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DDM Novastar Awarded Custom In-Line Pick-and-Place System

Aug 30, 2016

Custom in-line reel-to-reel SMT assembly line.

Custom in-line reel-to-reel SMT assembly line.

DDM Novastar, a U.S. manufacturer of SMT and PCB assembly equipment, was awarded an order to design, build and commission a unique reel-to-reel in-line PCB assembly line. The customer, a large international medical device manufacturer, sought a company that could take a reel of substrate, populate it with BGA logic circuits, reflow them in place, and finish by rolling the completed strip onto an outboarding reel interlined with paper.

Solder paste is dispensed in the first step of the process, then an automatic vision system verifies its accuracy. Next, as the strip proceeds without stopping, an in-line pick-and-place machine positions a micro BGA circuit, via various loop controls, from a tape feeder onto the strip, with accuracy of +/- .0005”. Another vision system verifies its position. The strip then travels through a continuous oven to reflow the solder, and passes through a cooling unit to return the assembly to ambient temperature. The next station performs an electrical test of the final circuit on the fly, and the strip is then rolled into a final coil, to be moved to additional processing stations.

When complete, a single reel contains nearly 15,000 micro BGA circuits, each of which is ultimately used to provide feedback on a single medical device.

Commented Bob Voigt, DDM Novastar’s application engineer, “The customer came to us because of our skills at making non-standard assembly equipment, and quite frankly, they’ve been very happy with the end result. For customers looking for some level of customization, DDM has vertically integrated design, engineering, software and manufacturing capabilities to get the job done, soup to nuts.


With over 24,000 SMT and PCB assembly systems sold, DDM Novastar is a leading USA manufacturer of OEM equipment for the short to medium run production environment. Since our introduction of the first Through Hole Lead-forming and Component Counter products in 1982, DDM Novastar has remained an industry leading innovator. By offering our customers the most reliable, easy-to-operate, easy-to-service, and lowest total cost of ownership “turn-key” SMT OEM systems available today, our commitment is to be your primary source for the most comprehensive range of solutions for prototyping, pilot manufacturing, and low to medium run high mix applications.  DDM Novastar’s unparalleled array of stencil printers, automated pick and place, reflow and batch ovens, selective and wave solder equipment is backed by superior technical support and can accommodate the most demanding applications with absolute precision. For more information, visit www.ddmnovastar.com or call +1.610.337.3050.

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