Technical Articles

Criteria for selection of SMT Assembly Equipment (Part-2)

Mr. B J Srinivas – Director, Kreative Technologies, Bengaluru.

The SMDs are continually undergoing technological advancements. Due to the miniature size and complexity of components, placement machines are also transforming to meet the handling capabilities of such devices ( See appendix 1 for a partial list of the SMDs in use).  The main function of a SMT placement machine is to ‘Pick and Place’ a surface mount component (SMD) from a feeder to a printed circuit board. Some machines also have an adhesive dispensing system attached as an optional feature. The task of evaluating the needs, selecting the equipment which best meets the needs and to identify the right supplier who can provide a satisfactory ‘After sales support’ is a big exercise.

Criteria for selection of SMT Assembly Equipment (Part-1)

Mr. B J Srinivas – Director, Kreative Technologies, Bengaluru.

During the past few decades, there has been a rapid technological advancement of component and PCB technology ushering in migration from through-hole to surface mount (SMT). The miniaturization of components and densely packed PCBs has lead to more powerful designs in much smaller packages.

Availability of SMDs has resulted in miniaturisation of PC assemblies and shrinking of the final product size. Surface mount components are easier to process mass assemblies as compared to the use of conventional types of components.







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