On the Way to 100k

High-speed placement machines are racing to the 100,000 cph mark.

As reported by Dominique Numakura in his EPTE Newsletter this week, Yamaha will reportedly soon bring to market an pick-and-place machine capable of placing 100,000 cph. The machine will be named the YG300.
They aren’t the only one. Another major Japanese placement OEM told me recently that they, too, expect to have a 100k cph platform ready shortly, perhaps by the end of the first quarter of next year.

Historically, we’ve seen jumps in speed like this on only a couple of occasions. Not having seen the equipment, I don’t have any special insight into how, exactly, the manufacturers are getting (or planning to get) so much more speed out of their machines.
Still, the gains are shocking, and raising the bar considerably.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (pcea.net). He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow