Category: Latest News

01 May 2019

IPC-2591 (CFX) Launched And Pillarhouse Equipment Ready To Go

As global markets change, organisations have the opportunity to differentiate themselves with “IIoT Technology” that delivers genuine business benefit, ensuring increased productivity and profitability. Pillarhouse International customers look to us not only for support, but technology that can give them an advantage in a competitive marketplace. The IPC-2591 CFX standard is the first and only standard that directly addresses customer’s increasing need for digitalisation as part of a Smart Industry 4.0 factory, without dependencies on middleware or other services that have, with previous technologies, introduced additional costs, functional limitations, delays, and variation in the way that data was interpreted. CFX is the fundamental step towards genuine Industry 4.0. (more…)

19 Dec 2018

Pillarhouse to launch Synchrodex Pro range at APEX 2019

Apex 2019 will see the debut of the new Pillarhouse Synchrodex Pro range of selective soldering systems. The Pro series takes the world’s best-selling modular Selective Soldering System and adds a number of new options and features from their successful Fusion range.

The Synchrodex range is fully modular, allowing a customer to expand from a single flux/preheat/solder module through to a multi-function, multi-module system as their production requirements expand.

Features include:

  • 508mm x 508mm (20″ x 20″) and 610mm x 610mm (24″ x 24″) board handling sizes
  • Interchangeable Mechanical or Magnetic solder bath and pump
  • Lead-free solder capability as standard
  • Top side IR preheat, with closed-loop control
  • DC drives on all axis as standard
  • Motorised underside IR preheat, at all cell positions
  • Automatic nozzle conditioning system as standard
  • Thermal nozzle calibration as standard
  • Solder level detect and motorised wire feeder as standard
  • Wave height correction, as standard
  • Automatic fiducial correction as standard
  • High definition process viewing camera
  • Drop Jet and/or Ultrasonic fluxing
  • Flux flow and volume monitoring,
  • New PillarCOMM control software
  • IPC-2591 (CFX), Smart Factory ready

For more information about the Synchrodex Pro series and the rest of the Pillarhouse range please visit us at Booth 1715.

10 Dec 2018

EPAC BV invests in Selective Soldering machine from Pillarhouse

EPAC BV with location in Weert (NL) manufactures customer specific printed circuit assemblies, where not only the SMD components but also the thru hole components require perfect soldering. With its investment in the popular Pillarhouse Jade MK-II selective soldering machine, the company guarantees its customers high quality solder joints.

EPAC has a wide range of customers who integrate their products in different applications. This means that the company must be able to respond to many different demands of their customers, ranging from cable production to electronics production in small and large quantities. Notwithstanding that nowadays a lot of components are processed in SMD, there are still a number of conventional components, in particular displays, connectors and power components that have to be soldered manually or mechanically.

“With the request for more double-sided reflow in combination with power components, we have been looking for a high quality and flexible solution for quite some time now. “says Arno Boot, owner of EPAC BV. “The supply of selective soldering brands is large and we had to weigh our investment against manual soldering.”

Selective soldering provides a high quality soldered connection and is also aesthetically better because no resin or flux residues remain on the PCB. Depending on the application, each soldering point can be soldered individually or in series. Not so much the higher speed, but the repeatability, quality and stability of the process are decisive purchasing factors.

“We tested different manufacturers and systems, both standalone and inline, but immediately after the first demonstration at Smd-Tec we were impressed with the ease of use, flexibility and results of the Pillarhouse Jade machine”, says Florin Ciubotariu, production manager at EPAC BV. “To be completely sure of the capabilities, we did an additional test on a product with a very small pitch in combination with long pins, and also on that challenging product the machine gave perfect results.”

The manufacturer of the Jade MKII machine Pillarhouse has over 30 years of experience and a very large install base at both world-renowned and less well-known companies. Its Jade MKII platform is the world’s most popular and best-selling standalone selective soldering machine.

“It pleases to once again proof that this machine has one of the best quality / price ratios, which results in a record sales year in the Benelux,” says Tom Van Tongelen, Smd-Tec managing director. “Many customers find it a difficult ROI calculation, but bottom line is that it’s an investment that earns itself back in a very short time, because we time and time again make the un-solderable solderable. “

03 Sep 2018

Pillarhouse USA Announces The Appointment Of Airtron Electronics Inc.

Pillarhouse USA announces appointment of Airtron Electronics Inc to Canadian Provinces of:
Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Global manufacturer and supplier of selective soldering systems, Pillarhouse USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Airtron Electronics Inc, to spearhead sales efforts in the Canadian Provence’s of Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island territories.
Pillarhouse is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of selective soldering systems from hand-load (batch) processes to fully automated high-speed lines. Pillarhouse manufactures a wide range of modular and hand load equipment to fit the changing marketing market needs of today.

Airtron Electronics was formed in 1982 to provide outstanding support and ‘best in class’ product offerings to the electronics manufacturing industry. Richard Kocheff, President, commented “were please to represent the leader in the selective solder market, this equipment compliments our current line of Industry leading Principles”.

25 Jun 2018

Pillarhouse USA announces appointment of Z Tech Services for Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska

Global manufacturer and supplier of selective soldering systems, Pillarhouse USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Z Tech Services, to spearhead sales efforts in the Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska territories.

Pillarhouse is the world leader in the design and manufacturing of selective soldering systems from hand-load (batch) processes to fully automated high-speed lines. Pillarhouse manufactures a wide range of modular and hand load equipment to fit the changing marketing market needs of today.

Z Tech Services, Inc. was established in 1993 based on Our Promise to Provide Optimal Service to Electronic Production Equipment Manufacturers. Thomas Jura, President, commented “We are pleased with the appointment by Pillarhouse USA, to represent them in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. This addition adds to our already impressive list of Industry Leading Principals.”

25 Jun 2018

HMD Engineering B.V. Ensures Strong Connections – For Their Products and Suppliers

To provide its products with the highest quality and durable solder joints, the engineering firm HMD Engineering located in Nieuw-Vennep, Netherlands, recently invested in the new Pillarhouse “Pilot” Selective Soldering System.

In spite of a rapidly evolving market and the need to provide more and more functionalities on a small surface, it is impossible to obtain all components in SMD package. As an engineering firm that produces tailor-made developments for their customers and normally does not have to produce large quantities, HMD Engineering has traditionally made the choice to do everything in-house; from development to production.

“When it comes to THT soldering, we get confronted with more and more double-sided PCBs on the one hand, and on the other hand our traditional wave soldering machine did not produce enough satisfactory results,” says Rob Huiberts, owner of HMD Engineering. “Especially for smaller companies it is important that we can differentiate ourselves through flexibility, customer service and top-level quality.”

The Pillarhouse Pilot machine is a table model selective soldering machine, which gives the same quality soldering results as its larger brothers Jade and Fusion. It uses a precise Drop Jet fluxer, combined with global and local preheating and a soldering pot that can be equipped with a wide range of nozzle styles to handle any kind of soldering. The PCB remains completely horizontal and the patented return spiral and settings of the pump ensure a repetitive and high quality soldered connection.

“The products we develop include applications such as line scan cameras, data loggers and sensors that are used in extreme conditions. The electrical connection of the components that can endure a mechanical force is therefore indispensable for a reliable product.” according to Rob Huiberts. “We are very satisfied with this investment, and we experienced that by replacing the manual soldering we can also free up more time to realize other projects.”

“The purchase of a Selective Soldering System is an investment that is difficult to calculate for many companies.” confirms Tom Van Tongelen, owner of Smd-Tec, the partner for Pillarhouse in the Benelux region”. The Pillarhouse Pilot offers a financially viable solution and from the experience of our Pillarhouse customers we can see they benefit from using this process. Apart from a repetitive result, the soldering is stronger because you can give each pin its own setting, and the PCB is much cleaner without flux residues. As a bonus the reduced consumption of solder and flux is not only good for the financial bottom line, but also for our environment.” he concludes.

27 Feb 2018

Cirtronics Purchases a 4th Pillarhouse Selective Soldering System

Pillarhouse, a world leading supplier of Selective Soldering Systems, is pleased to announce that Cirtronics has today placed an order for a 4th Pillarhouse selective soldering system, for their manufacturing facility.

Since 1979, Cirtronics has created a solid reputation with both the electronics industry and its clients as a contract manufacturer, offering extensive expertise and experience in manufacturing complex and quality-sensitive products for a wide range of markets including med/tech, communications, military, industrial and robotics.

When asked for comments on the reason for choosing Pillarhouse, David Patterson, Chief Operating Officer at Cirtronics Corporation, commented “Cirtronics is committed to producing high-quality, complex products, so it is vital that we make smart investments that support our customers’ success. Our Engineering and Quality teams are constantly evaluating the level of investment required when manufacturing each and every product. Adding our 4th Pillarhouse Selective Solder machine increases our throughput with reliable process controls and reduces risk. We selected another Pillarhouse system due to our excellent experience with the others we have in our line.”

Jonathan Wol, President of Pillarhouse USA Inc., commented “Pillarhouse is proud to have strong working relationships with companies like Cirtronics, who is an excellent example of a company that leverages the best available manufacturing technology and know-how to produce high quality, yet very complex products. Pillarhouse is pleased to continue our long term working relationship and looks forward to many more years of partnership.”

This order was facilitated by Pillarhouse’s New England representatives, Matthews Associates. Pillarhouse has had an exceptional long-term relationship with New England’s foremost Manufacturing and Test Solutions Company.

The Jade platform is the world’s most successful hand load Selective Soldering System, with an installation base of nearly 1000 systems.

15 Feb 2018

Pillarhouse at IPC APEX 2018

Launching new products and innovations

With the IPC APEX 2018 show just around the corner, Pillarhouse are pleased to confirm that they, once again, will be attending the show. As is customary, Pillarhouse will be demonstrating their extensive range of Selective Soldering Systems; from their entry-level Pilot through to their premium in-line Orissa Fusion system.

The Pillarhouse Pilot is perfect for small to medium batch hand-load operations wanting a high specification value option. This system is also ideal for SME producers where floor space is at a premium and flexibility and energy saving are key considerations. The Pilot is available with an optional nitrogen generator which is neatly built into the base of the system.

The Orissa Fusion is a high-speed, in-line, multi-platform Selective Soldering System, incorporating high speed PCB transfer, the Orissa Fusion platform offers the ultimate in flexibility, coupled with reduced line length at a lower cost compared to current market offerings.

With what is believed to be an industry first, Pillarhouse will be demonstrating a Selective Soldering System that can be fitted with interchangeable mechanical and magnetic pump systems. By offering a single system that can take both pump styles Pillarhouse are giving the choice back to the customer.

Pillarhouse will be also exhibiting its new “Wave Enhancement” rework system. This is a special adapted Synchrodex selective soldering system, in line with a Landrex Optima III SSI. The AOI system has been developed specifically for the through-hole inspection of assemblies as they come out of a Wave solder machine. The AOI passes the inspection information to the Pillarhouse selective machine. The Pillarhouse software then uses this data to repair the failed joints.

Pillarhouse will be on stand #1309.

15 Feb 2018

Turning the IPC APEX EXPO show floor into a shop floor!

With only days until the start of the IPC APEX 2018 show, Pillarhouse are very pleased to announce that they will be part of the IPC Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) Showcase. This is a live demonstration that delivers standardized machine IoT data from production line machines, through the cloud, and on to visitor’s mobile phones. Eighteen different vendors will be streaming real-time manufacturing data from their booths. This type of showcase has never been done in any industry. APEX EXPO is the first to showcase this new technology live. Visitors to APEX will be invited to participate by simply monitoring the systems on their phone or smart device.

Machine vendors from across the whole industry that normally compete have joined together to show-case and demonstrate support for the IPC Connected Factory Exchange (CFX), the true digitally IoT standard that makes Industry 4.0 possible. CFX provides a path toward Industry 4.0 for all companies, big and small.

Pillarhouse’s participation in this project continues to show that they are the leading force in the selective soldering sector.

09 Jan 2018

Pillarhouse Gives Pump Choice Back To The Customer

For a number of years there have been many discussions regarding the advantages and disadvantages of mechanical versus magnetic pumps on the selective soldering process, with about 50% of selective machine manufacturers opting for each method.

Pillarhouse, have now taken this debate further through the simultaneous introduction of their latest generation mechanical pump, together with an all new revolutionary magnetic design. Customers of the new Jade Mk IV Selective Soldering System now have the ability for either pump style to be fitted to this system and by utilising the renowned Pillarhouse quick bath change design, switching between the two technologies can be facilitated within minutes. This gives the customer the benefits of both the magnetic and mechanical pumps in a single soldering system.

The design of the Pillarhouse magnetic pump has addressed the inherent issues, previously equated with this method, to give a more stable and cost effective design. Furthermore, by continuing to offer a new improved mechanical design, Pillarhouse users also benefit from using soldering methods not currently associated with the magnetic pump design i.e. 1.5mm micro nozzle and jet-wave technology.

Pillarhouse’s release of this technology, on the Jade Mk IV at APEX 2018 show, will be followed shortly by this option being available on their full range of equipment. Retrofits kits for systems in the field will also be available.

Pillarhouse will be on stand #1309.