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- PartnerTech selects X-Tek system to test high complexity boards featuring BGAs and CSPs that cannot be visually inspected

POOLE, Dorset, England, March 31, 2008 – PartnerTech, one of Europe’s leading contract manufacturing companies, has installed an X-Tek Revolution X-ray inspection system (also known as an XT V 160) at its 2,700 square metre UK manufacturing facility at Poole in Dorset.

The new kit will further improve PartnerTech’s capability of providing customers with fast-turn builds of highly complex electronic and mechatronic products featuring devices such as ball grid arrays (BGAs) and chip scale packages.

The X-Tek Inspection System provides the highest resolution and magnification possible within a compact X-ray system for quality control, research and failure analysis. The machine has the ability to inspect substrates at steep angles of up to 75 degrees and is designed for 100% BGA and micro-BGA, multilayer board and printed circuit board (PCB) solder joint inspection, with quick analysis of BGA ball wetting, attachments, cracks and delaminations.

Rex Waygood, technical manager at PartnerTech’s Poole facility, said: “We do a lot of rapid NPI (new product introductions) for customers at the Poole facility and many of the products feature unusual devices and geometries that cannot be visually inspected. We therefore needed a system that could perform Automatic X-ray Inspection (AXI) using angled views and was also able to test fine pitch devices as well as BGAs and chip scale packages. Most importantly, we needed a system that gave us complete confidence that boards, particularly products that we have not built before, were assembled correctly first time.”

PartnerTech in Poole offers its customers the full range of product lifecycle services, including product design/development, prototyping, NPI, test solutions, printed circuit board assembly (PCBA), full system build, logistics, distribution and after sales. The company works in partnership with original equipment manufacturers across the medical, aerospace & defence, industrial and telecoms markets.

“Having our own X-ray system at Poole is very important as some of the high complexity products are built so quickly – well ahead of any in-circuit, functional or boundary scan test sequences being written – that X-ray is often the only way to validate a printed circuit board without compromising the fast response service offered to our customers,” added Waygood.

“We selected the X-Tek system because it met our specification and performed well in tests against other comparative systems. Also, as we have already been using an X-Tek system at our Cambridge facility for some time now, we knew that the kit would be easy to use, reliable, economic to run and that the support would be good.”

PartnerTech is one of Europe’s largest business-to-business contract manufacturing companies with 13 manufacturing centres and some 1,800 employees at sites in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, the UK, the United States and China. In the UK, in addition to its Poole site, PartnerTech has facilities in Cambridge and King’s Lynn.

Jason Burger, European sales manager for X-Tek, said: “We are delighted that PartnerTech has opted for the X-Tek system which is smaller in footprint and lower in price than comparative machines. The system’s intuitive software allows operators to visualise the most demanding defects, and features such as concentric imaging and parallel tracking make it ideal for inspecting single or multiple BGA balls.”

Founded in 1986, X-Tek is a British manufacturer of X-ray and Computer Tomography inspection systems with headquarters in Herts, UK. X-Tek employs about 75 people, and has an installed base of over 1500 systems in a wide range of industries, including electronics, automotive and aerospace. X-Tek has recently been acquired by Metris, a leading international metrology company with headquarters in Belgium.

For more information about PartnerTech’s services in the UK, please telephone +44 (0) 1223 247477, email sales@partnertech.co.uk or visit www.partnertech.com.

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PartnerTech

PartnerTech develops and manufactures products under contract for leading companies, primarily in telecommunications, IT, the engineering industry and medical technology. With some 1,800 employees at its plants in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, the UK, the United States and China, PartnerTech reported sales of approximately SEK 2.6 billion in 2007.
PartnerTech AB (www.partnertech.com), the parent company, has its head office in Malmö and is listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm.

Metris X-Tek

X-Tek (www.xtekxray.com), recently acquired by Metris (www.metris.com), has evolved over more than 20 years to become a market leading manufacturer of real-time, high resolution X-ray inspection systems for quality control, failure analysis, product development and research. X-Tek’s extensive range of technology, intellectual property, know-how and products represent key enablers to provide diverse solutions that vary in size from a compact standalone system up to walk-in measurement rooms. The X-ray systems create high quality images with magnification factors up to over 6000, which are mainly used for inspection of electronics such as printed circuit boards. Computer tomography systems are deployed to create 3D images to verify complex internal structures of parts in a non-destructive way. X-Tek has sales and service operations in UK, USA, China, Malaysia and is represented by a growing network of sales agents worldwide, altogether supporting over 1500 installations.

Media contact:

Martin Brooke (for PartnerTech in the UK)
Martin Brooke Associates
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 244500
Email: martin@mba-pr.com

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