Electronics Manufacturing Forum Printed circuit board assembly, surface mount technology and electronics manufacturing forum discussions from Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:42:08 GMT Cleaning a Used Selective Solder Machine Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:40:51 GMT Philips Topaz - conveyor motor doesn't work Dear Users! I have a Topaz pick&place machine, but the conveyor motor is not working. 1st test - production: Start production in "operation" menu: if I put the PCB the entrace of machine, the assembly head-bank picks up the first 8 components (precede pick is ON) and waits for transfer. After 5-8 seconds the machine throws "PCB Transfer Error" If I switched the PCB transfer mode into manual and adjusted the PCB into the correct mounting position, the machine could be working well, but this mode is very annoying. 2nd test - mechanic: With my hand, I can rotate the gear output of the motor, and conveyor follows the rotation. It needs equal force if machine is switched off or conveyor motor is switched on/off in menu. I didn't hear any sound while motor was switched on. 3rd test - manual switch on: In submenu "conveyor units" I switched on the conveyor motor manually (while covers are closed and machine is not in emergency-stop state. The motor is not working. In menu "output monitor" I switched on the conveyor motor manually, checked the option "slow" and "reverse" mode. The motor is not working. Near the trafo, I've found the control relay of conveyor motor, and I can hear a thick if I switch on/off the motor. 4th test - motor replacement: I have a same type motor(Panasonic M8RX25G4L) and replaced. The motor is not working. Please help me. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:21:04 GMT Battery clip nozzle Hi At our SMT mounting found battery clip stick in the reel pocket and some dropped under pick&place machine from the nozzle can not pick out the part which got recommendation should change the nozzle type from standard placement to be clip shooting. So,Anyone can help me for this clip shooting type? Thank you - Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:26:44 GMT 2015 Global Wave Solder Pallet Market Share Does anyone have information on the 2015 global market share $US for wave solder pallets (all types), including SMT process carriers and reflow pallets? Your information or close approximation would be most helpful...Thanks MikeC1966 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:26:49 GMT Halogen-free Solder Re-flow Quality Issues I've recently pushed the company I work for to switch to a halogen-free solder that our supplier carries Kester's NP 505 HR, prior we were using Kester NXG1. NP 505 HR Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:45:49 GMT Halogen-free Solder Re-flow Quality Issues I've recently pushed the company I work for to switch to a halogen-free solder that our supplier carries, Kester's NP 505 HR, prior we were using Kester NXG1. NP 505 HR performs great on the screen, we have a lot of down time in between prints (we do small runs, of a variety of different products), and it seems to stay usable longer in comparison. One of the contributing reasons we made the switch was because some of our finer pitch IC's were not printing successfully. The NP 505 HR was appealing because of it's smaller mesh size. However, some of our customers have noticed a difference in appearance in solder joint appearance in contrast to the NXG1. The surface appears more grainy, and dull. The flux looks more viscous as it appears to remain on top of the joint more, adding to the uneven appearance. The flux also appears more transparent, almost milky/cloudy at times, the NXG1 on most of our boards looks almost amber tinted, while still being somewhat transparent. On top of that our inspect team says they can see cooling lines, (which I should say, I have yet to see). Our board substrates are typically .075" FR4, but they can vary down to .031". We also use aluminum, which can be as thick as .125". We are experiencing these results on all substrates. I understand they are different products and they will have different characteristics and appearances. But I was just looking for assurance that they look appropriate, or a point in the right direction from someone who has experienced similar results with halogen-free solders. The spec'd reflow profiles are identical for the two products. I've MOLE'd my ovens with on-board thermal couples and verified that they are functioning properly and within spec. I've tried adjusting my oven temps up, and playing with the conveyor speed to see they were cooling too fast or too slow. Nothing seemed to produce the results we had hoped to see. We've even ran both solders side by side to see if the NXG1 changed in appearance as well, it didn't. Obviously, I know I could include more information, so if there is anything in addition to what I've provided that you would like to know feel free to ask. I was just trying to keep this somewhat short. These are the data sheets for each product: <a class=roll href="" target="_blank"> </a> <a class=roll href="" target="_blank"> </a> Had issues attaching the images, but these are images of both types, labeled accordingly: <a class=roll href="" target="_blank"> </a> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:45:49 GMT High Altitude Electronics Manufacturing Randon question.... Are there factors I should be considering in assembling/manufacturing PCBs at 6700 ft above sea level? I searched the achrives and Google, I havent found much on the subject. Thanks in advance for your thoughts! Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:06:25 GMT Fuji CP6 feeder manual request Does anyone have a copy of the feeder repair/maintenance for the CP6 and IP3 feeders? I need the ones that have exploded views with part numbers. I have had them in a previous life so I know they exist. If someone has a pdf file they could send, that would be awesome. If you have a hard copy and could send it to me, I could scan it in and return it to you (if you need it back). Can someone out there help me out? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:13:34 GMT best led sign company what is the technical difference between led and neon bulbs Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:11:10 GMT Equipment and Product Certification Hi to everyone involve in this subject, Pls illuminate me on Line/Equipment/Product certifications! I understood that in factory with automotive products you need to certificate all equipment, materials, etc! I need to bring external company to do this kind of certificate? I can do this by my self? If yes what kind of certificate I need, iso xxx, ??? Thanks for your time to read it! Regards Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:05:12 GMT DEK Horizon 03i I have an issue with this DEK printer our company has been having for over a year now. It seems that DEK can’t narrow down what the issue actually is as well. The printer is a DEK Horizon 03i 09 SP13 P02. We are having an issue with the camera. The camera will be operating as it should for every product we run except the top side of a specific product. The camera will check fiducials for a few boards fine but will abort the process. It comes to the fiducial position, the lighting flickers, then the camera returns to home and asks you to remove the board. The only way to clear the error is to reboot the machine. Our error logs come up with 3 separate errors. We have recreated the program from scratch, we have replaced the camera, the firewire cable, and the firewire card. DEK thought it may be static causing it, so we put ESD belts in , ESD stopper on the camera in. I have grounded the boards before they enter the machine. Still the same issue with this one product. Any help would be greatly appreciated, error messages are as follows: File Line Error Context , File Line Error Context , File Line Error Context Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:59:05 GMT Fuji CP6, CP7 feeder calibration manual Does anyone have a Fuji CP7 or CP6 feeder calibration jig manual that they would like to share? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:11:28 GMT Assembly SAMTEC connector TMM (LOW PROFILE THROUGH-HOLE HEADER SAMTEC) I have a problem with placement repeatability on this Samtec connector TMM. The customer wants to use a TMM connector HORIZONTAL which has to be placed and stood almost upright and not leaning slightly forward. Anyway, does anybody else have this issue or seen his issue in the past? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:29:21 GMT Video Recording for Reflow Hello Do You have any experience with Device/Equipment that could make video recording inside inline reflow oven located after soldering PCB? I am facing with random problem with dropped parts inside reflow oven and I would like to see what is going on inside. Probably some support chain or edge conveyor makes random movements that generate vibration. If You know any equipment and could recommend me that will be great. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:03:00 GMT QSP2-PLUS Hello my name is Steve, I am a machine operator 3 at an electronics company we currently run a QSP2-PLUS and I am wondering if anyone has experienced a phenomenon with this machine where the gantry moves on its own without any sensors being tripped? Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:04:06 GMT step stencil design Looking for better design information than is contained in IPC 7525A. Specifically the minimum trough width and length of the step to achieve the necessary paste reduction. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:44:11 GMT used component matrix trays does anyone know where used matrix trays could be purchased? Topline wants a ridiculous amount for them. Need to handle parts 16.2mm x 12.3mm x 2.31mm. REceived in T&R but need trays to bake out and then place. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:04:44 GMT Simple conformal coating machine Hello, I want to make a simple conformal coating machine, I think in a Cartesian robot with MACH3 software. My questions are about the G-Code for the program (the software to design: % open/close nozzle, the paths (trajectory), import the pcb file (I think the gerber file)) and the nozzle construction, etc. Thanks a lot. -Juan Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:12:07 GMT smt line - floor requirements Hi all, 2 weeks ago we installing a new P&P machine - chip shooter.But , after installation proved that vibration of the new P&P arе very strong.If I use mashine to 100% of the speed the machine vibrating and after 2-3 panels moving 3-5 mm.The machine is placed on the stteel plate 20mm , which is welded to a metal pipes.Pipes are put in the a concrete block.Between the legs of the machine and the floor has a thin rubberDoes anyone have a similar proble?What should be the floor to avoid flicker machine? Thanks. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:58:45 GMT samsung cp40 help for problem with fiducial camera and fixing camera Goodmornin I have a problem with the fixing and move cameras, i don't see the image of the cameras on the screen. On the monitor i see the cross and letter, but i can no see on the black box the camera images. I know the problem is on the ADDA Board. Can you help? Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:04:54 GMT SMT Capacity & efficiency Hi all, Is anyone here expert in SMT area? I would like to know how can we calculate/measure our SMT LINE EFFICIENCY. Our smt line configuration is DEK Printer-->pick & Place-->reflow oven. I am new in this industry, and i have to calculate SMT line efficiency and productivity in daily basis. hope that anyone here can help me on this. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:49:53 GMT DeltaScan - Vectorless testing Hey all, New guy here. I'm working with an Acculogic Sprint 4510 flying prober that I have been tasked with figuring out how to utilize DeltaScan features on. I have been able to get one IC to give me positive feedback in regards to reading back signals high enough to break the 300 threshold. I'm having issue understanding how to set up my machine. The help files give little in the way of details and I'm completely new to ICT/Flying Probe testing as it is. My boss took a two week training course 3 years ago, but I have very little experience here. Does anyone know how these tests work, what is needed for this particular machine? I have set up a single stationary bottom probe contacting ground and the heads are supposed to stimulate and measure the delta between pins, but for some odd reason, I can't seem to get other chips to read back any level other than 0, or 1... some might go as high as 14. I hope someone out there can provide me some guidance, I would truly appreciate the help. Thanks Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:59:09 GMT Rework support in the Portland Oregon area My company is looking for rework support to handle design prototype needs. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks Will Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:14:04 GMT Immersion Silver - surface problems (need experienced help) We have had some test results come back after we were getting poor wetting in our joints, we requested an EDS on our joints from our PCB supplier. They have provided the results and said that it was their fault and will replace. What I want to know is what elements should be present in an immersion silver pad? - Before soldering. Our results show: C @1.42%, Cu @ 3.39%, Ag @ 95.1% Our supplier has said that the "high C element" is the reason for failure. I'm also wondering what high carbon does to a solder joint? Any thoughts would be much appreciated and any information on Imm.S plate results. Kind Regards Adam Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:50:58 GMT Siplace - Move component forward after placement Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:20:20 GMT