Ian in his office working at the keyboard control of Boulder’s CNC machine.
Boulder’s most recent acquisition is a robot system for attaching small components to circuit boards.
The process begins with a special vacuum jig that puts a solder/adhesive gel in the spots where the parts will go.
Next, the circuit board goes to the robot device.
This machine takes parts off rolls and precisely places them on to the circuit board.
After being fully populated, the board goes into a heat unit that vaporizes the adhesive gel while simultaneously melting the solder.
After the process is completed, the board is examined under a stereo microscope to ensure that all the solder joints are perfect.