Count On Tools, Inc. develops StripFeeder Precision Plate systems

COT StripFeeder Precision PlateCount On Tools, Inc. (COT), a provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, has added a new product – the Precision Plate – to its award-winning line of StripFeeder systems. The StripFeeder Precision Plate allows customers to run high capacity lanes of micro components, such as 0201s, 01005s and 03015s in 4mm or 8mm tape (paper or emboss), on a single plate.

The StripFeeder Precision Plate features machined lanes based on industry tape standards to securely hold the tape in place during the pick-and-place operation. With the additional support underneath the tape, the microscopic components do not see the violent movement as with some feeder systems. Ball detents located on one end of the rail hold the tape in place by the sprocket hole for part registration and repeatable pick-and-place applications. This means the user only has to teach the pick-up location one time and consistently reload the unit with the same parts over and over for longer runs.

Each StripFeeder Precision Plate is custom made with several stock sizes available in common JEDEC and OEM tray sizes. Each is designed to run all 8mm lanes, all 4mm lanes, or a combination of the two depending on the customer’s specific application

The StripFeeder system is compatible with most types of SMT equipment. The StripFeeder systems are a cost-effective way to load many components, including odd-form and custom components, without having to purchase expensive feeders. The quick-to-assemble, easy-to-install modules are designed for rapid loading of tape-and-reel components on existing SMT pick-and-place equipment. Additionally, the trays enable fast changeover between product runs without unloading from the machine.

The StripFeeder Precision Plate will be displayed for the first time at the IPC APEX EXPO in Las Vegas this March. Customers can stop by the Count On Tools booth (#2801) to see the new product.

For more information about Count On Tools’ products and services, visit www.cotinc.com

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