Mara Technologies installs second Assembléon production line
Nov 16, 2004
Canadian contract electronics manufacturer MARA Technologies has installed its second Assembléon SMT production line just two months after the first.
MARA's instant success can be accounted for by the fact that its president, Jack Vincken, and VP of operations, Frank Lam, are both very well known in the North American contract assembly business. Starting up again as the electronics industry returned to a healthier state following the downturn, they moved into refurbished premises and purchased a brand new SMT line from Assembléon.
Production started in February 2004 with a high-mix/medium-volume SMT line including an Assembléon Topaz XiII multifunctional placer and Emerald XiII fine-pitch placer with Tray Sequencer. Immediate intense interest from customers prompted MARA to install a second line in April. The new line includes Assembléon's new A-series placement platform.
"The line we installed in April is the first in Canada based on Assembléon's new high-speed placement technology", Jack Vincken confirms. "Using multiple heads simultaneously placing components on a continuous flow of boards, just one machine tripled our existing placement capacity."
By June, MARA employed over 30 people and had grown to a mid-size assembly house. MARA offers a full BGA service with a high-voltage X-ray machine, and a rework station for fine-pitch and BGA components which is almost fully automated. To help achieve zero-defect process capability, the company has acquired a fully automatic optical inspection system.
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