Under the motto “Vanguard Technologies for Electronics Manufacturing”, the Technology Days event on July 6 and 7, 2022 brought customers and stakeholders from Switzerland to Rehm Thermal Systems in Blaubeuren, Germany. Initiated by Hilpert electronics AG and in cooperation with the companies ASM Assembly Solutions, Rehm Thermal Systems and Viscom AG, a highly stimulating lecture program was complemented by live demonstrations and various seminars.
“These ‘Technology Days’ allow us to bring together cutting edge technologies in soldering, assembly and inspection and give our customers and stakeholders a comprehensive overview of services, in theory and in practice, all compressed into two days.” summarizes Raphael Burkart, CEO Hilpert electronics AG.
About 50 participants showed up for the first face-to-face event held in Rehm Thermal Systems’ seminar rooms since the start of the pandemic. It soon became clear how important the personal exchange between experts and participants remains – despite all the technical possibilities for online events. “Discussions during breaks, inquiries about workshops and the presentation of a complete cover line with integrated Hermes interfaces can only happen at this high quality at in-person events.” adds Michael Hanke, General Sales Manager at Rehm Thermal Systems.
After guests were welcomed by Johannes Rehm, Managing Director of Rehm Thermal Systems, and Raphael Burkart, the program began with a series of technology lectures. Dr. Paul Wilde, Head of Research and Development at Rehm, opened with a keynote address “Innovative processes for manufacturing safe electronics”, in which he describes innovative processes ranging from different soldering methods and their optimization in terms of energy efficiency to the latest coating technologies, innovative solar cell drying and regeneration systems, all while keeping up with the latest trends and electronics safety requirements of today and tomorrow. Then came the presentation by Haithem Jeridi of ASM Assembly Systems “Open Automation – The Success Recipe for Intelligent Automation”, which has become an integral part of ongoing discussions about efficient, future-oriented manufacturing. Using practical examples, Haithem Jeridi demonstrates how automation can be planned and implemented, and how important standards are in this context to successfully complete the implementation. Simulation programs are extremely useful here to run through the different scenarios in advance and to bring out optimizations already in the planning phase. Closing the lectures, Thomas Winkel, from Viscom AG, then spoke “High Performance X-ray Inspection for Battery Cell Inspection and Cavity Detection”. With the rapid growth of e-mobility solutions in recent years, the reliability of battery cells has also come more and more to the fore. Thomas Winkel explained both the requirements for optical inspection of battery systems and the various inspection methods, as well as the importance of void detection due to the need for cell contact systems to withstand external influences such as oscillations, vibrations, heat, cold and chemical influences.
Cutting-edge technologies for the electronics manufacturing of today and tomorrow