Programming the machine
All the different programming techniques used by the different companies, ultimately come back to the same basic requirement. That requirement is: Which component is to be inserted, what is its pitch, size or dimension, and where does it go? Supplementary information would include polarity, bend instructions, etc. Depending upon the type of machine chosen, there are almost as many ways to program the assembly machine as there are machines available on the market. The programming technique varies from the use of the assembly machine as a programmer by moving the pcb to the design location, and then instructing which component has to be inserted, to the other extreme, a CAD integrated programming system which the original CAD design information can be used to drive the machine directly. The author is well aware that the latter is rather a glib statement and there are very few truly integrated systems to allow a CAD origination to create the pcb assembly program.
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