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Absolute EMS Integrates Insituware's Handheld Materials Control

SANTA CLARA, CA ― A bad lot of solder paste on the manufacturing floor can have disastrous results, leading to voids, yield defects, additional handling of the product, rework and/or missed customer schedules.

In a typical environment, refrigerated solder paste is controlled via FIFO management systems and traceability with log in/out processes to avoid unnecessary exposure out of a chilled environment. The responsibility falls to the operator to determine if there is a bad lot of paste. The decision is based 100 percent on the experience of the operator.

Now, using the Vision MARK-1 handheld materials control solution from Insituware, Absolute EMS can measure the fitness for use of its materials, in minutes, on the shop floor.

Immediate Results

The Vision MARK-1 has changed the daily world of contract manufacturing and brought quality control to a new level by providing clear indicators if materials are good or bad.

Insituware’s technology, takes the guesswork out of the decision. Absolute EMS runs multiple lines with multiple types of solder paste. Using Insituware’s Vision MARK-1 to test and validate solder paste is now part of the company’s daily routine.

The device is user-friendly and a green ‘PASS’ or red ‘FAIL’ banner is clearly shown on the screen after each measurement.

“This entire process takes a matter of 2-3 minutes and is worth every second,” said Dao Tran, Absolute EMS SMT Programmer/Manager.
“It is a process investment. Not only do we have instantaneous results, but all of the information is stored in the cloud and accessible as needed. Having been in this industry for more than 20 years, I can honestly say this tool and process is a game changer.”

Insituware is a materials solutions provider that is revolutionizing the way materials are measured to help manufacturers establish world-class quality control processes. Insituware has incorporated technology advancements such as data analytics and machine learning that now make it possible to easily control materials on a manufacturing floor.

With the Vision MARK-1’s capability to monitor materials behavior, companies can increase throughput, reduce costs, and improve reliability. The Vision MARK-1 device is currently enabling OEMs in automotive, aerospace, defense, and medical to take control of their materials, improve manufacturing efficiency, and prevent materials related defects.

Turnkey EMS Provider

A leading provider of turnkey and consignment manufacturing services, Absolute EMS, Inc.

is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and is a leader in offering manufacturing services in a state-of-the-art, high-technology EMS facility. Founded in 1996, the company originally serviced the medical industry, thus its concentration on controlled manufacturing that is scalable and repeatable. Today, the company focuses on medical, military, industrial, networking, and engineering industries.

Absolute EMS is designed to support miniaturization, flexibility, and speed, making it capable of running prototype lots from 5-100K units in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. This provides extreme value to clients that need Made-in-America manufacturing support or are in the process of onshoring.

Quality has been a cornerstone throughout the company’s 25-year history. With the goal of exceeding customer requirements, Absolute EMS is constantly on the lookout for innovations to advance customers to the next level. This proactive approach allows the company to offer customers the technologies of the future today. EMS companies are gaining proof of materials control and traceability to validate product quality to these customers. Insituware continues to develop new materials control solutions for manufacturers to help them drive towards Industry 4.0. According to Absolute EMS, this mission of getting customers closer to zero defects has been accomplished.

A commitment to quality and sustainability contributes significantly to Absolute EMS leading the way for efficient manufacturing operations among EMS organizations. The integration of Insituware’s Vision MARK-1 has allowed Absolute EMS to track their solder paste and conformal coating from incoming to end of life, preventing material waste and eliminating the material as the root cause of defects.


Absolute EMS

555 Aldo Avenue

Santa Clara, CA 95054

Jayne Carthy


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