MC388 For High Mix High Component Count or LED Panels

MC-388 features four simultaneous pick-up heads, 256 feeder slots in batch configuration, 192 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. 


Chris Ellis 215-869-8374
Ed Stone 215-808-6266
MC-388 3-stage conveyor w/single-stage processing of PCBs to 1.2 m + $1000.00
MC-388 3-stage conveyor w/dual-stage processing of PCBs to 1.5 m + $2000.00
40-Port Feeder Base for MC Series + $3495.00
48-Port Feeder Base for MC Series + $3495.00
DP-4 head-mounted dispenser + $3495.00
XD01 Precision Dispenser - down to .3mm dot size - requires DP-4 + $9995.00
Camera upgrade for on-the-fly 01005 alignment + $2495.00
Base-mounted camera for 01005 alignment + $4995.00
Hybrid vision for parts down to 01005 + $4995.00
Tape Feeder for 8mm tapes w/half-step advanced suitable for 0201/0402 + $845.00
Tape Feeder for 8 mm tapes, max. 3.3 mm tape thickness + $695.00
Tape Feeder for 12 mm tapes, max. 7 mm tape thickness + $895.00
Tape Feeder for 16 mm tapes, max. 12 mm tape thickness + $1295.00
Tape Feeder for 24 mm tapes, max. 12 mm tape thickness + $1495.00
Tape Feeder for 32 mm tapes, max. 12 mm tape thickness + $1695.00
Tape Feeder for 44 mm tapes, max. 12 mm tape thickness + $1795.00
Tape Feeder for 56 mm tapes, max. 12 mm tape thickness + $2195.00
Cut strip holder - Ten 8 mm lanes + $595.00
Cut strip holder - Seven 12 mm lanes + $695.00
Cut strip holder - Six 16 mm lanes + $895.00
Cut strip holder - Four 24 mm lanes + $995.00
Installation and Training + $3,500.00

Huge Feeder Capacity, Huge Placement Area

Up to 192 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 32-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

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—with Accuracy

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.

Easy to Use, Field-Tested Software

MC388 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.


Number of Placement Heads
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


Tool Changer
Number of Tools
Accepts Additional Tool Changers
Integral Vacuum


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)
Maximum 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/
Bad Mark Detection


Maximum Number of Feeder Ports
192 w/inline conveyor
256 w/batch configuration


Operating System
Windows Based
PC, Keyboard, Mouse
Flat LCD
Teaching Camera
Numeric Data Entry
CAD Download
Step and Repeat for Matrix Boards
Bar Code Reader for Feeders
and Packaging
MIS and Optimization Functions
Off-Line Programming


Dispensing Head
Dispense Method
Dot Size/Placement Speed
Down to 0.5 mm
Up to 6,000 dots/hr


X-Y Axis Drive Mechanism
Ball Screw
X-Y Axis Drive Motors
AC Servo
X-Y Axis Encoding
X-Y Axis Resolution
0.005 mm (0.0002")
Z Axis Drive Motor
DC Servo
Z Axis Encoding
Z Axis Resolution
0.02 mm (0.0008")
θ Axis Drive Motor
DC Servo
θ Axis Encoding
θ Axis Resolution
θ Axis Range of Motion


Overall Dimensions
(Approx. L x W x H)
2040 mm L x 1570 mm W x 1486 mm H
(80" 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")
Approx. Net Weight
1200 Kg (2646 lbs.)


Standard Voltage
200-230 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Air Pressure
80 psi, 16 CFM


Remote Diagnostics
Warranty (Major Components)
1 Year

Inline Configuration (Standard)

Max. Placement Area
350 mm x 1250 mm (13.8" x 49.2")
Maximum Number of Feeder Ports
Max. Feeder Ports (Front)
Max. Feeder Ports (Rear)
Max. Feeder Ports (Right)
Max. Feeder Ports (Left)

Batch/Stand-Alone Configuration (Optional)

Max. Placement Area
410mm x 1100mm (16" x 43.3")
Maximum Number of Feeder Ports
Max. Feeder Ports (Front)
Max. Feeder Ports (Rear)
Max. Feeder Ports (Right)
Max. Feeder Ports (Left)

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: 192 ports w/inline conveyor; 256 w/batch configuration
  • With inline conveyor, MC-388 holds four 48-port feeder racks
  • Batch configuration allows two additional 32-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

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.


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

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

Model # Tape Size Minimum Index Step Maximum Tape Thickness Feeder 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 12.0 mm 2
KFTA-24E 24 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 3
KFTA-32E 32 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 3
KFTA-44E 44 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 4
KFTA-56E 56 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 5
KFTA-72E 72 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 6



  • 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

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

Model # Max. Number of Sticks/Tubes Vibratory/Gravity Feed Zones Feeder Base Port Positions Occupied
KFTB-2 10 2 9
KFTB-4 20 4 17



  • Included as standard with all MC series pick and place machines
  • Automatic component quantity tracking
  • Feeder position verification
  • Position scanning for fast changeover
  • Quick-change feeder locations
  • Cut out manual data entry

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.



  • 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.

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



Minimum Component Size
0.6 x 0.3 mm (0201)
Maximum Component Size
16 x 14 mm (0.63" x 0.55")


Minimum Component Size
0.4 x 0.2 mm (01005)
Maximum Component Size
7 x 7 mm (0.27" x 0.27")


Minimum Component Size
0.6 x 0.3 mm (0201)
Maximum Component Size
38 x 38 mm (1.5" x 1.5")
100 x 150 mm (3.94" x 5.9") by 4-corner check


Minimum Component Size
0.4 x 0.2 mm (01005)
Maximum Component Size
4x 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 x 7 mm must be aligned using the standard BV-38 base-mounted camera.

For equipment suggestions specific to your production needs, email or contact one of our Sales Managers:

Chris Ellis - EAST COAST 215.869.8374

Ed Stone - WEST COAST 215.808.6266

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