LPKF extends PCB prototype and assembly ranges

Equipment for manufacturing PCB prototypes makes up the range of products from LPKF. The company has expanded its portfolio for the processes of solder paste printing, assembly with SMD components, and reflow soldering. It also offers circuit board plotters and laser systems for research and development.

The LPKF ProtoPrint S4 is a manual stencil printer. It is suitable for single-sided and double-sided printing of PCB prototypes and low volume production. The integrated size-adjustable clamping frame allows the ProtoPrint S4 to use polyimide film or stainless steel stencils.

To mounting tiny surface mount devices on prototype boards, the LPKF ProtoPlace E4 can be used. The components are safely removed from the component trays or tape feeders with the manual pick and place system, guided to the appropriate places above the circuit board with an ergonomically formed placement head, and placed with just one hand, advises LPKF.

For mounting large numbers of components repeatedly on boards, or for low volumes, the LPKF ProtoPlace S4 pick and place machine can be used. It is suitable for various chip designs and has camera support for “a very high precision,” added the company. The system has an automated nozzle changer with six nozzles and an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) it is equipped with a CAD editor for nearly all CAD systems.

The compact LPKF ProtoFlow S4 hot-air oven is for the subsequent RoHS-compliant lead-free reflow soldering. Operated by PC-based user software, the oven features a LAN interface for remote operation, a large viewing window for monitoring the melting process, and active process chamber cooling. An additional temperature sensor is optionally available.

LPKF provides equipment for all processes and methods of automated SMT mass production for in-house PCB prototyping adapted to the requirements in the electronics laboratory.

LPKF Laser & Electronics provides laser-based solutions for the technology industry as key elements in the manufacturing of PCBs, microchips, automotive parts, solar modules, and many other components. Founded in 1976, the company is headquartered in Garbsen, near Hannover, Germany, and has subsidiaries and representative offices throughout the world. Around 20 per cent of the workforce is engaged in research and development


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