Consumer electronics and automotive electronics will continue to drive SMT industry development

- Dec 20, 2019-

Consumer electronics and automotive electronics will continue to drive SMT industry development

Summary of content: During the NEPCON Shenzhen exhibition, Dr. Lu Zhipeng, general manager of Global Instruments Asia, said that the future hotspot of the SMT industry is still consumer electronics and automotive electronics. In terms of emerging areas, Dr. Lu said that 5G networks will become another bright spot.


  When reviewing the performance of Universal Instruments in the mainland China market in the past year, Dr. Lu pointed out that the company's sales in 2017 more than doubled, the sales situation this year is more ideal, and the final result is estimated to be better than last year. Therefore, Universal's US headquarters has increased its investment in China, employing 80% more staff, and is very optimistic about the market prospects.

  Dr. Lu continued, Universal Instruments is currently focusing on promoting solutions, so at the NEPCON Shenzhen exhibition, it vigorously promoted server circuit board solutions and integrated its products, that is, FuzionOF, Uflex and Radial 88 HT plug-in machines as a complete Solution to meet the assembly challenges of server circuit boards.


Dr. Lu Zhipeng, General Manager of Global Instruments Asia, said that the company's main development direction is to promote solutions

When talking about the hot spots in the SMT market, Dr. Lu said that mobile communication is still the largest application market. Although the growth has slowed down, it continues to grow, and mobile phones are the representative products. The second is wearable electronics. The representative product is smart watches. It is not as popular as mobile phones, but it is growing very strongly.


Automotive electronics has a lot of room for development

As for automotive electronics, there are many innovative products in this area. Taking driverless driving as an example, it requires a variety of electronic products, especially sensors, to detect whether the vehicle has deviated from the lane, the change in distance from the car in front, and even the safety mechanism. In the event of a car accident, the door will be opened one minute later. If it did nt open, it means someone was unconscious, and immediately called the emergency number. All these can indicate that the development space of automotive electronics is very broad.

In addition to being one of the largest automotive electronics consumer locations, China is also the source of automotive components. Many of the largest European and American automotive electronics factories rely on Chinese suppliers. These suppliers are not only manufacturing, but also more and more on the road to research and development, presenting innovative and upgraded products to automakers.


Taking adaptive LED headlights as an example, today's high-end cars such as Audi and Mercedes-Benz have LED headlights as one of their selling points. Universal Instruments uses TAP upper calibration technology to produce very accurate LED headlights with lighting effects close to ordinary daylight, can gradually brighten along curved roads, have very precise angles, and save energy and have a long service life.


LED headlights produced using an upper calibration process

5G network promotes base station upgrade

According to news reports, China s three major telecommunications operators (mobile, linkage, telecommunications) have recently officially confirmed the list of the first batch of 5G network coverage services, a total of 19 cities + Xiong'an New District, it is estimated that consumers in some cities next year Enjoy 5G services, whose transmission speed is hundreds of times faster than 4G.

Dr. Lu said that in order to transition from 4G to 5G, all operators need to upgrade their base station hardware such as servers, forming a huge market demand. Universal Instruments has launched a series of solutions for server assembly, which can meet the assembly requirements of large and complex server circuit boards. Among them, standard mounting, plug-in, and crimping technologies must be used.

Industry 4.0 becomes the general trend

China's smart factory is a trend. Dr. Lu pointed out that Universal Instruments has invested a lot in Industry 4.0 in recent years. It not only gradually replaces manpower, but also improves factory product quality and factory utilization rate by automating factories.

The product launched by Universal Instruments for Industry 4.0 is called Line Chart, which can report the operating status of the machine in real time, what parts are running, how many products are produced in the last hour, what components need to be added, and so on. In addition to displaying and displaying in real time, the collected data can also be communicated with upstream and downstream equipment on the production line, such as printing presses, SPI, AOI, and reflow soldering, to increase the efficiency of the entire line.

When talking about the challenge of realizing the smart factory, Dr. Lu said that one of the major problems currently facing is the lack of industry-recognized standards. Universal Instruments is currently actively participating in the development of standards in the United States and with its peers. Once the standards are established, different machines and different brands of equipment can communicate in the same way, making the overall system of the factory seamless. In other words, when a new machine comes to a smart factory, as long as the machine is plugged in, it can automatically reach the entire line of contact and automatically make adjustments based on the data, including when it needs maintenance, etc., to improve the efficiency of the machine in production.

Uflex and FuzionOF increase automation

In this exhibition, Universal Instruments demonstrated two devices, the Uflex automation unit and the FuzionOF placement machine.

Uflex is characterized by its flexibility and can handle a variety of electronic assembly processes, such as pick and place, dispensing, locking screws and hot pressing. The characteristic of FuzionOF special-shaped assembly machine is that it can deal with different components on the circuit board, including small components, standard resistors and capacitors, as well as connectors, processors, and heat sinks. These components are very special in shape and often become Bottlenecks in the electronics assembly industry.


Shaped assembly case

    According to the development of the current industry in China, more and more manufacturers hope to fully realize automation in the electronic assembly process, especially in the production of key products such as military and medical, which will not appear because of the complexity, difficulty and special-shaped components required for manual operation. Quality difference. Universal's FuzionOF can help manufacturers cope with complex components and realize the dream of fully automated production.



FuzionOF Shaped Assembly Machine




Uflex is a versatile automation unit

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