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LCL Electronics Invest in New i-Pulse SMT Placement machine

LCL Electronics, one of the UK’s leading contract electronics manufacturers, is investing in a new SMT placement machine from Blundell Production Equipment, in order to increase its assembly capacity.

The i-Pulse M20 SMT placement machine will allow LCL to address both current and future manufacturing requirements, trends and technologies. Customers will be able to take advantage of increased capacity and flexibility, high production capabilities and fast turnaround of prototypes. The new SMT placement machine provides a number of keyfeatures including :

• Placement capacity of 23,000 components per hour (cph)
• Ability to place fine-pitch surface mount components as small as 01005
• Ability to handle large PCBs up to 1480mm x 510mm
• 144 feeder lanes based on 8mm wide feeders, allowing for the loading of numerous different components into the machine to begin with, thus minimising downtime

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LCL is seeing an increase in the requirement for LED assembly, and already has proven process expertise and a customer base in this area. By being able to handle larger PCBs, LCL is able to increase its capacity in LED assembly, which typically requires larger boards.

The M20 machine, with its numerous head configurations, will enable LCL to adapt to changing technology and capacity demands. Importantly, as it is an upgrade from an existing Blundell machine, the operators will have a minimal learning curve in order to be able to use it.

Trevor Pope, Commercial Director at LCL Electronics said, “At LCL we recognise how technology and industry is moving at a fast pace and how important it is to keep up, which means we need to adapt and invest to stay ahead of customer requirements and to remain competitive. Customers will benefit from our investment in new production equipment as, coupled with our existing production lines, this new machine will allow for greater flexibility whilst maintaining the high quality standards that they expect from us”.

This addition will enhance LCL’s already comprehensive manufacturing facility in Leicestershire from which it undertakes fine-pitch, micro BGA and BGA assembly. It also mirrors the factory equipment in LCL’s offshore partner in China, enabling consistency in production.

For more information on SMT assembly and LCL’s capabilities visit www.lclelectronics.co.uk or call 0116 2606171.