New MPM stencil printer from Contax

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology

ISSN: 0954-0911

Article publication date: 27 June 2008



(2008), "New MPM stencil printer from Contax", Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Vol. 20 No. 3.



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New MPM stencil printer from Contax

Article Type: New products From: Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Volume 20, Issue 3

Production automation system specialist, Contax Ltd, has announced the availability of the new Speedline MPM Momentum stencil printer. Aimed at the mid-market, the Momentum offers superb performance in a cost effective package, employing the latest technology used in MPM’s award-winning* Accela printer.

An ultimately flexible system, the Momentum can handle a wide range of board sizes from 609 × 508 mm to 50.8 × 50.8 mm (24 × 20 in. to 2 × 2 in.). It has a cycle time of up to 10 s (excluding print) with accuracy and repeatability of ±12.5 μm at 6 σ (Cpk greater than or equal to 2.0).

The Momentum features the latest vision technology. This includes a high-speed USB digital camera with patented look up/look down capability, telecentric lens, and advanced lighting techniques for strong performance in both alignment and post-print inspection. Expanded inspection capabilities, such as contrast-based 2D, BridgeVision™ and StencilVision™, all with SpeedVision, are also available.

This new system also offers enhanced reliability and uptime. The Momentum uses new, patent-pending, transport and squeegee systems along with a vacuum stencil wiper and patented roller solvent bar delivery system.

Whilst machine operation is governed by Benchmark™ software, the Momentum uses a standard Microsoft Windows-based system with a graphical user interface common to all new MPM printers. Intuitive software ensures that operator training, setup and changeover times are all minimised. Typically, a new product file can be created in under 10 min, and any existing process program can be used as a template for new files.

The Momentum can be easily networked and has wizards for error recovery, machine functions and utilities along with a “never lost” sequence with Start button instructions. The system also employs CANopen motion control and I/O architecture for excellent signal communication and rapid motion with minimal wires and cables.

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