Pick-and-place equipment and SMT assembly are at the heart of the electronics manufacturing process. At Restronics Mid Atlantic, the sales team has far-reaching experience with pick and place equipment. As parts get smaller, new technology may be required, and as volumes increase, current equipment may need to be retired or improved for greater productivity. As organizations re-shore PCB manufacturing, there’s growing necessity for enhanced speed and functionalities. Around the nation, supply chain issues and the drive for reinforced control over delivery time and cost are creating a demand for boosted performance of P&P equipment.
The demand for NPI equipment is growing, and it should be simple to operate and versatile, along with dispense paste or adhesive, and also position components. In doing so, users can create small numbers of printed circuit boards without waiting for stencils to arrive and then making changes, then waiting again for fresh, updated stencils to arrive. Though these systems are not the fastest, they can give a lot of versatility for very low volume and high mix tasks. Additionally, several of these devices can pick and place pieces such as connectors and odd-shaped parts that unreachable to most high-speed SMT equipment.
The latest generation of pick and place equipment for SMT includes interchangeable pick and place heads for high speed and large component placement, electric component verification, and dual lanes of operation for ultra-high speed applications. Some devices can put parts at rates of up to 90,000 CPH (components per hour). True CPH rates can be estimated off-line to provide the precise time and speed for manufacturing certain PCBs. Line balancing and off-line programming are often common elements of pick and place machinery to improve feeder set up and lessen turnaround time. Most jobs are arranged on feeder trolleys that can be wheeled into place when the job is started. This cuts down on feeder setup and changeover time.
Restronics Mid Atlantic's skillful and knowledgeable personnel can help you in all areas of picking and placing SMT devices.