IPTE Factory Automation, a supplier of automated production equipment for the electronics and mechanics industry, presented at productronica its new product design. Besides the focus on the requirements of Industry 4.0, a new optical design and the optimized mechanical design of the components of the machines, the new generation accelerates the standardization of the so-called standard machines.
This covers IPTE’s depanelers as well as their mounting equipment. The new production cells are built on a modular and scalable basis. Another part of the new design is the optimized layout inside the cells. This offers an increased user-friendliness and a better access to all parts of the machines. The handling of these production cells is even better for service and reequipping. Besides the standard processes like dispensing, milling and mounting, a lot of other functionalities can be built into the new IPTE cells. Due to the increased standardization of the IPTE depanelers and the mounters, the company is able to reduce delivery time and times for service. In addition, the storekeeping is reduced as well.
During productronica, IPTE presented the new design by showing a production line for a dispensing and milling process. Two of the new production cells were equipped with a dispenser and an IPTE depaneler, FlexRouter II. The line was connected with some board handling modules and loading/ unloading units out of the EasyLine handling program. An optical on-the-fly control to check the milling quality and a blister packing unit are integrated into the depaneler cell. It demonstrated a lean and process extensive concept of the production line.
In addition, the fully automated production line showed the realization of Industry 4.0. Every single production process generated a package of production data which was shown live. Besides OEE- (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) data and fault statistics, actual data of energy consumption, process and quality statistics were shown on four-line dashboards.