APPLICATIONS OF RFID INTELLIGENT FEEDERS FOR PRODUCTION MANAGEMENTAuthors: Robert J Black, Jr.
Company: Juki Automation Systems
Date Published: 9/25/2005 Conference: SMTA International
There are several applications on the production floor which can be addressed by RFID Intelligent Feeders. Chief among these is the assurance that the proper component is loaded into the proper space on the placement machine feeder bank. Mis-load errors are still a leading cause of manufacturing defects. Traceability is another application growing in importance for manufacturers of products where quality is vital. These include medical electronics, aerospace and defense manufacturing, and automotive products.
Information stored in the production database, and accessible by the placement system when identified by the RFID Intelligent Feeder, can be recorded by board serial number electronically resulting in c complete manufacturing history for each assembled board. Tracking of component inventory, including moisture sensitive devices, is another application which can be addressed by RFID Intelligent Feeders. These important areas, and others, can be addressed by a well designed intelligent feeder system using RFID technology, resulting in more reliable and controllable assembly of electronic circuit assemblies.
Key words: RFID, Intelligent Feeders, Traceability, SMT assembly, Inventory Control
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