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Publication Date: 07/1/2012
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Europlacer Technology Doubles BGM's SMT Production
Tampa, FL — Detroit-based BGM Engineering had outgrown existing SMT technology when exponential sales growth required greater production capability. The company evaluated several SMT pick-and-place equipment suppliers before choosing the Europlacer iineo-II based on its value, flexibility and functionality in meeting growing, high-mix manufacturing requirements.

Offering the industry's largest board size and a huge feeder capacity of 264 x 8mm, the Europlacer iineo II immediately doubled BGM Engineering's production capacity while providing the flexibility to handle PCBs as large as 18 x 20-in. (457 x 508mm). With the installation of the iineo II in July 2011, the engineering company increased surface mount assembly rates from 2K to more than 25K parts per hour.

BGM's high-mix, medium- to high-volume electronics assembly includes a diverse range of components such as resistors, connectors and ICs ranging in size from 1/2 x 1/2-in. (12.7 x 12.7mm) to 12 x 1-in. (304 x 25.4mm). With multiple board variations, the engineering company performs frequent job changeovers; typically three different batches are completed daily. Using the iineo II, parts can be loaded into tape elements in 30 seconds or less.

The intelligent feeders of the iineo-II also allow operators to store component data, such as bar code information, for automatic machine recognition that further optimizes setup and changeover. Built-in software provides analysis of production data at different process stages so BGM can evaluate how the iineo II ran for a specific job.

Contact: Europlacer North America, 5804 E. Breckenridge Blvd., Tampa, FL 33610 813-246-9500 fax: 813-246-9595 Web:

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