A technique for continuously molding components and subassemblies features components oriented and packaged in a continuously reeled format. It simplifies automation designs and eliminates the need for hand assembly, thus providing significant savings in labor costs.
Continuously molded components can be subjected to a full range of secondary component-manufacturing operations, such as soldering, welding, wire bonding, dispensing, part numbering, and more. Multiple components from continuous formats can be assembled in a high-speed, high-quality assembly process. Human error is eliminated, and after assembly and molding, components can be re-reeled for shipment and automated placement or made singular for individual packaging.
In another, related development, a new low-cost, highly accurate packaging format called AutoPak has been designed for automated assembly and placement of odd-form components. AutoPak enables automated placement of continuously molded components that are not compatible with conventional packaging formats, such as tape and reel, tubes, and custom designs.
It is designed for use with commercially available pick-and-place equipment or odd-form assembly systems. AutoPak also eliminates hand placement, reduces component packaging costs, and simplifies assembly processes. Pricing information was not provided.
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