SMT Placement Machine Waffle Pack Changer includes non-stop module.

Press Release Summary:

Designed for flexible SIPLACE SX placement machines, SIPLACE WPC provides electronics manufacturers with non-stop supply of component trays. Non-stop module allows operators to add full trays and remove empty ones without interrupting production flow. System automatically moves new trays to specified destination in vertical carrier with 28 positions. Depending on carrier position, trays can be exchanged in 2-3 seconds.

Original Press Release:

New WPC for SIPLACE SX: Waffle Pack Changer with Non-Stop Module

The new SIPLACE WPC (Waffle Pack Changer) now being offered by technology leader Siemens Electronics Assembly Systems for its flexible SIPLACE SX placement machines provides electronics manufacturers with a non-stop supply of component trays, which represent a significant plus in process reliability. The new WPC features a non-stop module (NSM) that allows operators to add full trays and remove empty ones without having to interrupt the production flow. The system automatically moves the new trays to their specified destination in the vertical carrier with 28 positions. Depending on the carrier position, trays can be exchanged in two to three seconds. The automated supply via NSM also puts an end to the positioning errors which are possible with manual systems. The compact new WPC with NSM is available immediately for SIPLACE SX placement machines and can be combined with the space-saving SIPLACE 30-track feeder change- over table (SIPLACE COT30).

"With trays that had to be exchanged manually, we repeatedly observed errors resulting from trays being inserted into the wrong slot. In addition, the carrier had to stop in its current position. Either case could lead to line stops. The new WPC with its non-stop module finally delivers a fast and reliable supply system for uninterrupted production," explains Johannes Justinger, who is in charge of process improvements and user-friendliness on the SIPLACE product management team.

Since the share of components which cannot be supplied in tapes is on the rise in high-mix production environments, the new SIPLACE WPC with its non-stop module increases the degree of efficiency in such SMT applications significantly. It also protects the exceptionally high tape feeder slot capacity of the SIPLACE SX, because it can be combined with the 30-track SIPLACE COT30 changeover table.

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