Odd-form component insertion machine minimises downtime

Representing the evolution of component insertion machines, the NPM-VF insertion machine has been introduced by Panasonic Factory Solutions. The dual-gantry, multi-head, odd-form placement and insertion machine has been constantly improved to provide new levels of flexibility within the production environment. With its various configurations of head tools and machine feeder possibilities the placement of odd-shape components is highly effective. This increases quality, output and ultimately reduces manpower at the production line.

The NPM-VF achieves a high-speed throughput of up to 4.500cph, with component sizes ranging from 5.0 x 5.0mm up to 130 x 35mm and 60mm in height. The integrated body chuck is designed to grip large, odd-form components without a pick surface. Through-hole components are handled by the lead chuck. Standard options for highest insertion flexibility are the active cut and clinch function and high insertion forces of 100 to 150N. The flexible feeder configuration allows components to be provided by feeder cart, single tray or double tray feeder. Standard SMT intelligent tape feeders are available as well as tray, stick, radial and axial tape and bowl feeder component feeders. Components can be loaded during operation, so NPM-VF downtime is minimised, adds Panasonic Factory Solutions.

The NPM-VF can be integrated into a connected production environment with the line manager software iLNB and can be managed by PanaCIM Gen2. Auditable verification, plant-wide total traceability, automatic changeover and material tracking software features are available to increase the productivity of the manufacturing process.

Panasonic Factory Solutions is a division of Panasonic Industry Europe, which in turn is part of the global Panasonic Group. Panasonic Industry Europe provides automotive and industrial products and services and has a portfolio covering electronic components, devices and modules up to complete solutions and production equipment for manufacturing lines across a broad range of industries.


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