Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services


Panasonic placement machine wins global award

21 March 2018 Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services

The machine is the latest stage in the evolution of the NPM series and is geared for manufacturers who value setup and changeover time over speed.

“The NPM-W2S was designed to solve manufacturer’s need to tighten control of their work in process, minimise changeover, and expand feeder capacity while accommodating smaller lot sizes in a cost-effective manner,” said Shawn Robinson, senior product marketing manager, Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America. “The solution addresses these challenges as well as expanding standard component range from 03015 mm microchips to massive 100 x 90 mm components and connectors nearly 150 mm long and up to 30 mm tall.”

The machine delivers 100 N insertion force for greater odd-form capability and increases pin-through-hole device imaging capability via optional pin-in-paste illumination. Equipped with a multi-recognition camera, it enables component alignment, defect inspection, chip thickness and 3D co-planarity inspection in a single pass to promote high productivity and quality. Optical character recognition (OCR) and pre-pickup inspection features allow unique recognition of tray-fed parts from barcodes, lines and polarity marks to determine proper pickup angles, even if parts are fed incorrectly.

Single- and dual-lane mode functionality promotes the capability to process extremely long LED panels nearly 1200 mm in length. It can automatically convert modes to dual-lane ‘shared’ or ultra-productive ‘hybrid’ mode. The NPM-W2S offers features to enhance efficiency such as automated board support pin placement, self-aligning feeder cart changeover, intelligent feeder anywhere, and 2D-coded nozzle anywhere. It further enhances production quality with thermal expansion compensation, board warp mapping, a 20- or 40-position direct pick tray tower, and closed-loop component monitoring with material verification, control and trace.

Manufacturers can scale production lines from low- to high-volume depending on production needs, while conserving investments until production or technology requirements mandate. OEMs and EMS providers can reconfigure the machine heads in minutes. The NPM-W2S also incorporates existing CM series Panasonic feeders and nozzles to minimise capital investment and reduce inventory expense.

For more information contact Techmet, +27 (0)11 824 1427, info@techmet.co.za, www.techmet.co.za



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