Flexible Surface Mounted Component Placement Sequence Optimizer
Original Publication Date: 1988-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-14
A method is described which provides a number of advantages for Surface Mounted Component (SMC) assembly operations. The Part Number Program (PNP) optimizer, as shown in Fig. 1, is a series of preprocessing steps which occur in an offline environment, prior to system run time in the manufacturing environment. The software interface, shown in Fig. 2, provides the real world support required to utilize the output from the optimizer shown in Fig. 1. (Image Omitted) The foundation for this interface was developed to accommodate the N various output lists for the N placement devices. The output lists can be of varied information including tool set up, and component placement/attachment recipes, and others to be determined. Fig.