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First Essemtec Paraquda System Installed in Ireland

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First Essemtec Paraquda System Installed in Ireland

Press release date: March 31, 2014

Essemtec has announced the first Paraquda installation in Ireland at Aaron PCB, an Electronics Manufacturing Services Provider based in Shannon. Aaron PCB selected the high-speed SMT pick-and-place system following a tender process that involved several providers of medium volume SMT equipment.  To expand their production capacity with an additional SMT manufacturing line, Aaron PCB approached Contax Production Automation, Ireland's leading production equipment specialists, to source a solution for low to medium volume production with rapid changeover times. The selection criteria required that the pick-and-place system was capable of holding 80 x 8mm feeders with placement of approximately 10,000 components per hour, ranging from BGAs to 01005 components.

Out of all the suppliers who were originally chosen for their quality, features, customer service and pricing, the Essemtec Paraquda machine met all of Aaron PCB's criteria but also provided superior capability due to its electronic verification built into the machines and capacity to hold up to 240 x 8 mm feeders.

Gerard Murray, Managing Director of Aaron PCB, said, "Selecting the Paraquda system was the right decision. Since using it and getting familiar with all the features we have found the machine is performing well, making it easy to set up jobs and especially set up new parts. We have increased the number of feeders we originally purchased and hope to add more as the type of job we are doing continues to grow, especially in high setup count areas. The Paraquda system has certainly increased our capability and provides the flexibility we need to suit our current and future business requirements."

The Essemtec Paraquda is a fast, accurate SMT system with the capacity to place both taller and finer pitch devices with intelligent feeders and the ability to hold a large number of feeders and a variety of waffle trays. Designed to fulfill the requirements of high-mix SMT production, the Paraquda's placement head features four axes, each one with its own vertical and rotation drive system. The axes can be controlled individually to ensure "right first time" placement of any component from 01005 up to 80x70 mm including fine-pitch, BGA, CSP or flip chips. The Paraquda's new dispensing option enables up to 100,000 glue or paste dots per hour (depending on valve and application) and features a needle height calibration station with a fully automatic needle cleaning system.

Providing further feedback on the Paraquda installation, Gerard Murray said, "We have found the machine works extremely well on 0201 components and we have managed to secure several new orders due to this capability. Essemtec's remote support from Switzerland has been excellent, where specialists can view what we are doing and suggest improvements. Our business continues to grow well and we feel this is helped by having such a modern machine which suits the needs of low to medium volume with quick changeovers while the machine is running."

For further information about Essemtec's Paraquda system, please visit and for more details about Aaron PCB, please visit

About the company:
The Swiss machine manufacturer Essemtec is an innovation leader in manufacturing flexible production systems for industrial users. Essemtec has been developing, manufacturing and marketing equipment and machines for all processes in the electronics industry since 1991: printers, dispensers, pick-and-place and soldering systems. Manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic systems are available. The range of products also includes transportation and storage systems, as well as software solutions for planning, simulation optimization and documentation of manufacturing. All Essemtec systems are optimized for maximum flexibility. Users can switch from one product to another quickly, making maximum use of available production capacity.

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