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General-purpose stencil printer

23 July 2008 Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services

Speedline Technologies recently announced the debut of its next generation MPM printer, the Momentum.

This general purpose printer features a number of technologically advanced features common with their flagship machine, the Accela, at a price point that is geared toward the mid-market segment.

The Momentum features CANopen motion control and I/O architecture for signal communication and rapid motion with minimal wires and cables. Its vision system includes a high-speed USB digital camera with patented look-up/look-down capability, telecentric lens, and advanced lighting techniques for strong performance in both alignment and post-print inspection.

Expanded inspection capabilities, such as contrast-based 2D, BridgeVision and StencilVision, all with SpeedVision, are also available. Reliability and uptime are enhanced with new, patent-pending transport and squeegee systems, along with the vacuum stencil wiper and patented roller solvent bar delivery system.

Machine operation is governed by Benchmark software, a Windows-based system, featuring a graphical user interface common to all new MPM printers. This easily-networked system has wizards for error recovery, machine functions and utilities, along with a 'never lost' sequence with Start button instructions. Operator training, setup and changeover time are all minimised with this intuitive software package. Typically, a new product file can be created in less than 10 minutes, and any existing process program can be used as a template for new files. Benchmark also facilitates data collection for SPC, process verification and production utilisation. RemoteTech is a non-intrusive diagnostics package that enables remote support and troubleshooting.

The Momentum features a welded, tubular steel base frame and rigid, machined castings for stability and precision. The basic system includes a single, front-fixed rail conveyor with top clamp and centre-nest vacuum hold-down; software-programmable squeegee; vacuum stencil wiper with solvent capability; and a 17", flat panel display. A wide range of board size capability is offered from 609 x 508 mm to 50,8 x 50,8 mm. Total system accuracy and repeatability is ±12,5 microns at 6 sigma (Cpk greater than or equal to 2,0), with a cycle time as fast as 10 seconds (excluding print).



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