Posted by Z. Shook on 5/1/2013
to New SMT Products
Tools Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare
parts, introduces the next version of its award-winning StripFeeder System for
loading tape-and-reel components onto compact modules for prototyping and
high-mix low-volume applications. COT was awarded a 2013 NPI Award from Circuits Assembly magazine in the
category of Automation Tools for its StripFeeder
Modular System. Customers who have already purchased StripFeeder System can
contact COT about upgrading their systems to the latest version.
StripFeeder Modular (.mod) System version 2 features a mechanical lock-spring
to hold the tape in place by the sprocket hole for part registration and
repeatable pick-and-place applications. This means the user only has to teach
the pick-up location one time and consistently reload the unit with the same
parts over and over for longer runs.
the StripFeeder .mod System version 2 features removable rails that can be
mounted to accommodate a wide array of tape sizes in the same feeder. Unlike
the fixed width version, the StripFeeder .mod can be adjusted by removing the
rails and re-positioning them on the base plate at the desired width (4mm
pitched hole pattern). The rails align with precision pin locaters and lock
down tightly with magnets to guarantee a stable, repeatable application.
innovative design holds the components securely in the machined tracks to
prevent parts from being miss-picked, flipped in the pocket, or lost. Customers
also can remove rails to accommodate larger components up to 120mm tape width.
The StripFeeder .mod system is built to JEDEC-standards and size specifications
to allow the unit to be utilized in most types of SMT equipment or JEDEC-style
tray feeder units.
StripFeeder systems are a cost effective way to load many components, including
odd-form and custom components, without having to purchase expensive feeders.
The quick-to-assemble, easy-to-install modules are designed for rapid loading
of tape-and-reel components on existing SMT pick-and-place equipment.
Additionally, the trays enable fast changeover between product runs without
unloading from the machine.
StripFeeder trays are compatible with both paper and emboss tape
simultaneously, and are ideal for low-volume high-mix applications and
prototyping. For more information about Count On Tools’ new Modular
StripFeeder, visit www.cotinc.com.