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PCB + ASSEMBLY When the AR device is pointed towards the machine, it can display various KPIs, maintenance schedules, instructions, and a whole lot more. throughput, and a whole lot more. The system can also generate reports on the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), historical data and material tracking data, as well as alarm analyses based on location, department or features. All these functionalities make it possible to monitor lines without having to be physically present on site. The clear display of current output data, pending maintenance activities or necessary assists as well as of trouble information broken down by location, type or scope provides a comprehensive overview – anytime and anywhere. And the consideration of preprogrammed fixed maintenance intervals paired with units produced, machine runtimes and other parameters, makes it possible to plan and schedule maintenance operations in accordance with the actual production numbers. Real-time communication Through fabLIVE, the Equipment Center software does not only centrally keep track of the status and maintenance history of each machine, but the user can also see feeder availability and locations, including those that have been sent out for repairs. For example, the software can show the individual feeder status – another way to prevent any negative impacts on throughput, yield or quality by minimizing the reaction time from the start. Source: ASM Assembly Systems GmbH & Co. KG Modular for more functions Thanks to the modular architecture of the solution packages from Critical Manufacturing, the functional scope of fabLIVE can be expanded quickly and easily, for instance with the implementation of bi-directional communication for interlocking by using further modules. For example, with the addition of augmented reality (AR), operators can receive maintenance and status data along with other information on their mobile devices when they stand in front of the machine. The camera recognizes the machine and calls up its stored information along with current production data. That way, data does not have to be requested and sorted individually, all of which takes time, but is displayed specifically for each user. Since AR enables each user to see in detail what needs to be done and how, even less experienced employees can perform many duties right away. While most suppliers still use AR mainly for maintenance instructions, Critical Manufacturing employs the technology to give users much deeper insights into the production environment. Immediate user benefits The Equipment Center together with the module fabLIVE makes factories transparent from day one because maintenance relevant machine data is available in real time. The software thus represents a major step towards the integrated Smart Factory. And since it is browser-based, the virtual twins can be viewed and analyzed on desktops or mobile devices without the need to install special software. The information is customized for specific user groups such as service technicians or production managers. The resulting support for predictive maintenance shortens response times dramatically, minimizes downtime, reduces the communication effort, and improves the performance. Zusammenfassung Der Artikel zeigt, wie mittels einer umfassenden, modularen Lösung die Planung und Durchführung von Wartungsaktivitäten nach dem Ansatz einer agilen Produktion optimiert werden kann. Résumé L’article montre comment une solution modulaire complète permet d’optimiser la planification et la réalisation d’opérations de maintenance selon le principe de la production agile. Резюме В статье рассказывается о том, как комплексное модульное решение может помочь при оптимизации планирования и работ по техобслуживанию в соответствии с концепцией гибкого производства. 44 EPP EUROPE April 2020

PRODUCT UPDATES PCB + ASSEMBLY Automated production equipment IPTE, a supplier of automated production equipment for the electronics and mechanics industry, has had a strong focus on technologies that are efficient with robust processes, as well as maximum flexibility. Their product portfolio reaches this focus, especially with the depaneling system Flex- Router II, the automated test cell, the laser marker FlexMarker II, the EasyTest Handler ETH and the Multi-Functional Test Handler MFT as well as some necessary conveying equipment from their EasyLine that can interconnect to a large variety of other suppliers’ process equipment. The Flex Router II and the automated test cell are integrated into the company’s new production cells. These cells are built on a modular and scalable basis. Another part of the new design is the optimized layout inside the cells. This offers an increased user-friendliness and a better access to all parts of the machines. The handling of these production cells is even better for service and reequipping. Besides the standard processes like dispensing, milling and mounting, a lot of other functionalities can be built into these cells. Depaneling solution The FlexRouter II, globally tried and tested in numerous applications offers flexible, cost-efficient and fully automated depaneling with milling and/or sawing. It is aimed especially for middle to high volume production lots featuring a high variety of different PCB versions, these are the demanding high mix depaneling tasks based on short machine set-up procedures. Despite the small footprint (machine width is only one meter), boards with sizes of up to 330 mm x 500 mm can be processed without difficulties. Four of the seven ma- chine axes in total are integrated as precise linear drives of latest technology. Laser marking system The FlexMarker II is an even more efficient successor to the laser marking system, Flex- Marker. A unique feature of this advanced machine is the integrated electrical flip unit with PCB thickness compensation (option) so the work piece can be laser-marked on both surfaces. This automated compensation results in an always-in-focus laser beam – independent of the PCB thickness. A board warpage correction is being offered as an option as well. Flipping of the PCB is done without prior moving the laser to a secured area, resulting in a handling time less than one second. Test handler In-Circuit- or functional-test as well as programming processes can be inline automated with the easy test handler, ETH. It is practical for the use with single- circuit boards, multiple boards or corresponding carriers for circuit boards. Both, one- or doublesided fixtures can be realized. The fixtures can be changed quickly and easily. For optional parallel use of more than one test handler, it can be equipped with a bypasssegment. This allows a constant production process, which is not interrupted by the testing process. Moreover, the bypass can be used to optimize the cycle time. Multi-functional test handler The multi-functional test handler, MFT, is a handler for performing in-circuit tests and functional tests on PCBs that are routed through the handler on transport belts. The most important benefit is its concept: The modular design of the MFT offers multifunctional possibilities for test handling. The Flex Router II and the automated test cell are integrated into the company’s new production cells, which are built on a modular and scalable basis. Board-handling program The EasyLine program for board-handling of PCBs or ceramic substrate (hybrid-) boards can be easily integrated into production lines and processes. EasyLine modules are available in the transport sizes small (300 mm), medium (500 mm) or large (600 mm). Autonomous test cell The autonomous test cell is setup to unload PCBs from magazines, transport them to a test cell and to return them to either the “pass” or “fail” magazine depending on the test status. Magazines are exchanged by using IPTE’s AIV to unload or load magazines to the MLL/MLU 3P. Source: IPTE Source: IPTE The conveying equipment from EasyLine can interconnect to a variety of other suppliers’ process equipment. EPP EUROPE April 2020 45