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Benchmarking Equipment Against Your Needs

At this point in the equipment selection process, it’s just a matter of making a chart of your requirements alongside the specifications of the different machines you’re looking at.

Your requirements

You figured out your production requirements. You calculated your feeder slot requirements. So all that’s left is to create a chart that allows you to compare your needs side-by-side with the equipment you're considering.

Equipment capabilities

For each piece of equipment you’re looking at, you’ll fill in equipment data with the manufacturer’s specs. Make sure to de-rate the CPH as discussed in How equipment manufacturers specify their machines. For placement speed the manufacturer specifies as IPC-9850 rated, subtract 20%. For placement speed that isn't IPC-9850 rated, subtract 30%.

Some examples

We have put together a few examples of how to set up a benchmarking chart. You can do this in a simple spreadsheet:

Making the comparison

Once you have your chart completed, it will be easy to determine which machines won’t be suitable for your needs at all. That may narrow the field down to just one machine, which would make your decision a simple one! Or you may find yourself with a number of contenders still on the list.

This is where you compare warranties, availability of installation and training, level of service and support, software, options, and the qualities of the companies themselves: years in business, satisfied customers, etc.

You may have other questions when it comes to purchasing a pick and place machine, including:

  • Should I buy used or new?
  • What about assembling LED light panels?
  • Should I buy a pick and place machine—or outsource my assembly needs?
  • Should I buy a pick and place machine—or assemble my products by hand?

 

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