SMT assembly and pick-and-place equipment are the foundation of the electronics production process. At Restronics Arizona, the sales staff has extensive experience with pick-and-place devices. As parts get smaller, novel technology may be required, and as volumes rise, current gear may need to be swapped or updated for boosted efficiency. As firms re-shore PCB production, there’s an increased demand for increased speed and capabilities. Throughout the country, supply chain concerns and the desire for improved control over delivery time and cost are fueling a desire for higher performance of P&P equipment.
The demand for NPI equipment is growing, and it should be simple to utilize and versatile, and dispense paste or adhesive, and also install components. Thereby, users can produce small amounts of PCBs without waiting for stencils to arrive and then making adjustments, then waiting again for fresh, updated stencils to arrive. Though these systems are not the fastest, they can provide excellent flexibility for incredibly low volume and high mix situations. Moreover, many of these tools can pick and place pieces including odd-shaped parts and connectors that are inaccessible to the majority of high-speed SMT machines.
The most recent version of SMT P&P equipment features electric component verification, dual lanes of operation for ultra-high speed applications, and interchangeable pick and place heads for high speed and large component placement. Some machines place components at speeds of up to 90,000 CPH (components per hour). Actual CPH rates can be determined off-line to deliver the precise speed and time for building particular PCBs. With pick and place equipment, off-line programming and line balancing are generally standard features to optimize feeder set up and reduce changeover time. With most equipment, jobs are set up on feeder carts that can be hauled into place when the job is started. This greatly lessens feeder setup and changeover time.
Restronics Arizona's skillful and knowledgeable workforce can assist you in all aspects of picking and placing SMT equipment.