There are many ways to improve the surface mount process efficiency and assembly quality. Below are some examples of some custom tooling solutions that are available to be ordered - Please send a message if this of interest or if you have a particular design you would like made.
Component feeding trays
These component feeding trays are designed to enable components supplied loose to be loaded to the component placement machine to avoid hand placements. The trays are double sided so they can have two different sizes of pocket on the same tray and also can be pushed together and taught as one tray to save time - Request quote
Variable width quick setup PCB support
To enable a consistent solder paste printing and component placement process it is very important to have sufficient PCB support. For double sided assemblies an adaptable PCB support system is necessary as shown here – For single sided assemblies however a simpler, more cost effective solution is available as can be seen below - Request quote
The system above is made up of aluminium support plates that can be quickly connected together for a wide range of PCB widths. This system is particularly useful for companies such as CEM's that produce high mix – low volumes batches of assemblies that have a high number of change overs.
Short tape feeder plate for 12mm and 16mm tape
When building batches of assemblies with low volumes one of the biggest challenges can be how components are supplied. If only a small quantity of components are ordered then they will either be supplied loose in bags which can be loaded into trays as above or they will be supplied in short strips of tape. Short strips of tape can be difficult to load onto feeders and so one solution is to use the feeding plates shown below - Request quote
Europlacer belt feeder IC tube holder
When building batches of assemblies that use many different components supplied in tubes one of the causes for machine downtime is looking for the correct tube of parts when a tube runs out. A solution has been designed for Europlacer belt feeders that holds the tubes of components in a position that can be quickly accessed to reduce the time lost - Request quote
PCB supports for Selective Solder Process
When assemblies are required to be selective soldered it is important that the PCB is flat to obtain consistent results. Some PCB's, especially if they contain high voltage areas, will have slots machined making the PCB prone to sag - this will be more noticeable when components are fitted. One solution to hold the PCB flat during the selective soldering process is to fit PCB supports that can be seen below. The supports can be manufactured according to the width of the slots and they are fitted by simply pushing the support into the slot and twisting 90 degrees to secure. After the selective soldering process they can easily be removed by twisting 90 degrees and pulling out of the slot - Request quote
Shadow Boards for 5S
When implementing 5S within any manufacturing area one of the key improvements is the introduction of 'Shadow Boards'. There are many ways of making these but due the custom nature it can be a challenge to find a company to make them. Please send a message if you have a requirement.