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Pick and Place Software Version 2-2 Update

Posted Monday 06 November 2017 16:04 Page View Counter 1642

Another software update to the Pick and Place Controller Software for the DIY pick and place machine. Since the UI redesign earlier this year I have now changed the vision system to use AForge.NET to read from the USB webcams and display on the screen...

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Pick and Place Software 2017

Posted Wednesday 21 June 2017 17:59 Page View Counter 1528

Since writing the ModernUI Pick and Place Controller Software for the DIY pick and place machine in 2014 we have been planning to update the software and add some new features to improve productivity when using the Pick and Place machine. When...

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DIY Pick and Place Speed Updates

Posted Tuesday 19 May 2015 17:06 Page View Counter 704

Since adding the various modifications to the DIY pick and place machine in the past few months we have now been able to tweak the speed and acceleration of the stepper drivers to improve the machines placement times. We started by adjusting the...

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SMC Vacuum and Air Valve Upgrade

Posted Sunday 12 October 2014 19:18 Page View Counter 716

In July 2014 we modified the vacuum valves to try to improve the air flow to the picker nozzles by drilling the aperture to a larger diameter. This initially worked but the valve seat wasn’t making a very good seal after they had been used for...

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ModernUI Pick and Place Controller Software

Posted Sunday 10 August 2014 22:21 Page View Counter 595

I have finished the latest version of the DIY Pick and Place controller software to work with the new KFlop motion controller and our latest custom USB controller board. I decided to build this application using the ModernUI theme from mui.codeplex.com and...

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Vacuum Valve air flow modification

Posted Wednesday 09 July 2014 20:07 Page View Counter 574

The DIY Pick and Place machine upgrade to use automotive vacuum valves didn’t work as planned as the automotive valves are much too slow and unresponsive to switch the vacuum feed to the picker needles fast enough to pick and place the components. We...

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Click to view Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 2

Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 2

Posted Wednesday 09 July 2014 17:00 Page View Counter 850

Following from the previous Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 1 post we have now built and installed the new control board for the pick and place machine. While building and testing the board we found an issue with one of the pins on the main microcontroller...

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DIY Pick and Place Design Files

Posted Tuesday 24 June 2014 19:06 Page View Counter 682

We have collated all the design files we saved during the development and build of our DIY manual pick and place machine and the DIY automatic pick and place machine and we have uploaded the files to our GitHub account into a new repository at...

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Click to view Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 1

Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 1

Posted Thursday 12 June 2014 18:06 Page View Counter 837

Since we built the automatic DIY pick and place machine, one aspect of the build which has always caused us problems is the speed in which Mach3 communicates with the SmoothStepper Ethernet board and the lack of ability to send more than one command...

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Click to view Pick and Place Cable Upgrades

Pick and Place Cable Upgrades

Posted Thursday 22 May 2014 23:05 Page View Counter 457

In the past few weeks we had an intermittent problem with two of the stepper motors on the DIY Pick and Place machine on the picker head where the motors wouldn’t always run at slower speeds when the head was at the far end of the main X-Y bed. We...

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