International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

July 2011

 

Robotics for electronics

Use of robots in electronics assembly lines accelerates fast

There are all types of robots loaded with electrotechnology and the electronics and semiconductor industries are relying increasingly on robotics for their product assembly processes. According to data compiled by the US Robotic Industries Association, the volume of robot sales to the electronics and semiconductor industry rose by nearly two-thirds during the first quarter of 2011.

A challenge for robot manufacturers

Designing and manufacturing robotics for the electronics and semiconductor sector has been a challenge in itself for robot manufacturers. The parts handled by robots are much smaller and more fragile than in other industry sectors. Accuracy requirements are stricter and tolerance in electronics assembly is much tighter than in other areas such as automotive manufacture, for example. Some of the key issues faced by robot manufacturers involve the range of motion and dexterity, reach, accuracy, speed, force compliance and safety.

 

With ever-increasing demand for robots from the electronics and semiconductor sector, the development of special tools catering for new technologies is expected to grow as well.

Benefits of using robots

Once all constraints specific to the electronics and semiconductor sector are taken into consideration, the use of robotics for the assembly processes brings many advantages. They include speed combined with high precision and gentle handling of the thinnest and most fragile parts.

 

Some of the processes within electronics and semiconductor applications require sterile environments. Once installed and operational, robots can minimize contamination caused by foreign particles in the cleanroom.

IEC ensures quality and reliability of electronic components…

The robotics and electronics sectors can rely on standards to design and manufacture parts that meet the strictest requirements, IEC International Standards, in particular, are widely used by the electronics industry.

 

These standards, together with IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, offer manufacturers, suppliers and buyers a unique solution, a one-stop shop that provides specifications for the design of products that can then be tested and certified by IECQ.

 

IECQ ensures the quality, safety and reliability of all electronic components, monitors and tests the use of hazardous substances in electronic equipment and provides assessment and certification for facilities that handle unprotected ESD (electrostatic discharge) sensitive devices.

…and opens doors to global markets

Manufacturers using electronic components and semiconductors or processes related to electronic components covered by IECQ certificates have the assurance that their products will perform as designed and removes the need for prolonged performance testing of componentry and sub-assemblies. IECQ certificates are a passport to the world.

 

  • A robot used in the production line of solar cells (Photo credits: ABB)
  • This type of robot is used for the assembly of electronic components (Photo credits: FANUC)
  • Circuit board assembly line

 

 

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