News release

  • 13. March 2020
    Yamaha Motor Europe to Debut New YRM20 Mounter, Featured for Intelligent Manufacturing, at SMTconnect 2020
    Booth 319, hall 4 to showcase latest surface-mount automation and software for increased productivity Yamaha Motor Europe SMT Section will highlight the next generation machine platform with the first new machine YRM20 surface mounter for data-intensive intelligent manufacturing at SMTconnect 2020 in Nuremberg, May 5-7. The Yamaha booth, 319 hall 4, will also feature the integrated material handling with the YST15 intelligent component storage tower, software tools to boost productivity, and inline modular surface-mount equipment of the Yamaha Total Line Solution. Making its European debut, the YRM20 introduces Yamaha’s next-generation platform optimised for high-speed, high-volume communication and accelerated data sharing. In addition, the new HM inline head and RM rotary multipurpose head that interfaces efficiently with the latest high-speed feeder, increase speed and versatility. The YRM20 also introduces a new high-precision board mount, new conveyor for faster transport and board replacement, overdrive motion for increased productivity, and advanced, intuitive GUI with focused controls and easier component setup. Also ready to power smart factories to increased productivity, the YST15 intelligent component storage tower can store up to 1500 reels, load and unload up to 27 reels in one batch, and connect with surface-mount lines to coordinate replenishment automatically. The next generation software platform will feature in a dedicated display area to demonstrate the latest tools to accelerate equipment programming and setup, simplify real-time control, assist troubleshooting and traceability, and automate data analysis to inform manufacturing and business decision making. From the Yamaha Total Line Solution, the booth will feature the YSP10 fast-cycle printer with automatic stencil replacement, YSM20R high-speed modular mounter featured for high axis speeds and non-stop operation, YSi-SP 3D solder-paste inspection system, and YSi-V hybrid 2D/3D/4-direction AOI system. Yamaha technical experts and sales engineers will be available at the booth throughout the event to explain how the Company’s innovative equipment solutions and software tools support smart manufacturing and increase productivity and quality. Visit booth 319, hall 4 to find out more. About Yamaha Robotics SMT Section Yamaha Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Section is a subdivision of Yamaha Motor Robotics Business Unit in Yamaha Motor Corporation. Yamaha surface mount equipment is highly acclaimed in the market for their “module concept” that enables them to keep pace with the trend toward smaller and more diverse electric/electronic parts being mounted on circuit boards. Yamaha SMT Section has created a strong business in the surface mount industry that enables design and engineering, manufacture, sales and service to be conducted in one comprehensive system. Furthermore, the Company has used its core technologies in the areas of servo-motor control and image recognition technology for vision (camera) systems to develop solder paste printers, 3D solder paste inspection, 3D PCB inspection machines, flip chip hybrid placers and dispensers. This allows Yamaha SMT Section to offer a full line of machines for electric/electronic parts mounting and propose optimum production-line makeup to answer the diversifying needs of today’s manufacturers. Yamaha SMT Section has sales and service offices in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America provide a truly global sales and service network that will safeguard best in class on-site sales & service support for clients. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 10. February 2020
    Yamaha Motor Europe Hosts Annual Distributor Meeting at New Home in Hamamatsu
    Representatives from all Yamaha Motor Europe SMT Section distributors gathered in Hamamatsu to prepare for the year ahead Yamaha Motor Europe SMT Section invited its European distributors to experience the Company’s impressive new factory in Hamamatsu, Japan at the 2020 annual distributor meeting. Over three days, from January 28-30, delegates talked business, toured the newly opened 52,000m2 factory, and took time out at Yamaha Communication Plaza – the exhibition facility Yamaha created to share its pursuit of kando* through the exciting products of the past, present, and future. Special presentations recognized the performances of the top distributors in the previous 12 months. Mr. Ryosuke Nakamura, Branch Manager of Yamaha Motor Europe IM business, presented the Most Valuable Service Award to Zoltan Szilassi of Elas, distributor for Hungary, and the Most Valuable Distributor Award to Mancini Enterprise Group which supports customers in Italy, Greece, and Croatia. “Our distribution network is extremely strong and we look forward to even greater success in the coming years as our teams continue to grow together and benefit from the consolidation of our manufacturing at the new factory here in Japan,” he said. The new factory brings together production of all Yamaha Robotics high-speed surface mount and factory automation equipment. Unifying activities formerly distributed across three separate sites, the move further strengthens Yamaha’s commitment to its enterprise partners and to smart industry worldwide. *Kando is a Japanese word for the simultaneous feelings of deep satisfaction and intense excitement that we experience when we encounter something of exceptional value. About Yamaha Robotics SMT Section Yamaha Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Section is a subdivision of Yamaha Motor Robotics Business Unit in Yamaha Motor Corporation. Yamaha surface mount equipment is highly acclaimed in the market for their “module concept” that enables them to keep pace with the trend toward smaller and more diverse electric/electronic parts being mounted on circuit boards. Yamaha SMT Section has created a strong business in the surface mount industry that enables design and engineering, manufacture, sales and service to be conducted in one comprehensive system. Furthermore, the Company has used its core technologies in the areas of servo-motor control and image recognition technology for vision (camera) systems to develop solder paste printers, 3D solder paste inspection, 3D PCB inspection machines, flip chip hybrid placers and dispensers. This allows Yamaha SMT Section to offer a full line of machines for electric/electronic parts mounting and propose optimum production-line makeup to answer the diversifying needs of today’s manufacturers. Yamaha SMT Section has sales and service offices in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America provide a truly global sales and service network that will safeguard best in class on-site sales & service support for clients. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Mr Zoltan Szilassi received the Yamaha Motor Europe Most Valuable Service Award 2019 on behalf of his company, Elas, from Mr Ryosuke Nakamura, Yamaha Motor Europe Branch Manager. Mancini Enterprise Group received the Yamaha Motor Europe Most Valuable Distributor Award 2019 from Mr Ryosuke Nakamura, Yamaha Motor Europe Branch Manager. Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 28. January 2020
    Yamaha Motor Launches YRM20 Premium High-Efficiency Surface Mounter
    Delivering World Class-Leading Performance with New Platform and High-Speed Rotary Head The YRM20 Premium, High-Efficiency Modular Yamaha Motor Europe announces that the new YRM20 surface mounter will launch on April 1, 2020. Built on an all-new next-generation platform which embodies the intelligent factory, this high-efficiency premium modular mounter utilizes two head types: A newly-developed high-speed, multi-purpose rotary (RM) head that, when combined with the new high-speed feeder, delivers world class-leading mounting performance (under optimal conditions) of 115,000CPH, as well as a 1-head solution via the newly-designed in-line (HM) head which combines high speed and high versatility. With high mounting accuracy of ±25μm (Cpk ≧ 1.0), it supports 0201 (0.25×0.125mm) sized microchip component mounting. In addition, the newly developed conveyor can handle a maximum board width of 510mm, an optimized layout improves the transfer speed, and greatly reduces the time required for board replacement. The adoption of the overdrive motion inherited from the premium modular Σ series, which has realized high-efficiency production, reduces head entry restrictions when front and rear tables interfere, and also improves productivity. In addition, the GUI (Graphical User Interface) on the operation screen has been renewed, making intuitive operations easy. Market Background and Product Outline In recent years, miniaturization, high-densification, high functionality, and diversification as well as shortened product cycles have increasingly accelerated for a variety of products such as consumer electronics, personal computers, and mobile telephones. As a result, manufacturing sites need the flexibility and efficiency to accommodate the innovations, changes, and upgrades that production facilities require. As labor shortages and personnel expenses intensify, productivity improvement, increase in operating ratios, and reductions in labor requirements by automating factories through robotics, AI, and IoT have been promoted. Yamaha Motor has developed a completely new generation of mounter platforms for the increasing amounts of data traffic produced by future developments in automation and meet requirements in the era of high-speed, high-volume communication with accelerated data sharing. Furthermore, we have taken an approach that uses completely different head mechanisms to develop the YRM20, a new, premium, high-efficiency modular. This machine combines the two unique technologies, both represent the best of traditional Yamaha Motor technology, of the rotary head Sigma series, and the in-line head focused YSM, which achieved a 1-head solution to handle everything from ultra-small chip components to large components without head replacement. We fully utilize our strengths through a full lineup of mounting equipment such as surface mounters, printers, dispensers, and inspection equipment. These are based on being highly efficient in mounting process productivity, with a view to linking with other equipment, especially in the mounting line. We are promoting the Intelligent Factory, a system that can be realized comprehensively. Product Features 1) A new, next-generation platform that embodies the intelligent factory The YRM20 uses a new machine-control system ready to handle a new era of escalating data speed and volume requirements at production sites. Our new speedy and robust application software interacts with peripheral systems and software seamlessly, securely, and without waste. The new machine uses a unique and effective design created with our UP! (Unique and Proven) SMT (Surface Mount Technology) business concept. 2) A 2-head unit that combines a rotary head with a multi-purpose in-line head for world-leading productivity speed Next-generation, high-speed rotary (RM) head combined with Sigma technology A newly-developed rotary head tailored to the next-generation platform works with a durable new, high-speed feeder with improved tape feeding speed to achieve outstanding productivity reaching speeds of 115,000 CPH, the fastest speed in its class in the world. An in-line (HM) head with a refreshed control system delivers high speed and amazing versatility The combination of a new servo system and ever-evolving in-line head achieves a blazing fast speed of 98,000 CPH (under Yamaha Motor's optimum conditions). Tailored to the concept of a 1-head solution, this machine can deal with ultra-small components, large components, and everything in between with one type of head in a lightning-fast, versatile package. 3) High precision, high quality mounting for miniature chips The new design of the X beam reduces heat distortion for high-precision mounting at ±25μm (Cpk ≧1.0). This allows the machine to handle 0201-sized miniature chip components. Mountable component sizes range from 0201 to 12 x 12 mm for the RM head and W 55 x L 100 mm for the HM head. The new component recognition camera of the machine switches between line and area images for flexible, faster, higher-quality recognition. In addition, new ID-linked nozzles deliver high-speed, low-impact mounting via lighter tip slides. Maintenance is also more efficient than ever because nozzles work with an auto-nozzle changer. 4) Faster production speed The newly developed conveyor, which can handle a maximum board width of 510 mm, features an optimized layout and quicker transport speeds, significantly cutting print circuit board replacement time improving effective production tact. The machine also uses overdrive motion, which features Sigma technology for highly efficient production. Reducing head entry restrictions when front and rear tables interfere further enhances real productivity. 5) Operating screen GUI with improved controllability and visibility via a newly designed application The new GUI features an advanced design and an easy-to-read layout, enabling intuitive user control. The new Operator Mode enables the user to operate only the necessary controls, enhancing controllability at production sites. Furthermore, thanks to the new vision system and interface, the time required to create parts data for components with complex shapes has been reduced significantly. About Yamaha Robotics SMT Section Yamaha Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Section is a subdivision of Yamaha Motor Robotics Business Unit in Yamaha Motor Corporation. Yamaha surface mount equipment is highly acclaimed in the market for their “module concept” that enables them to keep pace with the trend toward smaller and more diverse electric/electronic parts being mounted on circuit boards. Yamaha SMT Section has created a strong business in the surface mount industry that enables design and engineering, manufacture, sales and service to be conducted in one comprehensive system. Furthermore, the Company has used its core technologies in the areas of servo-motor control and image recognition technology for vision (camera) systems to develop solder paste printers, 3D solder paste inspection, 3D PCB inspection machines, flip chip hybrid placers and dispensers. This allows Yamaha SMT Section to offer a full line of machines for electric/electronic parts mounting and propose optimum production-line makeup to answer the diversifying needs of today’s manufacturers. Yamaha SMT Section has sales and service offices in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America provide a truly global sales and service network that will safeguard best in class on-site sales & service support for clients. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 22. November 2019
    Yamaha Reveals Smart Solutions to Raise Surface-Mount Productivity at Productronica 2019
    Yamaha introduced vistors to advanced automation and transformational software tools at Productronica 2019 Innovative automation, insightful software tools, and faster robots boost product quality and manufacturing efficiency Yamaha Motor Europe SMT Section has presented advanced solutions for extending surface-mount assembly capabilities and maximising productivity at Productronica 2019, November 12-15 in Munich. This year’s booth focused visitors’ attention on new software tools for data analysis, automated component handling, innovative pick-and-place, and robotic automation, alongside the YSP printers, YSM mounters, and YSi inspection systems of the Yamaha Total Line Solution. Yamaha’s Total Line Solution tightly integrates printing, solder-paste inspection, component mounting, and AOI, enhancing data-driven process optimisation. The YSP10 screen printer, which has innovations that reduce waste cleaning paper by up to 80 percent, received the 2019 Global Technology Award for Printing Equipment, presented by Global SMT at the Productronica Forum. Three booth displays dedicated to software revealed new features of Yamaha’s Factory Tools 4.0 suite that simplify equipment programming, setup, real-time control, and data analysis. The new Dashboard lets users easily visualise performance and identify historical trends while another new utility, Image Viewer, helps store and quickly retrieve images for any inspection site on any board to support troubleshooting or traceability. Ichiro Arimoto, General Manager, explained, “This state-of-the-art software turns the data from our machines into actionable insights, empowering our customers to achieve the improvements they are seeking.” Yamaha also showed how the latest YST15 intelligent component storage tower connects with autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) that deliver required components, pre-loaded on the feeder cart, to the right placement machine, at the right time, anywhere in the factory. Together, the YST15 and AGVs ensure components reach the point of use exactly when needed and let factory staff focus on high-value tasks. A special display presented advanced Yamaha robots for automated assembly, showing how the latest double-carriage N15D and high-thrust F14H transport modules enhance flexibility and can halve the tact time of pick-and-place component handling. The demonstration also featured the new YK400XE SCARA robot, which handles 30-percent heavier loads with increased excursion speed. Finally, continuing to drive innovations that boost placement speed and flexibility, Yamaha presented its latest high-speed Sigma machines and iPulse mounters for placing components accurately on 3D substrates. There was also a hint at what’s to come, from the prototype Next-Generation Mounter machine at the centre of the booth. About Yamaha Robotics SMT Section Yamaha Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Section is a subdivision of Yamaha Motor Robotics Business Unit in Yamaha Motor Corporation. Yamaha surface mount equipment is highly acclaimed in the market for their “module concept” that enables them to keep pace with the trend toward smaller and more diverse electric/electronic parts being mounted on circuit boards. Yamaha SMT Section has created a strong business in the surface mount industry that enables design and engineering, manufacture, sales and service to be conducted in one comprehensive system. Furthermore, the Company has used its core technologies in the areas of servo-motor control and image recognition technology for vision (camera) systems to develop solder paste printers, 3D solder paste inspection, 3D PCB inspection machines, flip chip hybrid placers and dispensers. This allows Yamaha SMT Section to offer a full line of machines for electric/electronic parts mounting and propose optimum production-line makeup to answer the diversifying needs of today’s manufacturers. Yamaha SMT Section has sales and service offices in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America provide a truly global sales and service network that will safeguard best in class on-site sales & service support for clients. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 22. November 2019
    Yamaha Wins Global Technology Award for Printing Equipment
    Advanced high-end printer, YSP10, praised for innovative high-speed, low-waste design Yamaha Motor Europe SMT Section has received Global SMT’s Global Technology Award 2019 in the printing equipment category, for the YSP10 high-end solder paste printer, presented at the Productronica Forum in Munich on November 12, 2019. The Global Technology Awards recognise innovations that improve manufacturing performance and environmental consideration. The YSP10 achieves both by introducing enhanced motion control that reduces cycle time by 20%, optional features that automate product changeovers, and an advanced head design that minimises cleaning paper usage. “This Global Technology Award recognises printing as the foundation for all downstream assembly processes and therefore critical for optimum end-of-line results,” said Ryosuke Nakamura, Branch Manager, Yamaha Motor Europe IM Business. “The YSP10 is engineered to overcome today’s manufacturing challenges, effectively reducing waste while increasing speed, efficiency, accuracy, and repeatability.” Introduced in January 2019, the YSP10 is specially designed for unprecedented high-speed tact time and fully automated product changeovers leveraging automatic push-up pin exchange, stencil replacement, and solder transfer. As the new benchmark among high-end printers, the YSP10 performs highly in any surface-mount manufacturing context and delivers the maximum when integrated inline with YSM mounters, YSi inspection systems and Factory 4.0 software tools of the Yamaha Total Line Solution. Here you will find more information about the YSP10. About Yamaha Robotics SMT Section Yamaha Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Section is a subdivision of Yamaha Motor Robotics Business Unit in Yamaha Motor Corporation. Yamaha surface mount equipment is highly acclaimed in the market for their “module concept” that enables them to keep pace with the trend toward smaller and more diverse electric/electronic parts being mounted on circuit boards. Yamaha SMT Section has created a strong business in the surface mount industry that enables design and engineering, manufacture, sales and service to be conducted in one comprehensive system. Furthermore, the Company has used its core technologies in the areas of servo-motor control and image recognition technology for vision (camera) systems to develop solder paste printers, 3D solder paste inspection, 3D PCB inspection machines, flip chip hybrid placers and dispensers. This allows Yamaha SMT Section to offer a full line of machines for electric/electronic parts mounting and propose optimum production-line makeup to answer the diversifying needs of today’s manufacturers. Yamaha SMT Section has sales and service offices in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America provide a truly global sales and service network that will safeguard best in class on-site sales & service support for clients. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 4. November 2019
    Yamaha appoints CORE-emt as sole supplier in Estonia
    Scandinavia YAMAHA SMT distributor extends territory to boost sales & support in the Baltic region Yamaha Motor Europe SMT Section is announcing that CORE-emt, the appointed distributor for Scandinavia, is extending responsibility for sales and support to also cover Estonia.The decision is based on CORE-emt’s success in Scandinavia, in recognition of their support of Yamaha customers, commitment, and ability to connect with electronics businesses throughout northern countries. “The synergy is perfect as Scandinavian and Baltic companies already collaborate extensively in electronics engineering and manufacturing,” said Steen V. Haugbølle, Managing Director of CORE-emt, which appointed Finnish Kai Koivunen as their dedicated sales representative in Finland in 2016. “This expansion is an exciting opportunity for CORE-emt. For years we have been adding on knowledge and manpower in both our sales and service department to offer the OEM and EMS businesses we serve the very best.” Steen added, “The CORE-emt team is highly motivated and ready to confirm Yamaha’s faith in us by strengthening customer support and growing our presence in the Baltic region.” “As the winner of Yamaha’s ‘Most Valuable Distributor’ award in 2017, CORE-emt is one of our best performing distributors” said Pierre Williams, Yamaha Area Sales Manager for Scandinavia, Baltic, UK, Ireland & South Africa. “To lead development in Estonia is the natural next step for this relationship. Steen and his team bring passion and the energy that is sure to deliver success.” As in Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway & Finland), CORE-emt will represent the complete Yamaha SMT line equipment in Estonia. This include the Sigma and hybrid iPulse mounters, YS series printers, mounters, inspection machines, component towers, accessories including smart feeders and Factory Tools 4.0 software. Together, these create the unique Yamaha Full-Line Solution, which simplifies support for customers and realises technical advantages that enhance productivity, line maintenance and product traceability.For more information, visit www.core-emt.com Steen V. Haugbølle, Managing Director of CORE-emt by a selection of his displayed YAMAHA SMT machinery at CORE-emt HQ. About Yamaha Robotics SMT Section Yamaha Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Section is a subdivision of Yamaha Motor Robotics Business Unit in Yamaha Motor Corporation. Yamaha surface mount equipment is highly acclaimed in the market for their “module concept” that enables them to keep pace with the trend toward smaller and more diverse electric/electronic parts being mounted on circuit boards. Yamaha SMT Section has created a strong business in the surface mount industry that enables design and engineering, manufacture, sales and service to be conducted in one comprehensive system. Furthermore, the Company has used its core technologies in the areas of servo-motor control and image recognition technology for vision (camera) systems to develop solder paste printers, 3D solder paste inspection, 3D PCB inspection machines, flip chip hybrid placers and dispensers. This allows Yamaha SMT Section to offer a full line of machines for electric/electronic parts mounting and propose optimum production-line makeup to answer the diversifying needs of today’s manufacturers. Yamaha SMT Section has sales and service offices in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America provide a truly global sales and service network that will safeguard best in class on-site sales & service support for clients. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 16. October 2019
    Polish edition of IPC Day - RENEX Electronics Education Center
    On October 3rd, 2019, the first Polish edition of IPC Day, an event organized by the American association IPC in individual European countries, dedicated for representatives of the most significant companies in the electronics industry in a given region, took place. The Polish edition of the event was organized in cooperation with RENEX Electronics Education Center - the largest Authorized IPC Training Center in Central and Eastern Europe - an IPC partner that has been operating for over 20 years. The meeting was attended by more than 70 specialists from Poland and Europe in the field of production and repair of electronic assemblies, thus it was an opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience and find solutions for the troublesome practical problems. The main speaker of the event was Philippe Léonard, Director of IPC Europe, who discussed issues related to the development, updating and implementation of IPC standards. The event was also attended by global corporations: YAMAHA and TAGARNO, whose representatives Andreas Guenewald, Sławomir Florian and Kristoffer Tømmergaard presented in theory and practice technological solutions from the field of optical inspection allowing to adapt production to global IPC standards. There was also a Polish accent at the conference - Marcin Sudomir, Master IPC Trainer on behalf of RENEX EEC, gave a lecture on the criteria for evaluating electronic assemblies using SMT. The event took place in Włocławek in the RENEX conference spaces and in the new RENEX Technology Centre. RENEX, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is one of the largest and longest operating Polish companies, providing the latest technologies and comprehensive support for the electronics industry. About Yamaha Robotics SMT Section Yamaha Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Section is a subdivision of Yamaha Motor Robotics Business Unit in Yamaha Motor Corporation. Yamaha surface mount equipment is highly acclaimed in the market for their “module concept” that enables them to keep pace with the trend toward smaller and more diverse electric/electronic parts being mounted on circuit boards. Yamaha SMT Section has created a strong business in the surface mount industry that enables design and engineering, manufacture, sales and service to be conducted in one comprehensive system. Furthermore, the Company has used its core technologies in the areas of servo-motor control and image recognition technology for vision (camera) systems to develop solder paste printers, 3D solder paste inspection, 3D PCB inspection machines, flip chip hybrid placers and dispensers. This allows Yamaha SMT Section to offer a full line of machines for electric/electronic parts mounting and propose optimum production-line makeup to answer the diversifying needs of today’s manufacturers. Yamaha SMT Section has sales and service offices in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America provide a truly global sales and service network that will safeguard best in class on-site sales & service support for clients. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 15. October 2019
    Automating LED BIN-Code Management to Boost Lighting Assembly Productivity
    LED-lighting manufacturers need BIN-code aware programming to streamline assembly and eliminate human error, while gaining flexibility to handle continuously varying inventory Pushed by legislation and pulled by the demands of an excited marketplace, LED lighting has quickly become dominant, serving almost every illumination need from functional to decorative. Its success has transformed production of lighting fixtures away from traditional electrical wiring challenges and now demands electronic design knowhow and manufacturing capabilities. Large OEMs have invested in new electronic surface-mount assembly equipment with long board capability, and EMS companies have responded to the new opportunities. LED boards are different from traditional circuit boards, often being larger – and especially longer – and hence calling for revised board transport and indexing systems for screen printing and pick-and-place processes. Also, many different types of nozzles have been designed to optimise vacuum picking of the LEDs, from feeder tapes or trays. Vacuum picking is complicated due to the wide variance in lens curvature between LED parts of different product families and different manufacturers. Managing LED BIN Codes However, managing the BIN (literally meaning Brightness Indicator Number) of LEDs on the production line remains perhaps the most challenging issue for manufacturers. Placing an LED of the wrong BIN in an unsuitable location could cause a discrepancy in the overall lighting effect that will be immediately apparent to the end user. Figure 1. LEDs from the same BIN ensure consistent lighting and uniformity from unit to unit. Typically, parts are sold by the reel and BINs differ from reel to reel. The BIN code is indicated on the reel label. However, when ordering, it is not possible to specify parts of one BIN only to ensure that all LEDs on the production line are closely matched: the necessary parts-screening processes are extremely expensive and in any case many suppliers do not offer the option. As a result, lighting manufacturers may hold inventory containing several reels of a given LED part number, although the parts may have two or more different BINs. There are several ways to overcome this issue, to ensure that all lighting products at the end of the line deliver acceptable performance. Homogeneous placement refers to populating any given batch of boards using only LEDs from one reel. This ensures consistent luminosity across the complete light emitting surface of the lamp (figure 1). Because mixing LEDs from different reels on the same board could give unpredictable results, it is important to be sure that the reel contains enough LEDs to build a suitable number of boards and stop production when insufficient LEDs remain to complete the next board. Alternatively the designer can correct for the differences in luminosity by placing a suitable resistance value in series to regulate the LED current. Choosing lower resistance values for lower-luminosity LEDs, and higher values for higher-luminosity parts (figure 2) can equalise the output of all parts. In this case, for any given BIN, the LED and calculated current-limiting resistor must be considered as a set. When a new reel is fitted, containing parts from a different BIN, the machine must recognise the new BIN and identify the feeder position that contains the correct accompanying resistance value. Another approach is to create combinations of LEDs from different BINs, in pairs or small groups, ensuring all groups have identical total luminosity (figure 3). This allows the use of a single resistor value with each LED while at the same time ensuring uniform light quality within each lamp and from unit to unit. Although any of these strategies can be effective, there is a complication: the numbers of available reels containing LEDs of any given BIN are subject to change over time as the factory inventory is consumed and replenished, and cannot be predicted. Hence if using homogeneous placement, the program cannot rely on the fact that another reel of the same BIN will be available when the current reel is exhausted. On the other hand, resistor-corrected or combination approaches must cater for a large number of alternative component pairings to cover any situation where LEDs of one or more BINs, are not available at any time. Figure 2. Correcting LED BIN by adjusting series resistance value. Figure 3. BIN compensation using combinations of LEDs. Correcting for BIN in Production At the product design stage, software tools help engineers calculate the various combinations of LED BINs and resistors needed to ensure consistent luminosity. Understanding that a single LED part number can have as many as 250 or more BINs associated, a huge number of alternative files can be created to cover every possible combination. Figure 4. The BIN table editor enhances flexibility to handle unpredictable and changing inventory. Managing these files becomes a major challenge when it comes to generating assembly programs for placement machines in the SMT line, and subsequently running production continuously as component reels are exhausted and replenished. To prepare programs ahead of production, the programmer must be aware of the available inventory. Moreover, in production, automating as much of the BIN-management process as possible is desirable to minimise opportunities for operator errors that can lead to mismatching of components and subsequent poor quality or failed units at end of line. To overcome these challenges, Yamaha automated BIN-code management software contains a BIN table editor (figure 4). Using this tool, a technician can import pattern names contained in the board data, avoiding time-consuming and error-prone manual data entry. The BIN-code management software detects the part numbers at feeder stations and automatically selects the appropriate target parts to generate the BIN table. In addition, the software allows the flexibility to apply BIN specifications to the board program or to one more placement machines in the SMT line. It is therefore possible to populate LEDs and their associated resistors according to a production plan or use the BIN table as a sole reference to directly specify the BINs each machine must use. In the first mode, Plan mode, the automatically generated BIN table is linked with the board data according to production lot. The operator can then control production simply selecting the lot name, without needing to examine BIN specifications. The second mode, Machine mode, allows BINs to be selected directly and gives the flexibility to change BINs if necessary while a production lot is ongoing. In each case the software oversees production, allowing for replenishment by reel replacement or splicing, and is able to detect errors such as fitting an incorrect BIN that does not support the current program requirements. Conclusion The LED-lighting revolution presents a major opportunity for lighting brands and electronic manufacturers. However, unpredictability in BIN-code inventory complicates assembly-program generation. Time pressure and the potential for human error intensify the challenge. Fast and fool-proof automated tools are needed to help manage LED BIN codes on the factory floor. The flexibility to accommodate all BIN-compensation strategies, including homogenous placement, resistor correction, and array placement, lets manufacturers decide how best to maximise productivity and deliver high-quality LED lighting that meets the expectations of today’s demanding end users. About Yamaha Robotics SMT Section Yamaha Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Section is a subdivision of Yamaha Motor Robotics Business Unit in Yamaha Motor Corporation. Yamaha surface mount equipment is highly acclaimed in the market for their “module concept” that enables them to keep pace with the trend toward smaller and more diverse electric/electronic parts being mounted on circuit boards. Yamaha SMT Section has created a strong business in the surface mount industry that enables design and engineering, manufacture, sales and service to be conducted in one comprehensive system. Furthermore, the Company has used its core technologies in the areas of servo-motor control and image recognition technology for vision (camera) systems to develop solder paste printers, 3D solder paste inspection, 3D PCB inspection machines, flip chip hybrid placers and dispensers. This allows Yamaha SMT Section to offer a full line of machines for electric/electronic parts mounting and propose optimum production-line makeup to answer the diversifying needs of today’s manufacturers. Yamaha SMT Section has sales and service offices in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America provide a truly global sales and service network that will safeguard best in class on-site sales & service support for clients. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu
  • 17. September 2019
    Yamaha to present innovations and future technologies at Productronica 2019
    Booth 323, Hall A3 to feature automation engineered for future-proof flexibility and productivity Yamaha Motor Europe SMT Section is to demonstrate advanced automation and software solutions at Productronica 2019, across several dedicated focus areas at booth 323 in Hall A3. An intelligent factory area will show the latest control and management software tools with the high-speed surface-mount machines of Yamaha’s True Total Line Solution including YSP10 printer, YSi-SP solder paste inspection, YSM20R mounters, and YSi-V 3D AOI. The software demonstration will highlight the new Dashboard, which provides powerful and intuitive controls, Image Viewer that lets users quickly retrieve any inspection or alignment picture from every assembly for analysis, and the latest features for controlling equipment remotely, managing AOI, and optimising setup. Within the intelligent factory area, Autonomous Guided Vehicles will feature in regular demonstrations throughout each day to show how materials can be moved efficiently and on time to wherever they are needed in the factory communicating with Intelligent SMD tower, YST15. In a separate area focusing on pick-and-place variation, the high-speed Sigma G5S II flexible multi-head placer and iPulse hybrid mounter will demonstrate flexible capabilities for taking on extreme challenges such as very high density assemblies and populating 3D substrates. Completing the working displays of advanced technology in action, the Yamaha robotic area will demonstrate robotic electronics assembly processes that maximise flexibility and repeatability.Visitors can also see a static display featuring Yamaha’s inventive Niken -- the world’s first multi-wheel production motorcycle -- engineered for extra confidence in tough conditions and supporting the future-focused theme of the booth. As always, Yamaha engineers and technical sales staff will be present throughout the event to explain the new technologies and their competitive benefits for OEMs and assemblers. It’s all to see at Stand 323, Hall A3, November 12-15, 2019. About Yamaha Robotics SMT Section Yamaha Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Section is a subdivision of Yamaha Motor Robotics Business Unit in Yamaha Motor Corporation. Yamaha surface mount equipment is highly acclaimed in the market for their “module concept” that enables them to keep pace with the trend toward smaller and more diverse electric/electronic parts being mounted on circuit boards. Yamaha SMT Section has created a strong business in the surface mount industry that enables design and engineering, manufacture, sales and service to be conducted in one comprehensive system. Furthermore, the Company has used its core technologies in the areas of servo-motor control and image recognition technology for vision (camera) systems to develop solder paste printers, 3D solder paste inspection, 3D PCB inspection machines, flip chip hybrid placers and dispensers. This allows Yamaha SMT Section to offer a full line of machines for electric/electronic parts mounting and propose optimum production-line makeup to answer the diversifying needs of today’s manufacturers. Yamaha SMT Section has sales and service offices in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America provide a truly global sales and service network that will safeguard best in class on-site sales & service support for clients. www.yamaha-motor-im.eu Contact info Oumayma Grad Marketing Communications Manager Hansemannstraße 12 41468 Neuss Germany Office: +49 2131 2013 538 Mobile: +49 1517 0233 297 Fax: +49 2131 2013 550 Email: oumayma.grad@yamaha-motor.de Web: www.yamaha-motor-im.eu