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Assemblon represents pick & place in new working group

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sustainable? electronics? manufacturing?

Royal Philips Electronics' SMT solution subsidiary Assemblon has been selected to represent pick & place in the newly formed Sustainable Electronics Manufacturing Working Group. Andr Papoular, CEO, Assemblon, has accepted the seat.

The Working Group aims to improve the competitiveness of industrial manufacturing by reducing its environmental impact. The group's first meeting was held at the Sustainability Summit in Milan.

Papoular explains that the company is well placed to contribute to the effort because it "sets the industry benchmark for efficient pick & place machine energy use." He claims that their "AX-Series consumes half the electricity of competitors' machines, which reduces CO2 emissions and can save up to ?10.000 in operating costs per pick & place machine per year." He notes that "Translating energy efficiency into business benefits is very important in this industry."

Electricity use id the largest environmental effect for pick & place machines. It is significant because pick & place machines usually work for 24 hours a day, with the electricity going to drive equipment like motors, controls and compressors.

According to Assemblon's environmental research improving manufacturing quality and yield greatly reduces environmental effects. The sequential machines that dominate the pick & place market typically suffer from 50 defects per million (dpm). But Assemblon's parallel placement technique sets the industry benchmark with as low as five defects per million placements, according to the company. This means 90 percent fewer defective end products compared to the industry benchmark, which results in less waste of expensive components and materials, less rework costs, and less power used by rework stations.

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