Systematic mechanical design approach for a flexible printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA) rework cell: part I – generic mechanical design procedure

Necdet Geren (Mechanical Engineering Department, Çukurova University, Balcalı‐Adana, Turkey)
Çağdaş Sarıgül (Mechanical Engineering Department, Çukurova University, Balcalı‐Adana, Turkey)
Melih Bayramoğlu (Mechanical Engineering Department, Çukurova University, Balcalı‐Adana, Turkey)

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology

ISSN: 0954-0911

Publication date: 20 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The generic design environment for a flexible printed‐circuit board assemblies (PCBA) remanufacturing cell contains four interrelated complex design domains. Mechanical design domains are really complex and the use of well‐proven mechanical product design methodologies does not help the designer. Hence, this paper aims to develop a generic systematic design methodology for a flexible PCBA remanufacturing cell.

Design/methodology/approach

The study investigates the use of conventional mechanical product design techniques for the design of a flexible PCBA rework (remanufacturing) cell. It indicates problems and the weaknesses when conventional product design techniques are used for the development of flexible manufacturing systems (FMS). It then provides a new systematic mechanical design methodology for designing a flexible PCBA rework (remanufacturing) cell. The design methodology is intended to be generic in order to apply successfully to any FMS design.

Findings

Conventional product design methodology cannot be used directly for the design of a flexible PCBA remanufacturing cell. Hence, two design methodologies were developed: the generic FMS mechanical design methodology and a specific FMS design methodology for a PCBA rework cell. The first one was developed based on the tasks of the conventional product design process integrated with new design tools. The generic design methodology was then extended to obtain the second methodology for a PCBA rework cell design. Both of the methodologies were applied to a flexible PCBA rework cell design problem. Both design methodologies eliminated unusable design solutions at the early design stages of the conceptual design process and made the design process easier.

Practical implications

The generic and specific design methodologies provide a better design environment, even for less specialized FMS designers.

Originality/value

The design methodologies may help for the commercialization of a flexible PCBA remanufacturing cell that may be used for SM rework and assembly.

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Citation

Geren, N., Sarıgül, . and Bayramoğlu, M. (2011), "Systematic mechanical design approach for a flexible printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA) rework cell: part I – generic mechanical design procedure", Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 244-256. https://doi.org/10.1108/09540911111169093

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