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SMT production line detects PCBs using RFID | eeNews Europe

Error rate is reduced and documentation is simplified by Harting’s auto-ID solution, an RFID system enabling PCBs to communicate with their SMT production line and containing all the relevant manufacturing data.

Based on the company’s RFID-4-SMT auto-ID solution, the new system cuts error rates, radically simplifies documentation requirements and forms the basis for automated PCB production in a batch size of 1. When the PCB is first produced, a small UHF RFID chip is inserted in the blank or attached as a component later on. From this point, manufacturing data can be written to and read from the RFID chip at each station in the manufacturing process. Even unplanned events such as machine malfunctions can be stored. The reader and antenna can easily be integrated into both new and old systems. The compact design and IP67 protection class also facilitate upgrading. Full data integration in the manufacturing system is therefore made possible – but not absolutely necessary – at any time.

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Source: SMT production line detects PCBs using RFID | eeNews Europe