Component Management

Gen3 selected as preferred supplier of CIL

12th May 2023
Kristian McCann

Gen3 has announced they were again selected by Custom Interconnect as a preferred supplier. CIL have acquired a new CM33L+ Ionic Contamination Testing system to complement their purchase of a second MBTech NC25 PCB Cleaning System.

CIL has a long-standing partnership with Gen3 who already have one MBTech NC25 at its state-of-the-art facility. With the acquisition of an additional NC25 and the new CM33L+, CIL expects to significantly improve its PCB cleaning capabilities and throughput, which will enable the company to better meet the needs of its customers and provide the highest quality products possible.

MBTech's NC25 is able to remove flux and contamination residues from PCBs post-manufacturing and the CM33L+ is subsequently used to measure precise amounts of ionic contamination to verify the age-old question "how clean is clean?". Gen3's CM+ series machines are 6 Sigma verified and globally recognised as being THE industry-leading, award-winning and the world's first combined ROSE and PICT Ionic Contamination Tester. 

"We are excited to expand our partnership with Gen3 and add their state-of-the-art cleaning technologies to our production line," said John Boston, Managing Director at CIL. "We are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality products, and these acquisitions will help us achieve that goal."

The upgraded CM33L+ is particularly noteworthy as it aligns with the work that both Graham Naisbitt, President of Gen3, and Symon Franklin of CIL, have been doing on the IPC committee to improve PCB cleanliness standards. The acquisition will enable CIL to stay ahead of the curve in terms of PCB cleaning technology and contribute to advancing the industry's standards.

The NC25 Batch Cleaner is specially designed around a patented filtration system, providing high cleaning performance.  The system is designed for use with a number of chemistries in a closed-loop configuration that offers optimum performance with minimum waste and hence reduced operating costs. The machine also benefits a unique process of combining forced convection and vacuum to thoroughly dry the PCB's.

Automating the board cleaning process with machines guarantees a perfectly repeatable cleaning. This avoids the risk of local residues causing faster oxidation over time and the creation of short circuits in the very long term.

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