The second stage of this year’s famous Tour de France cycle race passed less than four miles away from Europlacer’s manufacturing HQ in Rocheservière near Nantes in France on Sunday. To mark the occasion, the process engineering team at Rocheservière decided to create a surface mount homage to the great race, using the company’s new atom platform.
Many Europlacer employees are keen cyclists. The Rocheservière engineers programmed the Pulsar pipette heads on the award-winning new atom machine to place chip components in the pattern of a road cycle racer. “It was simply an homage to the great race and its proximity to the factory,” explains Europlacer’s Andy Jones, adding: “however, as the video shows, you could argue that there is a direct parallel between the impressive speed of the Tour de France peloton and that of the new Pulsar placement head!” ‘Chapeau’ to them, as French cyclists like to say.
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