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Assembleon Intros iFlex Platform
Three iFlex modules in a production line.
Eindhoven, the Netherlands — Assembl{AE}on is introducing iFlex in Asia after its successful first showings in Europe. iFlex is a new, innovative, intelligent and flexible SMT solution for electronics manufacturers. It is especially designed to increase productivity in high product mix environments by more than 30 percent. iFlex reportedly produces the highest board quality since it uses the company's unusual single-pick/single-place technology, reportedly providing the industry's highest First Pass Yield production levels with defect levels of less than 10 DPM.

The modular iFlex is not only easy to install, but supported by smart software tools also easy to program without needing hardware reconfiguration. iFlex uses dual transport lanes, dual-sided feeding, internal buffer positions and feeder and trolley exchanges during production — thus yielding the highest possible throughput. The company's unusual "Independent Dual Lane" concept allows manufacturers to produce in volume on one lane, while frequently and independently changing jobs on the second lane. This allows a great variety of PCBs to be assembled simultaneously on a single manufacturing line.

This built-in flexibility allows manufacturers to assemble high-quality PCBs in any quantity, no matter how much variety. This makes iFlex suitable for the high product mix environments increasingly being demanded in the industry.

With three modules, iFlex can be configured to tailor assembly lines — from 1 to more than 8 modules — for any production need. The T4 is suitable for chip and small IC shooting — 4 placement robots, placement speed of 51,000 cph, 128 twin tape feeder positions.

The T2 is aimed at flexible placements — 2 placement robots, placement speeds of 24,000 cph, 128 twin tape feeder positions. The H1 is for ICs and fine pitch placements — 1 placement robot, placement speed of 7,100 cph, max 146 twin tape feeder positions/max 30 tray positions.

iFlex is a complete pick-and-place solution and supported by Mentor Graphics' Valor software suites (both NPI and MES). These suites help plan, prepare and test the PCB assembly before production starts, and control the actual assembly process from beginning to end, including detailed traceability data.

Contact: Assembl{AE}on America, Inc., 5110 McGinnis Ferry Rd., Alpharetta, GA 30005 800-474-4547 or 770-751-4420 fax: 770-751-4450 E-mail: gijs.vrenken@philips.com Web:
http://www.assembleon.com


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