ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.—ADCO Circuits, Inc. recently invested in three new surface mount technology (SMT) lines that are reported to boost efficiency, accuracy, and quality of the company’s production. The Yamaha YSM20R surface mount machines offer the fastest mounting speed in their class and feature a new wide-scan camera with improved component adaptability, ADCO said in a release.

ADCO’s three flexible high-speed production lines include equipment that incorporates solder paste inspection (SPI) and automated optical inspection (AOI). These technologies allow customers to optimize boards, which minimizes defects and maximizes accuracy, the company said.

ADCO Circuits provides electronic circuit board assembly and module services to a wide range of companies in the industrial, medical, automotive, telecommunications, aerospace, and military equipment markets. The company is a full-service turnkey supplier of custom electronics, providing support from design and prototyping to new product introduction (NPI) and full-rate production. Its facility handles low- to medium-volume assembly and test.

Before investing in its SMT lines, ADCO upgraded its entire equipment list. The company’s suite of equipment includes Koh-Young SPI, Yamaha pick-and-place machines, Yamaha post reflow 3-D AOI, and X-ray for fine-pitch SMT and BGA components. ADCO also offers through-hole soldering via two Ersa select-wave lines and one Electrovert wave line, according to the release.

“This capital investment allows us to keep abreast of the continuing miniaturization and complexity of electronic components,” said ADCO Vice President Marc Damman, in the release. “The complex industries we serve, like aerospace, medical device, and defense, rely on our consistency, accuracy, and precision. Our continued investments in equipment, people, and processes allow us to stay ahead with quick handling of today’s component challenges.”

ADCO said in the release that its 53,000-square-foot facility, which it called “pristine,” and its advanced equipment set it apart from other leading high-performance manufacturers and assemblers. The company has introduced automation throughout the plant for component storage, paperless documentation, and robotics.

The company’ six automated vertical storage units are said to span a height of 18.5 feet and create substantial material handling and data-management efficiencies. Automated reel counters and bar code labeling support ADCO’s WIP inventory counts, and its fully automated warehouse capabilities benefit customers by ensuring superior levels of accuracy and efficiency with every order, according to ADCO.

ADCO Circuits said in the release that its “culture of excellence is reflected in its continuous capital investments,” which are said to provide customers with excellent quality, on-time delivery, and a culture of precision and accuracy. The company is IS0 9001, AS9100, and IATFI6949 certified, and ITAR and GIDEP registered.

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