At IPC Apex Expo, the LPKF ProtoLaser U, available from Embedded Logic Solutions , won the SMT VISION award in the assembly tools category. The SMT VISION award is presented to people, products and companies for special developments in the SMT sector. The winners are selected on the basis of making a contribution to the development of the sector. The LPKF ProtoLaser U was nominated, and promptly won the award for the idea behind the development and the degree of innovation.
The LPKF ProtoLaser U is a UV laser system capable of cutting, drilling and structuring almost any kind of material. For instance, the LPKF ProtoLaser U can depanel individual PCBs from a large printed circuit board in a stress-free and precise process. It can also cut LTCC and prepregs, drill holes and microvias, structure TCO/ITO layers, and open up solder masks. The high pulse energy of the UV laser causes ablation without leaving behind any residues. The result, contours with accurate geometries. The integrated vacuum table holds flexible and thin substrates safely and firmly in place.
The laser process is controlled by the integrated CircuitCAM software. Optimal parameters are already archived for numerous applications. The special operating mode enables the predefined production processes to be delegated to staff with only a superficial knowledge of laser processing, while experienced operators can make use of the whole spectrum of UV laser technology.
The LPKF ProtoLaser U is compact and optimised for laboratory use. The LPKF ProtoLaser U is suitable for prototyping and short-run production. The working area measures 229mm x 305mm and requires only one standard wall socket to operate.