Enhanced software reduces setup time was introduced at APEX Stand 739 Step-by-step process improves efficiency

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology

ISSN: 0954-0911

Article publication date: 27 June 2008

Citation

(2008), "Enhanced software reduces setup time was introduced at APEX Stand 739 Step-by-step process improves efficiency", Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Vol. 20 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/ssmt.2008.21920cad.013

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2008, Emerald Group Publishing Limited


Enhanced software reduces setup time was introduced at APEX Stand 739 Step-by-step process improves efficiency

Article Type: New products From: Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Volume 20, Issue 3

One of the leading time penalties in setting up NPI in SMT manufacturing is the amount of time needed to program each step of the process. Building simple printing recipes require operators knowledgeable in solder paste, stencil handling and the operation of sometimes complex software to complete the set-up process.

Now there is an alternative. Exerra, Inc. introduces enhanced printer software that takes the complexity out of the process. The new user interface brings simplification to the creation of new and the change-over process to old printer recipes. Suitable for the novice user, access to advanced features is available at the click of a single button at each stage of the set-up process.

The step-by-step configuration sequentially walks even a novice operator through each of the stages required to create a printing recipe, from entering the PCB dimensions, to locating the correct position for the under-board support system all the way through to alignment, printing and stencil cleaning. Each screen provides access to appropriate advanced configuration choices by clicking the “Advanced” button located at the bottom of the active screen.

Adding a user supplied image file of the target PCB allows the operator to move the camera to a desired location using a single mouse click. Finalizing the fiducial teach process is completed automatically by the system once the required locations are stored in the recipe. Both PCB and screen fiducial locations are verified by the operator before they are permitted to move to the next set-up phase.

Operators can select from a number of stencil cleaning options as one of the final steps before completing the board recipe. Cleaning configurations allow for a variety of wet, dry and vacuum-assisted cleaning processes and various combinations of the options. How frequently a stencil is cleaned along with specific methods are stored with each board recipe. Cleaning is scheduled based on a selectable matrix allowing the operator to determine how and when stencil cleaning occurs to optimize throughout and print quality.

The Enhanced Software Package is available as an upgrade for existing Exerra printer users.

Exerra, Inc. offers the eP30 series of inline printers and the eP20 series of standalone printers are specifically developed to meet the needs of electronics manufacturers looking for a cost effective and flexible printing solution.

For more details, contact: exerra-na.com