A global leader in screw manufacturing partnered with Advantech to create a predictive maintenance system for screw forming machines. With production capacity of 6.6 billion nuts per year, the company depends highly on automated manufacturing equipment. As such, the risk of considerable losses in the event of equipment failure is high. Previously, experienced technicians had to literally listen to the equipment and identify the source of a problem when a machine would make unusual noises.
As electronic products required larger numbers and more intricate arrangement of electronic components on printed circuit boards (PCBs), the PCB development trend of high density wiring has brought about innovations and advances in drilling technology. Of these innovations, the non-contact laser process, requiring no blades, has become an important process instrument for high density PCB manufacturing. Besides precluding problems such as blade blunting and chipping, its pros include better performance on hole diameter accuracy, process speed and quality consistency.
Ceramic covers have been developed as a new and innovative material for mobile phones. Their production requires complete automation in order to prevent defects during such processes as loading/unloading, polishing and laminating. Concurrent automated visual machine inspection is also necessary to maximize yield. Demand and production standards are exceptionally high for this market, and thus fully automated around-the-clock production is essential to ensure both production quantity and quality.
In manual electronics manufacturing processes that require the application of adhesives, it generally takes double the effort to complete in comparison to when automated dispensers are used. When traditional adhesive dispensers are used, the process involves using contact-type dispensers to apply adhesives to such surfaces as electronic components and LED packaging.
Urgent and customized orders are recurring trends in the PCB industry. To shorten production times, it is necessary for production lines to be highly flexible while still satisfying customer quality control requirements. Common to traditional PCB factories are systems for solder paste printing, sampling, reflow soldering, and so on, all of which store relevant information for each corresponding station. Low-level equipment information, such as that from PCs, PLCs, and sensors, is typically not integrated, thus limiting maintenance and management processes that require production data,leaving manufacturers unable to promptly clarify the root of any issues that arise.
Smart productions systems provide a solution to this problem,and these can be realized only by establishing equipment connectivity. The obvious advantages of such systems are that the complete production history can be recorded and yield tracing can be conducted while integrating the data in the control room.
A manufacturer of LED module bonding machines was in the process of developing large vision machines that comprised 17 industrial PCs (IPCs) in a single machine. They had been testing several IPC brands to identify the ideal one that would improve the stability of their machines. Given the number of IPCs in each machine, having compact IPCs was a major priority of their project.
Advantech offers a comprehensive selection of flexible backplanes equipped with up to 18 PCIe slots, providing substantial expansion capacity in an all-in-one platform.
To comply with more stringent regulations of vehicles, auto part and component suppliers, leading automobile manufactures must adopt more comprehensive high-precision production, design and testing equipment. Advantech's high performance test and measurement solutions can fulfill a variety of testing requirements and conquer the harsh environment as well as the interface.
Printed circuit boards (PCB) must be laden with more components than ever before, making automatic optical inspection technology even more important. From 2-D to 3-D inspection, the present technology is able to effectively detect the mounting of components and their soldering quality and position. In order to enhance detection efficiency, this case uses Advantech's motion control technology - SoftMotion works with other brand image acquisition cards and inspection software to accomplish the goal of high-speed solder inspection.
Topics: Industrial Computer Chassis