For more than a year, Electronic Interconnect Ltd. has been using the First EIE Direct Imager—EDI500 HV—in production at its Elk Grove Village, Illinois, location. The First EIE Direct Imager is fully manufactured in Switzerland, including the broad wavelength optical engine, which provides an operator-friendly user interface on a highly reliable platform while addressing advanced production needs.
Based on DMD technology, First EIE’s Direct Imager features a high-powered ultraviolet light source, which provides a full spectral range from 365 nm to 450 nm, allowing full compatibility with most resists and solder masks. The feature-rich software includes advanced local scaling or simple panel scaling; a high-resolution, fully automated target finder; exposable features down to 1-mil L/S; and real-time Z-axis auto-focus. The EDI500 addresses panel sizes up to 24″ x 27″ with a compact footprint, standard utility connections, and maintenance-friendly design.
Sanjay Shah, Electronic Interconnect COO, said, “I am very happy with this equipment. Now, I am sure that the light engine with the broad wavelength spectrum has many benefits for my exposure process with dry films, in particular with solder mask. I have seen a significant difference in the quality and finish of direct imaging as well as conventional mask exposed with the First EIE Direct Imager due to the broad UV spectrum. The exposing time with the direct imaging mask is quite impressive.”
About Electronic Interconnect
U.S. printed circuit board manufacturer Electronic Interconnect serves design engineers, OEMs, and contract manufacturers throughout the country. With over 30 years of experience, their customers have benefitted from unique technical advancements in areas such as thermal management, metal cladding, heavy copper, and solderability.
About First EIE
First EIE SA, Switzerland, provides outstanding equipment for leading markets seeking high-end imaging technologies. With its 512-beam optical engine, the latest generation of RP photoplotters achieves features down to 5 microns at 50000 dpi. The EDI Series for Direct Imaging enables the possibility to expose the all UV Photo sensitive substrates from Dry Film to Solder Mask including Legend.
Headquartered in southern California, all4-PCB is First EIE’s representative in North America.
Thanks to All4-PCB Team, the IPC show has been successful for First EIE, with a Sold to Sign for our Direct Imager EDI500. Thank you to Glenair Corp California for their confidence in First EIE technologies.
During the three days we welcomed motivated and very interesting customers.
we look forward to deliver more equipment very soon.
ready to be back in San Diego next year
“We have been using a First EIE PR750+SXT photoplotter for 5 years now. The photoplotter is well designed and a major improvement over our previous plotter. What stands out to our team is the quality of the design, speed, simplicity of operation and ease of maintenance. The speed increase is exponential – a plot that took hours on our previous system, takes just minutes on the PR750+SXT. In addition to the speed, the automatic sheet loading and simplicity of operation makes running the machine a breeze. Overall, we have been very pleased with the plotter, along with the service and support we receive. When it was time to purchase a new line for our increasing sales, it was an easy decision to purchase a second First EIE photoplotter.
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Royal Circuits Group has expanded its investment in process equipment from First EIE. Royal Circuits Group has acquired an EDI500 direct image system for its location in Southern California, and CP562 for inkjet nomenclature at the Hollister, California location. The First EIE inkjet and direct image machines provide a simple user interface and highly reliable platform while addressing advanced technology needs.
The CP562 inkjet equipment for nomenclature ink has proven itself as being a daily work horse with very minimum maintenance needed. Random nozzle clogging—a typical issues with inkjet technology—is a very seldom occurrence. The equipment features other advanced capabilities, such as data scaling and dynamic legend (date codes, D-codes, serial numbers, text), and has a maintenance-friendly design packaged into a very small foot print.
Based on DMD technology, First EIE’s direct image platform also features a high-powered UV light source, which provides a full spectral range from 365nm to 450nm—allowing full compatibility with almost all resists and solder masks. Features include full panel to local panel scaling, resolution down to 1mil lines and spaces, real time Z-axis focus adjustment and as usual with EIE equipment, a very maintenance friendly design. The EDI500 addresses panel sizes up to 24″ x 27″ with a very compact foot print while the EDI700 allows processing panels as large as 30″ x 36″. all4-PCB (North America) Inc. is proud to be representing this product line.
About Royal Circuits
Royal Circuits in both Northern and Southern California is known for exceptional speed and capabilities. Achieving a fabrication speed 2 times faster than the industry average has been achieved by continuous investment in advanced capital equipment as well as staff. Royal Circuits has been an early adopter of a range of innovative manufacturing technologies. With an employee turn-over of less than 1% over the past 20 years, Royal Circuits has demonstrated that with a happy team amazing results can be obtained.
Founded in 1998, the Hollister, California manufacturing site has grown to a 50,000 sq ft facility. Success of this rigid board, prototype facility spurred the investment in adding flex and rigid flex capability at the Royal Flex Circuits location in Santa Fe Springs, Southern CA.
About First EIE
First EIE SA is marked by its resolve to systematically integrate the most advanced technologies to provide outstanding equipment for leading markets seeking high-end imaging technologies.
Photoplotter equipment are involved everywhere where High-Resolution Master Artworks patterns are required. With its proprietary 512 beams optical engine, the latest generation of Photoplotters achieves features down to 5 microns at 50000 dpi in real production environment.
Our latest Equipment for Direct Imaging enables the possibility to expose the artwork directly onto the final substrate, thus improving the process by removing more than three steps.
With a consistent development strategy, First EIE maintained its leading position with proprietary Software, latest Electronic design and unrivaled Optical Engines.
With over 1200 installed base around the world, First EIE SA built its solid position with the help of a network of 20+ Exclusive Agents and Distributors.
In North America, all4-PCB has been selected as First EIE’s representative. Headquartered in Southern California, all4-PCB offers a wide range of process equipment, from global suppliers, and consumables to PCB manufacturers across North America. A dedicated team of service engineers across the country and spare parts stock In Glendale, CA ensure excellent customer support.
Jean-Paul Birraux, sales and marketing manager with First EIE in Switzerland, discussed developments in panel and roll-to-roll automatic optical inspection and automatic visual inspection for PCBs and components. He began by reviewing First EIE’s product range, which included photoplotters—for which there was still a strong market, UV direct imaging, automatic optical and visual inspection systems, and inkjet printers. The trend was towards larger-format machines. First EIE’s direct imaging technology was based on single-head DMD principles with a collimated arc lamp UV source, giving full-spectrum 360 to 450 nm output.
A merger in 2015 with the Japanese company Inspec, who had long-term experience in AOI and AVI for packaging and components, established a synergy that enabled the development of a new generation of automatic visual inspection systems for PCB inspection. A unique feature was the capability to create a master reference image from a single sample, and to inspect both sides of a 240 mm x 240 mm circuit in a third of the time taken by a human inspector, capturing defects to the 20 micron level. A current project integrated First EIE’s latest EDI imager and two Inspec AVI systems in-line with developing and etching to enable continuous roll-to-roll processing, with resist inspection after developing and pattern inspection after etching.