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Marantz Business Electronics and Zetech confirm partnership

2 November 2005 News

Marantz Business Electronics and Zetech have confirmed a distribution partnership that has successfully introduced Marantz' automatic optical inspection product range for the growing South African electronics market.

The companies' initial relationship has proven the South African demand for quality, and resulted in a number of Marantz automatic optical inspection systems being sold within the first year of co-operation.

Having successfully established the AOI product range in South Africa, Zetech introduced the new 22XDL standalone and in-line platforms, effective from August 2005.

Marantz, well known for its high quality audio/video products, developed its first AOI system in 1994 for its own use, to inspect PCB assemblies for correct component placement and soldering. The AOI system proved to be a cost-effective solution to replace the traditional visual human inspection, while at the same time reducing the need for expensive electrical tests.

After successful use in its own factories, Marantz started sales of its first generation system in 1996. With a steady growing installed base, the current level is well over 3000 units worldwide. The latest generation 22XDL systems combine the speed and accuracy of the CL systems, with a totally new lighting concept. A number of different lighting combinations are selectable to obtain best failure detection for each individual inspection point. The possibility to choose between different optical modes allows balancing of the system between resolution and speed.

The contract will continue to build on the success of Marantz Business Electronics' products reliability and technical expertise within a platform directly targeted at entry-level and mid-range markets, says Zetech. However, recent developments mean that Zetech is now able to present its South African customers with new products such as the 22XDL, which allows applications in high speed, high flexibility and modular SMT lines. The 22XDL, delivers high utilisation for top and bottom side applications and high-speed throughput.

Zetech presents a full line of best-in-class solutions, offering configuration choice, equipment capability and support initiatives. The company's personnel have completed extensive service and applications training program at the Marantz factory in Japan. In essence, this solution will provide South African electronics manufacturers with the distinct performance advantage associated with Marantz Business Electronics products and Zetech expertise, tailored to the specific needs of the local production environments.

The extended Zetech-Marantz Business Electronics contract looks set to build on the existing success of this highly-effective relationship for the exclusive benefit of the South African electronics market.

Henk Biemans, general manager of Marantz Business Electronics Europe and Zalman Orlianski, Zetech’s managing director, after signing the contract at Marantz’ European Headquarters
Henk Biemans, general manager of Marantz Business Electronics Europe and Zalman Orlianski, Zetech’s managing director, after signing the contract at Marantz’ European Headquarters

For more information contact Zalman Orlianski, Zetech, +27 (0)11 789 3230, zorlianski@zetech.co.za



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