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Operation Cost for SMT prototype line

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#73098

Operation Cost for SMT prototype line | 17 November, 2014

The company I work for is installing a SMT prototype line, and I've been asked to determine the cost of operation. I know there will be cost for solder, solder paste, flux, stencils, glue, nitrogen, ect... I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything. We are purchasing the following equipment: screen printer, pick and place, reflow, selective solder, X-Ray, flying probe, and stencil wash.

Can any think of other cost that I'm misssing?

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#73101

Operation Cost for SMT prototype line | 18 November, 2014

All of your maintenance costs, grease, filters etc. on a scheduled basis.

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#73103

Operation Cost for SMT prototype line | 18 November, 2014

Feeders for your SMT machine. They can be a considerable expense, and you will hardly ever have enough if you have a high mix of products. You will wear out nozzles on the pick and place also. I don't see AOI in your machine list, so at least you will need magnified inspection viewers or cameras. You are prototyping boards, so if you don't have a rework bench you may need to set one up. If you are placing BGAs you may need a rework station for those.

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#73104

Operation Cost for SMT prototype line | 18 November, 2014

Tools, installation rigging, and training.

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PCB equipment