The increasing use and variety of surface mount ICs that are supplied in stick / tube packaging format have presented SMT assemblers with a number of new technical and economic challenges. Autotronik Smart Stick Feeders are designed to solve these problems and provide the industry's most flexible, reliable, and cost-effective solution for feeding SMD components into bars. The KFTB-2 can hold up to 10 tubes of variable width, while the KFTB-4 can hold up to 20 tubes. Both models use a number of DB-9 interface connections at their front end and can be easily mounted on the 48-port (FR-48K) or 32-port (FR-32K) Smart Feeder receptacles based on assembly systems from the BA series. Smart stick feeders can be positioned directly next to the Autotronik smart tape feeders and, like the tape feeders, use the interface connection for communication between the BA Control software and the memory modules integrated in the smart stick feeders. The memory modules store unique ID numbers that link the individual tracks of the feeder hardware with assigned feeder position data, component data, step widths for belt indexing and even settings for the on / off time control for the vibration / gravity feed part of the feeder.
New, universal hardware design: Easy adaptation to almost all SMD length, width or tube packaging dimensions for maximum flexibility and economy
5-lane, 10-lane or 20-lane models: Mount directly on the Autotronik Smart Feeder holder next to the Autotronik Smart Tape Feeders Optimized setup: The connection via the feeder port and the base connects the smart feeders to a known location on the placement machine in order to optimize the set-up or to speed up the changeover
Independent vibration control zones: For the gravity feed of components of normal size with settings for the automatic on / off time control Integrated component library: Links individual stick feeders to specific component data, including package type, take-up angle, band index increment, on / off time for vibration feed, etc.
Built-in memory module: Data values written to memory modules are retained if feeders are removed from the machine or overwritten