Brooks Automation receives award for Collaborative Robots in Electronics Testing

9th April 2024
Sheryl Miles

Brooks Automation is proud to announce its recognition by the 2024 CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY NPI (New Product Introduction) Awards in the category of Test and Inspection – Functional Test.

The prestigious award acknowledges Brooks Automation's exceptional contribution to the field of automation with its groundbreaking PreciseFlex 3400 Collaborative Robot, featuring a servo gripper with IntelliGuideTM embedded vision for autonomously loading test stations. This marks the third award the company has received for the product since its introduction.

Brooks PreciseFlex robots were the first collaborative SCARA robots available to the market. PreciseFlex robots enable automation of offline and end-of-line PCBA (Printed Circuit Board Assembly) testing, within the same footprint of an operator.

With unparalleled ROI, significant space savings, and enhanced throughput, the PreciseFlex 3400 delivers exceptional performance in various testing environments. Its design ensures inherent safety, allowing for unprecedented speeds and accelerations without compromising operator safety, making it the world's fastest and safest collaborative robot.

By automating the loading and unloading of test equipment for In-Circuit Testing (ICT), Functional Testing, Burn-In Testing, and Flash Programming, the PreciseFlex 3400 eliminates repetitive tasks and reduces the risk of stress injuries for skilled workers. PreciseFlex collaborative robots are designed to work alongside people, facilitating rapid deployment and efficient use of workspace. The innovative vertical axis design allows them to access vertically stacked testers, optimising floor space utilisation.

“Brooks is honoured to be recognised for automating electronics testing,” said Tim DeRosett, Director of PreciseFlex Products, Brooks Automation. “Our PreciseFlex 3400 is an ideal solution for electronics testing and handling, particularly with our new IntelliGuideTM vision, further reducing setup time and complexity.”

The optional Servo Gripper and Collaborative Linear Rail seamlessly complement the PreciseFlex cobots, simplifying deployment and conserving valuable time and resources. These enhancements underscore Brooks Automation's commitment to innovation and its dedication to empowering diverse industries with cutting-edge automation solutions. Introduced in 2008, this award programme is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

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