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SIPLACE Setup Center now with MSD option

Aug 04, 2009

As components get smaller and smaller, managing moisture-sensitive devices and protecting them across the entire supply chain is becoming increasingly important for electronics manufacturers. The goal is to prevent the use of moisture-damaged components at the very start of the SMD process chain. To ensure this, the SIPLACE team offers the new 'SIPLACE MSD Monitoring’ option (monitoring of moisture-sensitive devices). As part of Setup Center, it enables users to track the MSD exposure time for individual component reels across the entire placement process from the moment they are removed from the dry-storage system. If the manufacturer-specified MSD exposure time is exceeded, the SIPLACE MSD Monitor automatically blocks the use of such component reels. This minimizes the risk of producing modules that are faulty because they contain expired and possibly damaged moisture-sensitive devices.

SIPLACE Setup Center is a software tool for reliable setup verification and data storage. With Setup Center, users can check whether the components are correctly set up before the production line starts up. With the new ‘SIPLACE MSD Monitoring’ function as part of SIPLACE Setup Center, moisture-sensitive devices can now be tracked and managed across the entire placement process. Once relevant data such as the MSD exposure time, MSD shelf life and MSD level has been loaded into the Setup Center database via XML, it is centrally available for the entire setup and placement process. To cover the entire process, Setup Center also maps the dry-storage systems. The MSD option stores the MSD opening date and time, i.e. the point in time at which the hermetically sealed packaging of the MSDs is opened. For online and offline controls, the system compares this MSD exposure time with the manufacturer’s specifications. As soon as the exposure time of the reel expires, the SIPLACE MSD Monitor issues an error message and blocks it from further use. Furthermore, it notifies the operator that he or she must return the reel(s) to the dry-storage cabinet. Users are also able to enter the exposure time, residual life cycle and level themselves with the SIPLACE MSD Editor. The programming of the new MSD option in accordance with customer-specific requirements can be performed by the user himself or by the SIPLACE team.

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