January 9, 2023
SMT (surface mount technology) pick and place machines are used in manufacturing and assembly lines to place small parts into a larger assembly. These machines come in batch and in-line automated versions, and the cost can vary based on size and features. They offer a high degree of accuracy and consistency for SMT components, making them ideal for assembly line production. Batch pick and place equipment is suitable for low volume SMT requirements, while in-line pick and place machines are fully automated and optimized for each PCB. Using pick and place equipment can reduce labor costs and improve productivity, as well as control inventory and fulfill orders quickly. The main components of a pick and place machine include a holder for the bare PCB, component feeders, a pick and place head with vacuum pick up nozzles, and a program or instructions for each PCB. There are also different types of pick and place machines, including high-speed machines, precision machines, and modular machines.