SMT placement equipment
SMT (surface mount technology) component placement systems, commonly called pick-and-place machines or P&Ps, are robotic machines which are used to place surface-mount devices (SMDs) onto a printed circuit board (PCB). They are used for high speed, high precision placing of broad range of electronic components, like capacitors, resistors, integrated circuits onto the PCBs which are in turn used in computers, telecommunications equipment, consumer electronic goods, industrial equipment, medical instruments, automotive systems, military systems and aerospace engineering.
These systems normally use pneumatic suction nozzles, attached to a plotter-like device to allow the nozzle head to be accurately manipulated in three dimensions. Additionally, each nozzle can be rotated independently.