VisionBot PnP Machine Box

Shipping VisionBot to United Kingdom for PCBA

Two days ago we shipped a VisionBot Pick and Place machine with 29 automatic feeders to Waverley, United Kingdom. Our customer is building servo controllers, DCC modules, multipanels and models for railway enthusiasts. The VisionBot has already arrived in United Kingdom, but the customer wants to receive the VisionBot package Monday morning. The VisionBot PnP is packed and ready configured for PCBA Productions. He is looking to assembly and sell over 4000 PCBs per month with our automatic Pick and Place machine. Right now I was configuring a new VisionBot PnP machine that will be shipped nationally to a customer from Romania Tuesday.

We decided to change our nozzles and to opt for professional Juki Nozzles and Juki Holder. For now on, the VisionBot PnP machines will come up with 4 Juki Nozzles. We are very confident that this decision of using Juki Nozzles will increase the quality of our PCBA process and to make VisionBot an affordable, but in the same time a professional SMT Pick and Place machine.

We released a new Software Update that allows our users to imports Centroids XYR data directly from:

  • Altium
  • Cadence Allegro
  • KiCAD
  • Cadence OrCAD
  • CadSoft EAGLE
  • CSV files and TXT raw files

We uploaded a new video showing the configurations needed to do for the Top and Bottom Computer Vision and how to start a PCBA process with our machine.

VisionBot SMT Pick and Place Machine Robot PnP

VisionBot 32 New Pick and Place Video

We have been working to build a VisionBot 32 Machine for a National customer, Rockna Audio. They build complete advanced Audio Systems and are based in Suceava, Romania. After we ship the unit, we are planning to redesign the Automatic Feeders and simplify the electronics. We found out that there are way too much wires in our current design. Probably, in one month we will release new photos from a new generation of machines with simplified electronics.

Recently, we released two new videos showing VisionBot 32 assembling with Top Vision and Bottom Vision a sample PCB using 0603 resistors and SOIC28. You can view the VisionBot Pick and Place Video directly from Youtube:

Output:

VisionBot-PCBA-Printed-Circuit-Board-0603-Test

We tested also the panelization process and it works as charm. Here is a glimpse video showing 4 panels.

VisionBot affordable SMD SMT PnP Robot Machine

VisionBot 2.0 SMT Pick and Place machine pictures released

After I had returned from Mumbai, India, I went straight to the VisionBot production line which is located in Ramnicu Valcea, Romania to check out the progress we had so far. Although the VisionBot 2.0 is not 100% done and many things will be improve over the time, I am sharing with you the some glimpse pictures with the VisionBot 2.0 machine architecture. The new version of VisionBot machine includes: automatic feeders that uses optical sensors, nozzle changers, a stable aluminum profile, Python Scripting, On Fly Computer Vision and many more other components.

The technical data for the VisionBot with 24 automatic feeders:

Precision for X Axis – 25 µm, Precision for Y Axis 12,5 µm
Working Area: 200 x 250 mm
Automated feeders 24 – 16x8mm, 4x12mm, 4x16mm

Tray Component – more than 50-80 components from SOIC8 to TQFP128
3 Nozzles – 0.30mm, 1mm, 2,5 mm with – Run Time/Automatic Nozzle Changer
Vacuum control based on Microcontroller and the desktop software controls the vacuum.
Vacuum Pump 220V –  VH115N – 1/5 HP life time 10.000 hour
For: Europe FREE Vacuum tank 20 litters inox – limited numbers
Motors X,Y,Z 1.8 degree/Step: NEMA17 for R Axis NEMA8
for feeders NEMA11 0.8A – 24PCS
X, Y, Z mgn12 liniar rails low-cost from CHINA

2X Advanced Computer Vision (Top with Digital Microscope, and Bottom with HD Camera that includes zoom and auto-focus),

Auto self test, On Fly Computer Vision for Top Digital Microscopes, Python Scripting, Power Self-Test
X,Y,Z Standard drivers for CNC machines 1/16 – TOSHIBA TB6560
For 24X automated Feeders – 24x Standard drivers for 3D printers DRV8825
The electronics from the machine is complete optical separated.
2x18v/5A POWER SOURCE
2x DC-DC converter with Voltmeter
Clippard Vacuum Valve
USB hub
Full schematic – MORE 50 LED FOR EASY SERVICE
Full step algorithm for setting

Can be upgraded manually with another identitical feeder system – extra.

Here are some more pictures with the VisionBot 2.0 prototype

VisionBot SMT Pick and Place machine

VisionBot SMT Pick and Place machine

VisionBot Electronics

VisionBot Electronics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VisionBot Automatic Feeders

VisionBot Automatic Feeders

VisionBot Optical Sensors used for feeders

VisionBot Optical Sensors used for feeders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VisionBot Pick and Place machine

VisionBot Pick and Place machine

VisionBot SMD Pick head

VisionBot SMD Pick head

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VisionBot BIT TECHNOLOGIES RO Assembly Line

Progress on our SMT PnP Machines Production Line

We spent more than 7,000 euro in building our Production Line for the SMT PnP Machines. Monday, I will depart to present VisionBot in Mumbai, India at INK Talks. We will manufacture the VisionBot machines in Romania, European Union and not in China. Unfortunately, I am not very good at public communications for the simple reason I am a geek maker. We are very close to finish the production line once we will receive all of our goods and required components for building the VisionBot machines. Until now, we received a very professional Bernardo Lathe for Fine  Mechanics and a Bernardo Vertical Mills. We started the assembly of the first 7 units in our “garage”. Very soon, we will upload a totally new video showing the VisionBot 2.0 machine that will be our official product.

VisionBot Vertical Mills

VisionBot Vertical Mills

VisionBot Lathe Fine Mechanics

VisionBot Lathe Fine Mechanics

Ionut-Alexandru-Budisteanu-VisionBot

Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu with VisionBot

VisionBot startup milestones chart

VisionBot Milestone Chart Progress

VisionBot startup milestones chart

VisionBot startup milestones chart

Today we decided to write a very short blog post about the progress we did with VisionBot. We did a nice chart which illustrates a large part of our great achievements we had done in the past 7-8 months with VisionBot. At the beginning of July’15 we will attend the JA Europe Enterprise Challenge 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal. Over there we will present the company and our first product VisionBot SMT Placement Equipment. We are very sure it will gonna be a very fun experience presenting a hardware product in Lisbon. We decided to ship VisionBot there for the exhibition day. We don’t know how, but we gonna find a solution for that.

Ionut Budisteanu Social Impact Award VisionBot

VisionBot got the Social Impact Award from Impact Hub Bucharest

Ionut Budisteanu Social Impact Award VisionBot

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu Social Impact Award VisionBot

VisionBot is delighted to be the recipient of the Impact Hub’s Social Impact Award – SIA 2015. For us, VisionBot is not just a business, it is an affordable assembly line for PCBs designed for makers, electrical engineers, hardware startups, hackers, inventors and SMEs. Our mission is to bring VisionBot Pick and Place Robots to everyone’s garage – and by this to enable markers to start a PCBA medium production very soon, easy and efficient. From the the Social Impact Award 2015 judges panel, we got a lot of really productive feedback and know-how to develop VisionBot furthermore. The biggest first two milestones for VisionBot and BIT TECHNOLOGIES RO are

  • Finishing a fully functional prototype of VisionBot
  • Start a small VisionBot assembly production in Romania.

All this award money will be invested in VisionBot because we really want to achieve these two really important milestones for us.[:]

VisionBot SMT Placement Equipment video

Today, we have published officially our first VisionBot SMT Placement Equipment Video. It was uploaded on Youtube and you can access it by pressing the play button. The Video is not professional and it only shows a test done by me.

The video shows a little bit about the VisionBot Main Software.

In the next video we will show how the machine works directly with the Gerber Files. In the mean tile VisionBot got qualified in the Romanian Bizz Factory incubator.

VisionBot Pick and Place machine to make PCBs

VisionBot SMT Pick and Place robot significantly progress

VisionBot Pick and Place machine to make PCBs

VisionBot Pick and Place machine to make PCBs

I did significantly progress developing the first prototype of the VisionBot SMT Pick and Place robot. I also did the first fully functional test to assembly an entire Printed Circuit Board using VisionBot SMT Pick and Place robot. I redesigned and remade the main PCB of the VisionBot microcontroller into a smaller one. I believe in maximum two months I will finish and publish the first promotional video about my startup. I fixed many firmware bugs, one of them was that on one axis the machine was making x-1 steps. So each time it was forgetting one step. To understand that it works properly, I tested moving thousands of steps on different axis and in the end I was returning to the 0,0,0,0 position. Through this verification method, I was able to understand if the machine loses any step.

In the last developments to improve the machine, I also introduced 7 feeders with 5,000 Surface Mount Devices each. You can see the feeders in the pictures attached to this blog post. I bought te 35,000 resistances from E-bay for nearly $100.

VisionBot Pick and Place Robot for SMT

VisionBot Pick and Place Robot for SMT

Besides working at the machine itself, I also worked to improve the Search Engine Optimization – SEO for my blog but also for VisionBot official web page. Right now, I am looking to find a few volunteers who would like to translate VisionBot home page into Chinese,  Spanish, Arabic, German, Russian, French and Japanese. In the next blog post I will talk about the improvements I did to the Computer Vision Software.

Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu presenting the VisionBot Surface Mount Device Pick and Place machine at HULT Business School

Presenting VisionBot at Hult International Business School in SF

Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu presenting the VisionBot Surface Mount Device Pick and Place machine at HULT Business School

Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu presenting the VisionBot Surface Mount Device Pick and Place machine at HULT Business School

The creator of VisionBot, Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu presented the concept of the machine and the business plan at the Hult International Business School in San Francisco. It was a prolific and interesting event where he met a lot of young entrepreneurs like him but also electrical engineers who were studying business to  create their own company. The event hosted at the Hult Business School was more like a small showcase with new tech companies. Unfortunately, it was hard for him to bring to robot from Romania only for the showcase.

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu at the Global Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley representing VisionBot

VisionBot got to Silicon Valley

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu at the Global Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley representing VisionBot

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu at the Global Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley representing VisionBot

VisionBot first English pitch was done in Silicon Valley, USA at 18th February 2015 at the Global Innovation Summit. It was an interesting experience, the team got from over there a lot of know-how how to build a better startup and a successful Kickstarter campaign from a lot of IT experts and venture investors. Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu had been invited by the European Young Inventor Forum to do a pitch in front of many mentors and investors from Silicon Valley at the Global Innovation Summit 2015.  It was his second time to travel and understand the mental state that exists and persist for many years in Silicon Valley for new technologies startups and innovations. He talked with a lot of interesting people and even electrical engineers who are looking later on for the status of VisionBot and the stages of Kickstarter campaign. In San Francisco, Alexandru met one of the HEXO+ drone co-founders and he learned a lot from HEXO+ experience.