Count On Tools, Inc has released Precision Rails for its StripFeeder products. These enable customers to take full advantage of the StripFeeder platform when running micro-components such as 0201s, 01005s and 03015s in 4 mm or 8 mm tape (paper or emboss).
Each StripFeeder Precision rail features machined lanes based on industry tape standards to securely hold the tape in place during the pick-and-place operation. With the additional support underneath the tape, the microscopic components do not see the violent movement as with some feeder systems. Ball detents located on one end of the rail 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 rail is designed to work seamlessly with current StripFeeder products and allow other standard 0.25" (6 mm) rails to be used on each side to increase lane capacity for prototyping to high volume production runs.
The StripFeeder system is compatible with most types of SMT equipment. The 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.