Count On Tools Inc. introduces the StripFeeder Transition Rail
Count On Tools, Inc. (COT), a leading provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, has released a new accessory – the Transition Rail – for its award-winning line of StripFeeder products. Each StripFeeder Transition Rail features machined tracks for both paper and emboss tape on the same rail for a seamless transition.
The StripFeeder Transition Rail allows customers to take full advantage of the StripFeeder platform when running both paper and emboss tape, simultaneously, without the loss of a component lane. The rail will be sold individually or in StripFeeder .mod and Mini kits. StripFeeder Transition kits are set up to run three lanes of paper tape and three lanes of emboss tape in 0.25″ (6mm), 0.50″ (12mm), and 0.75″ (19mm) pocket depths. Additional rails can be added to these kits to increase the amount of component lanes, up to 10 per tray for 8mm tape.
All StripFeeder .mod and Mini systems feature removable rails that can be mounted to accommodate a wide array of tape sizes in the same feeder. Unlike fixed width feeders, the StripFeeder Mini can be adjusted by removing the rails and re-positioning them on the base plate at the desired width (4mm pitched pattern). The rails align with precision pin locaters and lock down tightly with magnets to guarantee a stable, repeatable application. All StripFeeder rails also feature a mechanical lock-spring to 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.
This innovative rail design holds the components securely in the machined tracks to prevent parts from being miss-picked, flipped in the pocket or lost. Customers also can remove rails to accommodate larger components up to 120mm tape width. 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.