In an effort to reach new and more technological industries, Prime has added two (2) new Panasonic SMT lines which include 3D solder paste inspection, advanced high-speed Panasonic chip mounters, convections ovens with 13 heat zones, and 3D inline Automated Optical Inspection (AOI). The goal is to increase Prime’s precision and HDI capabilities, and attract OEMs that need a strategic domestic manufacturing partner to manufacture higher dense and more complicated circuits and systems.
The addition of this advanced precision SMT equipment is the company’s culmination of a $2.5 million dollar capital reinvestment plan to completely modernize and expand its Suwanee, GA, manufacturing facility.
“This significant investment in Panasonic SMT equipment and PanaCIM software, along with Test Research, Inc. (TRI) in-line automated 3D optical inspection equipment, helps us serve our customers better and faster,” says Jim Liptak, Prime Technological Services’ EMS engineering manager. This new SMT technology can place smaller components, which expands Prime’s capabilities to build much more complex printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA’s) for medical devices, industrial and aerospace/defense customers. “With PanaCIM Express 2.0 (X2), we now have real-time production monitoring and traceability that allows us to monitor and control our SMT production,” Liptak adds.