The Mannifest: New Feeder Design for Eliminating Errors Prior to Placement

As new technology and methods have emerged, companies in the electronics manufacturing field now have new options to consider for improving their best practices. These practices have helped influence the design of new equipment with ground-breaking capabilities. One recent industry advancement is the design of feeders with built-in OLED screens. This innovation helps create a pre-inspection stage that allows for operators to review components before they enter the machine. By having pre-inspection capability at the feeder stage, companies running in-house equipment can avoid manufacturing hiccups before they occur—providing better turnover and less downtime.

Avoid Production Mistakes: Innovative Feeders with Built-in Displays

Before feeders with built-in displays hit the market, it was up to operators to use component counters for determining the reel information. Now, that information is stored directly and constantly updated within the feeder itself. These new feeders allow operators to review component quantities on reels, feeder slot locations, part numbers, part values, and more—all while the machine is in use or offline.

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Being able to view this vital information on the feeder itself will help solve problems before they occur. For example, if a reel has two of the same packages with different values, they will look the same, and the pick-and-place machine will not be able to tell them apart. An inspection machine may or may not be able to tell the difference. The result could be misplaced components. This pre-inspection stage adds an extra level of insurance that the correct parts will be placed accurately from the onset, fixing problems before reaching the inspection stage.

Highlights of this new feeder type include:

  • Component reel information is now stored/updated in the feeder
  • OLED displays allow for easy monitoring of the component consumption status
  • The feeder has an internal battery, so data will always be available in both online (connected to machine) and offline (standalone) modes
  • Vision library names are displayed (for example 0201, SOIC16, QFP44, etc.) and the feeder stores the lot and date codes of components

The Real-World Impact of the Improved Feeder Design
With operators being able to view important information at a glance, there will be fewer chances for mistakes. This is especially helpful if/when onboarding new employees who may be less familiar with the equipment, components, and the system. The innovative on-feeder display reduces chances of:

  1. Placement errors on boards: Operators will see if the component is correct or incorrect before the part is placed, helping cut down on wasted PCBs.
  2. Putting multiple feeders in the wrong slots: Operators will know what the part number is and which slot it goes into, eliminating the need to cross reference a feeder ID with the program.
  3. Costly shortages and equipment downtime: The remaining part quantity is tracked and easily viewable, ensuring enough parts will be available to run the entire job in question.

A Small Change to Your Production Line for a Large Impact
Due to the scarcity of components and machine operators this year, equipment designers have risen to the unique challenges in the industry and provided this updated feeder design to reduce the amount of resources companies must devote to inspection and rework. These feeders are available and compatible with select pick-and-place machines released in the third quarter of 2021. By adding this pre-inspection technology to your equipment line, operators will be able to eliminate errors prior to placement, reduce the amount of work done during final testing and inspection, and save much needed time and resources.

This column originally appeared in the November 2021 issue of SMT007 Magazine.

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2021

The Mannifest: New Feeder Design for Eliminating Errors Prior to Placement

11-10-2021

As new technology and methods have emerged, companies in the electronics manufacturing field now have new options to consider for improving their best practices. These practices have helped influence the design of new equipment with ground-breaking capabilities. One recent industry advancement is the design of feeders with built-in OLED screens. This innovation helps create a pre-inspection stage that allows for operators to review components before they enter the machine. By having pre-inspection capability at the feeder stage, companies running in-house equipment can avoid manufacturing hiccups before they occur—providing better turnover and less downtime.

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The Mannifest: Financing Simplifies Process Improvement through Capital Expenditures

10-20-2021

The saying, “You have to spend money to make money,” rings true when it comes to handling in-house production. Having up-to-date equipment is a key aspect of ensuring your SMT assembly process is the best it can be, and that requires a level of capital expenditure.

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The Mannifest: A How-to Guide—Avoiding Pitfalls When Purchasing SMT Equipment

08-16-2021

When weighing your equipment options, you first must decide what you want more: a lower up-front cost or ensured reliability. Choosing used equipment will save your company money, but unexpected problems with the purchased machine may occur. With new equipment, the initial investment will be more, but you can set high expectations for the longevity and quality of the machine.

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2020

The Mannifest: Solutions for Customer Support During Social Distancing

05-15-2020

In this difficult time caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, businesses are being forced to adapt. Business is not as usual, but we have come to appreciate the benefits of remote services. Chris Ellis explains how this recent crisis has also led to their team brainstorming some innovative new ideas.

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2019

The Mannifest: Faster, Cheaper, Simpler

11-12-2019

Looking at the SMT industry right now, I see some very interesting things going on with shifts in production locations, ease of manufacturing, and intellectual property (IP) protection. OEMs are bringing production back to the U.S. in greater numbers—some even back to Mexico. A significant driver of this over the past year has been the tariffs. For the majority of OEMs I speak with, it’s becoming clear how manufacturing in China is affecting their bottom line.

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The Mannifest: Custom Reflow Ovens and Curing

08-20-2019

It seems that a lot of companies in today’s market are buying specialized ovens for curing. Did you know that most SMT reflow ovens can be modified by the manufacturer (and quite easily too) for curing applications? In most cases, these ovens will also still work for SMT reflow, eliminating the need to waste precious floor space on a second oven.

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The Mannifest: Common Machine Errors and How to Avoid Them

07-22-2019

When it comes to the quality of SMT boards you produce, it can be difficult to know where to begin and what features various PCBA machines offer are most important.

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The Mannifest: First Time With In-house SMT Assembly? Start With a Great Design

06-26-2019

One of the best ways to eliminate possible production issues when you handle your SMT work in-house is to ensure that you have a manufacturable design. Thus, there are several factors to keep in mind when reviewing your designs before bringing your production in-house or starting your first run of in-house prototypes.

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Managing Your Double-sided Assemblies

05-01-2019

Using a double-sided board in your finished application allows you to produce more complex circuits while saving space, offering an array of benefits for high-tech applications and electronics. But challenges to double-sided board implementation are plenty, including placement questions, solder processing challenges, and heat dissipation. Read on why planning out a double-sided assembly is not substantially different from handling a single-sided board assembly.

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The Mannifest: When Is It the Right Time to Automate?

04-08-2019

How can you increase your production to keep up with rising demand while keeping your operating costs reasonable? While it can be tempting to go all-in and convert your entire production process to a fully automated assembly line, it may be more advantageous to start with low-volume assembly and convert more gradually.

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