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Cammax is first in UK with in-house die bonding processing service
Keywords Cammax, Die bonding
Cammax Precima has launched an in-house processing service. The company believes it is the first in the UK to offer this facility to the microelectronics and telecommunications industries.
Cammax is already working on a number of orders from one of the largest electronics companies in the UK, initially for the production of 3,000 units a week, of a device used in the core mechanisms of Internet systems. The company is planning to increase the production rate by 15 per cent within a few months as well as making the new component processing service generally available.
"We are the first company in our field to set up an in-house processing service for other manufacturers and we have very high hopes indeed for this aspect of our work. We already have two people specifically employed for this task and we can foresee that more jobs will be created as the processing side develops", said the company's sales director, Derek Moule.
The firm is using two EDB80 die bonders of its own manufacture for the processing work. They pick up critical components - in this case diamond heat sinks - and place them onto gold-coated carriers with an accuracy of ±0.10µ.
Using an intermediate preform bonding process the items are then joined to form the first phase of a fibre optic package used in Internet systems.
Cammax set up the processing division as a direct result of the customer requesting assistance to meet the rapidly expanding demand for Internet-related products. "From doing this as a one-off exercise it soon became apparent that there was an opportunity to expand into component processing work. We have the huge advantage of being a manufacturer of die bonders, so we know the requirements of the processing business. As with other work for Internet-based products, a field for which we secured out largest-ever equipment order late last year, we are in on the ground floor. The Internet is forecast to expand exponentially over at least the next two to three years so this is very good news for Cammax and I can see us taking on more staff in the new processing division", said Mr Moule.