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First EIE Direct Imager and AVI at EIPC Winter conference in Lyon

Part 2: EIPC’s 2018 Winter Conference in Lyon, Review of Day 1

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.

Brandner PCB invests in a new RP216-SXT Photoplotter

The Estonian PCB manufacturer has invested in a new photoplotter from First EIE.
“From now on we are able to prepare all films we need in production much quicker. And we need a lot of films, because almost every pattern developing process require a plotted film in certain stage,” the company writes in an update.

Increased plotter capacity means that the company are able to process more designs simultaneously – which in turn creates more flexibility for the company and enables Brandner to shorten the time between when the order was placed and when actual manufacturing starts.

New automatic inputs: EPS Postscript, PDF

Now, for all First EIE Equipment, RP series Photoplotters, CP562 Ink Jet Printer and EDI500 Direct Imager, it is possible to send Postscript EPS and Pdf files to the MPS Queue Manager. The conversion to Tiff format will be automatic. A Tiff viewer is available before exposure, with support for Tiff files larger than 4TB.

The system support insertion of compressed data files. Automatic recognition and unpacking of ZP; 7Z, ARJ, TAR, GZ and RAR files.



Inspec, First EIE and ETS on top of the world

2016 ending…a little bit of relaxation…

End of August a team of brave cyclists attended the Manali-Leh Expedition:


Inspec Group members: Renata and Petr Pisan (First EIE SA, Geneva, programmer), Ramesh Amritraj (ETS, Bangalore, India, First EIE exclusive distributor), Jean-paul BIRRAUX (First EIE SA Sales and Marketing Manager)

This ain’t no touristy stuff! This is that once in a lifetime event that cyclists around the world dream of. The expedition starts at Manali : door to the heaven of Himalayas which has ironically become honeymoon spot! The expedition makes you cross 5 passes with a maximum altitude of Khardung La (5370 mts). Each one of these passes is unique in their own stature: Bara Lachha La – one of the most loopy passes, Naki La & Lachu lung La are like Twin brothers standing just next to each other, Rohtang Pass is the most unpredictable and moody of them all, and last but not the least & the toghest to cross – Tanglang La (5340 mts). Overwhelming..right? Well there is much much more. Gata loops with 22 curves can send a fine chill up your spine when you see it from the top, Moray plains is one of the highest & coldest deserts in the world, snow laden peaks, rivers like Chandra-Bhaga & Indus, and more. The destination city of Leh needs no intro which culminates your expedition in a perfect way. Well, its just not possible to explain the beauty of the expedition in words! One has to do it to feel it.

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FIRST EIE’s new Large Size Photoplotter RP1625-SXT in Production

96” x 63” – 2450 x 1600 mm film masks for OLED screens production

This new model retains the same general principle that have made the worldwide reputation of the First EIE RP series Photoplotters while introducing significant leap forward in automatic loading and unloading of extra-large size films. The maximum drum rotating speed below 35 rpm brings high mechanical stability to the system. The overall accuracy on the  film format used for the 8th generation of OLED Screen is +- 30 microns. At 25,800 dpi the RP1625-SXT can plot negative films with 10 micron lines and space.