What is Automated Component Insertion
Automated component insertion is the automated process of placing electronic components onto a printed circuit board (PCB) during the assembly or “stuffing” process. This process eliminates the need for manual labor by utilizing machines or equipment designed to handle and accurately place various types of components onto the PCB.
The implementation of automated component insertion can vary, with options including groups of machines working together or a continuous assembly line setup. This method allows for the sequential insertion of different component types, such as axial, radial, dual in-line package (DIP), surface-mount, and even odd-shaped components that require specialized robotics for insertion.
The primary objective of automated component insertion is to enhance productivity, reduce labor costs, and ensure consistent insertion quality. By automating the process, machines seamlessly integrate into the overall production flow, improving efficiency and throughput. Additionally, this automation can lead to cost savings in the production of PCBs by reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for insertion components.