PMJ Cencorp expands product line with new low-cost depaneling system

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology

ISSN: 0954-0911

Article publication date: 1 April 2000




(2000), "PMJ Cencorp expands product line with new low-cost depaneling system", Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Vol. 12 No. 1.



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PMJ Cencorp expands product line with new low-cost depaneling system

PMJ Cencorp expands product line with new low-cost depaneling system

Keywords: PMJ Cencorp, Printed circuit boards

The TR5300 In-Line Automated Routeing System and the WR700 StandAlone Workstation Router were launched at Productronica.

The WR700 is a stand-alone depanelling cell that offers electronics manufacturers a low-cost, entry level board separation alternative that is designed for low-volume, high-product-mix production.

The WR700 packs PMJ Cencorp's proven routing technology into a compact 30" x 30" (762mm x 762mm) floor footprint, comparable to many tabletop units currently on the market. The system extracts PCBs from either solid or pre-routed panels, with a maximum size of 12" x 12" (305mm x 305mm). The machine's gentle routeing process avoids the harmful "shocking" of boards and sensitive components that can be common with other depanelling methods.

The WR700 achieves route speeds of up to 1.5" (38.1mm) per second and slew speeds of up to 15" (381mm) per second, with a servo-repeatable accuracy of±0.0005" (0.0127mm).

The adjustable tooling pin fixture is flexible to accommodate nearly any PCB panel, and is convenient for prototype production runs. The removable pallet enables the operator to perform adjustments to the fixture at a nearby workstation. Dedicated phenolic or aluminum fixtures provide fast, easy product changeovers. System upgrades are a simple matter as the WR700's fixtures are compatible with other PMJ Cencorp stand-alone depanelling cells, with the addition of an adaptor plate.

PMJ Cencorp's field-proven control software for the Windows® operating system utilizes a graphical user interface and helpful prompts, making the WR700 easy to configure and operate. The standard video aided programming feature and an onboard camera facilitate rapid and accurate online programming. Expanded memory capable of storing hundreds of routeing programs, automated learn/teach mode and a host of other software features enables operators with little or no programming experience to create and modify routeing programs.

Also launched at Productronica was the TR5300 In-Line Automated Routeing System. The TR5300 is a fully automatic, in-line depanelling system that is designed for high-volume assembly. With a small 5' (1.55m) footprint and route speed up to 2" (51mm) per second, the TR5300 maximizes productivity.

Key to the TR5300 is a unique mechanical pickup arm that securely and safely holds PCB assemblies during the routing process. In addition, a rapid rail adjustment allows the system to be easily reconfigured to handle a variety of panel sizes and types, including thin and multilayer assembly packages.

Customized fixturing assures gentle board handling and greatly reduces stress to sensitive circuitry and components.

The TR5300's enhanced routeing program editor virtually eliminates errors; and an optional fibre optic verification system quickly detects bad boards.

The TR5300 uses sophisticated software (for the Windows® operating system) that makes setup and operation an easy matter. Software diagnostic features keep maintenance simple and efficient.

For further information please contact: Peter Chan, PMJ Automec Corporation, Whitehall, 75 School Lane, Hartford, Cheshire CW8 1PF, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1606 781465; Fax: +44 (0) 1606 74203; E-mail:

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