In order to be able to offer even higher precision and modularity, Eutect GmbH has developed a scalable standard cell with the automation specialist Taktomat GmbH. The E-cell includes several innovations that enable an even higher degree of individualisation of the solutions around Eutect’s special soldering automation.
“Our standard cells are absolutely new developments that became necessary in order to raise the modularity we are used to to a new level,” explains Matthias Fehrenbach, managing owner of Eutect GmbH. Thus, in recent years, Eutect solutions have developed into increasingly complex machines in which a multitude of different processes have been integrated. Added to this was the increasing miniaturisation of assemblies, which led to ever tighter precision specifications. “We can cover this development well with our current cells. However, we assume that the trends in terms of complexity and miniaturisation will continue to develop and thus new considerations regarding future-proof cell concepts became necessary,” says Fehrenbach.
The new standard cell concept combines a new design with higher precision and even greater cell modularity. Furthermore, the manufacturing accuracy has been increased and the stability of the e-cells maximised. The new standard cells thus have a higher rigidity than their predecessors and therefore also enable higher precision in the soldering process and automation. The entire machine frame, including the doors and discs, is ESD-compatible. In addition to the new cell concept, a new control cabinet concept was also developed. Previously, each line contained several small control cabinets that were installed in different places in the line. The new e-cells contain a large, central control cabinet that also supports Eutect’s cradle-to-cradle concept. The new control cabinet allows for quick replacement of all electronics, including wiring, so that the cell can be quickly prepared for new tasks after a possible repurchase. Furthermore, the control cabinet also supports service and maintenance efficiency, as all electronics are installed in one place.
“But there is another advantage that is incredibly important for us in the development and production of customised solutions,” Fehrenbach continues. Each individual E-cell can be customised in width and length by the grid dimension of 300mm. “This allows us to react very flexibly to customer wishes and requirements and to easily adapt our systems. This modularity also enables completely new implementations in terms of inline production,” says Fehrenbach. The managing director does not want to reveal more about this. “Only this much, we will come onto the market this year with an absolute innovation in inline production. And these new cells are necessary to implement this,” adds Fehrenbach. All soldering and kinematic applications from Eutect can be integrated into the cells.