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.