Robotic BON work-cell simulation

As a proof-of-concept exploration, TFT set up the following PCB BON test workcell integrating our robotic arm to manage the handling of the UUTs.

Robot workcell video

In the simulation, a rotary indexer was used to simulate a closed-loop environment, in the field this would be replaced by a feeder conveyor belt and two removal conveyors (one for passed devices and one for failed). We created the following concept design for the complete automated workcell including the conveyor belts, hoppers and an indexer to automatically transfer the UUTs from the feeder conveyor to a position for pick-up by the robot.

Robot workcell picture

Further concept developments include a 3-sided gripper to allow the robot to handle more UUTs at a time and reduce transition time.