales Manager, Finetech. “We value our partnership with SNF and look forward to many years of collaboration with SNF on these micro- and nano-bonding applications.” 

About Stanford Nanofabrication Facility
The Stanford Nanofabrication Facility is a member of the National Nanotechnology Coordinating Infrastructure (NNCI), a consortium of 16 academic shared-use facilities providing R&D resources to industrial, government, and academic researchers, across the country. The NNCI provides a platform for sharing expertise as well as resources and thus broadens the scope of tools available to lab members.
SNF supports researchers in applications ranging from medicine and biology to fundamental physics and astronomy, exploring uses of micro- and nano- fabrication. 

news-132 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 11:33:39 +0200 Finetech to host Micro Assembly Day On May 17, 2018, Berlin-based machine supplier Finetech will host a new edition of the popular “Micro Assembly Day” series. This recurring one-day conference highlights current challenges and solutions in micro assembly and advanced packaging. The event brings together customers and prospects from science and industry for an exchange of experience and is an excellent platform to share ideas and inspire new and exciting projects. In its previous edition, the Micro Assembly Day attracted more visitors than ever from all over Europe.

The Micro Assembly Day 2018 offers sessions on some of today’s hottest market trends. In addition, high-profile speakers will report on scientific advances in developing innovative assembly and packaging technologies. This year, the participants will also get an exclusive preview of new product developments for Finetech's die bonder division for R&D and production.

The day before, on May 16, all participants are invited to join a get-together dinner at the Berlin Humboldt Box roof top restaurant and kick off the Micro Assembly Day in a relaxed atmosphere.

Individual consultations on Friday
Following a good tradition, the day after the conference can be used for individual consultations with the Finetech specialists. Interested visitors can also participate in hands-on sessions for a first-hand experience of Finetech’s die bonder systems.

Preliminary agenda and registration.

news-59 Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:18:00 +0100 Finetech Presents Production Equipment at Productronica 2017 With two booths at Productronica 2017 in Munich, Finetech presented new product highlights for Advanced Packaging and SMD-Rework and attracted more visitors than ever. In the year of the 25th anniversary, Finetech could celebrate not one but two product premieres – FineXT 6003 and FineXT 5205. These brand-new fully-automated production cells are targeted at customers looking to transfer their developed prototypes into series production. For this, both machines strike a balance between optimized throughput, high placement accuracy and process flexibility. Primarily designed for the manufacturing of sensors, MEMS/MOEMS, optical transceivers, Active Optical Cables and Planar Lightwave Circuits, Finetech’s new production systems can be flexibly configured to support a diverse spectrum of applications and technologies.

For Finetech, the step towards production equipment marks the begin of a new era. By expanding their product portfolio, Finetech can now offer its customers a consistent line of compatible machine solutions from product development to series production. Certified assembly processes created in the R&D stages can be easily transmitted and scaled according the requirements of full production environments.

By providing everything from one source, Finetech ensures customers get access to very time- and cost efficient product development and production – with 100% compatible processes and minimal conversion expenses.  During numerous talks at Productronica 2017, many visitors already acknowledged the potential and benefits of this approach and were curious to learn more about the new FineXT product family.

Finetechs automated die bonder division at Productronica were completed by the FINEPLACER® femto 2, a sub-micron die bonder for development and production. Designed for complex applications with highest accuracy requirements and a diverse mix of bonding technologies, the system is suited for demanding prototyping tasks as well as high yield production of sophisticated semiconductor products.


Vacuum bonding and in-situ parallelism control

Apart from production equipment, Finetech also presented some product news for the R&D die bonders. One of the highlights was the new Vacuum Bonding Module for the FINEPLACER® sigma, which enables to perform the whole spectrum of assembly and packaging technologies under vacuum. Precision die bonding under vacuum offers many advantages and allows processes otherwise unattainable at atmospheric pressure. Hermetic sealing is taken to the next level, void density is significantly reduced, and materials and processes can be studied in a near oxygen-free environment. Advantageous for materials prone to oxidation, e.g. Indium, or for applications requiring extra reliability and stable connections, e.g. power electronics.

Another highlight on display was a new FINEPLACER® extension module for parallelism control during bonding. It was specifically developed for applications where large-area components with thousands of small contacts, e.g. IR sensors or pixel detectors, need to be bonded. In order to function properly, an absolutely coplanar attachment is mandatory. However, with bump sizes as small as 5 micron this can be a real challenge. The new Finetech solution allows for an in-situ coplanarity measuring and readjustment during bonding, ensuring a 100% homogenous attachment of all contacts/bumps across the entire component surface.


Thank you to all visitors

Never before had so many visitors from such a diverse range of industries visited Finetech at a Productronica show. Naturally, the newly introduced production equipment drew a lot of attention, but also the manual assembly systems as well as hot gas SMD rework solutions were met with great interest.

Finetech says thank you to all visitors and will continue to be an innovative and strong technology partner for high-precision assembly and rework tasks in research, development, and production.

Finetech is organizing another Micro Assembly Day in May 2018, the registration will start in February. Get further information under Micro Assembly Day (MADAY)

news-45 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:32:00 +0200 Germany@CERN – Finetech Presents Vacuum Die Bonding Solutions On October 10-11, 2017, Finetech participated in the Germany@CERN exhibition in Meyrin, Switzerland. The event which is organized by CERN and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) was created to initiate new cooperations between CERN facilities and German companies as well as to enhance existing partnerships. Whether scientists are looking for neutrinos, measuring cosmic radiation or trying to find the smallest known particles in the universe –the fundamental research conducted at CERN often anticipates technological developments, constantly pushing the limits of what technology can do today.

The number of German technologies currently in use at CERN might be an indicator that German companies are well equipped to meet those challenges. Together with universities and research institutions, they test innovative manufacturing methods and technologies contributing to the success of international research projects.

With its portfolio of high-precision FINEPLACER® placement and assembly systems, Finetech has been a long-time equipment supplier to various European CERN project partners doing research in the field of particle physics. Detector panels assembled on FINEPLACER® systems are currently used in the world’s largest particle accelerator, aptly named the Large Hadron Collider.

This year, Finetech put the focus on vacuum die bonding solutions which provide a number of exciting possibilities for fundamental research.

The Vacuum Chamber Module can be easily integrated into a FINEPLACER® system. While retaining full flexibility with regard to assembly technology, placement accuracy, force and temperature, bonds made in vacuum are free from voids and packages can be hermetically sealed. Vacuum-bonded assemblies are particularly durable, resilient and have excellent electric/thermal conductivity, a prerequisite to design miniaturized components and better-performing modern electronic and opto-electronic micro systems.

Highlight of this year’s event was a visit by the CERN Director-General, Fabiola Gianotti, together with BMBF representatives. Ms. Gianotti, an experimental particle physicist herself, showed great interest in hearing more about Finetech’s contributions in this field.

news-38 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:07:22 +0200 FINEPLACER® femto 2 - Automatic Sub Micron Bonder for Product Development and Production At Productronica 2017, Finetech is going to present the automatic bonding platform FINEPLACER® femto 2. The system features a placement accuracy of up to ± 0.5 µm @ 3 Sigma and supports a wide range of assembly applications at chip and wafer level. The FINEPLACER® femto 2 is suitable for clients from various branches, including industrial semiconductor, data communications, medical technologies, automotive, avionics and aerospace, as well as universities and research organizations. For many years, Finetech’s FINEPLACER® femto platform has been a reliable tool as applications migrate from process and product development to automated high-mix product environments with the focus on optimal yield. The whole production chain can be followed, from inspection to characterization, packaging, final test and classification.

The FINEPLACER® femto 2 is already successfully employed in fields of application as diverse as the development of environmental sensors for autonomous driving, power lasers for medical and cosmetic purposes, detector sensors used in particle physics or modules for photolithographic wafer exposure during semiconductor manufacturing.

Configurations for applications of any kind

Typical applications of the FINEPLACER® femto 2 are characterized by complex multi-stage assembly processes of very small or very large components, particularly high accuracy requirements as well as flexible and demanding combinations of various bonding technologies.

Like all bonding systems by Finetech, the FINEPLACER® femto 2 can be individually configured. Its modular architecture allows retrofitting the platform at any time according to the requirements of added applications and technologies.

Numerous technical innovations

The new generation of the femto-platform expands the proven technical base of the previous model with many improvements.

Finetech has equipped the FINEPLACER® femto 2 with a special machine enclosure. By eliminating external factors of interference, all process conditions can be precisely controlled and directly influenced. By means of filtration a safe process environment in cleanroom quality is achieved –regardless of the machine's operating site.

The Vision Alignment System FPXVisionTM  was especially designed for particularly high precision requirements. Together with the improved pattern recognition it provides the user with extended possibilities regarding application flexibility and precision.

Also, the innovative bonding and control software IPM Command has been completely revamped from the ground up. It allows for a logical and clearly structured process development on a modular library-based principle and is particularly easy to use.

Live at Productronica 2017

The FINEPLACER® femto 2 will be presented during Productronica 2017 in Munich from November 14th to 17th. All interested visitors may stop by the Finetech Micro Assembly booth #B2/411 for a first-hand experience of the automatic die bonder platform.

news-37 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:56:00 +0200 Rework Solutions for all Applications At Productronica 2017, Finetech together with MARTIN is presenting a comprehensive portfolio of rework solutions for the whole SMD spectrum. On booth #A4/181, which is devoted exclusively to the company's rework branch, showcased products include professional universal systems as well as individually configured special solutions for advanced rework challenges. Live on display will be the FINEPLACER® core, a versatile hot air rework station for professional SMD rework. The FINEPLACER® core is a universally applicable soldering system for the rework of electronic components and assemblies according to IPC/JEDEC. The whole rework cycle can be carried out on the compact rework system, starting from de-soldering the component through site cleaning, reballing and dispensing to soldering the new component. The spectrum of compatible SMD devices ranges from very small components (01005) to large BGAs.

The optionally available Dispenser Module RD3C can apply glue, flux and solder accurately and precisely dosed. By integrating the working step “Dispensing”, the applicability and versatility of the machine is further expanded. This includes, for instance, the application of solder or conductive adhesive onto small passive 01005 SMD components or LED components. For leadless components like QFN with only few contact pads, applying solder by means of a dispenser is a fast, affordable and flexible alternative to stencil printing. Another application of the machine can be the precision underfilling of BGA or CSP with epoxy material.

Depending on the requirements the customer can choose between a local bottom heating for small-format circuit boards (e.g. cellphones, navigation systems, micro PC’s, hearing aids) and a full-area bottom heating optimized for medium-sized circuit boards (e.g. tablets, laptops, game consoles).

The intuitive operating concept of the FINEPLACER® core together with a comprehensive pre-installed process library and graphical user guidance allow taking up work quickly. Extensive professional functions like digital calibration of the top heating, precise control of the touchdown force and live process observation make FINEPLACER® core a future-proof investment when the demands get tougher.

The FINEPLACER® core is successfully used in R&D, process development, prototyping or manufacturing environments. Due to its system-to-system process transfer capability, processes can be centrally created and administrated and later be used on different systems with identical results.

news-2 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:35:00 +0200 Finetech Celebrates its 25th Anniversary Berlin-based, high-precision equipment manufacturer Finetech turns 25. What began as a small start-up in 1992, is today a globally operating manufacturer of placement and assembly systems, helping technology start-ups and industry leaders worldwide to develop and produce trendsetting semiconductor products. At Finetech’s anniversary party, the entire team and guests celebrated this German success story. On June 24th, company employees and visitors from around the world raised a glass to Finetech’s 25th anniversary. With the company’s history stretching back a quarter century now, the party location in the historical setting of the Berlin-Hoppegarten horse racing track was a perfect fit. While everyone enjoyed themselves with live music and many attractions for young and old, a dazzling laser show closed the evening and was the cherry on the birthday cake, recalling important milestones and facts in the Finetech history.

During his speech, Finetech CEO Gunter Kürbis thanked all former and current employees for their indispensable contributions to the company’s success. At the same time, he took a confident look into the future and outlined the company’s goals for the years to come.

Precision in Micro Assembly and SMD Rework

In 1992, Finetech’s start was quite humble: the first systems were built in a rental apartment in Berlin and presented at trade shows. Still, this is where the FINEPLACER® success story started to unfold.

In the Micro Assembly field during the early 1990s, many applications such as MEMS, optoelectronics and flip-chip assembly already required a placement accuracy of 5 micron or better. With the introduction of the FINEPLACER®, the market gladly welcomed this new generation of assembly systems that not only had the technical prowess but were also versatile, affordable and easy to operate. These platforms were particularly attractive for financially strapped start-ups who suddenly had new opportunities to develop their product ideas and quickly convert them into prototypes. In 1996, Finetech introduced its legendary FINEPLACER® lambda – a die bonder achieving a placement accuracy better than 1 micron.

During this time in electronic manufacturing, new market trends resulted in increasingly complex and ever smaller designs being packaged on densely populated printed circuit boards. In order to ensure safe handling of SMD components, a better placement accuracy and solder processing temperature management were necessary. These requirements were further exacerbated by the nearly-complete ban of leaded solder at the beginning of the new millennium. With specific configurations for soldering of electronic components, FINEPLACER® systems proved to be highly capable. To this day, OEM and EMS service providers worldwide rely on SMD rework systems from Finetech.

In Close Partnership with the Customer

For more than 25 years, FINEPLACER® systems have been representing highest precision and technology flexibility. From laser applications and sensor assembly to nano- and biotech, FINEPLACER® systems are being used for fast and production-related prototype development. Regardless of the environment, Finetech has always worked in partnership with its customers. Many of them have grown in parallel with Finetech, forming countless productive relationships over the years of cooperation.

With 25 years of technological know-how, extensive feasibility tests are carried out for customers in order to develop tailor-made machine configurations. This way, the customer can be sure to always get the best solution for their specific challenge.

With subsidiaries on three continents and an extensive network of representatives around the world, Finetech ensures quick response times, fast on-site service and personal consultation at all times.

From the Innovative Idea to Production

Facilitating innovation and boosting new semiconductor product development have always been driving forces of Finetech. In order to support the customer at the development stage, and also help them transition their processes into production, Finetech has been stepping up efforts to expand its portfolio of automated bonders. Along with its development machines, today the company is offering semi- and fully automated production systems combining process flexibility, high precision and speed.

With such an extensive product range, due to be expanded further in the coming months, Finetech is the only manufacturer in the market who accompanies customers from product development into series production. Finetech customers can expect a lot more in this area – and we look forward to welcoming you at the upcoming Productronica 2017.

The entire Finetech Team would like to thank everyone for their generosity and warm wishes on our anniversary. Your trust in us is our motivation to continue to advance and innovate in collaboration with our customers during the next 25 years.

news-3 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 15:35:00 +0200 Universal Instruments Installs Finetech Multipurpose Bonder in its Advanced Process Laboratory Finetech and Universal Instruments announce the addition of a FINEPLACER® pico bonding system to the Universal Instruments Advanced Process Laboratory. The Universal Advanced Process Laboratory (APL) in Conklin, New York, offers comprehensive electronic assembly process research, advanced assembly services and supporting material analyses.  It enables OEMs and contract manufacturers to realize rapid product introduction, maximize yield and optimize reliability.  The APL has long played an influential role in the electronics community, partnering with industry leaders, engaging academia and executing consortium research to develop new and emerging assembly technologies.   It services a wide variety of corporate clients representing many electronics industry sectors.  The versatile Pico bonder is a great fit for the breadth of the APL mission, providing a broad range of electronics bonding technologies: thermocompression, thermosonic and ultrasonic bonding, soldering (AuSn, eutectic SnPb, Indium, C4), adhesive technologies, UV curing and mechanical assembly.

“Our research staff has been anxiously awaiting the installation of our new Finetech pico bonder; they‘ve been queuing up critical experiments for months now,“ remarked Jim Wilcox, manager of the APL AREA Research Consortium.  “The versatility of this bonding system is perfect for the range of packaging assembly challenges we tackle routinely.  Our near-term Pico projects include controlled silver sintering for attachment of power devices, low temperature joining for flexible hybrid electronics and precision thermopression bonding of fine pitch, large die, copper pillar interconnects.  We put it to work on that very first day. “

The FINEPLACER® pico is a versatile platform used in a wide range of micro assembly applications – such as high accuracy die attach and assembly of components that require a novel bonding approach.  It provides a placement accuracy of 5 µm, fast, easy process development, and supports bonding forces up to 700 N.

About Universal Instruments APL

Universal Instruments provides extensive assembly manufacturing process expertise through its Advanced Process Laboratory.  For well over two decades, the APL has hosted the Advanced Research in Electronics Assembly (AREA) Consortium, an industry supported group developing fundamental and mechanistic understanding of materials and processes used in electronics assembly.  The AREA Consortium routinely addresses pertinent and timely industry questions on new assembly technologies and conducts analytical and experimental research to generate applicable knowledge for assembly design and manufacturing process.

news-4 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:35:00 +0100 Discover Finetech in French We have expanded our web service for you. From now on, French speaking customers can learn more about the Finetech Micro Assembly division in their native language. Find an overview of our manual to automatic die bonder systems for R&D, prototyping and production as well as in-depth information on applications and technologies.

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