Universal's wins Apex 2004 Innovation Technology Showcase Award

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology

ISSN: 0954-0911

Article publication date: 1 August 2004




(2004), "Universal's wins Apex 2004 Innovation Technology Showcase Award", Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Vol. 16 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/ssmt.2004.21916bab.017



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Universal's wins Apex 2004 Innovation Technology Showcase Award

Universal's wins Apex 2004 Innovation Technology Showcase Award

Keywords: Universal Instrument, Awards

The Lightning high-speed placement head from Universal Instruments was selected for the Innovative Technology Showcase at APEX 2004. Chosen from the best technologies from all APEX exhibitors, the IPC Association commended Lightning's solutions to the challenges of modern SMT assembly.

Lightning solves the speed challenge through innovative use of Universal's patented Variable Reluctance Motor (VRM) technology. Now developed for rotary application, VRM enables Lightning to index its spindles within 55 ms. Lightning has 30 spindles, yielding substantially high placement rates in a pick and place configuration. It also features dual on-the-head cameras, enabling accurate placement at full speed, from sub-0201 components to CSP, WSP, μ-BGA, and others up to 30 mm2.

The optional embedded process verification using the CyberOptics EPVe6 system, operating concurrently with placement, provides two images at every pick and place event for immediate process analysis and refinement.

The Lightning head is compatible with Universal's AdVantis and dual-head Genesis modular placement platforms. It enables 30,000 cph placement rates in the AdVantis application. Genesis delivers 54,000 cph high- speed placement performance when fitted with twin Lightning heads.

For further information, visit the Web site: www.uic.com

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