Juki Picks Up Three NPI Awards during APEX


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Juki Automation Systems (JAS), Inc. as awarded three 2019 NPI Awards during the IPC APEX EXPO 2019. The company won in the category of storage systems for its autonomous material handling system, labeling equipment for the new incoming material station, and pick-and-place – multifunction for the RS-1XL placement machine.

Juki’s new autonomous material handling system consists of the ISM3600 and ISM3900, an interface module, an elevator unit and an autonomous intelligent vehicle (AIV) designed to work as one unit. The complete package provides the unique ability to automatically store, retrieve, deliver, and return components throughout the factory. Components can be taken by the AIV from the main warehouse to the storage tower and any other location where they are needed. 

With the incoming material station, operators can speed up material registration activities, avoid mistakes, and increase the traceability of each individual reel or component package. With its auto-incoming features, it is possible to automatically import information from the supplier and/or customers’ label into the ERP and print a new Unique ID that can be used for many other functions within the factory. In fact, after setting the rules for each supplier’s label, the operator can simply position the material on the Station and the high-resolution camera will read all the needed codes and information, take a picture for traceability purposes and print the new label.

The RS-1XL offers all the same features of the proven RS-1, but with a standard maximum board size of 650mm x 560mm. The LNC-120 head laser moves up and down depending on component height, resulting in the highest CPH regardless of component height. Combined with the RF electronic feeders, the system has an optimal throughput of 40,000CPH. With new odd-form recognition technology, the RS-1XL provides easy data entry for odd-form parts.

Premiering in 2008, the NPI Awards program 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.

About Juki Automation Systems, Inc.

Juki Automation Systems (JAS), is an international leader in high-speed SMT Assembly equipment, has shipped more than 40,000 machines worldwide since 1987.  Juki has built its global image with a combination of top-quality and high-reliability machines with a reputation for world-class service and support that result in the lowest production costs for its customers. Juki machines have about 30 percent U.S. made content by cost. The pioneer of the modular assembly system in 1993, Juki offers flexible solutions designed for both high-volume and high mix environments.  JAS, Inc. employs 45 U.S. employees, including 20 service personnel five specializing in applications sales.

Additionally, JAS, Inc. offers a full line of SMT manufacturing products as wells as selective solder and stamp soldering machines plus Advanced Technology through-hole machines.   Juki supports one of the largest field service groups in the industry.

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