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EPP Europe P1.2020

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PCB + ASSEMBLY Materials management and connectivity Materials management can be tied easily into the Valor IoT Manufacturing hardware and software platform that connects machines from a wide variety of vendors and platforms to gather factory floor and operations data accurately in real-time, including from machines or manual processes that do not have a digital connection to the network. Material delivery between workstations, including bare-boards, semi-assembled products, and finished goods, can be fully automated. Factories can adapt to high-mix/low-volume manufacturing by moving from “traditional” linear assembly lines to manufacturing, based on dynamic cells where products “hop” between cells as required. The solution integrates with smart shelves, material towers, and automatic guided vehicles (AGVs). Integrating manufacturing analytics for materials Integrated with business analytics, materials management can provide key metrics and operative guidelines to help improve profitability with dashboards, reports, and AI. Material insights can be extracted from the data and used for quoting, procurement, and supply-chain optimization. For management, material dashboards also can be used to better monitor and optimize inventory. Traceability Traceability and compliance are a valuable component of the materials management system. For example, this includes providing information on the date and time a reel is placed in and taken out of the machine, quantities of components used for a reel, and the date and time that a PCB assembly leaves the last machine. Keeping track of all materials in current use is beneficial for the planning of future changeovers, in order to reduce changeover time. A digital material management system puts these pieces of information together to create the live just-in-time logistics schedule for materials to be selected from the warehouse and delivered to the machines, so that the right quantity and quality materials arrive, right on time. Overcoming challenges today, and for the future Let’s take a look at some specific challenges that can be addressed by an automated, digital solution such as Valor Materials Management. This is not only still available in the Valor Manufacturing Solutions suite of products, but it is now also available as part of Siemens Opcenter Execution Electronics solution for comprehensive electronics manufacturing management. These solutions have been proven to save money and time, as well as improve productivity in electronics manufacturing operations around the world. Source: Siemens Business Some real-world examples Stories from customers illustrate dramatically how optimizing material management can make a huge difference for a manufacturer. In one instance, a Chinese telecom factory decreased changeover time from an average of 150 minutes to an average of 40 minutes, and its PCB output increased from 240 to 305 PCBs per hour using the automated materials management solution. In Japan, a factory increased machine working time by 20 % due to changeover, as well as significant cost savings per year. Their changeovers took 45 to 100 minutes, which was reduced to 12.5 minutes on average, with about 15 changeovers per day. After some time with the implementation, they reported further increase of productivity and high machine investment savings. Machine working time improved by going from 22-hour production with three shifts to 16 hours with two shifts. They were able to increase line utilization from 72 to 91 %, reduce SMT inventory by 15 %, remove most of the shop-floor material storage, and let the operators focus on increasing quality. These examples show how upgrading to a legacy materials management system is a good investment, now and for manufacturing in the future, building in some needed business security as the global electronics market and supply chains are shifting and changing. Sagi Reuven is a mechanical engineer who holds an MBA and is experienced in Mentor Graphics layout design and simulation products. Before joining Mentor, A Siemens Business, he was the CEO and co-founder of a medical device company in the retinal imaging sector and consulted for other start-up companies. Sagi is a part of the Siemens OpCenter- Valor business development team focused on electronics manufacturing. Source: Siemens Business 48 EPP EUROPE April 2020

PRODUCT UPDATES PCB + ASSEMBLY Complete range of selective soldering systems Nordson Select, a Nordson company, a global provider of selective soldering systems, showcased a complete lineup of innovative selective soldering systems at the 2020 IPC Apex Expo. A complete range of selective soldering systems were featured, including the Integra 508.3, the Integra 103ILD, the Cerno 103IL, the compact Cerno 300S, and the FX-942 automated solder inspection system. The Integra 508.3 is a multi-station selective soldering system designed for high-volume applications with maximum throughput. With its flexible configuration, this system is a versatile selective soldering platform and can be equipped for either single, parallel or double processing. When configured with dual dropjet fluxers and dual solder pots, the Integra 508.3 can solder two boards at the same time in each soldering station. When operated in the parallel mode, it can process up to six boards at one time significantly increasing machine productivity. The Integra 103ILD is a dual pot selective soldering system and features the company’s automatic solder nozzle tinning system which un-like other nozzle cleaning systems, does not spray an adipic acid, or a liquid or powdered flux. The Cerno 103IL is equipped with standard features including interchange- Source: Nordson Select able solder pots and pumps compatible with tin-lead, lead-free and HMP solder alloys. It comes standard with an automated fiducial location and correction system that provides single click fiducial teach capability, seamless fiducial recognition and true automated alignment and skew correction of a printed circuit board. Also, on display was the compact Cerno 300S, which features combined fluxing, preheating and selective soldering offering exceptional value and superior process control and is suited for prototype, small batch production or cell manufacturing requirements. The company‘s FX-942 automated solder joint inspection system was on display showcasing its dual-sided optical inspection capability of plated through-hole, SMT and PCB inspection. The FX-942 can be paired with any of the company’s in-line selective soldering system and provides the ideal solution to ensure optimum solder joint integrity. Source: Nordson Select The Integra 508.3 is a multi-station selective soldering system designed for high-volume applications. The Integra 103ILD is a dual pot selective soldering system with a solder nozzle tinning system. Source: KIC Making CFX implementation a reality KIC was a factory line participant in the CFX line running live at the recent IPC Apex Expo. Visitors were able to visit an integrated CFX line to learn more about this standard. Any company can begin live data collection and analytics. KIC, a member of the CFX committee, is a CFX supporter KIC took part at this year’s CFX line running live at the recent IPC Apex Expo. and equipment supplier. Industry 4.0, Smart Factory, connectivity is now a common part of the conversation about improving the manufacturing enterprise. However, there is still today much confusion and uncertainty. This is why IPC’s new standard 2581, CFX 2–17– Connected Factory Exchange was designed. MB Allen, Manager of Application and Sales, stated: “CFX offers companies the tools to begin collecting data on a smaller scale at a low price. They may evaluate what data is useful and then step through the parts of their manufacturing process little by little instead of spending so much money on large projects and then figuring out what to do with all the data. Now, they can make smart choices and reap the benefits, such as: immediate corrective action, consistent high quality, production planning lower production costs – higher profits, more competitive operations and happy customers.” This standard offers the lowest cost to entry and lowest risk solution for implementation of Smart Factory. The company offers the tools to provide all the product data during the reflow process. EPP EUROPE April 2020 49