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Timely Support for India’s Rapid SMT Growth

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Timely Support for India's Rapid SMT Growth

India's LED and Surface Mount Technology market is poised for extensive growth. There is much development, strategic planning, and intelligent decisions to make along the way. But the direction and decisions that key electronics manufacturing players make in India today will speak to a future of leadership in LED Manufacturing as a whole, not just for India but worldwide. The LED market is expected to grow 20% per year and the Surface Mount Industry expected to reach a turnover of $5.42 billion by 2022, that is a CAGR of 8.9% 2017-2022.

Between SLNP (Street Lighting National Project), UJALA (Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All) which aims to supply domestic LEDs to constituents, and (DDUGJY) Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana which is a government plan designed to provide continuous power supply to rural India as well as distribute 27.3 million LED bulbs, there is a green surge of job and business creation that has so far saved 34,239 mn kWh/year and INR13,696 Cr/ year. In addition to relieving the planet of 2,77,33,505 tons CO2/year these measures are creating an urgent demand for EMS and ODM to become extremely serious about urgent planning and implementation. But this implementation doesn't come without careful analysis of suppliers. Reliable suppliers will be poised for optimal supply chains that build smart factories for the future with traceability, full automation, minimization of costs, top quality and reliability with 24 hour technical and automated support.

Key players in the India LED market are ramping up their automation and bringing full factory assembly, including SMT circuit board manufacturing, in house. This model will be ideal moving forward into a globalized, longevity-based model. Self-sufficiency in LED and electronic manufacturing will be a driving force toward complete automation process. Key players are aiming, not for just name brand but for high quality, full support systems in this burgeoning market. Key players include:

Key LED Categories

  • Philips India Limited
  • Havells India Limited
  • Bajaj Electricals Limited
  • Syska LED lights Pvt. Ltd.
  • Surya Roshni Limited

Key LED Types

  • Street lights & Flood Lights
  • Bulbs/ Lamps
  • Luminaires
  • Strip Lights

Key LED Categories

  • Roadways & Area lights
  • Residential lights
  • Commercial & Industrial lights

Urgency to ramp up EMS production facilities are in full swing. Even companies like Everready, known for their battery production are ramping up their LED manufacturing segment. Now is the essential time for factories to move forward with plans based on current and future forecasting.

Full line manufacturers in India are poised for great advantages as the world not only moves toward solid state lighting and increased EMS demands. Sample Line up:

Full Line SMT line for LED
Full Line SMT line for LED ROI

Quantifying PCB Design Efforts with μPCBComplexity


Quantifying PCB Design Efforts

The current design approach to PCBs does not fully account for quantifying efforts toward understanding the full scope of what a PCB design project can cost in its totality. It is valuable to consider the methods established to solve this problem proposed by Gollapudi Ramya and M.Anil Kumar in their study "μPCBComplexity" featured in the International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications. These methods are continually being evaluated, yet there is room for establishing an official algorithm for calculating the efforts (time & costs) for PCB design for your factory.

Factors that Contribute to the Complexity of Design Include:

# passive

# digital

# analog

# mixed signal

Total #

Total area (mm2)





Mixed Signal

PCB Size (mm2)

# of sides with components

# of routing layers

# of layers


Component Density


Pin Density

μPCBComplexity (hours)

Productivity Factory (level of designer experience)

Equations to Measure μPCBComplexity: pcb complexity

Whereby ρ is a constant measuring design team productivity, per company/team, inversely proportional to S, the aggregate set of statistics that are weighted by (w) a constant associated with it which assigns a weight to the importance of every statistics used in the model.

Sample Measuring μPCBComplexity:

PCB Complexity Measurements

Finally, the factors that contribute to time and costs loss by not pre-calculating PCB design efforts should be allocated and quantified for best practices of design model systems. Only when we can begin to quantify complexity and relate that to design efforts will we be able to mark a designated expected outcome for cost and time.

PCB AOI Testing

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THT Dual Sided AOI

THT Dual Sided AOI (DIP AVI)  - Before or after wave soldering, use high speed in-line AOI solution – Applicable for • Before or after Wave solder THT/DIP component insertion check (DIP through hole component) • Optional: Press-fit inspection ability of pressing parts • Optional: SMD component placement test ability.

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Industry 4.0 Requires… Automation

The IoT Movement in Electronics Manufacturing

Industry 4.0 Requires... Automation

In the next revolution of manufacturing IoT, or Internet of Manufacturing, many adaptions will need to be made in order to reap the benefits of a truly smart factory that optimizes time, work force, efficiency, materials, supplier and full chain data analytics monitoring. But the key benefits that stand to be achieved are a great boost for the electronics manufacturing floor and business model. What do Electronics Manufacturing factories stand to gain from Industry 4.0? Here are some major improvements that can be expected:

  1. Smarter Supply Networks
  2. Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (remote visualization and engineer integration, remote monitoring, alerts, control, and remote production scheduling)
  3. Cloud Storage – secure processing, data storage and sharing on cloud network
  4. Advanced Decisions based on Data Analytics and real time monitoring
  5. Encrypted Technologies to protect against cyber threats
  6. Intelligent Sensors – integrated into machines that communicate on a wireless network that share data and analytics
  7. Smart Maintenance – predictive maintenance, remote monitoring and maintenance
  8. Mobile workforce - Augmented Reality devices for workers to process real-time alerts and information remotely
  9. Cyber physical system of interconnected social machines that work together to improve efficiency
  10. Robotics – use of flexible automated machines that can interact with humans and other machines
  11. Product intelligence – products that carry information for data analytics and decision making

Suppliers in IoT Manufacturing

Some vendors will be more interested in investing in your efforts to elevate to a 4.0 Industry factory by improving systems, using AR/VR/MR technologies to connect you to your machines, providing solutions and plans for upgrading to full automation. But the bottom line is that the trajectory to Industry 4.0 will require automation on every level that can possibly connect to a smart grid system of machine analytics, communications, control, and decision-making.

Solutions like real-time solder monitoring, data exchange formats like XML, and new standards of machine communication, like transitioning from SMEMA to more interconnected methods of SMT communication are on their way. Be prepared to work more closely with vendors based on their preparedness to serve this new model. Many major EMS factories are beginning to test the waters of integration in Industry 4.0. But the one thing that will be required of all future models of Electronics Manufacturing is automation of machine monitoring, engineering, communicating, delivering, and more. Automation is the key component moving us from sluggish manual system of unpredictable output to measurable systems with multiple streams of highly integrative data aimed at top performance decision-making.

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6 Key Technologies for LED Pick & Place Machines

6 Key Technologies for LED Pick & Place Machines

At present, LED lighting products, environmental protection and energy saving, cost-effective features have been accepted by the market, while governments have introduced policies, phasing out incandescent, LED in the promotion of indoor lighting applications, LED light industry will become a solution to energy and the environment The term synonyms, LED lighting market rapid development. This rapid development will inevitably involve the LED placement machine, LED production equipment, the rapid development of the field.

First, SMT and placement machine

Surface mount technology (SMT), can also be called surface assembly technology, surface mount technology and patch welding technology. It is a board-level electronic assembly technology that mounts surface-mounted components (SMDs) onto printed circuit boards (PCBs). At present, advanced electronic products, especially in computer and communications electronics, has been widely used surface mount technology.

1.1 Advantages of SMT

SMT is with the development of the electronics industry was born, with the electronic technology, information technology, computer application technology development and development. The rapid spread of SMT benefits from its advantages.

1) components assembly density, electronic products, small size, light weight.

2) easy to achieve automation, improve production efficiency.

3) high reliability. Automated production technology ensures reliable connection of each solder joint, and because the surface assembly components (SMD) is leadless or short lead, and firmly mounted on the PCB surface, so its high reliability, seismic capacity Strong.

4) High frequency characteristics are good. Surface Assembling Components (SMD) No pin or segment pins, not only reduces the impact of the distribution characteristics, but also on the PCB surface welding solid, greatly reducing the parasitic capacitance and parasitic inductance between the lead, so to a large extent Reduce the electromagnetic interference and radio frequency interference, improve the high-frequency characteristics.

5) reduce costs. SMT PCB wiring density increases, reduce the number of holes, the area becomes smaller, with the function of the PCB layer to reduce the PCB manufacturing costs are reduced. Leadless or short lead SMC / SMD saves lead material, omitting thread cutting, bending process, reducing equipment, manpower costs. Increased frequency characteristics reduce RF commissioning costs. Electronic product volume reduction, weight reduction, reducing the cost of the machine. Welding reliability is good, making the cost of rework reduced.

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1.2 SMT basic process

(1) SMT is a system engineering technology

(2) a typical SMT production line

1) to form a SMT production line must have three important equipment: printing press dispenser, placement machine, reflow furnace wave soldering machine, which wave soldering this process, with the development of surface mount technology, especially Bottom Lead IC Package BGA QFN a large number of applications, its role becomes more and more inadequate, so the current mainstream or reflow this process.

2) Whether it is for large machine manufacturers or medium-sized machine manufacturers, the classic can recommend SMT production line generally consists of two placement machine, a high-speed placement machine (chip components placement machine) 1 high-precision placement machine ( IC component placement machine), so that their duties, is conducive to the entire SMT production line to play the highest production efficiency. But now the situation is changing, a lot of placement machine manufacturers introduced a multi-function placement machine, making the SMT production line only by a patch machine composition possible. 1 multi-function placement machine to maintain a high patch speed in the case, you can complete all the components of the placement, reducing investment, by small and medium enterprises, Academy of Sciences of all ages.

1.3 The simplest placement machine model

The most basic placement machine consists of rack, circuit board clamping mechanism, feeder (not shown in the figure), patch head, nozzle and X, Y, Z axis, which Z axis in addition to Z can move , And can also be rotated in the θ direction (so as to adjust the rotation angle of the component from the pad).

1.4 LED placement machine

On behalf of the LED placement machine is a surface mount technology (SMT) placement machine in a, with the development of LED technology, the traditional SMT placement machine has been unable to meet the LED industry production needs, LED placement machine It came into being.

LED placement machine is designed specifically for the LED industry, custom SMT placement equipment, used to achieve large quantities of LED circuit board assembly. Equipment requires accuracy is not high, but requires fast speed. LED special placement machine to reduce the cost of patch equipment, and improve production efficiency. At present, many types of LED placement machine, but whether it is automatic high-speed placement machine or manual low-speed placement machine, their overall layout is similar.

Automatic LED placement machine is a computer control, collectors electrical as one of the high-precision automation equipment, by the rack, PCB transmission and bearing organization, drive and servo positioning system, placement head, feeder, optical identification System, sensor and computer control system, which through the suction - displacement - positioning - placement and some other functions, completed the SMD quickly and accurately mounted to the PCB board.

1.5 LED placement machine and the difference between the traditional placement machine

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LED placement machine mainly to meet the 3014,2835,3528 and 5050,5630,5730 lamp beads placement accuracy requirements. Relative to the traditional placement machine processing accuracy, LED placement machine requirements are relatively low. But the LED placement machine is more focused on the performance, that is, the stability of the machine running, speed, operability, size requirements, so the requirements of the LED placement machine must have the following design ideas and hard requirements.

1) intelligent means more mature to use to the LED special placement machine, all kinds of excellent performance of the sensor can be implemented in the operation of the full collection of data to the computer disposal to protect the stability of the entire placement process and reliability. At the same time and other equipment, according to the scientific methods and technical specifications, regular LED placement machine maintenance, such as the machine and the circuit board surface dirt cleaning and washing, can effectively prevent the dust and dirt caused by poor internal heat dissipation, Causing overheating burnout devices. LED placement machine has a good stability in order to maximize efficiency for enterprises to produce benefits and reduce production costs.

2) LED placement machine speed must be fast, the minimum 18 000 points / h above the placement speed.

3) easy to learn and user-friendly operation method can greatly shorten the training time, and in the production process to reduce misuse, improve production efficiency and product quality.

4) LED placement machine can be mounted at least 1 200 mm length of the PCB, because a large part of the LED is to replace the traditional light pipe lighting, so the length will greatly exceed the traditional PCB size. In addition to these, in order to ensure that a single LED light board without color, requiring the placement of the entire batch of LED lights for the same color temperature BIN (BIN generally represents the LED lamp beads of some parameters range, different range can be used in different Number, said these parameters include voltage, color temperature, brightness, etc., so there will be voltage BIN, color temperature BIN, brightness BIN this argument, you can use BIN on behalf of the product model).

1.6 China LED placement machine technology development

As a fourth generation of light source of the huge market potential, coupled with the strong support of government policy, the domestic LED lighting industry is almost leapfrog development. From the early LED display hot, to the current transition to LED commercial lighting, interior lighting, outdoor lighting, lighting engineering, LED products from a single hot products, the transition to the field of LED applications and popularization.

LED development led to the relevant equipment industry hot, reflow, wave soldering, printing presses, LED placement machine, LED packaging equipment, the momentum of rapid development. At present, most of the domestic LED equipment can be mounted 1.2 m light board of the small placement machine, basically use the platform movement structure, combined with double swing arm movement, to achieve LED placement. Track LED placement machine in the country less. This is the next step, many enterprises in the development of a direction.

At present, the domestic LED placement machine technology is still in a primary stage. Developed products, can only meet the early needs of some small and medium enterprises. China is an electronics manufacturing power, need different grades of domestic LED placement machine. It must be based on the actual situation preferred models, reduce the difficulty of domestic LED placement machine development, rapid access to the electronic equipment industry.

Second, LED placement machine the most critical technology

2.1 precision machine photoelectric integration technology

In the process of LED placement machine, this technology reflects: the placement of the head through the precise mechanical movement of the components from the feeder to pick out and through the calibration body, the accurate and rapid installation of components to the PCB board The

2.2 visual technology

Take non-stop fast shooting positioning technology, to achieve optical image capture positioning, flight alignment.

2.3 magnetic levitation technology

Can solve the high speed and patch precision motion control technology Magnetic levitation linear motor drive applications, improved the original servo rotary motor screw screws exist low speed, noise shortcomings. Linear motor applications are magnetic levitation technology, no friction when moving, no resistance, high speed, long service life.

2.4 efficient intelligent software technology

With the composition and structure of the placement machine increasingly complex and diversified, the importance of placement machine software technology is more and more reflected. Efficient real-time multi-task parallel processing operating system, intelligent placement process optimization, automatic diagnostic technology is bound to greatly improve the efficiency of production and product quality.

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2.5 modular and system integration technology

The purpose of modular and system integration technology is to propose optimized and improved solutions for the three basic requirements of speed, accuracy and flexibility of LED placement machines. Flexible modular technology emphasizes the portability, interoperability, scalability and configurability of the device, providing a reconfigurable and openability of the device control platform to control requirements, enabling simple and efficient construction and completion of specific requirements Surface mount equipment to improve assembly productivity.

2.6 Motor uses lightweight design concept

Can significantly reduce the weight of the machine part of the movement, which makes the operation of the machine when the power consumption is also significantly reduced to only 1/4 of the ordinary placement machine consumption, power consumption up to 1/4 of the ordinary placement machine; LED placement machine The placement accuracy is not demanding, but requires faster. At present, the domestic professional for the LED placement machine, there are several to do, according to the speed can be divided into four different, six, eight equipment, you can refer to Taimu Rui LED640, LED660 V and LED680 V several LED special stickers The actual understanding of the machine. The middle of that number represents the number of patch head number. The higher the number, the higher the speed. LED placement machine mainstream applications should be able to mount a large area of ​​the PCB board, to meet the requirements of the online, so as to ensure the speed.

Third, LED placement machine development trend

LED placement machine in the manufacturing process plays a very important role in contemporary mainstream electronic assembly technology production equipment in the largest investment, the most technologically advanced, SMT production line production capacity and production efficiency of the largest equipment. In fact, the most failures, the speed bottleneck is largely from the patch of this process, so the development of placement machine equipment is the most compelling. Currently has the number and advanced level of placement machines, has become a business, regional or national electronic manufacturing capacity of the key signs. Here the development trend of the current placement machine described below.

3.1 LED placement machine is moving towards higher precision

Mounter accuracy refers to the placement machine X, Y-axis navigation movement of the mechanical precision and Z-axis rotation accuracy. Mounter using sophisticated mechanical and electrical integration technology to control the mechanical movement of the components from the feeder to capture and through the calibration mechanism after the precision and reliable placement to the circuit board. In order to produce products with higher performance, the first major challenge is to improve the placement accuracy of the placement machine. The following from the LED process began to say with a more accurate LED placement machine may be the future of LED production of the revolutionary impact.

In the ordinary LED packaging technology, the chip electrode with the support of the pin is generally connected through the gold wire to achieve the way, but the golden wire break has been one of the common causes of failure. LED lighting applications in the gold line is the cause of dead lights and light failure of such a common problem of the culprit. Dead lights can be divided into two cases, one is completely not bright, the other is hot state is not cold or bright, or flashing. The main reason for the absence of electrical circuit is open circuit, the reason is because the gold wire Weld or poor contact.

With the introduction of flip-chip welding technology, the two can be connected through a more stable metal bumps to connect, save costs and greatly improve the reliability and cooling capacity. LED has a long life and other advantages, with the flip-chip technology than the traditional use of gold wire interconnect packaging technology to play the advantages of LED, LED flip-chip welding technology to achieve a single chip and multi-chip module without gold Solid crystal plastic packaging, with high brightness, high light efficiency, high reliability, low thermal resistance, good color consistency and many other advantages.

LED non-gold line package that the industry commonly known as "no package" "free package." This process is the use of flip chip and circuit board direct SMT paste, the SMD package process omitted, directly flip the chip with SMT method to fit on the circuit board or carrier, because the chip area is much smaller than the SMD device, so This process requires a very sophisticated design.

The future of LED placement machine to improve the accuracy of the basic conditions, the direct use of flip-chip package without the process, which will be a small revolution LED process, you can save a lot of packaging costs, and greatly improve the production costs and shorten the production cycle, Making LED products really high performance and low price to enter the general lighting market. The LED placement machine directly to the LED process, great potential to become the future trend of technology.

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3.2 LED placement machine is developing in the direction of high efficiency

One of the most important features of today's society is competition. It is this competition that inspires people to explore innovation; it is this competition that promotes the ever-changing development of science and technology. Driven by the LED lighting market in full swing, LED placement machine's efficient work must become the core competitiveness of the embodiment. High efficiency is to improve production efficiency, reduce working hours, increase production capacity, and create economic benefits. On the basis of the current efficiency of the main methods are: to strengthen the LED placement machine automation performance and improve the equipment structure and work mode.

3.2.1 to strengthen the LED placement machine automation performance

The development and perfection of information science and technology today has greatly promoted the level of automation, such as automatic control, automatic adjustment, automatic compensation, automatic identification and so on to self-learning, self-organization, self-maintenance, self-repair and other higher level of automation become possible. At the same time for the placement of this automated CNC equipment, the efficiency of software programming to improve the efficiency of equipment is also essential to develop a more powerful software function system

Delivering LED Solutions to Market

Delivering LED Solutions to Market

The Parallel Evolution of LEDs and EMS

Delivering LED Solutions to Market

Delivering LED Solutions to Market

The symbiotic relationship of the Solid State Lighting Industry with Electronics Manufacturing is an ever-evolving one that requires a needs analysis where Electronics Solutions providers are able to deliver on the promise of full service and complete solutions. LED chips are the integral bond in the relationship of LEDs and electronics manufacturing along with full service provisions for LED Drivers and Power Supplies.

LED companies that struggle with PCB Design, especially in the age of IoT, require a complete source to assist with full scale projects from design to execution. An Electronics Manufacturing Expert who deeply understands PCB design longevity, lumen/watts issues, and the great many challenges that will rear their head in the near future, is key to a solid LED production line platform.

There are few go-to electronics industry brands that can truly offer one full scale solution from concept to solution to execution and profit. When considering your options, choose a company that guarentees full scale solutions and 24/7 support for your LED production line.


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Megatrend: Automotive Infotainment Microelectronics

Committing to growth

Megatrend: Automotive Infotainment Microelectronics

Is your SMT factory ready for the increasing electronic automotive demands? As consumer interest shifts from engine performance to interior infotainment, the automotove microelectronics manufacuturing demands will continue to rise. The latest and upcoming electronic technologies in vehicles, i.e. navigation technologies, sensor controls, smart technologies in vehicle and cellular communication is creating urgency now more than ever to evaluate your manufacturing process.

Considering the rising demands for the latest electronic gadgets and the predicted growth in Electronic Vehicles (EV) and autonomous cars makes you question how much production you should be doing in-house for the most growth, higher profits and most efficient productivity. Automotive Electronics and IoT are in the midst of growth, and there are many expected changes in the very near future fueling this growth. Design activity will remain strong and that this will ensure new products enter now and in the coming years. Miniaturization of device footprint fuels innovation in printed-circuit board (PCB) designs.

Outsourcing manufacturing is no longer as cost effective as it once was, as labor costs are continuing to rise, as well as importing and exporting costs. Companies are finally realizing in order for the highest productivity, quality, and monetary gains, considering domestic manufacturing is the solution.

The electronics industry is an ever fast-changing world, and we are here to help you keep up with your business advancements and needs. What trends are you noticing? Have questions on how you can keep up in your industry? Let us know.

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What is the ODM Product Solutions Process?

ODM, OEM, PCB Manufacturing and PCB Assembly Services

ONE-STOP PCB Assembly Solutions for EMS

We provide the one-stop for ODM, OEM, PCB manufacturing and PCB assembly services which can help you effectively shorten the sourcing time and accelerate production to get more market share. From the design, procurement of materials, testing and mass production to the packaging and shipping, we can make your docking seamless. We supply high-end production equipment, advanced management methods, experienced engineers, and skilled workers to ensure the highest quality, efficiency, and specifications. We are on track to becoming the world’s leading supplier of electronic manufacturing services (EMS) in end-to-end solutions and products for customers in the area of consumer electronics, automation, medical, automotive, security, telecommunications, networking and intelligent devices, and more.

ODM Product Solution Process:

1. Feasibility analysis for technical, underlying application, and the mold.

2. Schedule test and production plans.

3. Submit program proposal including the overall progress of the project, the specific implementation of program, cycle, and cost estimates and other aspects of information.

4. Schedule the hardware development: circuit diagram design, PCB circuit and shape design, sample processing, and other links.

5. Schedule the software development: the design of customer UI, driver bugging, application development and debugging.

6. Schedule the mold development: through CAD, 3D works build product outline, make sample and perform debugging.

7. Test the Sample Stage: the results of the integration of technical samples, functional stability testing.

8. Small batch stage: implement the customer acceptance test (UAT), through the actual use of the function, the application of feedback to return and make alterations toward improvement.

9. Mass Production.

10. File all of the project technical documentation.

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How to Use Splicing Methods to Improve SMT Machine Efficiency

Increasing Productivity, Efficiency and Costs

How to Implement Splicing in Your SMT Factory

By utilizing the advantageous methods of tape splicing with splicing tools to join component reels together, you reduce the need to reload feeders. In addition, leader tape extenders add extra length to a part reel reducing the waste of components, thus saving costs, materials, and time. Splicing shouldn't only be considered when components run out - tape splicing should also be considered when you have to pull a part reel from stock, swap it across machines with different feeders, or when the tape snaps.

Don't let splicing be an after thought for your machines that do not allow feeder removal and replacement during machine operation. Consider if you can implement splicing ahead of time to improve operation efficiency. Ask these questions: 1) Does your machine have the ability to recognize that a feeder has been removed? 2) What are the pros to adding tape splicing to your process?

How to Implement Splicing in Your SMT Factory

Benefits of Splicing:

• Increased throughput of pick & place machinery.

• A reduction in downtime through reducing reel changes.

• Decreased component cost by using 100% of the components on a reel.

How to SPLICE 8 MM PAPER in SMT. PRE SPLICING (for all carrier tape sizes):

  1. Determine which pins to use to avoid cutting into a pocket.
  2. Make sure the pocket is toward the center of the cutter. (This wilallow for the biggest cutting area.)
  3. Peel back the Mylar up to the first full pocket.
  4. Cut the carrier tape on a new reel, making sure not to leave empty pockets and not to
  5. Cut through the Mylar.
  6. Cut the Mylar leaving a small tab.


  1. Cut the carrier tape in the feeder, making sure not to leave empty pockets.
  2. Peel backing on splice tape.
  3. Line up the dimples on the splice tape with the holes in the carrier tape in the feeder.
  4. Line up the dimples on the new reel, making sure to mate up the ends and line up the Mylar tab.
  5. Fold over tape and press with fingers.
  6. Remove clear plastic.


PRE SPLICING (for all carrier tape sizes):

Determine which pins to use to avoid cutting into pocket. Make sure the pocket is toward the center of the cutter. (This will allow for the biggest cutting area).

  1. Cut the carrier tape on a new reel, making sure to leave one empty pocket.
  2. Lift the Mylar off of the empty pocket.
  3. Cut the carrier tape in the feeder, making sure not to leave empty pockets.
  5. Place the last full pocket on the feeder into the first empty
  6. pocket of the new reel.
  7. Peel backing on splice tape.
  8. Place on Mylar side of the carrier tape. (To make it easier use hold downs on tool.)
  9. Remove carrier tape from tool. Peel backing on the second
  10. splice tape.
  11. Place on carrier side, making sure to form to pocket. (Do
  12. not place second Mylar on 603 embossed.)
  13. SMT Splicing Tools

We offer many SMT Splicing Tools, Embossed Feeder Tape, Brass Stitch and Tape Splice. Including:

  1. Equipment for Tape Splicing
  2. Spicing staplers
  3. Carrier Tape Cutting Tools
  4. SMT Splicing Cart
  5. Pin Jigs
  6. Splicing Shim (Clip)
  7. AI Splicing
  8. Shim (Clip)

smt splicing tools to improve efficiency

The SMT Splicing Cart is ideal for splicing SMT component tape on-the-fly to dramatically reduce downtime on pick-and-place equipment. The cart rolls up to the feeder bank for easy splicing of reels and features storage space for spliced strips. Additionally, the cart offers storage for three splicing tools and to be used in conjunction with stapler.

Improve Your SMT Machine Efficiency with Splicing

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How Do You Store Components Long-Term?

The Growing Need

Long-Term Storage of Components

The increasing requirement to store components for long periods of time creates challenges when accurately accounting for appropriate storage parameters. Whether you're protecting your ability to reproduce an identical product in the next year, safeguarding your inventory, or guaranteeing your price point, here are some considerations to make when storing your components long term.

Shelf life for components is determined by both the Bag Seal Date and the Humidity Indicator Card (HIC). 12 Months - 2 Years (max).

Moisture Control

Using a Dry Packs and/or Dry Atmosphere Cabinet to control moisture is essential for long-term storage of components. Low humidity can be maintained with dry air or Nitrogen and the ability to regain optimal moisture levels within 1 hour.

  • < 5% Relative Humidity (RH)
  • Nitrogen @ 25 ° Celsius +/-5
Temperature Control

Temperature is a critical factor when considering all aspects of preservation of components, especially oxidation & intermetallic formation.

12 Degress Celsius

The optimum parameters are subject to the details of each component as labeled on related packaging. Use the detailed information according to each component. As a general rule, however, in order to control for oxidation, corrosion, and intermetallic formation it is recommended to store components for no more than 2 years, at 12 ° Celsius, <5%RH.

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Soldering Excellence: Achieve Your Perfect Soldering Process

Solving the Soldering Factor

Soldering Excellence

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Within the mass production sector of electronic manufacturing industry, the soldering process continues to be one of the most precarious processes that can literally make or break your PCBs. Finding the perfect soldering variables that provide reliability to mechanical and electrical joints are essential to keeping your components in place once a circuit has been assembled.

The size of electronics and their components are shrinking while the demand is growing at exponential rates, which forces manufacturers to find better and more efficient ways to create smaller parts, miniature circuit boards and components. Miniaturization of electronics creates a huge room for errors and failures, so every process especially the soldering process should be assessed for the best results for your final product. Having a healthy predictable standard of reproducability, ie. #good boards /oz.solder materials is a must for manufacturers running on slim margins, as one defect in the assembly process can lead to the entire process being discarded and large sums of money wasted on flaws not calculated ahead of time.

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  • provides endless flexibility with automation
  • adjustable heating
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  • minimize cycle time
  • excellent temperature control and auto tuning

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What is AOI? Quality Testing and the Increasing Demand for AOI

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The Increased Demand for AOI

AOI Automated Optical Inspection Dual Sided

What is AOI? It is the Automated Optical Inspection of printed circuit boards (PCB). According to many current trade show and trade magazine polls, AOI is currently one of the top concerns for the majority of Electronics Manufacturers. Why? Because of the increasing demands for PCBA traceability and quality management that continue to rise exponentially year after year. Customers are now demanding that EMS companies utilize AOI as part of their PCB assembly. In fact, the current trajectory toward perfected PCBA processes are causing EMS companies that lack proper AOI equipment to lose contracts to those companies that are fully equipped and ready to handle the demands of AOI with the proper testing and inspection equipment.

AOI -- the increasing demand for AOI

Southern Machinery's solution to AOI requirements is complete with the THT Double Sided AOI (DIP AVI) Machine.


Pre-Soldering & Post-Soldering THT Dip Component Insertion Check

Press-fit inspection ability of pressing parts

SMD component placement test ability

Extra large 10cm Depth of field eliminates the effect component height

Extremely high speed (45 seconds for both sides. Serverboard 600x600 mm2)

Innovative vision algorithm eliminate PCB/Placement variation and detects defects perfectly.

Typical Defects Detected

Missing or wrong component

Optical shape recognition

Color and brand inspection

Polarity check

Electrolytic capacitors, resistors, and diodes

All components with text including IC's (character verification)

Connectors and other components with polarity requirements

Solder bridge & solder joint

Options functions:

Press-fit inspection, down to 0.5x0.5mm

Lifted Components & Pin shifting (top side)

Pin invisible & Pin unseated (bottom side)

SMD inspection (down to 0603 package)

Drop / Wrong parts / Polarity check

Missing components (down to 0402 package)

Label inspection by OCR



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One Company Makes it Easy to Shop SMT Equipment from China

One Company Makes it Easy to Shop SMT Equipment from China

One Company Makes it Easy to Shop SMT Equipment from China |

For International PCB Manufacturers outside of China, finding the AI/SMT supplier they need to meet many demanding forces of timeliness, support services, superior quality as well as consistency is sometimes an overwhelming task. It is especially challenging to discern that diamond in the rough supplier when using popular shopping platforms like Alibaba that barrages users with varying degrees of quality and quotes.

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The idea of Southern Machinery was born of the necessity for an online support tool for PCB Engineers internationally. Mr. Wu believes in helping companies move their manufacturing factories back to their home country where they can reap the benefits and rewards for themselves. Southern Machinery helps PCB Manufacturers at every level by walking investors of new factories, refurbished factories, etc., through a Full Factory Assessment, to help manufacturers get the most ROI from their PCB Manufacturing Investment.

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Mr. Wu has witnessed consistent growth and recognition by Fortune 100 Manufacturing Companies for offering impeccable service and quality at prices that are often times 10x lower than name brand suppliers. “We are currently working with some major players in the Worldwide Lighting Industry and offering them the same superior quality of SMT Equipment and service they are accustomed to but at much more affordable pricing that allows their budget to be spent elsewhere,” stated Wu.

With the upsurge of PCB Suppliers needing to overhaul their production and processes, automation of every step from printing and stencil cleaning to component placement and soldering, has become a matter of high urgency. It can be challenging to choose the right supplier that can meet every need but when you choose a supplier that walks you through the entire process and is still by your side 30 years later to support your every need, you know you’ve chosen the best way to SMT from China.

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