The production of electromechanical components is an extremely difficult and complex process. In the past, the production of small components in a short time constituted a major limitation for small-scale production lines. Thus, assembling the most complex systems took many hours. Modern SMT production lines have revolutionized the electronics industry and allow you to complete all stages of production much faster.
Two types of SMT production lines
SMT production lines can be divided into two types according to the degree of automation. We distinguish fully automatic lines and semi-automatic lines that require constant supervision by a dedicated employee. The first type is a complex "machinery" that independently carries out all stages of PCB assembly production. Appropriate templates and proper programming of the machine and control devices are sufficient. We also have a semi-automatic line in which dedicated employees must supervise individual elements. The very process of printing on the plate is done here manually.
It is worth mentioning that SMT production lines are responsible not only for the PCB assembly itself, but also for full integration with other components, e.g. plastic elements.
What is key in the production process on the SMT line?
The proper programming of the SMT line, as well as constant supervision and quality control, are extremely responsible tasks. The ultra-modern SMT line is able to put together tens of thousands of elements in one hour. It is easy to imagine a situation in which even one element is defective.
Constant quality control on the SMT line aims at eliminating all costs, the risk of errors that would result in huge trading losses. It also makes sure that there will be no need to withdraw a specific series of products from the market. Therefore, line supervision is one of the key factors in the full production process. It is worth mentioning that the SMT line supports components on a microscopic scale. This shows how responsible the controllers' work is.
What are the benefits of a modern SMT line?
We can safely say that the SMT production line has revolutionized the electronic market. It is an extremely efficient and precise apparatus that is able to arrange the process of creating the miniature components on various types of laminates, carry out print and paste quality checks, glue components, solder them in the oven, verify the arrangement of the components so that finally we get a ready and checked product. It is several times more effective than production lines used in the past.
Thus, the main benefits of SMT line are, above all, saving time and minimizing production costs. The less time we need the more components we can produce, which leads to maximization of profits. We also have the ability to quickly handle subsequent orders. A properly supervised SMT line also guarantees an extremely repeatable PCB assembly process of the highest quality.