Important modernisation of the Lab Circuits laboratory

Important modernisation of the Lab Circuits laboratory

Our desire to improve day by day, as well as our team of staff members who are very involved and provided with the best resources to work with, are what has allowed us to guarantee the quality and integrity of circuits that we manufacture at Lab Circuits.
This is why we have undertaken a significant modernisation programme for our laboratory equipment, in order to continue improving this same way. We have incorporated a new ionic contaminant meter, a new oven for reflow soldering, a new X-ray metal thickness gauge, and a new cutting-edge optical microscope.

Gen3 System contamination measuring device.
The increase in connection density (HDI) in printed circuits means that keeping them clean is increasingly important, which is why at Lab Circuits we have renewed the Ionic contaminant equipment with one that is cutting edge.
The contaminant meters are used to measure the quantity of ionic contamination, in accordance with IPC/ANSI-J-STD001. These instruments are also known by the name SEC (Solvent Extract Conductivity).
This method of analysis is recommended as a major tool to guarantee the process control for printed circuits and components.

Fischerscope X-ray metal thickness gauge XUL-PCB
The new X-ray metal thickness gauge is a piece of equipment designed to measure Au/Ni/Cu/PCB, Ag/Cu/PCB, or Sn/Cu/PCB coatings, among others, as well as to quantify the metal content of electrolyte baths.
There is no doubt that it is a vital piece of equipment at Lab Circuits, both for monitoring the metal finishes applied to manufactured PCBs and for analysing and monitoring the various chemical processes that are part of the PCB manufacturing process.

LEICA DM 2700 M optical microscope
The Leica DM2700 used LED lighting for all contrast methods: light field and dark field. It also uses integrated oblique lighting that improves viewing of the surface and defects.
Equipped with highly advanced analysis software, there is not doubt that it will be a very useful tool in the analysis and study of the various manufacturing processes for PCBs that we perform at Lab Circuits.

LPKF ProtoFlow S Reflow Oven
We have brought this new oven online that will allow us to better simulate the various soldering processes because it is fitted with temperature probes to adjust the profile of the desired solder.
At Lab Circuits, we put circuits through multiple soldering cycles to ensure the integrity of multi-layer boards and to anticipate the stress that circuits must undergo during later phases of component assembly.

Publication date: 24-07-2017