Analysts value the global electronic equipment product market at well over $2 trillion per year. From smart phones and tablets to video game consoles and e-readers, electronics products are part of everyday life – both in the home and the office.
Most, if not all, major electronics brands turn to outside companies not only to support the design, testing and manufacturing, but also the repair of their innovations. Productivity is critical because it enables the manufacturer to control costs and keep electronics affordable for the consumer. And that’s where specialty tools from Apex Tool Group make a difference.
The manufacturing processes for electronics products are fundamentally different from those of other machinery and equipment. Specialized tools are required when integrated circuits and miniaturization technologies come into play. Devices are smaller than ever before, which presents unique challenges for the technicians working on circuit boards. They may need to manipulate a part the size of a grain of pepper.
ATG serves this industry with products from Weller®, including soldering, desoldering and fume extraction tools used for circuit board assembly and rework. The brand’s latest innovation is a soldering iron with the fastest heat-up time on the market. Our Erem® brand provides precision tweezers and pliers for use on circuit boards and other electronic equipment.
In addition to optimizing productivity, electronics manufacturers are committed to improving energy efficiency. Being energy efficient not only lessens manufacturing’s impact on the environment, but it makes good operational sense. The new soldering iron from Weller® includes an intelligent motion sensor that puts the product in stand-by mode when not in use. This saves energy and increases the lifetime of the product. Medical device manufacturers, in particular, are facing a tighter regulatory environment, which makes cost reduction more important than ever.
Electronics manufacturers are also concerned about workplace health and safety. Smoke, fumes and chemicals are the norm in any electronics assembly facility. If not properly managed, illness, absenteeism and liability may result. The aging of the workforce puts an even tighter focus on these issues. Fume extraction technology from Weller® re-circulates conditioned air, ensuring a clean work setting and supporting environmental regulatory compliance.
There is also increasing demand for high-performance soldering tools among consumers. This is largely driven by artists, hobbyists and designers using the Arduino open source platform to program and develop their own electronics.