Juki incorporates traceability into intelligent feeder system
Oct 04, 2005
Juki Automation Systems has introduced an intelligent feeder system that uses RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology as the primary communication method between the feeder and the assembly machine.
According to Bob Black, Chairman and President of Juki Automation Systems, the new system provides manufacturers with the highest cost/benefit ratio. "The storage medium on the feeder is passive, which removes the requirement for power on the feeder," said Black. "This improves the contact reliability as well as the feeder cost, providing manufacturers with the lowest cost of ownership."
The IFS-X system tracks components from initial receipt through placement. Traceability is conducted by the intelligent feeders, which store data about the components, such as part number, quantity and lot number. Date and time the board was assembled are also traced. By automated part recognition, the intelligent feeder system aims to reduce setup time, improve setup accuracy and prevent human errors that can cause defective products to be assembled.
Customers can easily retrofit their existing compatible machines with the IFS-X. Juki's intelligent feeder system is compatible with the KE-2050/60 and the complete R-Series of machines. The IFS-X uses standard Juki feeders including FF and ATF tape feeders, vibratory, belt and stick feeders.