High-Speed Feeder is built to handle 12 mm tape.

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Integrating active tape pull-back system and cutter, intelligent 12 mm Cobra Feeder facilitates and accelerates setup of component reels to SMD pick-and-place machines. One 12 mm tape feed takes less than 60 msec, and pickup position is reproducible within few micrometers. Due to feeder precision, pick-and-place head can pick up 4 components simultaneously from 4 different feeders. Feeders further simplify SMD reel setup by automatically threading tape and cover tape.

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Essemtec's Cobra Feeder Threads Tapes Quickly

Essemtec to present intelligent 12 mm Cobra Feeder

Essemtec's Cobra Feeders simplify and hasten setup of component reels to SMD pick-and-place machines. Regarding speed, accuracy and reliability, these feeders rank in the world's top class. They integrate an active tape pull-back system as well as a cutter. Cobra Feeders now are available for both 8 and 12 mm tapes.

Cobra Feeders provide up to 25 percent more placement rate on pick-and-place machines. Essemtec, the Swiss manufacturer of production systems for electronics, invented these feeders to fully exploit the performance of the Paraquda and Cobra placement machines. After recent introduction of 8 mm double feeders, the range is now expanded with a new feeder for 12 mm tapes.

The target for the engineers has been to build a fast, accurate, compact and reliable feeder. This goal has been achieved by improving a drive system well known from the watch industry and implementing it into the Cobra tape feeding system.

One feed takes less than 60 ms and the pickup position is reproducible within a few micrometers. The feeders are of such high precision, that the pick-and-place head can pick up four components simultaneously from four different feeders.

Cobra Feeders simplify SMD reel setup by automatically threading tape and cover tape. The integrated tape pull-back system actively prevents jamming, and the cutter shreds tape and cover tape into small pieces. Despite these features, the feeders are highly compact in order to maximize feeder capacity on the pick-and-place machine.

The intelligent feeders can be programmed easily with radio barcode readers. Programming can take place either on the pick-and-place machine or at a remote feeder setup station.

Essemtec will present the new 12 mm Cobra Feeder at the upcoming productronica 2011 exhibition in Munich, Germany. Visit Essemtec in hall A3 on booth 358.

About the company:
The Swiss machine manufacturer Essemtec is a market leader in manufacturing flexible production systems for industrial users. Essemtec has been developing, manufacturing and marketing equipment and machines for all processes in the electronics industry since 1991: printers, dispensers, pick and place and soldering systems. Manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic systems are available. The range of products also includes transportation and storage systems, as well as software solutions for planning, simulation optimisation and documentation of manufacturing. All Essemtec systems are optimized for maximum flexibility. The user can switch from one product to another in no time, thus making maximum use of the available production capacity. Essemtec - Be more flexible.

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