One Day as Electroplater

Are you interested in chemistry and enjoy working with your hands? Then electroplater might be the perfect job for you.

At Schlötter, you have the chance to get to know this exciting profession and spend a day in our technical centre on this year’s Girls’ Day, 25 April 2024. As an electroplater, you coat metals or other materials such as porcelain or plastic with thin layers of zinc, nickel, copper, gold or other metals to refine them, protect them from corrosion or make them conductive. This is also known as “electroplating”.

Imagine if you could use your skills to beautify and protect shower heads and taps in the bathroom, shopping trolleys or even the circuit boards in smartphones!

So if you like experimenting, are a talented craftsman and want to do something that makes a real difference, then working as an electroplater could be just the thing for you! Let’s find out together if this is your dream job.

Your contact person is Mrs Hommel from our HR department (Tel. 07331-205 201 / e-mail: amelie.hommel@schloetter.de)

 

Dr.-Ing. Max Schlötter GmbH & Co. KG receives Superior Supplier Award from Founder

Dr.-Ing. Max Schlötter GmbH & Co. KG is proud to have received the “Outstanding Supplier” award from the FOUNDER Group, one of the most important technology companies in China. This award recognises our outstanding quality and excellence that we have demonstrated over a decade of partnership. We would like to thank our valued customer, FOUNDER, for this special sign of trust and excellent cooperation.

Our long-standing partnership with FOUNDER has been characterised by mutual growth and shared successes. As one of only four suppliers worldwide to be honoured with this prestigious award, we feel a great sense of gratitude. This recognition reflects the hard work and dedication of our entire Schlötter team, who continually strive to deliver only the best.

“The Superior Supplier Award from FOUNDER is an honour and a proof of the hard work and dedication of our team. We are proud to be one of the few suppliers to receive this award. This encourages us to deepen our focus on quality and innovation even further” says Schlötter CEO, Dr Michael Zöllinger. We look forward to the future and look forward to many more years of successful co-operation. We share this honour with all Schlötter employees around the globe.

Schlötter’s new branch office in Taiwan

Dr.-Ing. Max Schlötter GmbH & Co. KG opened a new branch office in Taipei (Taiwan) in December 2023. The expansion into the Taiwanese market underlines Schlötter’s ongoing commitment to the region. Schlötter’s products have been sold in Taiwan with great success for more than 30 years. In particular, Schlötter’s high-performance copper electrolytes for the PCB industry have established themselves as reliable and innovative solutions. After Schlötter’s long-standing distribution partner withdrew, Schlötter decided to establish its own branch office and offer its entire product range. The opening of a branch in Taiwan enables Schlötter to be even closer to its customers and to offer even faster and more efficient support. The branch has its own laboratory so that employees can carry out analyses for customers. The decision in favour of Taipei as a location underlines not only the economic importance of Taiwan, but also Schlötter’s confidence in the promising prospects of the Taiwanese market. With this new presence, Schlötter strengthens its position as a strategic partner for the electronics and PCB industry in the region.

The year 2023 already marked a significant milestone for Schlötter when the company had its own stand at the TPCA Show (Taiwan Printed Circuit Association) for the first time. The show provided an excellent platform to present the latest innovations and developments to the industry and deepen relationships with local customers.

The director of the new branch office is Nick Yang, who has more than 30 years of professional experience in the electronics and PCB industry and is very familiar with the market.

For further information please contact:

Nick Yang

愛爾蘭商施洛特有限公司台灣分公司

Schloetter (IRELAND) DAC, TAIWAN BRANCH

4F., No. 176-2, Zhongshan 2nd Rd, Luzhou Dist, New Taipei City 247015 Taiwan R.O.C.

台灣新北市 247015 蘆洲區中山二路176之2號4樓

Phone: +886-920263669

E-Mail: nick.yang@schloetter.de

Exciting news from the world of PCB production

In the current era of global megatrends such as big data, AI and 5G, the landscape of electronic component and PCB production is undergoing a profound transformation. The demand for advanced technologies has led to a new era of higher integration densities and increased complexity in PCB design.

To meet these challenges head-on, innovative production processes such as mSAP and SAP have emerged as industry standards. Today, we are pleased to announce a significant breakthrough with our copper electrolyte SLOTOCOUP SF 50- designed to meet and exceed the industry’s new requirements.

SLOTOCOUP SF 50 is a universal solution aimed at meeting the dynamic demands of modern PCB and IC substrate manufacturing. One of its outstanding features is the ability to perform the build-up of conductive patterns, the filling of blind vias and the plating of vias in a single process step. This ground-breaking capability optimises the production process, reduces the number of process steps and ultimately leads to lower error rates and increased productivity.

We invite you to experience this innovation at this year’s productronica in Munich! Visit us at booth 221 in hall B3, where we will present SLOTOCOUP SF 50 and have interesting discussions about the future of PCB manufacturing.

Join us and discuss the future of the electronics and PCB industry at productronica 2023.

Productronica 2023: Schlötter is Part of it

From November 14-17, 2023, Schlötter will be represented at productronica in Munich, which takes place this year from November 14-17, 2023. As the world’s leading trade fair, productronica presents the full range of technologies and solutions for electronics manufacturing and provides insights into the latest trends. Every two years, the world of electronics manufacturing meets in Munich and exhibitors and visitors from all over the world make productronica an important meeting place and source of inspiration for the industry.

  • The cleaners SLOTOCLEAN S 20, SLOTOCLEAN 40 and SLOTOCLEAN S 80, which have an excellent cleaning and wetting effect and are an important basic requirement for filling blind vias.
  • The micro etches SLOTOCLEAN S 40 and SLOTETCH 584, which combine deoxidation with a defined etch rate depending on the application.
  • The SLOTOCOUP SF 50, SLOTOCOUP XF 60 and SLOTOCOUP SF 1960 copper baths, which are used with great success for filling and metallising structures with different geometries (conductor tracks, blind holes, through-holes).
  • The SLOTOCOUP PRT 2200 and 3300 (pulse reverse) copper baths are used to achieve conformal coating of high aspect ratios.
  • The SAT 20-1 tin baths and the new bisphenol-free SLOTOTIN MT 1460 tin bath have a high covering capacity and etch resistance even at low coating thicknesses. At the same time, the deposited tin coatings have a very low tendency to whisker formation due to their grain structure and low carbon content.
  • as well as a physical test bench developed together with iChemAnalytics to investigate whisker formation and tribological properties of coatings. The test stand is a world first and the tests can be carried out at different temperatures and in the absence of oxygen.

Schlötter also focuses on the CO2 footprint and explains the CO2 footprint of the products on offer and how CO2 emissions can be minimised when using Schlötter processes. The company has set itself the goal of becoming CO2-neutral by 2030 and would also like to support its customers and partners in this endeavour.

We look forward to your visit in Hall B3, Stand N-221

Companies with the best vocational training

We are delighted that Schlötter has been recognised as one of the best training companies in the category of 100-500 employees, scoring 80.4/100 points.

For the third time this year, the market research institute SWI Finance conducted a study on behalf of the Handelsblatt to determine which companies in Germany are leaders in vocational training. More than 2,300 companies took part, 207 of which were honoured. This is recognition of our excellent training programmes and the commitment of our teams.

We are proud of this award and will continue to work to support and develop young talent.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this success!

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Schlötter on TPCA 2023

The TPCA Show of the Taiwan Printed Circuit Association (TPCA) is one of the most important events in the electronics industry. The annual show presents the latest advances, products and services in the PCB industry and attracts professionals and companies from all over the world. The products of Dr.-Ing. Max Schlötter GmbH & Co. KG have been offered with great success in Taiwan for decades. This year, for the first time, Schlötter will have its own stand (Stand N, 519) at the TPCA Show, which will be held in Taipei from 25-27 October 2023. The Geislingen-based company is currently in the process of establishing a branch office, the Schlötter Taiwan Branch (愛爾蘭商施洛特有限公司台灣分公司 in Taipei. The branch will start operations at the end of the year. At the fair, Schlötter will present a range of current and new products for the PCB and electronics industry:

  • The cleaners SLOTOCLEAN S 20, SLOTOCLEAN 40 and SLOTOCLEAN S 80, which have an excellent cleaning and wetting effect and are an important basic requirement for filling blind vias.
  • The micro etches SLOTOCLEAN S 40 and SLOTETCH 5840, which combine deoxidation with a defined etch rate depending on the application.
  • The copper baths SLOTOCOUP SF 50, SLOTOCOUP SF 80, which are used with great success for filling and metallising structures with different geometries (conductor tracks, blind vias, through holes). From current research and development, the new copper bath SLOTOCOUP SF 100 for further specialised applications will be presented.
  • The copper bath SLOTOCOUP PRT 3300 (Pulse Reverse) achieves conformal coating of high aspect ratios.
  • The tin baths SLOTOTIN 20-1, SLOTOTIN 40 and the new bisphenol-free tin bath SLOTOTIN MT 1460 exhibit high hiding power and etch resistance even at low coating thicknesses. At the same time, the deposited tin coatings have a very low tendency to whisker formation due to their grain structure and low carbon content.
  • Newly developed processes and an optimised process sequence for ENIG (Electroless Nickel Gold) with excellent bath stabilities and long service lives.
  • as well as a physical test bench developed together with iChemAnalytics to investigate whisker formation and tribological properties of coatings. The test stand is a world first and the tests can be carried out at different temperatures and in the absence of oxygen.

Schlötter also focuses on the CO2 footprint and explains the CO2 footprint of the products it offers and how CO2 emissions can be minimised when using Schlötter processes. The company has set itself the goal of becoming CO2 neutral by 2030 and would also like to support its customers and partners on this path.

We look forward to seeing you at stand N-519.

A Successful Premiere: Schlötter Days 2023

Dr.-Ing. Max Schlötter GmbH & Co KG in Geislingen held its first international sales conference, the “SchlötterDays 2023” from 25-27 September 2023 with sales experts from all over the world. With 95 participants from 22 nations, this event was a significant milestone for knowledge transfer, networking and the further development of sales competencies at Schlötter.

The SchlötterDays kicked off with guided company tours at the headquarter in Geislingen. The participants gained insights into areas such as analytics, R&D with the latest measuring equipment, tech center, product management and marketing.

The goals of the conference were clearly defined: Knowledge transfer was the first priority. On the first day of the conference, the participants were able to learn about current industry trends through keynote lectures from the sister companies (Ireland, Sweden, Singapore, England) as well as short impulse lectures from our experts.

Another important aspect of the SchlötterDays was networking. Participants took the opportunity to establish contact with other sales experts from different countries, cultivate relationships, exchange ideas and explore potential collaborations. The conference also provided an ideal platform on Day 2 to expand professional networks and make new business contacts.

At the social evening, which was a festive highlight of the SchlötterDays, the magnificent 111th anniversary cake for Schlötter created enthusiasm among the participants. In addition, the second day of the conference took the guests on an entertaining trip to the Cannstatter Wasen in Stuttgart in the evening, where many had the opportunity to experience the regional culture and hospitality for the first time.
SchlötterDays 2023 was found to be an extremely enriching experience both professionally and personally. The extremely positive feedback from the participants confirms that this dialogue has made a difference.

Schlötter would like to sincerely thank all participants, speakers and organisers who contributed to this outstanding event. We look forward to the next SchlötterDays and to continuing to shape the ever-changing sales landscape with our innovations and knowledge.

Schlötter on the ZVO-Oberflächentage in Berlin

The ZVO Oberflächentage (Surface Days) have a firm place in electroplating and surface technology. The most important goal of the Surface Days, which take place annually in September, is to link research and practice in surface technology. Core topics here are new areas of application for electroplated coatings, the increasing demands on coated surfaces and dealing with new legal regulations at EU and federal level. In 2023, the industry will meet in Berlin from 13-15 September. Dr.-Ing. Max Schlötter GmbH&Co. KG will also be represented at the Surface Days (stand no. 5). Dr Stefan Henne from Schlötter’s R&D team will be giving a presentation entitled “Durable solution for connectors with exceptional properties: silver-graphite dispersion coatings” (in German) on Friday 15 September 2023 at 10.15 am.

In his lecture, he will look at the advantages of graphite components in silver layers. Even with a graphite content of only 1 percent, significant improvements in coefficients of friction, wear resistance and electrical resistance after load can be achieved. In electromobility, the question still arises as to whether these coatings can also meet the current and future increased requirements for temperature stability and number of mating cycles. In his lecture, Stefan Henne will present initial measurement results with a newly developed test stand and new testing concepts for tribological and electrical properties of coatings. In addition to coefficients of friction, electrical resistances can be determined at the same time. The number of measuring cycles as well as the normal force can be varied in such a way that even very demanding requirements for contact surfaces in plug-in connections can be examined.

We look forward to seeing you at the Schlötter stand.

Electroplating for the energy transition

In order to establish a green hydrogen economy and to promote climate protection, reliable and resource-saving solutions from electroplating technology are needed for both the coating and the coating process of materials. For this field of application, Schlötter has developed innovative electrolytes and functional coating systems that can be used along the entire value chain. Renewable energy can thus be generated, stored, transported and used reliably and in a resource-saving manner.
The use of hydrogen as an energy carrier requires not only electrolytes and coating systems but also new testing methods. In this context, questions concerning material embrittlement (e.g. hydrogen embrittlement), hydrogen permeation as well as the barrier effect of coatings must be given special attention. To answer these questions, iChemAnalytics has developed digitized test methods that provide reliable and reproducible measurement results both in the laboratory and in the field.