Developed to eliminate solder paste sticking and dripping, Transition Automation’s Permalex Paste Manager self cleaning system from MR Technical Services, is a microprocessor-based system designed to look like a normal pair of metal squeegees and holders. Actuation of the sliding blade is based on the up-down motion of the squeegees. The controller keeps track of the number of cycles and indicates when the user limit is reached. Benefits are said to include improved SMT throughput with a 3.9 second clean cycle and improved solder paste performance by keeping the paste together on the stencil. The paste manager is also said to increase printer capability by printing a range of material viscosities.
Available for any dual squeegee SMT printer, the Permalex paste manager can be seen in action on the MR Technical Services website.