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Dual lane vs. single lane feeders for high mix

Electronics Forum | Mon Dec 11 14:09:58 EST 2017 | deanm

Some pick and place machine manufacturers offer dual lane feeders which may double the machine's feeder capacity. What are the pros/cons of using dual lane feeders in a high mix environment? Are they just for 8mm? Thanks!

Dual lane vs. single lane feeders for high mix

Electronics Forum | Tue Dec 12 12:03:39 EST 2017 | dleeper

A lot of it depends on what machines you are using and how well they implement dual lane feeders. A few general comparisons: Pros: -You can fit more feeders on your machines. -One dual lane feeder is cheaper than two single lane feeders Cons: -two

Dual lane vs. single lane feeders for high mix

Electronics Forum | Mon Dec 11 19:28:51 EST 2017 | spoiltforchoice

That's not really the point of dual lane feeders. As a general rule having a dual lane 8mm feeder means the machines "slots" are actually 16mm, dual lanes on a 8mm feeder helps keep the overall lane density of a machine higher, its much easier to bui

Dual lane vs. single lane feeders for high mix

Electronics Forum | Tue Dec 12 11:46:50 EST 2017 | emeto

Single feeders will always be your top choice. Any kind of package feeders will create issues in future. I used to have them in 10s, 8ths, 6es, 3s, 2s and the more they are the worst.

Dual lane vs. single lane feeders for high mix

Electronics Forum | Wed Dec 13 11:02:15 EST 2017 | dleeper

DeanM, What make/model of machines are you considering? As is evident by the feedback, your mileage varies greatly depending on who's' machines your using.

Dual lane vs. single lane feeders for high mix

Electronics Forum | Wed Dec 13 01:14:02 EST 2017 | tsvetan

"Pros: -You can fit more feeders on your machines. -One dual lane feeder is cheaper than two single lane feeders" none of these is true for Sony SI-G200 machines we have dual lane feeders are bigger than the standard 8 mm feeders so no space savin

Dual lane vs. single lane feeders for high mix

Electronics Forum | Tue Dec 12 03:21:02 EST 2017 | tsvetan

I would stay away from dual line feeders. They make change overs hell. Each new board need much more time to re-locate the components on the feeders as you need to re-load them again instead to just move the feeder with loaded reel on new position.

Dual lane vs. single lane feeders for high mix

Electronics Forum | Wed Dec 13 22:22:04 EST 2017 | deanm

As mentioned above, Mycronic and Europlacer seem to be designed toward high mix so would consider them but would also like to consider a more traditional machine too. Right now I have around 220 feeder slots across two machines inline. Mycronic and E

Dual lane vs. single lane feeders for high mix

Electronics Forum | Wed Dec 13 08:25:37 EST 2017 | emeto

Another aspect is the maintenance and repair of the feeders. When a bank of 10 feeders goes bad, you lose 10 positions right away. Even if you have spares, now you have to move 10 parts instead of 1. Very often you will have only one bad slot, and no

Dual lane vs. single lane feeders for high mix

Electronics Forum | Thu Dec 14 01:28:23 EST 2017 | tsvetan

"I would expect that any intelligent feeder enabled machine would pull the correct part no matter where it is placed on the machine (not forced by the program)" this is true, but you have to tradeoff the setup time vs production time per board. You

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