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Juki Receives Contract for IFS-X2 Intelligent Feeders from ACD

Jun 07, 2011

W. Scott Fillebrown, President & CEO of ACD

W. Scott Fillebrown, President & CEO of ACD

Juki Corporation, a world-leading provider of automated assembly products and systems, recently received an order from ACD (Automated Circuit Design) for its IFS-X2 RFID-based intelligent feeder platforms. Based in Richardson, TX, ACD is a leading supplier to the electronics industry.

ACD recently invested in two Juki high-speed surface mount lines, dramatically increasing its production capacity. The lines consist of two FX-3XL chip shooters and one KE-3020XL flexible placer.

“The purchase of Juki’s intelligent feeder system allows us to have even faster changeovers with incredible accuracy, giving us an additional competitive edge,” commented W. Scott Fillebrown, President & CEO of ACD.

“Investing in the IFS-X2 RFID-based intelligent feeder platform proves that ACD is serious about becoming an industry leader in the electronics manufacturing industry. This platform is proven to greatly increase first pass yields by eliminating operator error from the manufacturing process and will allow ACD to cater to the high-end, high margin customers that demand superior quality,” commented Bob Black, President and CEO of Juki Automation Systems.

Juki’s IFS-X2 intelligent feeder platform uses a patented, contactless, RFID smart feeder technology that is upgradeable and maintenance-free. The feeder intelligence is accessible in and out of the placement machine, on offline trolleys, as well as feeder storage carts. Intelligent feeders provide additional functionality to simplify offline feeder setup, verify component placement and record traceability data. Juki’s IFS-X2 system sets the standard for ease of use and flexibility. Using RFID technology, IFS-X2 provides graphically aided offline setup, real-time monitoring and data collection during production, and critical traceability data.

With its new Juki lines, and now RFID intelligent feeders, ACD can be even more responsive in providing physical design, PCB manufacture, prototype and production assembly, box build and logistics. The company also offers large overseas production. These are available as turnkey services. Additionally, ACD provides functional test operation and development, as well as flying probe and boundary scan test.


Juki Corporation’s experience as the market leader in industrial sewing machines was the stepping-stone for the entry into the printed circuit board assembly market in 1987. Since then, Juki has delivered more than 22,000 automated assembly systems worldwide and is currently shipping an average of 200 assembly machines per month. This extraordinary achievement makes Juki one of the world’s leading providers of automated assembly products and systems. In addition to its core technologies, Juki’s Electronic Assembly and Test Systems Division develops and manufactures advanced electronic systems and computer software for data entry, mail processing and other electronic equipment.

Founded in 1984, ACD’s services comprise complete board layout services, ATE engineering services, DFM/DFA capability, printed circuit fabrication, component procurement, SMT and thru-hole mixed technology assembly, box build, rework, X-Ray, flying probe and functional test, and development.

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