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Line tech in need of help

mike mullan

#5308

Line tech in need of help | 21 February, 2001

HELP...... I have recently taken on the post of line technician at my place of work.

I require as much information as you can give me on all SMT processes. We work with Fuji CP643E, Philips FCM, Dek 265, Universal GSM, BTU Paragon ovens. All information, no matter how irrelevent you may think will be gratefully recieved.

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#5315

Line tech in need of help | 21 February, 2001

Congratulations and welcome. We will be glad to try to help you.

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Dale Dolan

#5421

Line tech in need of help | 1 March, 2001

Dek 265 Get yourself Formflex tooling for quick changeover time. The principle being tooling pins are raised by a combination of pneumatic's and hydraulics to meet the underside of the pcb which rises to print height. No longer will u have to judge placing supports for double sided boards, the pins simply form around them......magic. The one problem being that the formflex modules may become air ingressed, this requires a two minute re-setting of the modules. Regards,

Dale.

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mike mullan

#5434

Line tech in need of help | 1 March, 2001

thanks very much for your advice on the form flex tooling for the DEK265 - I will forward this information on to my managers.

Superb idea!

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#5487

Line tech in need of help | 7 March, 2001

Formflex.

Carefull now, If you already have components on the underside of your pcb, i.e Large radial components the scope of the formflex may not be large enough to cope. Check with DEk for the speck as I can't remember the limits off hand

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CAL

#5515

Line tech in need of help | 9 March, 2001

Sorry to turn this into a DEK forum.........but a valid alternative is a form fit from Airline hydraulics called Ovation Products. This unit is extrememly sensitive and will not damage components. Please contact Charles Moncavage 610-253-1730. I saw it it works.

Cal

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#5516

Line tech in need of help | 9 March, 2001

Wait, wait, wait ...

I'm not completely sure what a line tech does, but I was his / her boss, I would not be happy if the first thing my new line tech [or any other employee] did was to suggest that I go out and spend BIG $$$ [especially before he / she knew the ins & outs of their position]. [Actually, if a new employee did that, I'd have a tough time not biting his / her head off.]

Now on the other hand, ...

* I'd be impressed if my new line tech sat down and fixed every last crippled feeder in the house.

* I'd be impressed if my new line tech reviewed our maintenance documentation and then sat with the suppliers' equipment reps to determine how to improve our maintenance program.

* I'd be impressed if my new line tech made suggestions on how to improve machine availability by 10% with no capital spending.

* I'd be impressed if my new line tech made suggestions on how to improve set-up time by 10% with no capital spending.

... get the picture???

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mirrin

#5518

Line tech in need of help | 9 March, 2001

OOPS........FORGOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT ALL THRU HOLE DEVICES ARE PLACED POST SURFACE MOUNT !!! SORRY MIKE.

DALE.

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JT

#5533

Line tech in need of help | 13 March, 2001

Dave is absolutely right. Leave the capital expenditures up to the engineer types. As you become more experienced, they might ask your opinion, but for now let them do their jobs.

From the sounds of things, you might have began your career as an equipment operator. If this is the case you should be very familiar with the day to day issues of the line. I'm sure you can think of several improvements or repairs that have been in need for some time. Stick with what you know for now, you'll be learning a lot over the next year.

Concentrate on learning programming and operations software. It is surprising how detatched from the basics most engineers become. You can quicly be thought of the expert in these areas.

Reveiw equipment manuals on a regular basis. You probably won't remember any of the details, but it is likely that when a problem arises you'll have an idea of what direction to go, and where to find the information. Also, don't be afraid to contact the equipment manufacturers for help or suggestions. The guy on the other end of the phone will quickly become your best friend.

Most importantly, keep in touch with the operators. They are your primary customer. Regardless of your actual performance, it is their opinion of you that is likely to get fed back to your supervisor. Listen to them and ask questions, they often have pretty good ideas, but may be shy about expressing them.

Congrats, and good luck with your new position :)

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mike mullan

#5592

Line tech in need of help | 15 March, 2001

You guys are absolutely correct, and i thank you for your invaluable advice.

I would like to know if there is any online manuals for the equipment i stated b4.

I have tried so hard to find these with little results.

However i did get onto the GSM knowledge base and is proving to be an invaluable resource.

Again - I thank you all so much for your help..

Anything like this will be of great help to me. And if its FREE then all the better ;).

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#5600

Line tech in need of help | 15 March, 2001

This is a great time for you to develop contacts with technical support staff at your equipment manufacturers [assuming you company buys maintenance contracts].

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Billy W.

#5625

Line tech in need of help | 18 March, 2001

There is a Fuji web site that you could use. But perversely they send you your login. This takes about 3 weeks to arrive usually... in my case it took 2 months. FCM's i find to be quite inflexable... If your doing high volume put it on them anything else keep it well clear.

GSM's when getting problem parts try and set up your part data using the pattern type. this can be a good get round. Also use UIC-A, UIC-B, UIC-C.. these can be configured by yourself if need be...

Billy...

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