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Europlacer Shows Innovative Solutions
Versatile feeder cart.
Tampa, FL — Europlacer is highlighting the new ii-Feed and the multi award-winning iineo platform in representative smartTec GmbH's booth. The ii-Feed Cart has a capacity up to 33 separate component channels and accepts any mix of 8, 12, 16 or 24mm smart ii-Feed elements. The cart provides many features such as a component range that begins at 01005; however, it remains fully compatible with previous Europlacer machine generations.

Both the previous and updated generations of the company's tape trolleys can be used on the same machine. The new cart can be operated in three different modes like the older trolley generation — wired/wireless micro terminal, programming ii-elements separately offline, and with or without Stock Management options — making it the most flexible cart in the industry. ii-Feed elements can be placed at any trolley location, without stopping production, and because of the Europlacer turret head design, random positioning does not affect throughput.

Also on display is the company's flagship iineo platform, which provides many enhancements to the Europlacer machine range such as a higher feeder count, increased board size and increased maximum component height. The platform uses the company's proven core features, including turret head, intelligent feeders, and powerful software — while introducing technologies such as linear motors and digital cameras.

The iineo is widely configurable, allowing for numerous different possibilities: single or dual linear motor gantry including a rotary turret head with eight or 12 pickups; one or two board positioning mechanisms; oversized board options; huge feeder capacity to front and rear, or front only.

The single-head iineo can handle maximum PCB sizes of 18 x 27-in. (457 x 686mm) with options to handle up to 24 x 63-in. (610 x 1600mm). The double-head system can handle maximum PCB sizes (standard transport) of 18 x 20-in. (457 x 504mm) with options to handle up to 24 x 63-in. Both the single- and dual-head iineo systems can handle minimum PCB sizes of 2.4-in. (61mm), board thickness of 0.020 to 0.1-in. (0.508 to 2.54mm), maximum weight of 22 lb (10kg) and under-board clearance of 1Ω (25.4mm). In addition, both versions of the iineo incorporate a SMEMA interface as well as board edge clearance of 0.12-in. (3mm) above/0.20-in. (5mm) below, and left to right, fixed front rail transport criteria with a height of 950mm — adjustable from 890 to 975mm. Board location on both is full edge clamping with fiducial correction.

Contact: Europlacer North America, 5804 E. Breckenridge Blvd., Tampa, FL 33610 813-246-9500 fax: 813-246-9595 Web:

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