Jul 14, 2020 | Wednesday 8th July 2020 marked a significant milestone for Blakell Europlacer. 50 years to the day, the founding company, Blakell Systems Ltd, was registered and incorporated in Britain by Pat Kellard, who many seasoned industry professionals will remember.
Jun 07, 2020 | Fareham-based contract electronics manufacturer Phoenix Systems UK Ltd has added in-house X-Ray facilities to its production resources. The company chose a new Unicomp AX-8200HR X-Ray machine from Europlacer. This advanced process verification and improvement machine was delivered and installed in April this year, despite the coronavirus lockdown.
Apr 18, 2020 | Robert Conway, Chairman of Parable Trust & Blakell Europlacer Group, Dr Kamau Gachigi, Executive Director of Gearbox, Kenya and Neil Sandy, CEO of Wellers Impact & Weller Law Group are delighted to announce a collaboration resulting in essential medical manufacturing technology being sent to Nairobi, Kenya to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
Apr 11, 2020 | Like everyone else in the SMT industry, Europlacer is tightening its belt to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite that, the company is still looking to the future as it continues to make prudent investments to help strengthen its position and enhance a successful growth plan.
Mar 19, 2020 | Prima Electronic Services, has chosen to underpin its growth plans by selecting Europlacer's iineo+ placement platform to address larger and more complex customer boards. The decision to switch to Europlacer is notable as the company has long been a Yamaha customer; it has seven iPulse machines already operating on its assembly lines.
Feb 06, 2020 | Europlacerhas landed an impressive seventh consecutive Service Excellence Award in the Pick & Place category from respected industry publication, Circuits Assembly. At a presentation ceremony at the APEX Expo, the award was accepted by John Perrotta, recently promoted to Global Business Development Officer at Europlacer.
Jan 22, 2020 | Europlacer is renowned industry-wide for its exemplary support infrastructure, a truth officially recognised by six consecutive annual Service Excellence Awards. Now the company’s commitment to Continuous Improvement sees the creation of a new role to specifically support key account customers – a post filled by Europlacer Service, Support & Engineering veteran Mark Bartholomew.
Jan 07, 2020 | Europlacer Americas will focus on it CFX Factory 4.0 connectivity at APEX 2020. Live demonstrations on the Europlacer booth #1910 will feature the company’s mobile app dashboard displaying production data streamed live. At the heart of the booth will be the award-winning atom3 ultra-flexible multi-functional assembly system – itself connected via CFX to the dashboard.
Dec 04, 2019 | After four days of hotly-contested competition on the Virtual Reality racing simulator at the Europlacer booth at this year’s Productronica exhibition, the top podium finish went to Jan Pokos, a Croatian student.
Nov 06, 2019 | Europlacer’s multi-award-winning atom3 placement machine is not the only exciting exhibit that visitors to Productronica can test drive on stand A2.461.
Oct 24, 2019 | Europlacer has installed a second high-speed line comprising iineo+ and xpii+ pick & place machines with a Heller reflow oven at SafeLine in Tyresö, Sweden. It crowns a package of upgrades to increase capacity and throughput to meet rising demand for the company’s elevator safety systems across Scandinavia and Europe.
Oct 22, 2019 | While Europlacer will be using Productronica to highlight is expanding SMT Line Solutions offering that includes premium equipment from selected business partners, the company’s multi-award-winning atom3 machine will take centre stage on the Productronica booth. The atom3 is the ultra-flexible atom model that, along with its high-speed atom4 sibling, is opening up new global assembly markets for Europlacer.
Apr 01, 2019 | At a prestigious gala dinner hosted in London by industry analyst Frost & Sullivan, Robert Conway, Executive Chairman of the Blakell Europlacer Group, and Group Director Victor Lorenzo accepted the award for 2019 Company of the Year in the Global SMT Pick & Place category on behalf of Europlacer.
Apr 01, 2019 | Europlacer China has broadened its support infrastructure by appointing a seasoned SMT industry professional to the role of Customer Support Manager, located at the company’s China HQ in Shanghai. Lin Dong, formerly of Artesyn Embedded Technologies, takes over the role from Europlacer’s Sean Zhang, who moves to a newly-created position as Senior Engineer & Product Specialist.
Jan 31, 2019 | Europlacer has continued its record-breaking winning run by taking a sixth consecutive Service Excellence Award in the Pick & Place category from respected industry publication, Circuits Assembly. The award presentation ceremony took place on the first morning of this year’s APEX Expo in San Diego. The top Pick & Place category award was received by John Perrotta, President of Europlacer Americas.
Jan 22, 2019 | Europlacer Americas announces that it will exhibit two SMT assembly lines in Booth #2511 at the upcoming 2019 IPC APEX Expo. The high-speed line will feature the company’s award-winning, ultra-flexible atom3 placement machine downstream from the advanced EP710 AVi Screen Printer. The mid-range, very-large-board manufacturing solution consists of the company’s flagship iineo+ Multi-Functional Placement System with advanced LED binning in line with its EP1220 Long Board Screen Printer.
Dec 10, 2018 | Our Italian colleagues and Latin scholars will know that the letter ‘D’ is the Roman numeral for 500. Right now, on the Europlacer manufacturing floor in Rocheserviere in France, the production team is preparing to build our 500th iineo placement machine.
Nov 29, 2018 | Europlacer Americas has rolled out its successful trade-in scheme to the wider placement equipment market. The extended initiative encourages owners of older pick & place platforms to obtain a trade-in valuation against a new Europlacer machine. For many, this overcomes issues around equipment obsolescence, spares shortages and diminishing support capabilities as well as offering the tangible commercial benefits associated with a new machine.
Oct 02, 2018 | Blakell Europlacer Distribution stole the show at the first ever UK Electronics Industry Awards. This high-profile inaugural event celebrated the achievements of top-performing companies across a range of electronics sectors, using voting by industry peers to determine the winner in each of 18 categories. Blakell Europlacer Distribution was the only company to win awards in two categories: Aerospace/Military/Defence Product of the Year for its new atom3 placement platform; and the prestigious Best Customer Service award.
Aug 29, 2018 | For three days in September, Benelux-based SMT equipment distribution specialist SMANS will host an Open House event for its existing and potential customers. While this popular event has taken place annually, this is the first since the new management team completed a buyout in October last year.
Aug 21, 2018 | Dutch manufacturer Unitron Group has selected Europlacer’s flexible iineo platform as the centrepiece of a new SMT assembly line located at its production facility in IJzendijke, South West Holland. The company chose the iineo+ placement machine after a detailed comparison of equipment vendors and support levels across the market.
Jul 15, 2018 | Contract manufacturer Groupe Syselec, based near Toulouse in France, is the first Europlacer customer in Europe to install a placement machine from the award-winning new atom platform range. Having placed its order for an atom3 machine last summer, while the platform was still in the final stage of development, Syselec was in fact the first customer on Europlacer’s worldwide atom order book.
Jun 17, 2018 | Europlacer and Speedprint pulled in leads from prospects across Europe on the shared stand at this year’s SMT Hybrid Packaging event in Nuremberg.
May 01, 2018 | The best-ever trading year for Blakell Europlacer worldwide has already led to tangible benefits for the business and its customers. The company is recruiting new staff in all its key territories across the globe.
Mar 11, 2018 | As if winning an unprecedented fifth consecutive Service Excellence Award from respected industry publication Circuits Assembly Magazine is not enough, pick & place equipment manufacturer Europlacer added further to its haul of medals by also seizing two NPI Awards for its brand-new atom placement platform.
Feb 20, 2018 | Europlacer Americas announces that it has added Mike Foster to its management team as Director of Business Development. He will be working alongside Chris Merow, who was recently promoted to Director of Sales. These important new directorships constitute a cooperative move to strengthen the company’s sales operations across the Americas in the light of expanding sales growth.
Jan 28, 2018 | The Executive Chairman of the Blakell Europlacer Group, Robert Conway, reports that the companies with the Group have delivered record results in 2017. Mr Conway, also founder and chairman of Parable Trust, points to growth figures for the year upwards of 16%, resulting in a doubling of the business in the five the years since Parable Trust acquired the Group.
Nov 16, 2017 | Europlacer has unveiled an all-new high-speed, super-flexible placement platform. The renowned pick & place manufacturer used the Productronica exhibition to reveal two complementary placement machines from its new Atom platform range.
Nov 07, 2017 | Pick & Place equipment manufacturer, Europlacer, is set to shake up the industry at Productronica when it reveals a new placement platform that has been five years in development. The new systems will sit at the top of the company’s product range and complement the existing platforms. It promises to let manufacturers restructure productivity in surface mount assembly applications.
Oct 15, 2017 | Just three years since it embarked upon a significant strategic investment in a full SMT assembly line solution from Blakell Europlacer Distribution, Chesterfield-based Contract Manufacturer, Kingfield Electronics Ltd, has repeated that process. It has added a second, almost identical, SMT line, this time supported by intelligent automated storage systems as it responds to increasing customer demand and looks to expand.
Oct 05, 2017 | The last week of September witnessed an auspicious gathering at Europlacer’s manufacturing base and French HQ in Rocheserviere, Western France. Local dignitaries and factory personnel mixed with global customers and members of Europlacer’s international sales and support teams to declare the prestigious new facility open.
Sep 24, 2017 | The Europlacer international sales team, in conjunction with exclusive India distributor Bergen Associates, succeeded in displaying a screen printer at Productronica India for the first time. The SP710avi printer from sister company Speedprint Technologies, equipped with the award-winning S-Track traceability package, was well received by exhibition visitors – but nearly didn’t make it to the show.
Sep 18, 2017 | Some two decades since its last major investment in SMT component placement, prestigious audio systems manufacturer, Linn Products has chosen to re-invest in Europlacer platforms with the acquisition of four of the company’s latest iineo+ pick & place machines.
Aug 01, 2017 | A year on from the UK’s controversial Brexit vote, Europlacer Industries is seeing no discernible impact on its equipment revenues in the UK. Or globally. Just half way though the company’s fiscal year (coinciding with the calendar year), Europlacer sales are already 80% ahead of target. Sister company, Speedprint Technologies, reports being 50% ahead of its sales target.
Jul 25, 2017 | Europlacer Industries is completing two substantial expansion programmes at its manufacturing site and French HQ in Rocheserviere, near Nantes. The investment increases production floor space by almost 40% as well as adding 240m2 of prestigious customer demonstration and training space.
Jul 25, 2017 | Award-winning Pick & Place equipment manufacturer, Europlacer, announces the appointment of Giantec Electronics Inc. as its exclusive distributor in Taiwan. Giantec is based in Taoyuan City and will distribute and support Europlacer’s flexible placement systems and intelligent Warehouse Management System (WMS) solutions, as well as the full range of automatic surface mount screen printing products from sister company, Speedprint Technologies. Giantec has been a leading distributor of semiconductor automation and SMT pcb assembly equipment in Taiwan since 1997.
Jul 12, 2017 | Elancourt-based Airbus Défense & Space, the world's second-largest space company, has selected Europlacer's iineo placement platform for its high-mix, low-volume production requirements.
Jun 20, 2017 | Europlacer is delighted to report that its run of award successes continues with a fourth consecutive Company of the Year accolade in the Global Flexible SMT Pick and Place Equipment sector from global analyst and growth specialist Frost & Sullivan.
May 25, 2017 | Blakell Europlacer is pleased to announce the appointment of Ste.Al.Tech Srl as its agent in Italy. The move further strengthens the company’s infrastructure in the region, adding to resources recently put in place with a direct Europlacer office in Italy extending its support into Slovenia, Serbia and Croatia.
Apr 23, 2017 | Europlacer announces the European launch of its newest pick & place machine, the iineo+ platform, positioned at the top of its product range. Based on the company’s industry-leading iineo machine, the new iineo+ platform includes an integrated component electrical tester, a new operating system, multi core processing and improved operator interface, as well as optional upgrades for enhanced traceability. The iineo+ platform will be unveiled on the Europlacer booth 4-251 at the SMT Hybrid Packaging event.
Apr 11, 2017 | Blakell Europlacer International Limited is excited to announce an enhancement to its infrastructure in Europe, with new resources now in place to fully support activities directly in Slovenia, Serbia and Croatia.
Mar 26, 2017 | Europlacer Americas announces that is has successfully installed an IINEO-II placement platform at PPI/Time Zero of Fairfield New Jersey and an IICO placement platform plus Europlacer EP710 Screen Printer at PPI/Time Zero’s New England Facility. The New Jersey IINEO-II installation delivers extensive capability. The New England installation is a second line productivity solution.
Feb 16, 2017 | No one can accuse Europlacer of being anything other than consistently on-the-ball with its customer-centric service and support philosophy. The equipment manufacturer has picked up its fourth award in consecutive years from respected industry publication Circuits Assembly, in the Pick & Place Category. The award was presented to the President of Europlacer Americas, John Perrotta, at the APEX Expo in San Diego this week.
Jan 09, 2017 | After more than two decades of sales management experience in the electronics assembly sector, Steve Giffen has been appointed New Business Sales Manager at Blakell Europlacer Distribution. Giffen joins the team to focus his expertise on a portfolio of products including the company’s own placement platform and screen printing ranges.
Dec 18, 2016 | Europlacer announces a top management team change, effective 1st December 2016, at its Dorset UK-based headquarters.
Dec 05, 2016 | Placement equipment manufacturer Europlacer has announced that Christian Müeller has been appointed as Service Manager to head up its customer support team in Germany. Müeller joins the company from his role at respected distributor SmartTec, bringing years of industry experience in the SMT assembly sector.
Oct 09, 2016 | The Blakell Europlacer Distribution team hosted a User Group Day at the company’s UK headquarters in Dorset recently. The focus of the event was ‘Traceability’ and attracted over fifty participants. All were interested in seeing how the latest products and support initiatives from Europlacer’s distribution arm manage traceability that can be integrated to deliver line-wide traceability solutions.
Oct 06, 2016 | Pick & place equipment manufacturer Europlacer has appointed Bergen Associates as its exclusive distributor in India. Bergen Associates is part of the Bergen Group – a significant player in the Indian electronics market with 30 years of industry experience.
Aug 28, 2016 | Europlacer’s flagship iineo II system offers the largest on-machine component inventory in the industry. It processes components from 01005 to 99mm in size, and can electrically test and verify RLC devices to calibrated international standards prior to assembly. Throughput is impressive from this highly flexible twin turret machine, which can handle the industry’s largest PCB, in-line, at 24" x 63".
Jul 27, 2016 | Pick & place equipment manufacturer Europlacer has appointed PAKT Electronics as its exclusive distributor in Poland. Formed in 2008, PAKT is well connected across the country and represents other principals in the territory, offering capital equipment, peripherals and consumables.