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MC-388 For High Mix High Component Count or LED Panels

MC-388 features four simultaneous pick-up heads, 256 feeder slots in batch configuration, 176 when used inline, providing near-zero job changeover time, plus a huge placement area (13.8” x 49.2”/350 x 1250 mm), and the same precision and accuracy users have come to expect from MC series component placers. Ideal for LED strips, drivers or other high component large panels.

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MC-388 4-head pick and place machine with enormous feeder capacity



Placement Specifications
Number of Placement Heads 4
Placement Rate (IPC-9850)* 8,000 CPH
Placement Rate (Max.) 10,500 CPH
Placement Accuracy 30 µm, 3 Sigma
Minimum Component Size 0201 (01005 optional)
Maximum Component Size 100 mm x 150 mm (3.94" x 5.9")
Minimum Component Lead Pitch 0.3 mm (0.012")
BGA/CSP Placement Capability Yes - Standard
Alignment Method Dual-Vision Alignment System
Pick Up Specifications
Tool Changer Included
Number of Tools 15
Accepts Additional Tool Changers Yes
Integral Vacuum Yes
PCB Specifications
PCB Loading Method 3-Stage Inline Single-Lane Conveyor standard.
Dual lane, single stage and dual stage available as well as no conveyor (batch / standalone operation)
Max. Placement Area 350 mm x 1250 mm (13.7" x 49.2") w/conveyor
410 mm x 1100 mm (43.3" x 16") w/o conveyor
Fiducial Recognition/ Coordinate Correction Yes
Bad Mark Detection Yes
Feeder Capacity
Maximum Number of
Feeder Ports
176 w/inline conveyor
256 w/batch configuration
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
Bar Code Reader
for Feeders & Packaging
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 6,000 dots./hr
Mechanical Specifications
X-Y Axis Drive Mechanism Ball Screw
X-Y Axis Drive Motors AC Servo
X-Y Axis Encoding Linear
X-Y Axis Resolution 0.005 mm (0.0002")
Z Axis Drive Motor DC Servo
Z Axis Encoding Rotary
Z Axis Resolution 0.02 mm (0.0008")
Θ Axis Drive Motor DC Servo
Θ Axis Encoding Rotary
Θ Axis Resolution 0.045°
Θ Axis Range of Motion 360°
Physical Specifications
Overall Dimensions
(Approx. L x W x H)
1900 mm L x 1570 mm W x 1486 mm H
(75" x 62" x 59")
Overall Dimensions with Feeders
(Approx. L x W x H)
2050 mm L x 1670 mm W x 1877 mm H
(81" x 66" x 74")
Approximate Net Weight 1200 Kg (2646 lbs.)
Facility Requirements
Standard Voltage 200-230 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Air Pressure 80 psi, 16 CFM
Service and Support
Remote Diagnostics Ethernet
Warranty (Major Components) 1 Year


Huge Feeder Capacity, Huge Placement Area
Extra-large placement area can be shared with waffle trays and cut tape strip holders.

Up to 176 feeders can be mounted on the front and rear of the inline MC-388 while still maintaining a generous 350 mm x 1250 mm (13.8" x 49.2") placement area that can be shared between PCBs and waffle trays. 

Configured as a batch/standalone machine, MC-388 accepts two additional 40-port feeder racks, bringing total feeder capacity to 256. With that many feeder slots, job changeover time is reduced to nearly zero.  Placement area when the machine is fully loaded with feeders is 410 mm x 1100 mm (16" x 43.3").

Set Up to Suit Your Needs
Standard MC-388 configuration includes a 3-stage, single-lane conveyor system with SMEMA interface and auto width control.

MC-388 comes standard with a fully adjustable, three-stage, single-lane inline conveyor for PCBs to 650 mm. 

Two options exist for handling even longer boards: a single-stage 1.2 meter upgrade that allows the MC-388 to process boards—such as those used for LED tube lighting—up to four feet long in a single pass. A dual-stage conveyor option extends maximum PCB length to 1.5 meters.

The MC-388 is also available in batch/standalone configuration, which allows users to take advantage of the full feeder base capacity, topping out at 256 feeder slots.

Place Just About Any SMD Component—Quickly and Accurately
Standard MC-388 configuration includes a 3-stage, single-lane conveyor system with SMEMA interface and auto width control.

MC-388 with the standard optics package places parts as small as 0201s. A hybrid optics package adds 01005 capability while still maintaining placement accuracy of 30 µm, 3 Sigma. At the other end of the spectrum, MC-388 can place SMDs as large as 100 x 150 mm, including:

  • BGAs
  • µBGAs
  • CSPs
  • Micro Lead Frames (MLFs)
  • Fine-pitch QFPs down to 0.3 mm/0.012" lead pitch
  • Odd form components
  • And much more

Alignment is accomplished via a dual-vision combination of head-mounted Congex® on-the-fly cameras and stationary bottom cameras. Full vision alignment, which matches component leads, balls or bumps directly with the pads, completely eliminates placement inaccuracies caused by systems that locate and align to only the component body. 

Smart feeders simplify setup, prevent errors
On-the-fly & bottom (upward-looking) vision alignment systems combine to provide an SMD placement range of 01005 (optional) through 100 x 150 mm.

The MC Series feeders have been designed for time savings and reliable performance:

  • Plug-and-play Smart tape and stick feeders link to feeder position, component and indexing data 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.
  • Universal stick feeders adjust to virtually any SMD length, width or tube packaging dimensions.
  • MC-388's placement software analyzes and optimizes feeder locations to minimize head travel and tool changeovers and maximize efficiency and throughput. 
  • Feeders are fully interchangeable between all MC series models.

A bar code scanner and offline feeder programming software are available as time-saving options—scan component data in from the reel label, program feeders for an upcoming job while the machine runs current jobs.

Learn more about MC series feeders.

Easy to Use, Field-Tested Software
Included software has been field-tested and refined for ease of use and stability by more than a decade of user feedback.

MC-388 uses the same robust, Windows®-based software as all other MC series machines. Customer feedback over the past ten years has created a very easy to use, stable and reliable system. 

  • Program via CAD import and conversion, teaching or direct entry.
  • Component library covers all common component package types and sizes, including resistors, capacitors, diodes, SOTs, PLCCs, QFPs, SOJs, SOPs, etc.
  • Component library data links to Smart Feeder software for easy feeder setup and inventory control.
  • When optional dispensing head is installed, dispensing patterns and parameters can be defined and assigned to specific components in the component library.
  • Virtual PCB Simulator displays a virtual assembly based on programming data.
  • Fiducial mark search routines identify and correct for PCB offset or misalignment.
  • 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.
  • Network adapter and remote diagnostic software allow for fast trouble-shooting by Manncorp techs.


MC-388 SMT pick & place machine:

DP4 Dispenser for all Manncorp MC Series Machines

Cut strip tape holders
for short strips of components


Optics Packages

MC-388 - Optics Specifications
On-the-Fly Alignment (standard)
Minimum Component Size 0.6 mm x 0.3 mm (0201)
Maximum Component Size 16 mm x 14 mm (0.63" x 0.55")
On-the-Fly 01005 Alignment (UG-CA-01005)*
Minimum Component Size 0.4 mm x 0.2 mm (01005)
Maximum Component Size 7 mm x 7 mm (0.27" x 0.27")
Stationary Base-Mounted Camera (BV-38; standard)
Minimum Component Size 0.6 mm x 0.3 mm (0201)
Maximum Component Size 38 mm x 38 mm (1.5" x 1.5")
100 mm x 150 mm (3.94" x 5.9") by 4-corner check
Stationary Base-Mounted Camera (BV-04; optional, can be used with BV-38)
Minimum Component Size 0.4 mm x 0.2 mm (01005)
Maximum Component Size 4 mm x 4 mm (0.16" x 0.16")

*Note: Replaces standard on-the-fly-alignment system. When using the UG-CA-01005 optics for on-the-fly alignment of 01005 components, all components over 7 mm x 7 mm must be aligned using the standard BV-38 base-mounted camera.

PCB Handling

MC-388 PCB Handling Specifications
Inline Configuration (Standard)
Max. Placement Area 350 mm x 1250 mm
(13.8" x 49.2")
Maximum Number of Feeder Ports 176
Max. Feeder Ports (Front) 88
Max. Feeder Ports (Rear) 88
Max. Feeder Ports (Right) 0
Max. Feeder Ports (Left) 0
Batch/Stand-Alone Configuration (Optional)
Max. Placement Area 410mm x 1100mm
(16" x 43.3")
Maximum Number of Feeder Ports 256
Max. Feeder Ports (Front) 88
Max. Feeder Ports (Rear) 88
Max. Feeder Ports (Right) 40
Max. Feeder Ports (Left) 40


MC-388 Dual-Gantry SMT Pick & Place Machine Features

Speed, Accuracy and Precision

  • 30 µm, 3 Sigma placement accuracy thanks to high-precision ball screw X-Y drive and closed-loop servo control system
  • Heavy-duty welded, uni-body steel frame provides stability for precision placements even at high speeds
  • Four heads for placement rates to 10,500 parts per hour (8,000 pph, IPC-9850)
  • Two-head configuration available, with placement speeds to 6,400 pph

Huge Placement Area

  • Large placement area of 350 mm x 1250 mm (13.8" x 49.2") allows plenty of room for waffle trays
  • 3-stage, single-lane SMEMA-compatible conveyor with automatic width adjustment allows machine to be used inline or connected to board loader/unloader for work cell operation
  • Adapter for extra-large LED boards (to 350 mm x 1250 mm/13.8" x 49.2") included
  • Can alternately be configured with a single-stage or dual-stage conveyor, a dual-lane conveyor, or no conveyor at all (batch/standalone operation).
  • Dual stage conveyor handles PCBs to 1500 mm long.

Huge Component Range

  • Dual vision alignment combines Cognex® on-the-fly with bottom stationary systems for fast, efficient placement of 0201s through 100 x 150 mm SMDs
  • 01005 placement capability available as option
  • Full ball inspection and missing ball detection, with nonstandard ball patterns programmable and inspectable
  • 15-position automatic tool holder/changer

Feeder Capacity and Flexibility

  • Total feeder capacity: 176 ports w/inline conveyor; 256 w/batch configuration
  • With inline conveyor, MC-388 holds two 48-port feeder racks and two 40-port feeder racks
  • Batch configuration allows two additional 40-port feeder racks to be added
  • Feeder racks accommodate a mix of tape feeders and IC tube/stick feeders
  • Waffle trays and cut strip feeder holders can be used in placement area (one waffle tray included with machine)

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 quantities 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

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
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