Has your production expanded to higher volumes? Do you still need the ﬂexibility and quick changeovers to handle half a dozen different products a day? And are your line operators paying the price for these conﬂicting demands?
With the MY300HX and MY300EX, the newest MYPro series pick-and-place machines make it possible to build lines that maintain the highest utilization levels at speeds up to 100,000 components per hour.
FIRST LAUNCHED IN 2017, the MY300 pick-and-place machines were introduced to ensure a fully automated material ﬂow for all next-generation boards and components. Thanks to a comprehensive redesign, they also reduce the machine footprint of the previous MY200 by 50 percent.
Double the top speeds
Now, the new MY300HX and MY300EX are continuing this design evolution with an even further reduced footprint that introduces entirely new conﬁguration possibilities. The fastest of these, known as the Trilogy line, guarantees the same ﬂexibility as Mycronic’s high-capacity DX Synergy line, but with up to twice the throughput.
A MYPlan 5.0 software upgrade applies new optimization algorithms to balance the line’s two MY300HX high-speed placers with one MY300EX ﬁne-pitch and odd-shape placer. But the secret is not only in the software.
A well-balanced pick-and-place trio
By distributing four Hydra heads and two high-precision Midas heads over three frames, the Trilogy line beneﬁts from higher mount head utilization and a more balanced and cost-effective platform. Because the Midas head occupies the optimal position on the MY300EX’s X-wagon, the machine is up to two times faster than a MY300DX when it comes to high-precision mounting. The MY300HX machines, meanwhile, have a shorter Z-stroke, leading to shorter cycle times and an added boost to top throughput speeds.
The fastest way to stay ﬂexible
The new MY300 pick-and-place Trilogy mid-volume line has been received as welcome news among electronic manufacturers who demand the future-proof automation and technical capabilities of an integrated Mycronic system by eliminating the need for a separate, dedicated high-speed line. When the ﬁrst beta customers shifted over to full-time production using the platform, they experienced solid evidence of success.
Among these early adopters is Allelektronik, a Sweden-based manufacturer of electronics for air conditioning, climate controls and other facility automation systems. A longtime Mycronic customer, Allelektronik had been experiencing rising demand for higher production volumes, but lacked both the extra manpower and ﬂoorspace to expand throughput.
Shifting the balance from three to one
As a result, staffing issues had become unsustainable. Running a single DX Synergy line on two shifts, line operators would work two six-hour shifts a day and still struggled to meet demand for new orders. Eventually, Owner and Production Manager Mats Landström was faced with a crucial decision: add a third shift or invest in an additional high-volume line.
“Fortunately, the Trilogy line came just in time for us,” explains Landström. “We’ve gone from average production speeds of about 25,000 to 40,000 components per hour. Of course, the actual speed varies a lot from board to board and the type of components, but still it’s been a solid boost to our volumes. The production is more stable, the machines are more robust, and we’ve gone from considering adding a third shift to deciding if we can reduce it to just one. So things are deﬁnitely going in the right direction for us.”
Building the future of high-speed ﬂexibility
Better yet, the new Trilogy line promises a strong return on investment for mid-volume producers with a demanding mix of products, boards and components. It includes three machines in a single, compact line at a price comparable to non-ﬂexible lines with the same speed rating, and is available in multiple customized conﬁgurations.
“The MY300HX and MY300EX are key to our MYPro Line design strategy, which distribute the most advanced capabilities across the most ﬂexible modular technology platforms,” explains Clemens Jargon, VP SMT at Mycronic. “As part of an integrated end-to-end SMT solution, it’s really the only platform that gives you total automated control from mid-volume down to smaller batches.”
Text: Grant Baldridge
Photo: Magnus Elgqvist
Published: 4 November 2019