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What are the functions of the tape feeder?

Details of a mechanical pick-and-place tape feeder
A mechanical pick-and-place tape feeder is a complex machine that reliably feeds carrier tape of varying pitches. It works by sending motion to all functions of the feeder from a single actuator lever. The details of a mechanical pick-and-place tape feeder are explained below.

To make the feeder, the design process starts with designing a design. The basic design criteria include low cost, low complexity, reliable operation, no esoteric electronics, no extra movements from the pick-and-place operation, and independence from overall machine calibrations. In addition, the design is modular, and it works with eight mm, 12 mm, and 16 mm tape. It is also compatible with paper tape and 1-hole component separation.

Functions of a linear guide in a mechanical tape feeder
The mechanical tape feeder contains several components. These components are placed on a carrier tape that has compartments, or tracks, for each component. The tape moves along a tape guide path, or track, that guides the component tape from the first tape engaging position to the second release position. The components are then picked up and placed onto a component mounting machine. This step is often referred to as the loading process.

In a mechanical tape feeder, the tape guide has a number of functions. The guide can be a separate force transmission unit or can be a single molded plastic part. In some systems, the guide is easily removed for repair or replacement. It is important to select a guide that fits your feeder model. Some mechanical tape feeders are compatible with many different types of tape.

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