MRC500 automatic wire soldering cell with integrated collaborative robot
Have you ever seen a collaborative robot stripping a wire and soldering it independently?
We made it thanks to our robust MRC500 soldering robotic cell integrated with a collaborative robot and an automatic wire stripping unit.
This innovative solution allows the cutting, stripping, handling and soldering of a wire on a PCB and is unique on the market.
4 reasons to choose this innovative integrated solution
- Precise and fully adjustable wire cutting and stripping.
- Automatic positioning of the wire on a PCB with a collaborative robot.
- Wire soldering with a compact design 150W iron head.
- Quick & easy adjustment of all process parameters.
Selective soldering solutions
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MRC500 soldering robotic cell
The mta MRC500 soldering platform for robotic soldering from above is a free-standing machine cell. Our design engineers purposes-built the MRC500 for soldering applications then standardized the design. We built our own platform so we would not need to compromise functionality based on the limitations of third-party equipment. Standardizing the design offers three primary advantages: it is well-proven, available faster and costs less than-off custom designs.
Although the design is standard, it is highly flexible. We designed the mechanical structure to work with a wide range of process equipment, material handling and guarding systems. In its basic configuration, the MRC500 is a free-standing, semi-automated machine. At the other extreme, we can outfit it with SMEMA conveyors, collaborative robots, rotary tables and many other systems. Likewise, our software engineers included flexible modules in our MotionEditor software to quickly integrate a wide range of standard and special options.
We can equip the MRC500 with any of our soldering heads: soldering iron, induction, or microflame. In the case of the MLH45 laser head, we equip the MRC500 specific to laser soldering with laser-safe guarding.
As properly designed heads are fairly heavy, the MRC500 is equipped with large DC stepper motors to provide sufficient strength to actuate the head quickly. The X, Y, and Z axis use robust ball-screw actuators for precise actuation. Repeatability of 20 microns assures the solder process is accurate and delivers consistent quality.
The main features of our MRC500 platform include: welded frame construction, 3-axis Cartesian robot with optional rotary axis at the head, 500x500mm working area, industrial PC controller with Embedded Windows® operating system and intuitive menu-driven mta MotionEditor software.
6 reasons to choose the mta MRC500 soldering platform
- You need a larger work area (500x500mm).
- You need the y-axis overhead (the y-axis is in the base of the TR300).
- Your process is semi-automated, but you need a free-standing station.
- The production is inline and requires conveyors.
- Your process is offline, but you need another form of material handling (rotary table, collaborative robot, etc.).
- The enclosure is large enough to support additional process such as automatic optical inspection.
Classic soldering iron
mta’s classic iron head for soldering robots is our most popular soldering technology. Probably because most customers are upgrading from hand soldering with the iron.
We can integrate the classic iron head for soldering robots on any of our standard soldering platforms including: MRC500, TR300, OEM and station.
The main features of our classic iron head for soldering robots include:
- Multiple adjustments allowing easy configuration for specific applications
- Robust structure guaranteeing that tip and wire feeder do not get misaligned accidentally
- Soldering tips have a long life span and users can change them quickly and easily
- Extensive tip selection to suit a wide variety of applications
- Jam-free wire feeder mounted directly on the head provides tight process control
- Lead free compatible
7 reasons to choose the mta classic soldering iron
- The soldering tip is separate from the heating element, so users do not need to change the heating element as frequently as the tip. This reduces consumable cost.
- A pneumatically-dampened spring lowers the tip to allow compliance between the tip and part. This provides good thermal transfer while protecting the parts and tip. Also, the robot does not use the z-axis to move the iron tip.
- There are no stamped sheet metal or die-cast parts. We machined the robust head structure from solid material to provide a rigid platform for the iron and wire feeder.
- The clamping system provides easy adjustment and precise alignment. Once tightened, the position will not change until loosened – there is no risk of accidental misalignment as a result of heavy use or while changing tips.
- We mounted our precise jam-free wire feeder directly on the head – at the solder joint. This provides tight process control of the wire feed. Solder wire does not kink or get jammed since there is no long feed tube. Once the correct amount is fed, the wire feeder pulls the wire out of the solder pool to prevent solder spatter.
- We integrated the fume extraction nozzle into the head itself. Therefore, it is mounted directly above the solder joint to safely remove fumes.
- In addition to the iron, wire feeder and fume extraction nozzle, the head can support several optional devices such as: cameras, flux dispensers, dual feeders, dual irons and the list goes on.
Solder wire feeder
The location of the mta wire feeder is unique. Placing it directly on the solder head improves accuracy, reliability, and overall performance. We are distinctive in this regard because our purpose-built robot is able to support the additional weight at the end of the robot.
Heating elements are available for both 80W and 150W irons. As these units are submitted to high temperature, they need to be replaced from time to time and as such can easily be changed when necessary.