VisionBot Pick and Place early production

VisionBot Desktop Pick and Place production line

We started the production line for manufacturing and assembling the VisionBot Desktop PnP machines. We have 10 units that are being assembled in our assembly line and probably many of them will be ready in the next 30 days. As we mentioned earlier, we were able to use the professional Juki nozzles 500-508 nozzles and all the next units will come up with the new Juki nozzles. Although our design doesn’t use the Juki holder, we designed our own holder that uses neodymium magnets and the results are very good. In this weekend we will make a new film showing VisionBot picking and placing 0402 passives. Our next focus now is to boost the VisionBot Desktop Pick and Place machine speed with at least 20-25%. Between 19 to 20 April we will be exhibit one VisionBot 24 Pick and Place machine at the Webit.Festival that is held in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Dave, our friend from MegaPoints Controller published a new video showing a VisionBot with 29 automatic feeders assembling 4 panels of his MultiPanel LED boards that has near to 200 SMT components – all of them are 0805  on those 4 panels. It is important to tell you that Dave uploaded this 2nd video only 4-5 days  after he powered on for the first time his VisionBot machine. We are very happy that Dave no longer needs to loose plenty of his time to assembly 200 of SMT components on these boards by hand, and now the VisionBot is doing most of his job.

 

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 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.