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New DAGEProspector™ Micro Materials Tester Impresses with a 2020 NPI Award

Feb 06, 2020

DAGE, part of Nordson ELECTRONICS SOLUTIONS,was awarded a 2020 NPI Award in the category of First Article Inspection for its new DAGE Prospector™ Micro Materials Tester. The award was presented to the company during a Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 ceremony that took place at the San Diego Convention Center during the IPC APEX EXPO.

The flagshipsystem has the most advanced mechanical testing technology in the DAGE product line,giving it new levels of test flexibility. Its capabilities coverthe widest range of test scenarios for micro-components and devices. Developed by Nordson’s in-houseR&D team, Prospector enablesthe full characterization of any deviceby combining mechanical testing with four other complementary test months – Electrical, Thermal, Acoustic and Optical. These unique combinations give researchers and new product development engineers the ability to test across a wide range of micro applications including coatings and thin films, medical devices, micro-electronics, composites, plastics and fibres.

As quality expectations grow,and components continue to get smaller, new product development researchers must be equipped with the most advanced test technology. Prospector allows operators to gain unique failure mode insights by using just one dedicated machine. This is made possible by the introduction of a range of new applications, including hardness and scratch testing. DAGE Prospector is built on the strong heritage of accurate testing we developed for the Bondtesting industry. Itis even capable of using the same test modules from other DAGE Bondtesters. For our customers with multiple Bondtesters in their production line, Prospector is the perfect partner for their pre-production R&D colleagues and is a cost-effective method of improving the efficiency of their ‘new product introduction’ testing.

Prospector uses anew generation of DAGE Paragon™ Materials analytical software to control every aspect of the test allowing operators to perform a wide range of test types with minimal training.

Alan King, Business Director - Bondtester commented, “The Prospector builds on our experience addressing micro materials applications on the DAGE 4000Plus. The emerging market was initially addressed by custom fixturing which was quickly followed by a dedicated software package which has now evolved into a totally new platform specifically designed for micro material testing. Prospector, our new flag ship Micro Tester will secure our lead in existing markets while at the same time allow us to diversify.”

Premiering in 2008, the NPI Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

Nordson ELECTRONICS SOLUTIONS offers its customers a robust product portfolio, including precision fluid dispensing, plasma treatment, selective soldering, and test and inspection capabilities. Comprised of eight complimentary product brands – Nordson ASYMTEK, Nordson DAGE, Nordson DIMA, Nordson MARCH, Nordson MATRIX, Nordson SELECT, Nordson SONOSCAN and Nordson YESTECH – Nordson ELECTRONICS SOLUTIONS is uniquely positioned to serve its customers with best-in-class precision technologies, passionate sales and support teams, global reach, and unmatched consultative applications expertise.

Headquartered in Aylesbury, UK, DAGE manufactures and supports a complete range of award-winning digital X-ray inspection systems and bond test equipment for the printed circuit board assembly and semiconductor industries.  For more information, visit

Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq: NDSN) is one of the world’s leading producers of precision dispensing equipment that applies adhesives, sealants, coatings and other materials to a broad range of consumer and industrial products during manufacturing operations. The company also manufactures equipment used in the testing and inspection of electronic components as well as technology-based systems for curing and surface treatment processes. Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, Nordson has direct operations and sales support offices in more than 30 countries.

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