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End of Life for Legacy 4000-Series Automated Programming Systems

End of Life for Legacy 4000-Series Automated Programming Systems

BPM Microsystems announces the end of life for legacy 4000-series Automated Programming Systems including the following models:  4610, 4710, 4800

Details

Effective January 3, 2022, BPM Microsystems announces the following end-of-life plan for legacy 4000-series Automated Programming Systems.

  • CyberOptics Sensor – Replacement CyberOptics sensors are no longer available for purchase. Damaged sensors can be returned to BPM for non-warranty repair on a best effort basis.  The cycle time for repair can be 6 to 10 weeks without a guarantee of success. This policy can be changed or canceled at any time without notice.
  • Pick/Place Handler – Repair and replacement parts will be sold on a best effort basis. Limited part inventory is available for key components such as power supplies, cables, head components, and others.  In some cases where parts are still commercially available, lead times can be several weeks and at a significant cost increase.  
  • Peripheral Options – Repair and replacement parts will be provided on a best effort basis
  • Programming Site Technology – Non-warranty repairs for 6th, 7th, 8th generation programming site technology will be repaired on a best effort basis only. 
  • Algorithms and Software Updates – Customers with valid support contracts can continue to request algorithms and access BPWin software updates. 
  • Software Support Contracts – Customers can continue to purchase BPWin software support contracts.
  • Hardware Support Contracts – Effective immediately extended warranty renewals will no longer be offered.  BPM will continue to honor those existing hardware support contracts.
  • Socket Modules, Daughter Cards, Socket Cards, and Replacement Sockets – Customers can continue to purchase “adapter” products with the exception of those obsolete or discontinued items.

Introduced by BPM Microsystems in 1995, the 4000 series handler has been the industry workhorse for over 25 years.  We recognize that many customers continue to use these platforms, programming millions of devices per year.  Supply chain constraints, key component availability, and increasing cost of support are driving this decision.  We encourage customers to contact Customer Service and Sales to discuss upgrade and trade-in options.  

End of Life for 6th, 7th, 8th Gen CyberOptics Alignment Sensor

End of Life for 6th, 7th, 8th Gen CyberOptics Alignment Sensor

Obsolescence of CyberOptics Alignment Sensor used on legacy BPM Automated Programming Systems

CyberOptics ceased manufacturing the alignment sensor used on the BPM Microsystems’ 6th through 8th Generation automated programming systems in 2014. Prior to that date, BPM Microsystems invested significantly in a “last time buy” opportunity. During the almost 8 years since the last purchase, most of BPM’s inventory is now depleted.

BPM understands the critical nature of this alignment sensor. Today, BPM provides opportunities for the purchase of refurbished replacement sensors through a non-warranty core exchange process. This process requires that “broken” sensors (the core) be sent to BPM for repair. However, not all sensors can be repaired. Therefore even this inventory is almost exhausted.

We highly recommend that all 8th Gen Automated Programmer users consider a strategy to systematically trade-in these legacy systems for modern, more productive BPM APS models. As a start BPM will provide a proposal for the trade-in of your legacy BPM APS and will be providing further recommendations for your other machines.


APS 6th Generation APS 7th Generation APS 8th Generation APS
3000 Series 3600, 3610 3700MK2, 3710MK2 3000FS, 3800
4000 Series 4600, 4610 4700, 4710 4800

 

End of Life for the Helix Product Line

Summary

BPM Microsystems announces the End of Life for the Helix product line.

Details

Effective April, 1, 2014, BPM Microsystems will no longer offer support for the Helix product line. This includes the discontinuation of sales, technical support, software support and extended warranties. The following Helix programmer models are included in the discontinuation:

  • HLX-TR-10
  • HLX-TU-10
  • HLXFS-TR-10
  • HLXFS-TU-10

Customers currently using a Helix programmer and require handler replacement parts should contact Sun-S at 81-84-960-6366. Helix programmers will continue to function with existing BPWin software up to version 5.33.0, but will not be eligible for algorithm additions or algorithm updates after this release. Existing socket modules and socket cards for the Helix programmer models will also be available for sale, but there will not be new socket module or socket card development.

Customers with these models who require support will be encouraged to upgrade to newer generation models. Please contact your local BPM Microsystems sales representative for trade-in or upgrade options.

End of Life for Parallel Port Programmer Models

Summary

BPM Microsystems announces the planned End of Life for all parallel port programmers in BPWin.

Details

BPM Microsystems will no longer support programmers that communicate via the parallel port due to the incompatibility of the programmer’s parallel port driver in Windows Vista and beyond. BPWin 5.33.0 is the last version that will support parallel port programmers which is scheduled for release on July 16, 2013.

The following parallel port programmer models are included in this discontinuation:
Engineering – 1600, 1700, Silicon Sculptor II
Concurrent – 2600, 2700, 2700M
Automated – 3600, 3700, 4600, 4700

These programmer models will continue to function with existing BPWin software up to version 5.33.0, but will not be eligible for algorithm additions or algorithm updates after this release. Hardware contracts will also not be available for sale.

Customers should also note that BPWin versions 5.28.0 – 5.33.0 will automatically perform a configuration check that will warn if the programming system requires an upgrade to continue to function in BPWin versions higher than 5.33.0.

As a reminder, BPM Microsystems discontinued site repairs, service and calibration on these parallel port programmers effective February 14, 2012.

Customers with these models who require support will be encourage to upgrade to newer generation models. Please contact your local BPM Microsystems sales representatives for trade-in or upgrade incentives.

Discontinuation of Repair and Calibration for x600 and x700 Programming Site Technology

Summary

Notice of Discontinuation of Repair and Calibration for x600 and x700 Programming Site Technology

Details

Effective February 14, 2012, BPM Microsystems will no longer repair or calibrate the following programmer models due to the obsolescence of essential parts and subassemblies – 1600, 2600, Silicon Sculptor II, 3600*, 4600*, 1700, 2700, 3700*, and 4700*.

Until this time, BPM Microsystems will accept non-warranty RMA’s for evaluation and best effort repairs with a limited warranty. Non-warranty repairs will be at the customer’s discretion.

Customers who require repair or calibration for these models will be encouraged to upgrade to newer generation models.

These models will still be supported in BPWin software with algorithm additions and updates available to current software support customers.

*Applies to programming sites only. Handler repairs will still be available on automated programming systems operating with BPWin Software.