New video by Michael; The Factory | Optimising PCB Assembly For Pick & Place Machine

New video! We’re talking pick-and-place optimisation today on The Factory, and introduce the (new and improved) PiicoDev Colour Sensor prototype.

This week’s production run of 4-channel Logic Level Converters got us thinking about how we can speed up this assembly with a productivity hack. By treating the whole panel as a single PCB, rather than a repeated tiling of circuit boards, we could reduce the assembly time of this design by perhaps 20%.

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    Would it be possible to define one panel of 3x8 placements, then duplicate that panel across the whole board?
    P1: R1 R2 R3 R4 R1 R2 R3 R4
    P2: T1 T2 T3 T4 T1 T2 T3 T4
    P3: R5 R6 R7 R8 R5 R6 R7 R8

    That would leave some odd ones at the end of each row and column, but still much easier than doing the whole board.


    @Jeff105671 , it would work if both parts could use the same diameter nozzle. I didn’t do a great job of clearing up in the video that the resistors and transistors each (nominally) require a different nozzle. We could perhaps get away with using the same one however - the difference in size is not so great.