Odd Form Assembly Challenges

Boulanger, Richard; Earley, Stan
August 2003
Circuits Assembly;Aug2003, Vol. 14 Issue 8, p32
Trade Publication
An odd form application had an unacceptable mean time between assists (MTBA) and mean time to repair (MTTR). The net result was excessive handling and labor and poor yields. The application had a large electrolytic capacitor that was packaged in Bandoleer tape with approximately 1,500 parts per reel. The MTBA was just over an hour, and the MTTR was three minutes for full exhaust and one minute when splicing was used. The goal was to quadruple the MTBA to four hours. The number of parts on the machine and per feeder would heavily influence the final result.


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