Newbury Electronics has installed an X-ray reference hole drilling machine, the Antares 700 X, at its manufacturing centre. The system, which set Newbury Electronics back some £100k, enhances the performance of drilling equipment enabling the precision required in todays electronic assemblies.
The machine can measure multiple fiducial markers by x-ray, and calculate the optimised position and drill registration holes within 12 seconds to an accuracy of +/- 0.003mm, far exceeding the accuracy levels of previous equipment. Manufactured by the Italian company Mach3 Lab SRL, this is the first of its type to be installed in the UK although there are many installations operating across Europe.
“This is world class machinery giving us the tools to make the most difficult PCBs." says Philip King, managing director at Newbury Electronics. "I doubt whether there is another machine in the UK in its class. We will also use it on every day PCBs improving the quality of our entire circuit board production. It is not a machine we had to buy now, but one I know will come into its own over the next five years. The first impressions of it in action have been excellent” added Philip.
Mr King believes that not only will many of his existing customer benefit from the improved accuracy and capabilities of this new machine but that it will also open up new opportunities in markets such as medical, mobile comms and research where miniature PCBs provide greater functionality and are making a considerable contribution.