Alternative proposals for automating rework of advanced surface mount components

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Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Cukurova University, Fen Bilimleri Enstitüsü, Makina Mühendisliği, Turkey

Approval Date: 2004

Thesis Language: English


Consultant: Necdet Geren


Owing to the inevitably increasing complexity in the printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs), continuing improvements in current state of art technology remain elusive to achieve 100 percent manufacturing yields. Hence, rework and repair of complex, high value PCBAs is inevitable process during their service life. Additionally, due to the complicated natural structure of advanced surface mount components (SMCs) coupled with the novel technological requirements, there is a significantly growing need for a fully automated robotic rework system that can carry out the whole rework process of the advanced SMCs on the basis of a batch size of one. Thus, this study substantially aims to investigate and find out viable alternative proposals for fully automated, robotic rework of advanced type SMCs by effectively scmtinizing existing manual rework procedures, methods, tools and currently available technology on automation including industrial robots, sensory devices, inspection and control equipments etc. Development of such an automated robotic rework cell system was found to be technically and economically possible. Keywords: Automated PCBA Rework, Advanced SMCs, Robotic Rework, Automated Advanced SMCs Rework.