Hey guys, Just wanted to post an update here. We were working on speeding the machine up, and we got it to a point where we would use it for ourselves :-+. We have a few more things we are working on now to get it even faster, and should be done with that in the next couple weeks. Currently we are placing at a little over 850 CPH. Here is our latest video, I forgot my camera at home so this video is taken with my phone.
I think the really cool thing is that it aligns to every piece it picks up, and every pad it’s placing on. You can see in the video it will stop over top of the PCB, and then align and go down. This will be very beneficial to us when placing more than one of the same board at the same time. If the offsets between boards are different our machine will still work, because the position it goes to doesn’t have to be dead on. It will just align to the pad it needs to and place.
Also, I haven’t mentioned here, but the feeder we are using was homemade too! We actually just got those completed last week!