For the third time, the focus in Munich was not only on the leading electronics trade fair. The productronica Innovation Awards, the first independent prize in electronics manufacturing, were presented by a top-class jury of industry experts. SEHO Systems GmbH, a worldwide leading manufacturer of complete solutions for soldering processes and automated production lines, was announced as the winner in the ‘SMT Cluster.’ The company won out of more than 30 other applications in this category.
The electronics industry is one of the most dynamic and innovative industries. This is impressively confirmed by the number of entries for the innovation award. A total of 80 entries were made this year – a record number. This prestigious award recognizes in six categories the most innovative new products and manufacturing processes.
“We are very proud to receive the productronica Innovation Award 2019,” says Markus Walter, CEO of SEHO Systems GmbH. “It is our aim to continuously create added value for our customers by constantly improving our machines and existing processes, optimizing them for future applications and implementing innovative ideas. This has been perfectly accomplished with the new SelectLine-C.”
The new SelectLine-C has been designed for the constantly growing requirements in the manufacturing of next-generation products, such as 5G antennas or LED technology. The electronic components used in these next-generation products typically do not conform to usual board dimensions. They are up to 3 m long, or even more, and cannot efficiently be processed with existing manufacturing systems.
By means of an automatic software switch the SelectLine-C can be converted from a conventional production mode, where the assembly stops at each station for the duration of the process step, to a continuous mode. While the assembly keeps moving continuously, the axis systems with the process stations travel along and work on the solder joints selectively during the pass. The software automatically coordinates and optimizes the assembly transport and the positioning of the process stations.
As the individual processing stations thereby do not have to match the actual length of the assemblies, the SelectLine-C stands out for its very compact design. This minimizes production floor costs, resulting in an excellent cost-efficiency.