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On 12/24/2010 3:01 PM, Mike snyder wrote:
> Sorry don't have much info on low cost distributors - however I am
> thinking about getting an in house pick& place also, can I ask what
> model you went with and why you decided on that specific one?
Switched the subject line to avoid too much contaminiation of the other thread.
Ended going up with the MC-384 sold by manncorp - various reasons, but it seems like a really common machine among smallish OEM's - for instance sparkfun has one and seems to like it ok. Same with several other 'geeky' shops.
I chose the 384 because it would accept a Martin precision paste dispenser. I'm pretty high mix here - and dealing with a stencil printer for the volumes of each board I do didn't sound fun, so being able to dispense dots of solder paste down to really teency is a big thing for me.
Ask me in a few months whether or not I am happy - I expect I will be..
William \Chops\ Westfield
Have you seen Lady Ada's info? A bunch of stuff on using p&p machines in small entrepreneurial environments, including some lists of "jelly bean" parts. There's a forum topic, too (not very active.)
Of the handful of smaller PnP brands I know (Manncorp, APS, Madell), I think Manncorp's is the most professional. However, I was taken aback by their feeder prices, which are quite high -- $350-$400 ea. IIRC. Yes, that's what the big boys sell theirs for also, but there is generally a huge used market for the bigger brands' feeders, so you can pick those up over time for $75-$100 ea. Before you actually sign on the dotted line, you can call Jeff and pre-negotiate current and future feeder prices with him.
Would love to hear how the dispenser works out.
Quoting Forrest Christian <imach.com>:forrestc
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