A manufacturer of electronic components needed a cost effective carrier tape solution for the high volume requirements of three of their key product lines. The solution had to be produced in North America for a number of reasons; they needed to avoid the high logistical costs associated with Asian suppliers. Plus a domestic supplier would also be better able to implement and support their JIT initiatives.
We analyzed the situation and developed a multiple lane carrier tape forming process that nearly quadrupled the speed of manufacturing. This new process utilized a precise cam driven material advancement system with up to four lanes of forming capabilities, as opposed to the one lane that they had been using.
The new high speed multi-lane forming machine featured punching, vision inspection, slitting and options for single or cross winding the completed carrier tape.
It was also able to meet the customer’s high volume consistency and accuracy requirements with production speeds of up to 900 meters per hour and nearly 5,000,000 meters production capacity per machine annually. For more information, see the table below or contact us directly.
|Service Name||High Speed, Multi-lane Forming Machine|
|Capabilities applied/Processes||Project Requirements:
|Overall Part Dimensions||
|Tightest Tolerances||Able to produce tape holding a +/-.10mm tolerance|
|Material used in Machine Production||KEASTAT™ I.S. Polystyrene or Carbon Polycarbonate|
|In Process testing/inspection performed||Machine has an inline vision inspection system monitoring 100% of the formed pockets|
|Industry for Use||Electronics, Consumer, Medical and Industrial|
|Volume||Up to 5 million meters annually per machine|
|Standards Met||Customer Specifications, produces product adhering to the current EIA 481 standard|