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MC-400 Automatic Pick and Place

Advanced Capability for Prototyping & Pilot Production for Under $40K

Built upon the same architecture as Manncorp’s popular MC Series of SMT pick and place machines, the new MC-400 is specially designed for startups, product development labs, and contract manufacturers that need to build prototypes or short runs in-house, with high-precision and quick turn-around times. The MC-400 can also be viewed as a long-term investment in pick and place capability for when volumes increase, as feeders, software, and accessories are fully compatible with the other members of the MC family.

MC-400 automatic pick and place machine

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Places 0201s, BGAs, 15 mil QFPs w/ ±0.05mm accuracy [cap]Places 0201s to 100 x 150 mm SMDs[cap]
Placement area of 415 mm x 320 mm (16.3" x 12.5")[cap]Placement area of 415 mm x 320 mm (16.3" x 12.5") accommodates waffle trays & cut strip tape feeders[cap]
Program via CAD conversion, teaching or direct entry[cap]Program via CAD conversion, teaching or direct entry, optimize feeder placements for maximum throughput and more with easy-to-use, user-tested software[cap]
Cognex® on-the-fly and bottom (upward-looking) vision [cap]Dual vision system combines on-the-fly and bottom vision for wide component range & efficiency[cap]
9-position automatic tool changer [cap]9-position tool holder to accommodate a wide variety of SMD body sizes and shapes[cap]
MC Series-compatible smart feeders and accessories[cap]The MC-400 accepts MC Series smart tape or stick feeders, cut strip holders, and waffle trays.[cap] 
Optional precision integrated dispenser[cap]Optional precision integrated dispenser dispenses solder paste and adhesives at dot sizes down to 0.5 mm[cap]
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Generous placement area leaves room for waffle trays and/or cut tape strips 415 x 320 mm (16.3" x 12.5") placement area leaves room for waffle trays and/or cut tape strip holders. Click for larger photo

Large, precise component placement range

MC-400 places SMDs from 0201 to 100 mm x 150 mm, including BGAs, CSPs and µBGAs, micro lead frames (MLFs), flip chips, ultra-fine pitch to 15 mil and odd-form components. 

Cognex® on-the-fly and bottom vision alignment systems ensure accurate alignment of component connection points (leads, balls, bumps) to pads, with ±0.05 mm placement accuracy and ±0.01 mm repeatability.

Move quickly from prototyping to production

With placement rates of 2,500 cph (IPC 9850), up to 64 feeder slots, and quality components such as X-Y linear encoders and smart feeders, users can move from prototype into production on the same machine, saving programming and job setup time. System software will optimize your feeder locations and placement sequences to achieve the greatest possible throughput. Learn more about MC series feeders.

Mistake-proof process thanks to intelligent, feature-rich software

Programming this Windows®-based system is easy with its expandable component library, universal CAD data import, and teaching programming. The component library not only covers all common component package types and sizes, including resistors, capacitors, diodes, SOTs, PLCCs, QFPs, SOJs, SOPs, etc., but also links to the Smart Feeder software for easy feeder setup and inventory control.

Virtual PCB Simulator displays a preview of the assembled circuit board so that component types, placements, polarity and orientations can be verified before production starts while optimization tools analyze placement data and component mix to provide recommended feeder arrangement that minimizes head travel and tool changes, allowing for fastest production speeds.

Built-in fiducial mark search routines identify and correct for PCB offset or misalignment.

Visual Inspector verifies solder paste application and/or component placement on first article assembly.

Automatic, vision-assisted pick-up position adjustment can be activated to prevent pick-up errors from tapes with loose tolerances.

Reduce inventory costs 

For prototyping and other small jobs, keep costs down by purchasing only the quantity of components needed. Cut strip tape holders for the MC-400 are available for 8 mm, 12 mm, 16 mm and 24 mm tapes. The machine holds up to 40 (8 mm) cut strips, in addition to up to 32 slots available for tape and stick feeders. 

Semi-automatic mode allows for pick up, orientation and placement of loose parts from bulk component trays. Watch a video of loose parts placement in action.

Component feeding options are also very flexible.

Grow with Manncorp

MC-400 uses the same technology, feeders and software as all other MC series pick and place equipment, making it easy to expand production capabilities with additional MC machines as needed, or to upgrade to a larger machine for more speed and component coverage. Programs are portable from machine to machine, feeders interchangeable, and operators only need to learn one equipment software system.

MC-400 SMT Pick & Place Machine Features

Speed, Accuracy and Precision

  • Full-vision alignment system Cognex® on-the-fly and bottom vision cameras
  • Closed-loop servo motion control with linear encoders for smooth, high-speed movement and high accuracy and repeatability
  • Weighs 364 lbs (without stand)-built for maximum stability and repeatability, with welded steel frame construction
  • Single head places up to 3,000 parts per hour (2,500 pph, IPC-9850)

Huge Component Range

  • Places 0201 through 100 x 150 mm components, including MBGAs, micro lead frames (MLFs), CSPs, µBGAs, BGAs and QFPs with lead pitch down to 15 mil
  • All ball inspection and missing ball detection, with nonstandard ball patterns programmable and inspectable
  • 15-position automatic tool holder/changer
  • Handles single and double-side boards of 415 mm x 320 mm (16.3" x 12.5") 

Feeder Capacity and Flexibility

  • Up to 64 feeder slots allow commonly used components to be kept resident on the machine
  • Feeder racks can accommodate a mix of tape feeders and IC tube/stick feeders
  • Smart plug-and-play tape and stick feeders link to feeder position, component and indexing data in the system software to reduce job setup and changeover times. Ultra-smooth, electronic tape feeders index parts to the same place every time-set it up once and never have to do it again.
  • Cut-tape strip holders eliminate need to purchase entire reels of components for smaller jobs. (Holds up to 40 individual cut tape strips.)
  • Waffle trays and cut strip feeder holders can be used in placement area 

Easy Programming & Operation

  • UCAD® universal CAD import and conversion for direct transfer of PCB data from ASCII, AutoCAD and Excel data formats
  • Teaching/fiducial recognition camera
  • Virtual PCB Simulator offers assembly preview for component, coordinates and orientation verification prior to running production
  • Smart tape and IC tube/stick feeders for fast set-up and changeover and feeder placement optimization

Additional Touches

  • Computer controller with flat-screen LCD display, keyboard and mouse included
  • Included vision inspection capability allows camera to be used to selectively check solder paste printing or component placement accuracy
  • Optional bar code reader scans component value, lot code, date and component quanities directly from component packaging for inventory management
  • Optional offline Smart feeder programmer allows Smart tape and stick feeders to be programmed offline while the machine runs other jobs
  • Optional temperature-controlled ATP digital dispensing system for solder paste and adhesive dispensing
  • Only 32" long x 46" wide, ideal for limited production areas.

Fully Supported by Manncorp

  • 1-year parts warranty
  • Multi-language support in English, Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Italian and Turkish
  • Remote service support software & network adapter for fast troubleshooting by Manncorp techs
  • Installation and on-site training available

MC-400 in action

Note: This video features the benchtop model, which has been replaced by the current console model. All features and functions shown are identical to those offered on the current model.

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Place loose parts

MC-400's software comes equipped with Semiautomatic Mode, allowing for pick-up, orientation and placement from bulk component trays, as demonstrated in this video:

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DP4 Dispenser for all Manncorp MC Series Machines

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Cut strip tape holders
for short strips of components

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MC-400 - General Specifications
Placement Specifications
Number of Placement Heads 1
Placement Rate (IPC-9850)* 2,500 CPH
Placement Rate (Max.) 3,000 CPH
Placement Accuracy ±0.05 (0.002")
Minimum Component Size 0201
Maximum Component Size 100 mm x 150 mm (3.94" x 5.9")
Minimum Component
Lead Pitch
15 mil
BGA/CSP Placement Capability Yes - Standard
Alignment Method Full-Vision Alignment System
Pick Up Specifications
Tool Changer Included
Number of Tools 15
Accepts Additional
Tool Changers
Integral Vacuum Yes
PCB Specifications
PCB Loading Method Manual
Max. Placement Area 415 mm x 320 mm (16.3" x 12.5")
Fiducial Recognition/ Coordinate Correction Yes
Bad Mark Detection Yes
Feeder Capacity
Maximum Number of Feeder Ports 64
Maximum Number of Waffle Trays 3 (Waffle trays reduce placement area)
Operating System Windows® Based
PC, Keyboard, Mouse Yes
Monitor Flat LCD
Teaching Camera Yes
Numeric Data Entry Yes
CAD Download Yes
Step and Repeat for Matrix Boards Yes
Bar Code Reader for Feeders & Packaging Yes
MIS and Optimization Functions Yes
Off-Line Programming Yes
Dispenser Specifications
Dispensing Head Optional
Dispense Method Time/Pressure
Dot Size / Placement Speed Down to 0.5 mm / Up to 8,000 dots./sec
Mechanical Specifications
X-Y Axis Drive Mechanism Belt
X-Y Axis Drive Motors AC Servo
X-Y Axis Encoding Linear
X-Y Axis Resolution 0.005 mm (0.0002")
X-Y Axis Repeatability ±0.01 (10 µm)
Z Axis Drive Motor DC Servo
Z Axis Encoding Rotary
Z Axis Resolution 0.01 mm (0.0004")
Θ Axis Drive Motor DC Servo
Θ Axis Encoding Rotary
Θ Axis Resolution 0.045°
Θ Axis Range of Motion 0.09˚/step°
Physical Specifications
Overall Dimensions
(Approx. L x W x H)
825 mm L x 1060 mm W x 1390 mm H
(33" x 42" x 54.7")
Approximate Net Weight 165 Kg (364 lbs.) Without Stand
Facility Requirements
Standard Voltage 120/220 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Air Pressure 75 psi, 5 bar
Service and Support
Remote Diagnostics Ethernet
Warranty (Major Components) 1 Year

MC-400 - Optics Specifications
Standard Optics Package
On-the-Fly Alignment
Minimum Component Size 0.6 mm x 0.3 mm (0201)
Maximum Component Size 16 mm x 14 mm (0.63" x 0.55")
Stationary Base-Mounted Camera BV-38
Minimum Component Size 0.6 mm x 0.3 mm (0201)
Maximum Component Size 100 mm x 150 mm (3.94" x 5.9")

Because feeder management and control software is included as part of the MC series pick & place software, smart feeding is standard on every MC series pick & place machine. A wide range of affordable, efficient and reliable smart tape and stick feeders are available, as well as waffle tray and cut tape strip holders.

Explore: Smart Tape FeedersSmart Stick/Tube FeedersSmart Feeder SoftwareWaffle Trays & Cut Strip Holders

Smart Tape Feeders

  • High-precision design
  • Built-in memory modules and COM ports
  • Ultra-smooth electronic actuation and tape advance
  • Smart data linking optimizes setups, speeds job changes
  • Prevent feeders from being loaded in the wrong ports
  • Bar codes can be used for quick data entry & verification


Slim Design Maximizes Capacity

Manncorp MC series Smart tape feeders set a new standard for accurate, dependable and economical SMD presentation. The slim-profile design of these smart feeders maximizes the number of feeders that can be mounted in the space available on the pick and place machine.

Unique IDs Access Relevant Feeder Data When Feeder Is Plugged In

Each smart tape feeder has a DB-9 interface connector on its front end. The DB-9 plugs into any MC series smart feeder base to allow communciation between the MC series control software and the memory module that's built into each feeder. The memory module stores a unique feeder ID number that, as soon as the feeder is plugged into a base, instantly links it with its relevant data: assigned feeder position (port), feeder size and type, component value, lot code, date code, starting quantity, index increment, and package type.

Automatic Index Adjustment Prevents Pick-up Errors

MC series pick & place machines can use vision to calculate the offset of the component tape from the taught pickup position and index the tape feeder forward or backward accordingly. This feature is especially useful when reloading a feeder with a new reel where the alignment of the tape pocket position is slightly off from the position of the previous reel. If pickup errors associated with loose tolerances between components and tape pockets are a problem, this feature can be set to check and index on every pickup for the feeders with the problem tape reels.

Full Range of Feeder Sizes

Smart tape feeders are available in 8 mm to 72 mm widths with programmable tape index settings from 2 mm to 36 mm. Varibale tape index settings, from 16 mm to 26 mm, can also be stored in the smart feeder memory modules. This is particularly useful for 32 mm through 72 mm tape widths when extra component length requires more than the standard 4 mm, 8 mm or 12 mm tape index. Storing these setting in the memory module ensures that the settings will be used for that feeder regardless of where it is loaded—even if it is loaded on a different machine.

Smart Tape Feeder Carts for Storage and Off-Line Kitting

Transport, store, and protect your valuable Smart Tape Feeders with the sturdy, dual-tiered Smart Tape Feeder Storage Carts. The model FR-ST64 (shown) holds as many as 64 individual 8 mm Smart Tape Feeders, while the larger FR-ST96 can hold a total of 96. This handy accessory can be wheeled easily from the kitting area to the production floor and organizes feeder handling for quick and efficient setup and changeover. The heavy-duty tubular construction holds each feeder securely and shields them from impact as they move around the assembly floor.

Tape Feeder Specifications
Model #Tape SizeMinimum Index StepMaximum Tape ThicknessFeeder Base Port Positions Occupied
KFTA-08HS 8 mm 2 mm 3.3 mm 1
KFTA-08 8 mm 4 mm 3.3 mm 1
KFTA-12E 12 mm 4 mm 7.0 mm 2
KFTA-16E 16 mm 4 mm 14.0 mm 2
KFTA-24E 24 mm 4 mm 14 mm 3
KFTA-32E 32 mm 4 mm 14.0 mm 3
KFTA-44E 44 mm 4 mm 14.0 mm 4
KFTA-56E 56 mm 4 mm 14.0 mm 5
KFTA-72E 72 mm 4 mm 14.0 mm 6

These tape feeders work with all Manncorp MC series pick & place machines.

Smart Stick Feeders

  • Universal design adjust to virtually any SMD length, width or tube packaging dimensions
  • Available with 10 or 20 lanes
  • Mount directly on MC series smart feeder bases, alongside smart tape feeders
  • Memory modules link feeder lanes to specific component data

Universal Stick Feeders for Flexibility

Manncorp smart stick feeders can be positioned directly adjacent to Manncorp smart tape feeders and, like the tape feeders, are able to communicate with the MC series software via DB-9 interface connectors that plug into the smart feeder base. The memory modules store unique ID numbers that link the individual lanes in the feeder hardware with relevant feeder data, including assigned feeder position, component data, belt indexing increments, and on/off time control settings for the vibratory/gravity feed portion of the feeder.

Tape Feeder Specifications
Model #Max. Number of Sticks/TubesVibratory/Gravity Feed ZonesFeeder Base Port Positions Occupied
KFTB-2 10 2 9
KFTB-4 20 4 17

These stick feeders work with all Manncorp MC series pick & place machines.

Smart Software (Included as standard with all MC series pick & place machines)

Automatic Component Quantity Tracking

The software also tracks the number of components used, updating each feeder's memory module at the end of the production run with the quantity remaining on the reel (based on the number of pickups). This value, like the feeder ID, is retained with the feeder even after the feeder has been removed from the feeder base. When that feeder is loaded for new—or even a different—production run, the component quantity will be read from the smart feeder back into the assembly program so that an accurate component count can continue.

Feeder Position Verification

When using optimized feeder positions (a feature included in the MC series software), smart feeder IDs can be verified against feeder position data to ensure that the correct feeders are in the correct connector ports.

Position Scanning for Fast Changeover

When optimized feeder positions are not used, the system can automatically scan the loaded feeders for their IDs and inform the assembly program of each pick-up's feeder location.

Quick-Change Feeder Locations

If the operator, for whatever reason, has to position the smart feeders in a different arrangement on the machine or doesn't want to reposition smart feeders that are used in consecutive production runs, the Change Feeder Location Function can be used to import the new feeder ID data into the pick and place file.

Cut Out Manual Data Entry

An optional bar code reader can make quick work of reading and entering component data, including value, lot code, date code and starting quantity, directly from the reel or other packaging.

Smart feeder management & control software is included with all Manncorp MC series pick & place machines.

Waffle Trays & Cut Strip Holders

MC series pick and place machines feature large, open work areas that accept a variety of holders for trays and cut tape strips.

TS-1 Tray Holder

TS-1 tray holder occupies approximately 13" x 5.5" (330 mm x 140 mm) of work area and is designed to hold a standard 12.4" x 5.35" (316 mm x 136 mm) JEDEC Matrix Tray or up to two cut strip tape holders. The TS-1 provides adjustability for a wide variety of smaller matrix tray and waffle pack combinations and can easily be modified for custom tray configurations.

TS-4 Table for up to 4 JEDEC Matrix Trays

The TS-4 table for the MC-388 pick & place machine  holds up to four standard 12.4" x 5.35" (316 mm x 136 mm) JEDEC Matrix Trays and is attached to a novel, air-cushioned support mechanism that prevents the components from bouncing out of their trays as the holder approaches the load or unload positions.

CST Cut Strip Tape Holders for Short Lengths of Taped Components

CST Cut Strip Tape Holders are a handy accessory for presenting components that are supplied in short lengths of tape due to their low quantity of usage or to prevent the waste of components in sections of tape that are too short to be loaded into tape feeders. This photo shows standard holders for 8 mm, 12 mm, 16 mm and 24 mm tapes. Other sizes are available upon special request. See CST holders on a TS-1 tray holder

The TS-1 waffle tray holder & CST cut strip tape holders work with all Manncorp MC series pick & place machines.

Click on a drawing or config. number to view configuration details and a larger illustration.

Included with the MC-400 SMT Pick and Place

  • MC-400 single-head pick and place machine with welded steel frame construction 
  • Standard optics package with Cognex® on-the-fly vision alignment camera mounted on head and stationary, upward-looking vision alignment camera, covering component range from 0201s to 100 x 150 mm.
  • Closed-loop servo motor control
  • High-resolution linear encoded X-Y drive mechanism
  • 15-position tool holder
  • Reference camera for fiducial recognition and teaching
  • Windows®-based advanced pick and place control software with standard component library, universal CAD conversion, Virtual PCB Simulator, Smart Feeder Optimization and more
  • Computer controller with flat-screen LCD display, keyboard and mouse
  • Network adapter
  • Remote service support software
  • 1-Year Warranty

Shipping Information
Crated Dimensions: Approx. 940 mm x 1270 mm x 1448 mm (37" x 50" x 57")
Gross Weight: Approx. 400 lbs. (180 kgs) 

Dimensions and weight subject to slight change