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Universal Instruments to exhibit at Productronica 2005
21 September 2005, News

Component placement specialist Universal Instruments will use Productronica 2005 to showcase its innovative Lightning 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 allows Lightning to address a range of components from 01005 (one-quarter the area of 0201s) to 30 x 30 mm 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 (chips per hour), while the company's AdVantis Platform can deploy a single Lightning head for 30 000 cph performance. 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 the company'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 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.

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