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Productronica Show Preview: Equipment

(October 27, 2009) MUNICH, Germany — The Munich Electronics Summit and productronica will take place November 10–13 in Munich. With 1,477 exhibitors from 35 countries in 2007, the tradeshow is designed to cover all aspects of traditional electronics manufacturing from PCB and other circuit-carrier manufacturing and soldering technology to cable-processing and component-mount technologies, measuring and testing technology, and quality assurance.

Future Technologies

German researchers will demonstrate intelligent production during a special show within productronica. The Self-Organizing PROduction (SOPRO) program is the result of a German government-funded initiative to develop a factory of the future in which production processes are more flexible, efficient, and environmentally friendly. The special show at productronica will demonstrate SOPRO technology using simulated processing stations, conducted by SOPRO partners in Hall B3 on stand 265.

Screen Printer

The MCP screen printer offers high quality/high speed printing. Its 3S squeegee with variable attack angle produces perfect solder shapes with stencil thickness down to 80 µm and half edging stencils with stencil steps of 30 to 50 µm. It suits designs with 01005s mixed with larger component sizes. The printing process is performed by a flat-metal single-head squeegee, equipped with motorcycle-industry-inspired movement. The single-head squeegee’s variable head improves repletion has a similar front and back stroke and reduces the amount of used solder. It offers easy set up and less maintenance. The system cleans wet or dry with vacuum during the PCB transport cycle. All cleaning actions are performed with a minimum use of paper. The MCP’s high-speed digital inspection camera scans the printed PCB for solder positions, excess, insufficiency, and bridging. Assembléon, A2.477.

Line Planning Software

SIPLACE LES (Line Execution System) is a software-based production planning and control solution for SIPLACE lines. The new concept enables operators to optimize the production workflow and minimize changeover times. And with the “Random Setup” function, operators can mount SIPLACE feeders anywhere on the machine’s component table. SIPLACE LES is the ideal solution for electronics manufacturers who have to deal with small lot sizes, a high product mix and a broad component spectrum. Siemens Electronics Assembly Systems (SEAS), A3.377.   

Soldering and Solar Equipment

The VisionXP convection soldering system offers process reliability, minimal maintenance, and ease of use. Its Pyrolysis technology will be demonstrated live on the Rehm stand. Incorporated in the VisionXP’s residue management system, Pyrolysis shortens long molecular chains to reduce the amount of condensable waste within the process chamber. Operating at approximately 500°C, Pyrolysis enables a clean and dry reflow system for efficient, environmentally friendly disposal of contamination. A new feature of the VXP is the separately adjustable bottom cooling in the cooling zone for faster cooling, more flexible cooling gradients and prevents warping.
The VisionXS convection reflow soldering system targets energy efficiency, reliability, and low cost of ownership. Featuring a simplified layout with increased accessibility and repeatable soldering results, the system is characterized by low consumption values, along with a reliable conveyor and outstanding process stability. The Condenso condensation soldering system with vacuum suits complex requirements of lead-free processes, Condenso delivers effective heat transfer for fast and reliable soldering for PCBs with large thermal mass. The medium control system guarantees soldering of difficult boards and tombstone prevention. Vacuum process control prevents voids in solder joints and minimizes splattering. A microwave plasma generator cleans organic residues and oxides from PCBs, improving wetting and reducing flux use.
Firing and drying technologies for the solar sector will debut. The RDS 2100 drying system is equipped with a thermal oxidation unit for lower maintenance times and a conveyor system subdivided between the heating and cooling zones. The system’s advanced process features enable PV manufacturers to achieve efficiency and yield. The RFS Fast Firing Furnace features design features to drive an advanced metallization process performance. It offers low energy consumption and a compact footprint. Rehm Thermal Systems A4.341.

Pick-and-place Support Tooling

The RED-E-SET Center Support system provides next-generation automatic board support for pick-and-place systems. It includes manual or automatic lock, are has a reportedly reduced changeover time. The Center Support system is easily installed and removed; strips can be added as needed. The system supports a range of board widths, as well as a range of support lengths up to 24″. Production Solutions Inc., in the Juki Automation Systems AG booth, A3.143.

Fluid Dispensing

The TS6500CIM Series cartridge mixer provides complete automatic mixing of two-component material filled in a cartridge kit. The mixers accommodate all standard size cartridge kits ranging from 74 to 591 ml and can be used globally with accompanying tools, accessories, and universal power supply. The products are equipped with an automatic fluid level sensing device and user-friendly electronic control system. An automatic injection feature provides even distribution of hardener into resin during the mixing cycle to ensure a uniform mixed result. The high torque motor maintains speed to allow for the continuous mixing of high-viscosity material.  Safety features include a two-hand start, emergency stop button and required closing of the protective enclosure to ensure maximum protection for operators. The TS6500CIM Series cartridge mixer is supplied with power cord, air filter with air hose and is available in two models: TS6500CIM-6 for cartridge kit sizes of 74, 6177, 237 ml and the TS6500CIM-20 for 591ml.  A conversion kit is also available for the 325-ml cartridge kit size. The TS6500CIM Series cartridge mixer meets international EMC/safety requirements and has CE, cTUV-us marks.
Stinger, the printer-adaptable dispensing technology, transforms traditional screen printing platforms into dual-function systems. Stinger is integrated into the screen printer alongside the machine’s vision system, dispensing adhesive or paste once the printed circuit board is screen printed. Techcon Systems and German partner Globaco, A4.127.

Conformal Coating Systems 

Flexible, programmable, integrated coating and curing systems provide high quality, process control, and precise application of conformal coating and IR/convection or UV curing. Various applicators allow system configurations to meet specific coating requirements. Laser Fan Width Control provides closed-loop monitoring to automatically verify and adjust the fan width prior to and/or after the coating operation so the coating pass width remains constant. The Viscosity Control System maintains consistent temperature of conformal coating fluids and has a heated recirculating fluid circuit to eliminate viscosity changes in temperature-responsive materials. A Flow Monitor Module is available on some systems to confirm that products have been coated with the correct amount of material with a resolution of ±0.05 cc. Fifth Axis Tilt (0 to 30°) with the Four Position Rotate (0, 90, 180, and 270°) provides Film Coater applicators with greater flexibility and increased access while conformal coating a PCB. The tilt and rotate accessory coats vertical surfaces and under components.  It enhances access to tight or hard-to-reach areas that may not be achievable with the standard downward approach. The Select Coat SL-940E  high-speed, high-accuracy coating system has up to 30% faster throughput, a vision system, closed-loop process controls, traceability, and advanced integrated software. Advanced monitoring keeps the coating process in spec.  Fluid and air pressures are set and monitored through software-controlled electronic regulators. Data logging and automatic adjustments are available on other parameters such as fan widths, fluid temperatures, and flow rates. The SL-940E uses Asymtek’s Easy Coat for Windows (ECXP) software. Pattern recognition software and vision programming are also available. Asymtek, a Nordson company, A2.339.

Component Feeder Calibration System

The Digital FeederMaster calibration system for component feeders has been designed and manufactured to meet exacting standards in feeder accuracy. Its base interchangeability allows the user to test a range of feeder types — Siemens, Fuji NXT, Juki and Assembléon GEM feeders are supported. The digital FeederMaster comprises a digital camera system, embedded PC, and software to capture, store, and analyze images of the feeder under test, running at full machine speed. The master tape is used to measure any deviations in the pick position. The recorded data is used to calculate the feeder’s CpK value, which is a measure of its repeatable accuracy. The system can now read the maximum current consumption, which is indicated for every tested feeder. A 2D barcode reader enables users to either read the manufacturer’s unique feeder number label or any label that can be generated individually. Its Zebra printer can print 50 × 25 mm labels. After calibration, results are stored under the feeder’s unique number. User access rights range from operator to engineer. AdoptSMT Group, A3.181.

Printing Platforms

With new cover packages to improve usability and operator access, DEK’s Horizon platform is configurable by standard features and options. The high-accuracy, high-throughput Horizon 01iX platform achieves 6-sigma machine alignment of 2 Cpk @ ±12.5 µm. The unit displayed will showcase the ProFlow ATX enclosed print head for advanced materials deposition; high-speed Cyclone understencil cleaner; and Over Top Snuggers for substrate clamping. 
The Horizon 02iX offers accuracy and reliability with a fully automated print process complete with closed loop print verification. This machine will incorporate DEK’s Verification & Traceability software suite for proactive verification of product file settings and traceability to board level for effective process control and comprehensive workflow support. The display will also demonstrate HawkEye Bridging technology to detect defective prints in real time.
A Horizon 03iX platform will showcase fast set-up and changeover capabilities for prototyping and pre-production. This display will also include a Paste Roll Height Monitor, using lasers to detect the presence of solder paste and monitor the height of the paste roll to eliminate defects and improve end-of-line yield.
DEK Sentinel, a productivity-safeguarding technology, eliminates overheads traditionally associated with the integration of complex technologies required to deliver state-of-the-art process control. Lowering the cost of more good printed boards, Sentinel incorporates full input/output verification along with 100% inspection at the line speeds.
Productivity Tools on display will include tooling options such as HD Grid-Lok automatic high-density tooling and Custom Dedicated Tooling. The Stinger low-volume adhesive dispenser will also be featured, along with consumables. The VectorGuard stencil system will also be on the stand in stainless steel VectorGuard Blue, electroformed nickel VectorGuard Gold, and others. DEK, A2.405.

MSD Storage

Controlled humidity storage solutions on display will include desiccant dry cabinets ranging from single-door table-top units to multi-door, multi-shelf free standing systems. XDry Ultra-Low Humidity Dry Cabinets feature an effective operating range from 0.5% to 50% RH, designed to satisfy virtually every moisture control requirement. XDry Corporation, A3.146.

Programming Technology

FlashCORE III programming architecture offers significant performance gains by increasing the download and read/write speeds by a factor of ten. FlashCORE III supports the latest flash memory devices including SD, MMC, MoviNAND and iNAND. Data I/O's automated handling systems, the manual programmer FlashPAK III and the Process Control software applications all support FlashCORE III. FlashCORE III also is compatible with all existing FlashCORE algorithms and adapters. Field upgrade kits are available. 
The FLX500 compact, self-contained automated system for programming memory and microcontroller devices suits desktop, laboratory, and production line use. It reduces quality problems inherent in manual gang programming. Benefits include the fastest changeover times, self-learning plug and play operation, language independent graphical user interface, memory and microcontroller support, a flexible and modular design, outstanding quality, a self contained pneumatic system with minimal noise and requiring no special air facilities, reduced scrap costs and ease of use. 
The PS588 is part of the PS series of high-speed off-line automated device programming systems for high-volume, high-mix applications.  PS588 accommodates up to 48 programming sites from the FlashCORE line, or up to 12 Universal Optima programmers to address any device mix. It supports flash memory: NOR, NAND, DiskOnChip, MCP, Microcontrollers and Logic Package Support: DIP, PLCC, SOIC, SON, WSON, SSOP, CSP (uBGA, BGA) QFP, TQFP & TSOP.
Also incorporating FlashCORE III technology will be the ProLINE-RoadRunner automated in-line programming feeder. The RoadRunner removes unprogrammed flash memory devices from tape, programmes four devices in parallel, and then delivers the programmed parts to the pick-up point of the placement machine. 
The product offers just-in-time inline programming, rapid ROI, a dramatic reduction in inventory carrying and rework cots and a PC card support for data and job transfer on Windows 95/98, Windows NT/2000 and Windows-XP.
The PS388 is completely compatible with any PS system, using the same user interface, programmers, consumables, algorithms, and programming job files. The same feeder options such as tray, tape and tube are available, all part of Data I/O’s modular product concept guaranteeing compatibility and protecting the customer’s investment. The PS388FC has a smaller, compact footprint, designed to fit into less workspace, preserving the valuable production floor. Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO), A2.329.

Inspection Systems

For 2D and 3D SMT inspection, advanced modular AOI, SPI and 3D measurement systems provide defect detection for SMT components including 01005s and full 3D laser-based paste inspection. For Microelectronics, wirebond, die placement, epoxy and flux inspection are available. The inspection technology provides high-precision inspection for damage, die tilt and alignment, epoxy underfill, foreign material inspection for defects such as solder or epoxy splatter and dimensional measurements in X/Y/Z. The image technology is scalable to 1 µm based on the application. Accompanying software contains multiple intuitive features allowing users to introduce new product databases within minutes, and to have confidence in inspection routines using performance-monitoring software. Machine Vision Products, A4.229.

productronica visitors can order their tickets, and redeem guest tickets and e-guest tickets via online ticket registration. Registered visitors will receive information about exhibitors and presentations in the program of related events. To register, visit

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