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Publication Date: 12/1/2007
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Hover-Davis Station Tests and Calibrates Feeders
Feedmaster test and setup system.
Rochester, NY — The Hover-Davis Feedermaster HD is an off-line feeder setup and calibration station that dynamically tests, calibrates and sets-up Siplace and Hover-Davis SSF tape feeders at real machine speed — up to 30,000 cph — by a simulation of the machine's operational conditions. Feedermaster HD is configured as a modular, self-contained work station. This is an innovative departure from manufacturers' proprietary test jigs.

Now, users can exercise their feeders in real time, like on their real machines, to ensure high-accuracy pickup and assess and improve feeder performance for 0201/0402 components before they reach production. Feedermaster HD is described as an easy-to-operate unit that comes complete with a multilingual menu-driven software system that is accessible on-screen.

Insufficient feeder maintenance and incorrect set-up are the main reasons for mis-picks, component wastage, damage and loss, and worse, machine failure and standstill. Feedermaster HD empowers users to carry out their own maintenance programs without having to ship their feeders back to the manufacturer for costly repairs. This ensures long-term placement accuracy when working with demanding components such as 0210/0402, as well as simplifying production logistics and improving yields.

The unit's full-color camera has adjustable field of vision, and is placed on a precision lead screw. This lets the user view and adjust the pick-up position in static mode. The unit's TFT monitor eliminates cumbersome microscope viewing and gives a clear and bright image of the target area, highlighted by fully configurable cross-hairs that can be locked in position. Color, shape and position are easily adjusted via directional arrows. By selecting the dynamic test function mode, the feeder will then be indexed at full production speed. This exposes any potential pick problems before the feeder is placed in the placement machine.

The system is delivered with a high-precision reference jig, etched with the pick-up positions of single-, dual- and triple-lane feeders. Set-up and calibration of triple-lane feeders is simplified by a set of slip gauges to align the camera over the pick point for the center and right lanes.

For more information, contact: Hover-Davis, Inc., 100 Paragon Drive, Rochester, NY 14624 585-352-9590 fax: 585-352-4870 E-mail: sales@hoverdavis.com Web:

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