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Cisel ensures traceability, safety and quality by testing printed circuit boards with a cobot

03 August 2022

Cisel is an Italian company that specialises in the design and production of flexible printed circuit boards (PCBs) for the automotive, civil engineering and manufacturing industries. The company recently chose an OMRON TM5 collaborative robot (cobot) to automate the electrical testing of boards used in the power steering system of a leading automotive manufacturer.

Cisel needed to automate some of the manual and repetitive tasks performed in its production facility. These included picking the individual boards, placing them on the tester to check the insulation of the 38-micron dielectric (which separates the copper part from the printed circuit and the aluminium support), and depositing the PCBs on collection trays (separated into approved and discarded). 

The company selected the OMRON TM5 cobot, which was found to be ideal for carrying out all of these manual activities. It has a reach of 900mm and can take a payload of up to 4kg. Its integrated camera enables it to detect the Landmark that is used for the automatic calibration of the collaborative robot. Furthermore, if there are even minimal deviations in the three axes used, the cobot can self-calibrate at the new position without any reprogramming being needed. 

Read the full article in DPA's August issue

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