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Surface-mount equipment and software tools joined total line solution

At SMTconnect 2019, Yamaha Motor Europe SMT Section revealed more details of new surface-mount equipment and software tools joining their Total line solution to boost productivity and quality.

“Europe’s high-tech sector is extremely active right now and we met many visitors engaged in ongoing projects seeking solutions to specific challenges,” commented Mr. Ichiro Arimoto. “We introduced important innovations throughout our Total line solution that are designed to overcome the challenges they are facing.”

The company’s latest equipment line-up now adds the YSP10 screen printer with next-generation automated features. Seen for the first time in Europe at the show, the screen printer eliminates human intervention from product changeovers by automatically changing the program, stencil, and support pins and recovering unused solder paste. Technical specialists showed how this advanced automation cuts changeover time from several minutes to about 70 seconds. 510 mm x 510 mm maximum board size tackles today’s toughest challenges, such as large display-backlight panels and industrial boards.

Alongside the YSP10, the company also showcased the latest in high-speed mounting with the enhanced YSM20R. Introducing 0201-chip component-placement capability, it also delivers a 5 % speed boost leveraging faster X-Y axis speeds. Further innovations include fully automated feeder and tray exchange that cut downtime during changeovers or replenishment to the bare minimum.

With the latest YSi-SP, dedicated to solder-paste inspection, the company’s 3D-vision expertise further enhances quality assurance. Advanced features include proprietary high-speed vision algorithms and selective super-high resolution to tackle challenging areas containing small or densely-spaced pads.

In addition, enhancements to the YSi-V post-placement AOI system include a full-HD LCD touch panel with enhanced navigation to maximise the combination of the YSi-V’s12Mpixel camera and image-capture technology for super-accurate inspection capability.

Visitors also discovered two new features of the Factory Tools 4.0 software suite. The powerful new dashboard shows current status and historical line data with depth and clarity, while the Image Viewer greatly accelerates visual analysis and troubleshooting. By simply clicking on a dashboard item, users can call up digital images from any camera onboard the printer, mounters, SPI and AOI in each line.

Completing the enhancements presented at the show, upgrades to the YST15 intelligent component-storage system enhance job preparation with new automated features that assist program optimisation and reserve needed components in inventory.


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