Products, Materials + Tools | Dec 07, 2011

Essemtec Now Officially Launches Hydra, the New 3-D Dispense and Placement System Recently Introduced to the Audience of LpS 2011

Until recently, specialized machines were required for SMD assembly of 3D-MID. Essemtec is now presenting an absolute world’s first with Hydra. Hydra is the first standard machine for dispensing and assembling in 3-D that easily can be integrated into a production line. This machine allows for fully automatic production with low manufacturing cost.

Essemtec, the Swiss manufacturer of production systems for electronics, has developed this fully automatic 3-D dispensing and SMD placement machine Hydra in a close collaboration with a producer of 3D-MID products. The system operation of Hydra is similar to a standard SMD pick-and-place machine. Therefore, it can be integrated easily into a typical electronics production.

Essemtec combines a standard 2-D SMD pick-and-place of the Paraquda series with a 6-axes robot. The robot positions the substrate holder so that the placement level is always horizontal. Because of this concept, the 3-D assembly machine Hydra is able to use the same component feeders as a normal SMD placement machine, the same spare parts, the same vision system and even the same pickup tools. The Paraquda’s software and control system is simply expanded by a robot controller.

The Hydra can dispense glue in nearly any position and assemble SMD components accurately. The 4-axes pick-and-place head can place up to 2,500 cph in 3-D mode and up to 7,000 cph in 2-D mode.

The placement area is specified at 300 x 160 mm. The placement axes features a vertical travel range of 50 mm and, therefore, can place components into deep cavities. The component range spans from 01005 up to 20 x 20 mm with a maximum height of 18 mm. The machine features an inline conveyor system and quick changeover, making it capable of series production as well as small series and sample manufacturing.

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About Essemtec:
The Swiss machine manufacturer Essemtec is a market leader in manufacturing flexible production systems for industrial users. Essemtec has been developing, manufacturing and marketing equipment and machines for all processes in the electronics industry since 1991: printers, dispensers, pick and place and soldering systems. Manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic systems are available. The range of products also includes transportation and storage systems, as well as software solutions for planning, simulation optimisation and documentation of manufacturing. All Essemtec systems are optimized for maximum flexibility. The user can switch from one product to another in no time, thus making maximum use of the available production capacity. Essemtec - Be more flexible.


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