Monday, March 15, 2010
Pick and place identifies PCB
SMD Placement machines from Essemtec can identify the PCB using a bar-code label. This allows to assign all placement and component data unmistakeable to a product. Thus quality assurance and traceability of an in-line production can get much easier.
The new option FLX-CRS (Code Recognition System) allows the error-free assignment of component, placement and other placement data to a product. The option consists of a bar code reader and a positioning system. The reader is set up so that it can read the code of all PCB entering the assembly machine. The system can be positioned to scan PCB from above or below.
The PCB is identified by the bar code. Therefore, placement and component data which have been stored during the assembly process, can be assigned correctly to this PCB and can be saved in the data base. The production can now and for years be traced back to the individual PCB or component reel.
The option FLX-CRS is available for all placement machines of the FLX and Paraquda series. It can also be retrofitted on installed machines. For data acquisition, the MIS Management Information System is used. MIS includes modules for quality assurance, production planning, stock management and traceability. In addition, it provides an open interface to higher-level data acquisition or ERP systems.
Today, traceability of production is mandatory in many industries, especially for medical or automotive applications. Product-specific data acquisition makes it possible to avoid failures, detect discrepancies early and identify problems more quickly. The option FLX-CRS therefore helps to simplify production planning, stock management and quality assurance and reduces overall production cost.