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Placement machines to handle unusual board formats

Posted: 22 Jul 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PCB  placement machine  conveyor  heavy board  long board 

 Siplace SX 4

With unusual board formats posing special challenges for electronics manufacturers and their SMT lines, Siemens Electronics Assembly Systems GmbH & Co. KG (SEAS) reveals the Siplace SX-Series placement machines that provide conveyor capabilities for long boards, heavy boards and thick boards.

With its exceptionally large placement area, the new Siplace SX can populate oversized boards up to 610mm x 560mm without intermediate stepping. If a dual conveyor is installed, two boards with dimensions of up to 610mm x 262mm can be processed side-by-side in synchronous, asynchronous or i-Placement mode. The elimination of the stepping requirement improves the throughput rate for large boards and makes expensive duplicate setups unnecessary.

Many oversized boards are also very heavy. For such cases, the Siplace team offers the heavy board option with a heavy-duty conveyor. In a single-lane environment, it allows boards weighing up to 5kg to be processed. In a dual-conveyor environment, two boards weighing up to 2kg each can be handled. Support pins, vario-grids and soft mats stand ready to keep the boards from sagging even under heavy pressure, for example when placing connectors.

Extra-thick boards with thicknesses of 4.5mm to 6mm can be processed with the thick board option on the Siplace SX, and the line can be converted between setups from thick boards to normal boards up to 4.5mm thick.

All new transport options are available with the current V.704 of the Siplace station software. With the options for special board formats, Siplace is giving the usability spectrum of its Siplace SX Capacity-on-Demand platform another significant boost. By offering a wide range of options in terms of placement heads, software, conveyors and feeder modules, the Siplace team is positioning its SX-Series as a platform for small and medium-sized production environments that is as speedy as it is flexible.

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