MC389 High Speed High Mix Pick and Place

The MC389 sets new standards for SMT pick and place speed, precision, and flexibility. Based on the MC Series’ durable ball-screw and rotary-encoded drive train, its three heads and on-the-fly vision allow accurate placement of any SMD (including 01005 chips, µBGAs, and 12-mil pitch QFPs). With an enormous placement area of 650 mm x 460 mm (25.6" x 18.1") and a capacity for up to 160 Smart Tape and Stick Feeders, the MC389 can easily be configured for virtually any high-mix project.

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Chris Ellis 215-869-8374
Ed Stone 215-808-6266
MC-389 3-STAGE:
MC-389 3-stage inline conveyor for PCBs to 650 mm long + $5995.00
MC-389 1-STAGE:
MC-389 single-stage conveyor for PCBs to 650 mm long + $5995.00
32-Port Feeder Base for MC Series + $2995.00
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
Tape Feeder for 8 mm tapes, max. 3.3 mm tape thickness + $745.00
Tape Feeder for 8mm tapes w/ small window for better performance on 0201/0402 components + $795.00
Tape Feeder for 12 mm tapes, max. 7 mm tape thickness + $925.00
Tape Feeder for 16 mm tapes, max. 12 mm tape thickness + $1325.00
Tape Feeder for 24 mm tapes, max. 12 mm tape thickness + $1525.00
Tape Feeder for 32 mm tapes, max. 12 mm tape thickness + $1725.00
Tape Feeder for 44 mm tapes, max. 12 mm tape thickness + $1825.00
Tape Feeder for 8 mm tapes, max. 3.3 mm tape thickness + $695.00
Tape Feeder for 8mm tapes w/ small window for better performance on 0201/0402 components + $845.00
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
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
Cut strip holder - Three 12 mm lanes - Two 16mm lanes - One 24mm lanes + $695.00
Universal IC/Tube Feeder - 5 lanes + $2495.00
Universal IC/Tube Feeder - 10 lanes + $3295.00
Universal IC/Tube Feeder - 20 lanes + $4495.00
Waffle Tray + $625.00
Offline storage feeder cart - holds up to 64 feeders + $3495.00
Bar code reader for fast feeder programming + $295.00
Offline smart feeder programmer + $2495.00


This robust, high-mix machine provides stability and precision for all placements, even at high speeds, thanks to the following features:

  • 30 µm, 3 Sigma placement accuracy
  • Highly precise ball-screw X and Y drive
  • Closed-loop servo control system on all axes
  • Tough, unibody steel frame
  • Three-head gantry
  • Placement rates up to 10,500 parts per hour (IPC-9850)


  • Dual-vision alignment combines Cognex® on-the-fly with bottom stationary systems for fast, efficient placement of 0201s through 38 x 38 mm SMDs.
  • 01005 to 100 x 150 mm placement capability is available as an option.
  • The machine conducts ball inspection and missing ball detection, with nonstandard ball patterns programmable and inspectable.
  • A 23-position automatic toolholder/changer with 20 standard nozzles is included.


The MC389 has a large placement area of up to 650 mm x 460 mm (25.6" x 18.1"), depending on the number of feeder bases and the board handling method used. It holds a maximum of two 48-port feeder racks, front and back, plus two 32-port feeder racks on the sides, for a total feeder capacity of 160 8-mm tape feeders. The feeder racks can accommodate a mix of tape feeders and IC tube/stick feeders, plus waffle trays and cut strip feeder holders can be used in placement area (one waffle tray is included with the machine).

Suitable for any inline or work cell manufacturing environment; single-stage and 3-stage SMEMA-compatible inline conveyors optional.


This machine utilizes UCAD® (universal CAD) import and conversion for direct transfer of PCB data from ASCII, AutoCAD, and Excel data formats. It also has a built-in teaching, fiducial-recognizing camera. Prior to running production, the Virtual PCB Simulator offers assembly preview for component, coordinates, and orientation verification. Feeder placement and set-up/changeover optimization is available with Smart Feeders for tape and IC tubes/sticks.


  • A computer controller with a flatscreen LCD display comes with the machine (keyboard and mouse included).
  • An included vision inspection capability allows cameras to be used for selectively checking solder paste printing and/or component placement accuracy.
  • The optional barcode reader scans component values, lot codes, dates, and component quantities directly from packaging for inventory management. *
  • The optional offline Smart Feeder Programmer allows Smart Tape and Stick Feeders to be programmed offline while the machine runs other jobs.
  • The optional temperature-controlled ATP digital system dispenses solder paste and adhesive.

*Two-dimensional barcodes on component reels cannot be interpreted by the software.

Placement Specifications
Number of Placement Heads 3
Placement Rate (IPC-9850)* 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")
Maximum 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 Manual loading in batch / standalone
configuration (standard)
Single-stage and 3-stage inline
conveyors (optional)
Maximum Placement Area 650 x 380 mm (25.6" x 15")
with conveyor
650 x 460 mm (25.6" x 18.1")
without conveyor
Fiducial Recognition /
Coordinate Correction
Bad Mark Detection Yes
Feeder Capacity
Maximum Number of Feeder Ports 96 with inline conveyor
160 batch configuration w/ feeders on four sides
Maximum Number of Waffle Trays Dependent on PCB size
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 6,000 dots/hr

Mechanical Specifications
X-Y Axis Drive Mechanism Ball Screw
X-Y Axis Drive Motors AC Servo
X-Y Axis Encoding Rotary
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)
1300 x 1420 x 1460 mm
(51" x 56" x 57")
Approx. Net Weight 1100 kg (2425 lbs.)
Facility Requirements
Standard Voltage 200-230 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Air Pressure 80 psi, 9 CFM
Service and Support
Remote Diagnostics Ethernet
Warranty (Major Components) 1 Year


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

Innovative Feeder with a Built-in Display

Information is stored directly, and constantly updated, within this new feeder. The OLED screen allows operators to review component quantities on reels, feeder slot locations, part numbers, part values, and more – all while the machine is in-use or offline. Being able to view this vital information on the feeder itself adds an extra level of insurance that the correct parts will be placed accurately from the onset, fixing problems before reaching the inspection stage.

  • Component reel information is now stored/updated in the feeder.
  • OLED displays allow for easy monitoring of the component consumption status.
  • The feeder has an internal battery, so data will always be available in both online (connected to machine) and offline (standalone) modes.
  • Vision library names are displayed (for example 0201, SOIC16, QFP44, etc.) and the feeder stores the lot & date codes of components.

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. 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 Feeder Slot Pitch
KFTA2-8MM HS 8 mm 2 mm 3.3 mm 1 13.3 mm
KFTA2-8MM 8 mm 4 mm 3.3 mm 1 13.3 mm
KFTA2-12MM 12 mm 4 mm 7.0 mm 2 13.3 mm
KFTA2-16MM 16 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 2 13.3 mm
KFTA2-24MM 24 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 3 13.3 mm
KFTA2-32MM 32 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 3 13.3 mm
KFTA2-44MM 44 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 4 13.3 mm
KFTA2-56MM 56 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 5 13.3 mm
KFTA2-72MM 72 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 6 13.3 mm
KFTA3D-8MM SW 8 mm 2 mm 3.3 mm 1 15 mm
KFTA3D-8MM 8 mm 2 mm 3.3 mm 1 15 mm
KFTA3D-12MM 12 mm 4 mm 7.0 mm 1 15 mm
KFTA3D-16MM 16 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 2 15 mm
KFTA3D-24MM 24 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 3 15 mm
KFTA3D-32MM 32 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 3 15 mm
KFTA3D-44MM 44 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 4 15 mm
KFTA3D-56MM 56 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 5 15 mm
KFTA3D-72MM 72 mm 4 mm 12.0 mm 6 15 mm



  • 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.

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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