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Essemtec Intros Paraquda 4C with PFV
Dispensing option on pick-and-place machine.
Aesch, Switzerland — Essemtec, the Swiss manufacturer of production systems for electronic assembly and packaging, is introducing the Paraquda SMT pick-and-place machine. The new entry combines a large feeder capacity (up to 240 intelligent feeders), fast programming and changeover while the machine is running, with the ability to quickly place any component from 01005 up to 3.15 x 2.75-in. (80 x 70mm) including fine pitch, BGA, CSP and flip chips. Designed to fulfill the requirements of high-mix SMT production, the placement head is equipped with four component placement spindles, each one with its own vertical and rotation drive system, which can be controlled individually.

The Paraquda is operated and programmed using ePlace, the company's intuitive and graphical software. In addition, the newly developed hyQ-feeders (available for all common tape sizes) allow four components to be picked up simultaneously; pick up position is reproducible within a few micrometers. This, together with the indexing time of only 60ms/4mm step, increases the machine's placement speed by more than 25 percent. An integrated cutter for tape and cover tape is available, and an active retracting system ensures reliable, continuous feeding.

The SMART solution concept means that the Paraquda also can be equipped with a fully featured dispensing option, which extends the placement machine's application range. In addition to placing 10,200 components per hour (IPC rating), the Paraquda now can dispense up to 20,000 glue or paste dots per hour. The new dispensing option provides the Paraquda pick-and-place with all the features of a cutting-edge dispensing machine, including a needle height calibration station and a fully automatic needle cleaning system. With the SMART solution, Essemtec offers a fully modular hardware concept and a powerful SMART software suite to meet all the requirements of a modern electronic manufacturing environment.

Contact: Essemtec USA, 816 N. Delsea Dr., #308, Glassboro, NJ 08028 856-218-1131 fax: 856-218-1134 E-mail: Web:

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