SENECA, PA – Matric Group, a contract manufacturer and engineering designer of board-level and box build electronic assemblies and industrial controls, has furthered its commitment to continuous improvement with the investment of a new state-of-the-art Surface-Mount Technology line.
The new line maximizes flexibility while keeping ahead of the miniaturization of electronic designs. The investment was made possible, in part, by a $697,000 loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) revolving loan fund.
Consisting of 13 new machines, the line is capable of placing smaller parts, doing so with lightning-quick speed and enhanced precision and accuracy. It will extend Matric’s component size range from .25 x .125mm microchips up to 120x90mm components.
Additionally, the new line will enhance package-on-package capability to allow for extremely high complex designs to be effectively assembled. With the closed loop in-line Koh Young solder paste and assembly-level inspection machines, immediate KPI data will be tracked and communicated within the line itself, promoting continuous process improvement.
“As electronic components become smaller and more compact, we can now meet any demands the industry holds with the latest state-of-the-art equipment,” says Rick Turner, president and owner of Matric. “This investment is fundamental to our continued growth and success. With the capacity to place over 70,000 parts an hour, we hope to reach new levels of efficiency and customer satisfaction.”
The line features a front magazine autoloader, board- inverter, a solder paste printer followed by an in-line solder paste inspection machine, three Panasonic NPM-W placement machines offering a combined total of six placement heads, a 10-zone ERSA nitrogen atmospheric oven, a cooling station and a Koh Young Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) machine followed by an in-line magazine unloader.
The procurement of the new machines has allowed Matric to relocate one of its four SMT lines to Dynamic manufacturing, its second facility, in Freeport, Pennsylvania.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony recognizing the new line will be held on Friday, January 12. Attending the event will be Pennsylvania State Senator Scott Hutchinson, Venango County Commissioner Chip Abramovic, District Director Peter Winkler, board members of the Oil Region Alliance and members of PIDA, who helped to fund the investment.
“This would not have been possible without the involvement of Senator Scott Hutchinson, his staff, the PIDA program in Harrisburg and PIDA local representatives from the Oil Region Alliance,” says Turner. “This investment is a further commitment by Matric to reinvest in our future, benefiting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the community and our employees in the process.”
The line’s installation was completed on December 21. Its scheduled to go into full production on January 15.
For more than 46 years, Matric Limited has reliably and affordably provided original equipment manufacturers with safe, effective products.