MUNICH, Germany After several months of field testing, Siemens Electronics Assembly Systems GmbH (Munich) has launched sales for its Siplace SX component insertion machine platform. With a high degree of flexibility, the platform particularly addresses production environments characterized by frequent product changes and low volumes.
The Siplace SX design follows what vendor Siemens calls a 'capacity-on-demand' concept which means that users can rapidly adapt to changing lot sizes and product requirements as well as to the growing component spectrum typical for today's production environments.
Part of the concept are changeable gantries which according to the vendor can be switched over in less than 30 minutes, and the new Siplace Multistar CPP (Collect, pick and place) head which disposes of twelve intelligent nozzles. The head uses software to switch to the mode that is most efficient for the respective production requirements. This, Siemens says, will make constant line reconfigurations obsolete.
Before the official product launch, the system has been field-tested at several electronics production companies. One of them was BMK Group (Augsburg, Germany) where the machine was produced more than 400 different boards in lot sizes mostly ranging from 1 to 100.
BMK's project Manager Christian Loesche praised the machine. "The Siplace SX is the right machine for our high-mix/low-volume production requirements. We can add feeder position capacity without having to add placement performance," he said.
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