A Clean Break

Some of the world’s best inventions solve some of the least glamorous problems. Today’s case study centers around SMT nozzle cleaning… a less than glamorous duty, yet vital to a smooth running operation.

Our Special Applications team was working diligently in the lab one day when it became apparent that a nozzle cleaning was necessary. Here’s the standard cleaning process they followed…

  1. Remove the 70 nozzles (70-unit UIC nozzle changer installed), 7 at a time, with the standard nozzle removal tool.
  2. Pull each nozzle out of the tool and place in an ultrasonic bath.
  3. Rinse of each nozzle, individually.
  4. Dry
  5. Place back into the nozzle changer, with precisely the same exact order in which they were removed.

As our team found out, it can be quite difficult to accomplish all of these steps without losing track of which nozzle goes where, not too mention time consuming. Fast forward four or so hours later, through three attempts to place everything back in its correct place, and the machine is finally operational again.

Certain that there was a better way, our team created a simple yet ingenious tool to handle each step of the nozzle cleaning process without ever removing the nozzles from their original order.


The solution (shown above) was the 35 nozzle removal tool, designed to remove 35 nozzles with a single action. You can then proceed with the ultrasonic bath, rinse, dry and replace process with the nozzles securely in place within the nozzle removal tool… yes, you keep the nozzles in the tool throughout the entire cleaning process. With two of these tools you can handle the entire cleaning process, for a standard 70-unit nozzle changer, in a fraction of the time. Have the 93-unit nozzle changers installed in your UIC SMT equipment?… stay tuned.

Typically, our Special Applications team is hard at work creating solutions to a customer’s request. This time we created a fix that can help all of our SMT customers reduce downtime, lost/damaged nozzles and heartache.

For more information on the newly released 35 nozzle removal tool, click here.