SMD Tower

Intelligent
material handling

SMD Tower

Intelligent
material handling

SMD Tower

Intelligent
material handling

A modern, near-production

storage system

The SMD Tower is an automated, highly flexible and expandable buffer storage unit designed for deployment near the production line. In the SMD Tower, the right component is in the right place in a controlled environment – ready for quick and smooth changeovers in your SMT line. You can even store your most frequently used components with an Agilis feeder attached!


Key benefits

  • 75%

    reduction of labor cost
  • 50%

    reduction in P&P downtime
  • 90%

    reduction of retrieval time

 

No more mix-ups

Regardless of whether you need a single reel or tray, or need to automatically process a complete kitting list, the system records every movement. It keeps track of all stored reels and component quantities automatically. A unique identification code ensures that the right component is always provided or stored, making mix-ups almost impossible. Return-to-storage is just as quick and convenient.

 

Compact near-production storage

The SMD Tower closes a gap in flexible SMD manufacturing, where up until now reels had to be physically found and retrieved, one at a time, from space-consuming and inflexible storage systems. The SMD Tower needs barely one square meter of floor space to store up to 658 reels, and it can be integrated into existing material handling systems.

 


Case - Komatsu

 

Challenge

Running high-mix production is labor-intensive. Much time is needed to handle the flow of materials needed for frequent setups and changeovers. Komatsu Electronics were experiencing high costs related to their material handling. In addition, they were spending a lot of time hunting down missing material, causing pick-and-place machine downtime.

 

Solution

Komatsu are now running a suite of 16 SMD Towers that support activities in different segments of their production. All 16 towers are located in the same group, to enable simultaneous storage and retrieval of components. This enables the customer to reduce picking time to a minimum when preparing a new job.

 

Result

Komatsu has experienced significant improvements since introducing the SMD Towers. Material storage and retrieval man-hours have been reduced from 90 seconds per part to 4 seconds per part, resulting in an overall saving of 4600 man-hours per year. In addition, their pick-and-place machine downtime resulting from searches for materials has been reduced by 57% – from 75 minutes per line and day to 32 minutes per line and day.


Specifications

 

      200     513   2000    5130

Max capacity

546 406 658 490
Footprint (m²) 1.07 1.19 1.07 1.19

 

     615-7     615-15   6150-7  6150-15

Max capacity  

812 812 980 980
Footprint (m²) 1.46 1.59 1.46 1.59


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