Yamaha becomes member of 3D MID Research Association

16th June 2020
Alex Lynn

Yamaha Motor Europe SMT section joined the German Forschungsvereinigung 3D MID e.V. in April 2020 to contribute to the industrialisation of molded interconnect device (MID) technology. Yamaha brings 36 years of experience in robotics and SMT equipment, currently built into the Yamaha S20 3D hybrid modular machine, to enhance MID process automation.

Since 2018 the Japanese market for 3D MID products is growing rapidly from prototype into mass production and Yamaha’s experience in manufacturing with the S20 3D MID machine has become the main standard for this production process in the Japanese market.

The unique integration of a 3D robot manipulator in a standard pick&place machine makes it possible to integrate two production steps into one machine. After applying conductive adhesives and / or solder paste this machine mounts directly components in a single process step.

The Yamaha S20 machine has a hybrid head with one or more dispense units next to several pick&place heads for mounting the SMT components, all in a single unit. The 3D platform allows easy programming, which simplifies and accelerates prototyping as well as mass production.

In the 3D MID Research Association, Yamaha SMT will contribute to the further development of the final assembly process and the industrialisation of next-generation 3D MID products.          

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