Tape feeders are the well established technology for feeding of standard components . Previously a quick and precise feeding was unthinkable without tapes. But technology is changing: With the SIPLACE BulkFeeder ASM has developed a completely new, tapeless feed for standard components.
Why is this of interest? Tapes are labour intensive and have to be spliced during refill. And: tapes create a lot of waste and dust. Now ASM puts an end to all these disadvantages. The components are just loosely filled into a replaceable cartridge – up to 1.5 million components in sizes 01005-0402 per filling. 1.5 million components per filling means (for most of all SMT lines) no refill, no splicing for a whole shift. With a vibrating mechanism, the components are moved out of the cartridge to a pick-up area. Here their position is detected by the vision system and the components get picked up by the high-precision placement heads and vision systems – without any loss of speed.