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Optimizing the performance of a surface mount placement machine

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3 Author(s)
K. P. Ellis ; Grado Dept. of Ind. & Syst. Eng., Virginia Polytech. Inst. & State Univ., Blacksburg, VA, USA ; F. J. Vittes ; J. E. Kobza

Process planning is an important and integral part of effectively operating a printed circuit board (PCB) assembly system. A PCB assembly system generally consists of different types of placement machines, testing equipment, and material handling equipment. This research develops a new solution approach to determine the component placement sequence and feeder arrangement for a turret style surface mount-placement machine often used in PCB assembly systems. This solution approach can be integrated into a process planning system to reduce assembly time and improve productivity. The algorithm consists of a construction procedure that uses a set of rules to generate an initial component placement sequence and feeder arrangement along with an improvement procedure to improve the initial solution. An industrial case study conducted at Ericsson, Inc., using a Fuji CP4-3 machine and actual PCB data, is presented to demonstrate the performance of the proposed solution approach. The solutions obtained using the proposed solution approach are compared to those obtained using state of the art PCB assembly process optimization software. For all PCBs in the case study, the proposed solution approach yielded lower placement times than the commercial software, thus generating additional valuable production capacity. This research is applicable for both researchers and practitioners in printed circuit board assembly systems

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IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 3 )