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Seratel: Counting Parts Still in the Feeder
Logging in a reel of components.
Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland — Seratel has introduced a new version of its "Reel aMounts" component counting and labeling system, which provides excellent flexibility in reel counting. The Reel aMounts system has already allowed users to count component reels, including reels that are loaded in feeders, in just seconds. Now Version 7 of the system expands that capability.

Reels that are loaded in twin-track feeders (where one feeder services two reels) can now be counted with the same ease. For many makes of placement equipment, it is even possible to count reels loaded in feeders, while the feeders are still mounted in the pick-and-place machine.

The new version of Reel aMounts combines a patented combination of hardware and software to achieve this. High volume producers in particular need to be able to count components without stripping down production lines.

Counting reels that are still loaded in the machine also removes the step of re-registering feeders, which might otherwise be necessary. The company has built on existing "Reel Magic" technology, which provides accurate weigh counting of component reels, making adjustments automatically for the empty leader and trailer tape on reels. This is essential for the task, as conventional algorithms without this technology can give errors of up to 150 components on reels of 0201 or 0402 parts.

Also based on patented technology, Reel Magic matches the parameters of the reel against an inbuilt database of reel and component types, derived from measurements of thousands of SMT components. This allows it to tune its counting algorithms to make the best possible adjustment for empty tape in calculating the number of components on the reel.

Reel aMounts provides high speed counting for all tape-and-reel components, by linking a computer, electronic weighing scales, bar code scanner, bar code printer and a database of component types. The system allows companies to maintain accurate inventories, taking into account all attrition, including handling losses.

All information collected is stored in a database, then provides both management statistics and detailed analysis of the data, including traceability down to the individual reel. Information can also be forwarded to an ERP system, printed as reports or exported to Excel for further analysis.

Contact: Seratel Ltd., Mulrany, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland +353 98 36244 fax: +353 98 36024 Web:

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