The rapidly developing market for electronic products requires the use of flexible and highly automated assembly systems. Placement machines constitute the heaviest investment of an electronics assembly system which usually defines its throughput. Several analyses demonstrate that the real productive capacity of a placement machine remains much below the theoretical capacity given by the machine vendors. Hence, development and implementation of advanced planning and control systems are essential for exploiting the potentials of highly automated assembly lines.
KeywordsPlacement Machine Board Type Setup Family Assignment Heuristic Placement Head
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