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25 May 2012

Fascia Graphics invests in Pick & Place Technology

Fascia Graphics invests in Pick & Place Technology

Market leaders will benefit from one of the most economical and cost effective placement machines available…

Fascia Graphics, the market leader for the production of membrane keypads and graphic overlays in the printed graphics industry and it customers are set to benefit from a new Pick and Place Machine. The surface mount placement machine is one of the most economical and cost effective on the market, and uses the more reliable and compatible Linux operating system.

This software, known for its reliability, is built to ensure the machine consistently runs at an optimum level of production, and consequently means it has a smaller carbon footprint. The vision camera ensures precise placement of components to 0402 and 0.5mm pitch QFPs, leaving less of a margin for error. Automatic fiducial recognition, allows the machine to memorise the reference points of each assembly cycle and adjust placement positions.

The simple mechanical design of the machine, with a high life time and durability, is easy to maintain and has the function to complete many stages of production such as SMD component analysis, screen printing, soldering, and board inspection and verification. The optional dispenser enables easy and fast dispensing of adhesive and solder paste, achieving approximately 4000 dots per hour.

Michael Hole, Engineering Manager at Fascia Graphics said 
“The biggest advantage of the new Pick and Place machine is that it is ideal for assembling high volumes of keypads and overlays.  It offers a high speed and precise assembly of electric components, whilst keeping the pastes, adhesives and conductives consistent and accurate.

This machine also compliments the recent installation of our servo-driven cylinder press, which increases our production capabilities and enables us to continue supplying product at a competitive prices.”

Other benefits of the machine include;

  • Low cost feeders,supplied in blocks
  • Smart feeders, that automatically detect feeders mounted on the machine, and components already present in the feeder
  • Quick feeder changeovers, that can be prepared off-line to reduce downtime
  • Option dispensing
  • USB support, allowing user data to be loaded or saved
  • Dynamic Vision Centering (DVC) offering increased accuracy and control of the position of small components
  • An off-line camera, that centers larger components, BGAs and very fine-pitch ICs.
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