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Sony Introduces New Cellular Mounter


LAKE FOREST, Calif. Oct.5, 2006 -- Sony Manufacturing Systems America, Inc. (SMSA) today announced its next-generation cellular mounter for the Surface Mount Technology (SMT) industry.

The new SI-G200 cellular mounter model offers higher mounting speed and precision, and supports two optional interchangeable rotary heads, extending its capabilities for high-speed or multi-purpose mounting all with one machine.

The new mounter will be showcased for the first time at JISSO PROTEC 2006 in Tokyo this week.

“When production targets are increased, it is essential for companies to maximize existing production floor space for the best output,” said Koh Nakata, president and CEO for SMSA. “The new SI-G200 mounter is engineered to improve placement capacity by using the existing machine platform without increasing production floor space.”

Unlike traditional placement equipment, this new model is equipped with dual mounting heads in one platform. It is capable of generating an output performance at 45,000 CPH and high placement precision of 45μ @ 3σ.

In addition, the SI-G200 mounter is calibrated for minimal maintenance, and will last as much as three times longer than previous models. The reduction of maintenance schedules offers added value to the overall operation efficiency and lowers the cost of ownership. In measuring CPH/㎡ rate, representing space utilization efficiency, the SI-G200 High-Speed Head is among the highest in its class, producing at 20,000 CPH/㎡ while maintaining the industry’s lowest level of electric power consumption.

The interchangeable Multifunction Head machines are equipped with eight nozzles and incorporate a wide range of mounting capability (0603 to 50mm x 100mm board sizes) with placement precision at 40μm @ 3σ. Users will have the option to customize their machine by combining any two types of heads in one platform, allowing for optimal production.

“This added advantage will offer our customers a competitive edge in the market place,” added Nakata. “Two trays are supported by 15 cassettes in each tray unit, and when the tray unit is installed on the back of the machine, 17 cassette positions remain available for use.”


Model: SI-G200 (High-Speed Head + High-Speed Head)

Head Configuration*    : 2 heads(High-Speed Head+High-Speed Head)

Cassette loading capacity : 40pcs Front & Back (converted by 8mm cassette)

Placement tact time   : 0.08 sec(optimum conditions)

Placement Precision    : ±0.045㎜

Cycle time loss during PWB changeover   : 1.8 sec(optimum conditions)

Dimensions of main unit  : 1,220(W)×1,850(D)×1,575(H)㎜

Model: SI-G200 (Multi-Purpose Head + Multi-Purpose Head)

Head Configuration*    : 2heads(Multi-PurposeHead+ Multi-Purpose Head)

Cassette loading capacity: 40pcs Front & 17pcs Back+15x2 trays (converted by 8mm cassette)

Placement tact time   : 0.16 sec (optimum conditions)

Placement Precision    : ±0.040㎜

Cycle time loss during PWB changeover   : 1.8 sec(optimum conditions)

Dimensions of main unit  : 1,220(W)1,850(D)×1,575(H)㎜
(With tray changer :1,220(W)×2,195(D)×1,740(H)㎜)

* Remarks: High-Speed Head (A)& Multi-Purpose Head (B) are interchangeable e.g. (A)(A), (A)(B), (B)(A), (B)(B) configurations

Sony will begin accepting orders this month, and the first shipment is expected in November 2007.

About Sony Manufacturing Systems Corporation

Sony Manufacturing Systems (SMS) is recognized as a leader in technological innovation and is the world’s largest producer of precision measurement and positioning tools, machinery and scientific apparatuses.

SMSA is a subsidiary of SMS, a North America sales and marketing organization representing products and services including, but not limited to, cellular mounter pick and place assembly equipment, video inspection microscopes for inspection, Cobalt laser units, precision measurement devices including linear encoders, digital linear gauges, digital readout displays and the high accuracy Laserscale for use by end users and OEMs across a wide spectrum of industrial applications. SMSA also provides portable instrumentation recorders using digital audiotape technology for testing, R&D, and for the post-production inspection of CDs and DVDs. Thousands of the cellular mounter system series have been sold worldwide and they have been available in North America for more than a decade. For more information, visit


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