The latest in pick and place machines (low & mid-volume)

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A pick and place machine, also known as a mounter, is the heart of the SMT assembly process and is an expensive piece of equipment. Hence, buyers need to plan very strategically before making a purchase as there are innumerable choices from many companies. In this column, we are talking about the low and mid-volume pick and place machines.

Monday, May 13, 2013:

Models: LD 812 V4, LD 806 V4, LD812 W3, LD806 W3, Brand: Autotronik, Manufacturer: Autotronik SMT GmbH, Hong Kong

Models: LD 812 V4, LD 806 V4, LD812 W3, LD806 W3, Brand: Autotronik, Manufacturer: Autotronik SMT GmbH, Hong Kong

Launched in February 2013, LD series of pick and place machine is mainly for LED assembly with a speed of 15,000 CPH. These machines can handle PCB length of 1200mm in a single step. It can handle almost all types of LEDs upto a size of 8mm x 8mm.While LD 812 V4 is for PCB length 1200mm and LED/component size 8mm x 8mm, LD 806 V4 is for PCB length 600mm and LED/component size 8mm x 8mm. LD812 W3 is for PCB length 1200mm and LED/component size 16mm x 14mm and bottom vision option, LD806 W3 is for PCB length 600mm and LED/component size 16mm x 14mm and bottom vision option.

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Key features

  • True vision on the fly alignment
  • Fiducial recognition and correction coordination
  • Assembles LED boards upto 1200mm-long in a single pass (option for 1800mm-long)
  • Positive air puffing at the pick up nozzle ensures release of sticky LED components during the placement
  • Large working platform allows the PCB production to multiply (for same type of PCB)
  • PCB specification: maxium board size 1200mm X 300mm (option 1800mm x 300 mm); board thickness 0.2mm to 3mm
  • Uninterrupted production by auto-selection when the feeder is empty
  • High-precision ball screw drive

Contact details: KC Luk, managing director, Autotronik Asia, Ph: +852 2687 0948, [email protected], www.autotronik-smt.com

India distributor: EMST Marketing Pvt Ltd

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Model: M20, Brand: I-PULSE, Manufacturer: I-PULSE Co Ltd, Japan (a Yamaha Motor group company)

Model: M20, Brand: I-PULSE, Manufacturer: I-PULSE Co Ltd, Japan

The new version of M20 was launched in January 2013. A true multi-mounter hybrid pick and place machine, this new version of M20 can handle an entire range of SMD components and can also dispense glue/solder and flux application for bare die placement.

Key features

  • Multi-mounter, glue or solder paste dispensing
  • Long PCB handling capability, upto 1,800mm x 510mm size
  • Component range from 01005 upto 120mm x 90mm
  • Placement accuracy of 25 microns at 3 sigma
  • 144 feeder bank capability
  • Placement speed upto 30,000 CPH

Contact details: Suguru Yasutomi, Ph: +81-53-484-1871, [email protected], www.ipulse.co.jp

India distributor: Leaptech Corporation

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Model: MY100SXe, Brand: Mydata, Manufacturer: Mydata, Sweden

Model: MY100SXe, Brand: Mydata, Manufacturer: Mydata, Sweden

Launched in January 2013, MY100SXe is a flexible machine which not only meet customers current demands but is also capable of meeting their future needs. Capable of handling up to 176 feeders and placing a wide variety of components, together with the intelligent Agilis feeders which is among the best feeder you can find in the market, it is ideally suited for high-mix production. And with a top speed of 24,000 components per hour, MY100SXe makes it possible to easily increase volumes to meet customers’ growing needs.

MY100SXe is equipped with advanced mount heads and state-of-the-art vision systems. The high-speed and high-precision mount heads, for example, features a total of nine nozzles–all linked to Linescan Vision System (LVS) to optimise on-the-fly centering and precision placement for vast majority of components. Meanwhile, the Dual Vision System (DVS) takes care of flip chips and other specialised components. It can handle everything from 01005 chip component to fine pitch components like QFPs, complex BGAs and flip chip plus candling of odd shape components. It can also select from conveyor widths that accommodate a broad range of board sizes and shapes.

Key features

  • Top speed 24000 CPH
  • Feeder capacity up to 176
  • Reliability for 24/7 production
  • Fast setups and changeovers
  • All-in-one platform
  • High-speed head (HYDRA Z8)
  • Linescan Vision System (LVS)
  • High-precision nozzle (Midas mount head)
  • Dual Vision System (DVS)

Contact details: David Koh, managing director, Ph: +6562817997, [email protected], www.mydata.com

Indian distributor: Accurex Solutions Pvt Ltd

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Model: D1i, D2i, Brand: SIPLACE, Manufacturer: ASM Assembly Systems, Germany

Model: D1i, D2i, Brand: SIPLACE, Manufacturer: ASM Assembly Systems, Germany

Launched in December 2012, SIPLACE Di-series placement system comes with improved features and increased usability. The highlights include the high resolution camera, new hood with improved accessibility, larger touch screen monitor and user-friendly changeover table. These new features provide the perfect solution for electronics manufacturers who are looking for an attractive price-performance ratio. Its combination of high performance and standard applications provide optimised features that add value to any production environment.

Key features

  • With flexible head modularity, manufacturers have the optimum configuration for individual requirements
  • The 12 nozzle collect and place head is now equipped with the new improved high-resolution camera (SST30) and coupled with SIPLACE’s digital vision system, which ensures maximum placement performance and quality even for super small 01005 components
  • The better hood design gives enhanced accessibility to the machine and the improved changeover table helps operators usability especially during the product changeover

Contact details: Irene Lim, product marketing director, [email protected], www.siplace.com

India branch: ASM Assembly Systems

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Model: Paraquda, Brand: Essemtec, Manufacturer: Essemtec AG, Switzerland

Model: Paraquda, Brand: Essemtec, Manufacturer: Essemtec AG, Switzerland

The new version of Paraquda was launched in December 2012 with a fully-featured dispensing option. The new option extends the placement machine’s application range. In addition to placing 15,000 components per hour, the Paraquda now can dispense up to 20,000 glue or paste dots per hour. The new dispensing option provides the Paraquda pick and place with all the features of a modern dispensing machine, including a needle height calibration station and a fully-automatic needle cleaning system.

It is a new generation SMD pick and place machine that combines a large feeder capacity (up to 240 intelligent feeder), fast programming and changeover while the machine is running, with the ability to quickly place any component from 01005 up to 80mm x 70mm including fine pitch, BGA, CSP or flip chips.

Key features

  • Designed to fulfil the requirements of a high-mix SMT production
  • Placement head is equipped with four axes, each one of them with their own vertical and rotation drive system and each can be controlled individually
  • All SMD components are placed quickly, are reproducible and reliable using modern placement technologies
  • Operated and programmed using ePlace, Essemtec’s intuitive and graphical software
  • The newly-developed double 8mm, 12mm, 16mm, 16-24mm and 32-44mm hyQ-feeder allow four components to be picked up simultaneously

Contact details: Jay Kumar, Ph: +41-41-9196099, Mob: +41-79-7291010, [email protected], www.essemtec.com

India branch: Essemtec India

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Model: LED660V, Brand: Termway, Manufacturer: Termway GmbH, Germany

Model: LED660V, Brand: Termway, Manufacturer: Termway GmbH, Germany

Launched in November 2012, LED660V pick and place machine is specially made for LED high production requirements, and suitable for products like LED downlights, LED street lights, LED flexible strips, T5,T8, bulb and LED screens. It has high accuracy and is suitable for extra big LED board size.

Key features

  • Board driving system uses high-precision stepper motor driving industrial belt, cooperating with precision guide rail to achieve the improvement on placement accuracy and board driving speed
  • 6 mounting head driving system uses servo motor, together with high-precision ball screw to achieve the completion of the LED component picking and placing
  • 6 groups of mount head improves production efficiency
  • Automatic visual programming
  • Different sizes of smart feeder, which will not go forward if the component is stuck or isn’t picked up, can meet different requirements of LED mount
  • Maximum circuit board size: 1200mm x 350mm
  • Speed: 13000-14000 CPH
  • Component available: 0603 and above SMD component and LED, SOT, SOP
  • Belt feeder: 8mm, 12mm, 16mm, 24mm smart feeder

Contact details: Catherine Yin, overseas manager, Ph:+86-10-84335963-890, Mob:+86-13426362389, [email protected], [email protected], www.termway.com

India distributor: M R Technology

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Model: AIMEX IIS, Brand: Fuji, Manufacturer: Fuji Machine Manufacturing, Japan

Model: AIMEX IIS, Brand: Fuji, Manufacturer: Fuji Machine Manufacturing, Japan

Launched in November 2012, AIMEX IIS is an all-in-one placement platform, with feature of exchangeable units. It delivers higher flexibility and expandability. AIMEX IIS can be configured as per requirement for low volume with single gantry up to 26,000 CPH or high volume of upto 52,000 CPH with twin gantry.

Key features

  • Flexible, scalable and reconfigurable machine platform compatible with highly successful Fuji’s NXT platform
  • Machine can be configured in either a single or twin robot configuration, where we can select from a single robot or twin-robot configuration to match the production conditions of your factory
  • Uses electronic intelligent feeders
  • Can support high-mix low volume production or low-mix high volume production requirement with exchangeable features on site
  • Handles a wide range of PCB/panel sizes
  • Supports small panels from 48mm x 48mm to very large panels up to 774mm x 686mm
  • Can handle component range of 0402 (01005) to 74mm x 74mm with selection of different types of placement heads
  • Large part support, up to 38.1mm in height can be handled with the odd-form part of head
  • Can handle upto 130 different types of components with choice of tape/reel, stick and tray

Contact details: Manabu Yoshida, managing director, Ph: +65 67464966, [email protected], www.smt.fuji.co.jp

India distributor: NMTronics India Pvt Ltd

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Model: KE-3020VXL, Brand: Juki, Manufacturer: Juki Corporation, Japan

Model: KE-3020VXL, Brand: Juki, Manufacturer: Juki Corporation, Japan

Launched in October 2012, KE-3020VXL is the newer version of KE3020, with a new and high-speed head for IC placements. Its has a high-speed flexible mounter with a hallmark of Juki’s 3E Evolution concept. The technology is easy to use, economical and expandable. KE-3020VXL has a hybrid feeder technology that can use both electrical and mechanical tape feeders. Using dual technologies for component centering, that is, on-the-fly 3D laser measurement for chips and vision for ICs, it is suitable for all range of SMD packages. It can place components of 0402 (01005) up to 74mm sq or 150mm x 50mm type of connectors.

Key features

  • Component verification measures the resistance, capacitance and polarity of each component before the start of production or after replacing components. This option prevents placement of incorrect components. CVS simultaneously measures six components at a time, reducing the time for checking
  • Adjust the ion balance inside the machine and remove static electricity from the board and components
  • Offset placement after solder screen printing is a system used to auto adjust the placement if the solder paste print is misaligned. This option promotes self-alignment effect and reduces the defect rate
  • Using a built-in load cell, the placement force of each nozzle can be measured and controlled during the placement process. The placement force can be set individually for every component
  • Can be used to re-calibrate placement accuracy
  • The machine automatically picks and places jig components, then measures the error and adjusts all necessary calibrations
  • PCB size: Maximum 610mm x 560mm / 1210mm x 560mm depending upon the application
  • Placement speed: Optimum 20,900 CPH/IPC 9850 17,100 CPH

Contact details: Yuji Ueda,team leader, Ph: 81-42-357-2295, [email protected]

India branch: Juki India Pvt Ltd

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Model: FVX Benchtop Pick and Place Machine, Brand: Manncorp, Manufacturer: Manncorp, USA

Model: FVX Benchtop Pick and Place Machine, Brand: Manncorp, Manufacturer: Manncorp, USA

Launched in October, 2012, FVX is a totally integrated hardware and software solution that takes low to medium volume automatic SMT assembly to the new levels of precision, reliability, and ease of use. High-tech entrepreneurial startups, military sub-contractors, universities, independent labs and shops that assemble small quantities of very focused, application-specific products, can now easily and reliably place the most difficult SMDs—from small 0201 chip components to large BGAs or high pin count QFPs with 0.4mm lead pitch.

Key features

  • The compact custom electronics, designed exclusively for FVX, incorporates modular motor driver boards, vision intelligence, and integrated video switching on a single mother board
  • Highly efficient, standalone software application with intuitive user interface connects via USB and runs on any dual core computer running Windows XP
  • Multiple alignment options using top/side and bottom cameras, and a fiducial intelligent transform, ensures a placement accuracy of ±0.1mm needed for 0201 chip components
  • Automatic radial distortion correction for bottom vision camera allows precise image stitching and alignment of large BGAs up to 40 x 40mm and high pin count QFPs with 0.4mm lead pitch
  • Maximum PCB size 390mm x 310mm
  • Placement rate 2200 CPH (flying vision); 1200 CPH (bottom vision)
  • Component size (flying vision) 0.5mm x 0.25mm (0201) to 10mm x 10mm; (bottom vision) up to 40mm x 40mm
  • Minimum component lead pitch 0.4mm w/ (bottom vision)

Contact details: Henry Mann, Ph: 215-830-1200, [email protected]; www.manncorp.com/smt/prod-180/FVX-Benchtop-Pick-and-Place.html

India distributor: Texonee Technology

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Model: QM-1500, Brand: SMTmax, Manufacturer: SMTmax, USA

 

Model: QM-1500, Brand: SMTmax, Manufacturer: SMTmax, USA

Launched in September 2012, QM-1500 pick and place machine has been equipped with new guide ways and linear motion systems. The improved mechanical structure and enhanced balance of the driving power has made it more reliable and precise compared to similar models in the market. QM-1500 replaces QM-1000 pick and place model. It is designed for rapid prototyping and small to medium-size production batches. This new addition to the QM-series will service the needs of customers who are looking for a low cost alternative while maintaining the same reliability and precision of higher priced machines.

Key features

  • 2000 to 2500 estimated pph (parts per hour)
  • Double-sided liner guide ways for X and Y
  • Ball screw (instead of lead screw)
  • Placement of 0402 standard (upgrade for smaller parts)
  • Computer vision automatic centering system for ICs (SOP, QFP, BGA) and better placement of small parts, software fly vision centering
  • Fully-programmable digital Z-axis and Theta rotation angles
  • Up to 60 feeders capacity for QM1500
  • Patent-pending technology applied in automatic picking up
  • Uses widely available and easily obtainable feeders
  • Automatic PCB board position correction with fiducial recognition included
  • Automatic post-place vision inspection

Contact details: Joseph Zhou, CEO, Ph: 1-877-589-9422, 951-278-0720, [email protected], [email protected], www.smtmax.com

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Model: MP-200, Brand: Dima Modulo, Manufacturer: Dima Group BV, The Netherlands

Model: MP-200, Brand: Dima Modulo, Manufacturer: Dima Group BV, The Netherlands

Updated in August 2012, Dima Modulo has the flexibility to be upgraded later. Its design is based on the concept of meeting the buyers’ growing needs, without losing the most important features like precision, flexibility and user-friendliness. It is designed to put in the modules that are required to create the needed ideal configuration. If, at a later stage, changes are required, the specification of the machine can be changed by adding or changing a few modules.

Key features

  • True offline programming and optimisation—just requires a product image, caliper and the product to program offline
  • Helps save downtime for programming new products
  • Has component/package/tray libraries to store various information for quick changeover
  • Works on SQL environment to maximise the usage of libraries
  • 12,000 CPH, 9,000 CPH IPC9850 rated
  • Work area 380 x 500mm offline; 310mm x 500mm inline
  • Upgrade option to 550mm x 950mm
  • Component size between 0201 to QFP208, or maximum 50mm x 50mm

Contact details: Wim van Riet, Ph: +6568487818, [email protected], www.dimasmt.com

India distributor: Innotronics Technologies Pvt Ltd

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Model: Mx400, Brand: Mirae, Manufacturer: Mirae Corporation, Korea

Model: Mx400, Brand: Mirae, Manufacturer: Mirae Corporation, Korea

Upgraded in July 2012, Mx400 series machines have a dual gantry structure based on 2×6 axes heads. Their economical compact size ensures maximum productivity per unit area. It has an optional dual-lane conveyor, which enables two PCBs to work at high speeds simultaneously. It is ideal for manufacturing in automotive, telecommunication, security, LED/lighting and defence sectors.

Key features

  • Next generation linear motor, which creates minimum noise and has less cooling air consumption
  • Semi-permanent durability
  • High-speed and precision operation
  • Special and various components can be placed simply by advanced recognition algorithm
  • Faster and highly accurate third generation feeder
  • Ergonomic system design
  • Ideal single and dual conveyor design and dual conveyor design for higher productivity
  • Optimal solution for maximising job operation
  • 46,000 CPH; IPC 9850 standard CPH: 42,000 CPH; 6 modules + 6 modules/heads
  • Board size: 410mm x 460mm x 5.0mm (single place), 410mm x 250mm x 5.0mm (dual place)
  • Component range: 0603mm to 24mm x 18mm

Contact details: Colin Oh, Ph: 82-41-529-1013, [email protected], www.mirae.com

India distributor: Bergen Systems Pvt Ltd

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Model: Quadra DVC EVO, Brand: TWS Automation, Manufacturer: TWS Automation, Italy

Model: Quadra DVC EVO, Brand: TWS Automation, Manufacturer: TWS Automation, Italy

Launched in June 2012, Quadra DVC EVO can handle different types of components like LEDs, metal domes, standard SMDs and LEDs TH. Its features make it a reliable, simple and flexible machine.

Key features

  • Capable of handling 0201 components
  • High-resolution, full colour camera
  • Automatic feeder Z setting
  • Maximum speed: 4400 CPH
  • Up to 120 feeders
  • Large placement area (max 550mm x 420mm), dispenser option, Linux OS
  • Vibration free high-speed brushless motors
  • Linux OS for dependability, full connectivity, fast startup and program changeover
  • Lower cost of maintenance
  • Suitable for mixed products and small batches

Contact details: Giuseppe Palma, sales manager, international sales department, [email protected], www.tws-automation.com

India distributor: Agate & Agate Marketing Resources Pvt Ltd

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Model: Mounter SM 481, SM 482, Brand: Samsung, Manufacturer: Samsung, South Korea

Model: Mounter SM 481, SM 482, Brand: Samsung, Manufacturer: Samsung, South Korea

Launched in April 2012, Samsung’s advanced high-speed flexible mounter SM 481 and SM 482 are based on the successful SM 400 series platform. These machines provide optimum placement solutions for various needs of the customers through high speed on-the-fly part placement mechanism and vision system with high accuracy, yield and reliability. In addition, the series of component placers are provided with identical hardware and software to maximise productivity and continuity for future expansions.

Key features

  • SM 481 has a chip placement speed of 39,000 CPH
  • Applies a head with one gantry and 10 spindles
  • SM 482 is equipped with a head with one gantry and 6 spindles with 28,000 CPH
  • Both models support a polygon recognition algorithm to provide an optimum solution for the application to odd shaped parts
  • SM 482 is a flexible component placer whose applicability is suitable for 01005 to 55mm IC parts with QFP, micro BGA and 75mm-long connectors; Both have 120 feeders base
  • High-precision and electrically-driven feeder
  • Automatic pick up position alignment function
  • Compatible with SM pneumatic feeders
  • New vacuum system and optimised pick up/placement motion smart feeders
  • Vaccum pump which brings the air consumption to 50 NL/Min only

Contact details: Sang Youn Seo, Ph: +82-10-87539194, [email protected], www.samsung-smt.com

India branch: Samsung C&T, India

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