Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Essemtec’s Cobra Wins Global Technology Award 2011
Essemtec, a leading manufacturer of surface mount technology production equipment, announces that it has been awarded a Global Technology Award in the category of Pick-and-Place Equipment – Low-Medium Volume for its Cobra SMT Assembler. The award was presented to the company during a Tuesday, November 15, 2011 ceremony that took place at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany during productronica 2011.
Premiering in 2005, the Global Technology Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.
This is the second time within one year that Essemtec’s innovative and seminal pick-and-place machine Cobra has been awarded. In April, during IPC APEX 2011, the Cobra has been awarded an NPI Award for creative advancement in technology in the Component Placement Multifunction category.
Cobra is the second generation of assembly systems based on ePlace, the new software designed entirely by Essemtec based on the company’s eez-technology. ePlace has been fully developed in .net, uses an integrated database, and offers a modern, interactive, intelligent and intuitive tool for controlling all parameters. Additionally, Cobra is the world’s most modern SMD pick-and-place machine and the first SMD pick-and-place system to combine the advantages of a highly flexible pick-and-place with the throughput of a multi-axes placer.
The system is equipped with the best that today's drive and material technologies have to offer. Linear motors, a high-speed bus and signal processing system, carbon fiber parts, and a mineral compound base are a selection of the many features that make Cobra fast, reliable and extremely precise. Cobra offers an 8-axes placement head in which each of the axes can place the full range of components that range from 01005 to 80x70 mm. Additionally, the system has a capacity of up to 240 feeders with 220 feeders in inline mode. The placement area is specified at 23.6 x 31,5" and placement speed is rated at 20,000 cph (IPC-9850). Cobra is not only fast, but flexible as well.