Universal Instruments at Productronica 2005

Industry-leading component placement specialist Universal Instruments will use Productronica 2005 to showcase its innovative Lightning(TM) rotary placement head - an enabling technology that makes all-platform lines a reality for medium to high volume assembly applications.

The Lightning head features 30 independently-controlled spindles with touchdown sense, auto Z update at pickup, and board Z-height mapping to compensate for possible board warpage and guarantee ideal placement force. Dual on-the-head optics allow Lightning to address an unsurpassed range of components from 01005 (one-quarter the area of 0201s) to 30mm x 30mm while supporting component pre-orientation to further enhance throughput and productivity. Lightning enables Universal's GSM Genesis® and AdVantis® Platforms to place devices such as CSP, WSP, uBGA, and Melfs at full speed.

Currently, Universal's GSM Genesis Platform can support up to two Lightning heads to provide a throughput of 57,000 cph, while the company's AdVantis Platform can deploy a single Lightning head for 30,000 cph performance. Both Platform configurations will be on display at Productronica, demonstrating how Lightning is able to deliver fast and flexible production to some of the world's most progressive manufacturers.

Lightning is a key component within Universal Instruments' Optima Plus full line solution offer tailored to the present and future needs of manufacturers. Along with printers, reflow ovens, training, warranty and line-level software, Optima Plus includes placement equipment in which Lightning's enabling technology is crucial for chipshooter throughput and fine pitch capability - either in a single machine or across machines within a configured line that benefit further from common platform architecture, interfaces and control software.

The Polaris Assembly Cell, a key component of Universal's line-wide strategy, will also be on display from stand 446. A modular and reconfigurable solution, Polaris is equipped to perform multiple operations on a single cell - from dispensing and screw driving, to bare die attach and bar code reading. Productronica 2005 will provide an effective platform from which to demonstrate Polaris' ability to automate assembly processes cost-effectively, delivering high quality and enhanced throughput to Universal customers.

Productronica delegates will also witness Universal's Dimensions(TM) Line Level Software in its two independent, compatible components. The Dimensions Line Programming Box optimises component assignments during the creation of new machine programs, thereby reducing programming time. Meanwhile, the Dimensions Line Control Box incorporates changeover assistance, component consumption tracking, traceability, feeder and reel management, and performance monitoring to further enhance the assembly line.

About Universal
Universal Instruments is a global electronics productivity specialist, providing innovative circuit, semiconductor and back-end assembly technologies and equipment, integrated system solutions, and process expertise to manufacturers in every sector of the electronics industry.

Universal contact
Karen Moore Watts
PO Box 825
NY 13902-0825
Tel: +1 607 779 4079
Email: moorek@uic.com

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