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New ceramic nozzle boasts one mispick at field test

Posted: 02 Feb 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ceramic nozzle? pick and place machines? placement equipment?

Count On Tools Inc. launches new Ceramic Nozzle series for the complete line of Universal Instruments Corp.'s (UIC) pick-and-place machines, including Genesis, Advantis, Flexjet and GSM.

This new series includes designs for the Lightning Head, InLine7 Head (Flexjet) and the InLine4 Head (GSM). According to the company press release, this nozzle increases the machines' capability to place 0402, 0201 and even 01005 components more accurately and reliably. The nozzle series also costs up to 50 percent less than OEM nozzle designs, the press release claimed.

Ceramic Nozzle seriesThe company also claimed that at field tests in an EMS location, the ceramic nozzles outperformed OEM nozzles 3:1 on component picking performance with only one mispick. The test included a comparison of Count On Tools' ceramic oval nozzle design and OEM three-hole blade design on the Lightning Head with an estimated 300 type 0201 components placed on a board.

Count On Tools' ceramic nozzles are based on a design that has been in use in SMT equipment for more than 10 years. The 0201 nozzle geometry offers 0.3mils2 more vacuum than conventional OEM designs (61.7mils2 COT vs. 61.4mils2 UIC). The COT oval ceramic nozzle design also prevents nozzle clogging, increasing performance and extending the life of the tooling.

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