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What is the lifespan of your SMT machines?

Electronics Forum | Fri Nov 18 07:31:19 EST 2005 | avalancher

I'm curious to people's findings. What is the life span / expectancy of your SMT machine? Recently, I heard, through the grapevine, that Fuji listed 5 years as a lifespan for their machines. After that, they would either need to be retired.

What is the lifespan of your SMT machines?

Electronics Forum | Fri Nov 18 08:39:17 EST 2005 | twoods

Lifespan and Useful life are two completely separate items. I agree some mfrs machines are mre robust than others, but there is typically a trade off. As Sr Tech intimated, PM is the key to keeping all machines humming.

What is the lifespan of your SMT machines?

Electronics Forum | Mon Nov 21 13:54:19 EST 2005 | JF

Many companies don't think of the importance of the maintenance in the machines. I proved to my Boss that following the proper maintenance we were able to get more out of the machines, he did not do maintenance for 2 years till I came to this place a

What is the lifespan of your SMT machines?

Electronics Forum | Fri Nov 18 07:49:46 EST 2005 | tommyttr

We have Siemens machines 0f 1992 Vintage to run daily and we do not have any problems with them.

What is the lifespan of your SMT machines?

Electronics Forum | Fri Nov 18 12:00:06 EST 2005 | rlackey

Hi Lawrence, I would agree with that in the main, however in some cases some machines can be almost "timeless". We don't go below 0402 (1005), missplacements are negligable, and a actual placement rate typically hitting 28-30K an hour makes "upgrad

What is the lifespan of your SMT machines?

Electronics Forum | Fri Nov 18 21:40:41 EST 2005 | mika

We had some experience that some of our old machines went over 10 years. In this case the machines became to be obsolete. The machine manufactories in most cases, is only required to handle spare parts during this period of time. This is what I am be

What is the lifespan of your SMT machines?

Electronics Forum | Fri Nov 18 07:59:19 EST 2005 | chunks

About 6 months before the lease is up, those fine machines some how become lousy! Seriously, it all depends on many factors. How you use the machine, how ofter you use it, the preventitive maintenace (if any), as well as how well the machine was ma

What is the lifespan of your SMT machines?

Electronics Forum | Fri Nov 18 08:13:57 EST 2005 | Rob

I know plenty of 1980's CP3's & IP1's still out there, and the CP4's & 6's, IP2's & 3's are still going very strong after a decade or so & still commanding top dollar second hand. It depends on how well a machine is made & the type of engineering u

What is the lifespan of your SMT machines?

Electronics Forum | Fri Nov 18 10:05:28 EST 2005 | lgroves

most pick and place machines will run for a very long time provided the operators keep them clean and well lubricated (10 years +). Often we end up replacing equipment not due to inoperability as much as due to capability. as packages and use chang

What is the lifespan of your SMT machines?

Electronics Forum | Fri Nov 18 08:10:44 EST 2005 | cyber_wolf

We run 5 Fuji lines. The newest machine is a 97 and the oldest is a 94. Some of them were seriously neglected PM wise before we got them. All of them place parts "dead nuts". They very rarely break down. We run 3 shifts 5 days a week.(We run the cr

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