Cost-effective automation of complex circuit board assembly

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Cost-effective automation

Cost-effective automation of complex circuit board assembly

Ever since radio and television became an integral part of everyday life, perhaps even earlier, the assembly of circuit boards has been one of the standard electronic production processes. Parts of this process have been automated right from the start, but complex assembly actions, especially the handling of sensitive materials, have been carried out by the human hand. In other words, the producers of highly sensitive electronics, such as those used to make smart phones, remain dependent on the sensitivity of human hands.

 

One example is the countless online tutorials on YouTube showing end users how to install a DDR4 RAM module on the motherboard of their computer. Close attention is required to find the ideal point for installation, then the module must be moved slightly side to side before it finally can be pressed home so that a gentle “click” can be heard and felt. This process may be easy for the human hand, but for a standard industrial robot, this assembly process and its requirement for a sensitive touch have always presented huge problems. Unlike human beings, until now, they have never been able to apply a gentle sensing pressure!

 

Yet now, thanks to the Hungarian sensor specialists at OptoForce, industrial robots can be provided with the required sense of touch in just a few minutes and without costly, time-consuming programming. Among the many preprogrammed solutions which end-users can simply configure is the fully automatic assembly of circuit boards, such as the installation of DDR4 memory modules.

 

To do this, the robot is shown the path once by hand, so that it can optimally mimic the assembly action of a human hand. The second part of this process is where the provision of the robot arm, with a sense of touch, is essential, as it then mounts the module precisely on the board using the required force, and senses when the RAM module latches into place. Conversely, using the same sensitivity, it can then open the sensitive clip holding the RAM and remove the module from the circuit board.

 

Even in a structured production environment, this represents a highly exciting new automation possibility. Thanks to the tactile sensor, this process can also be automated in unstructured production situations. This is because with your help, robots can even “find” objects in different locations and correct the saved path as necessary.

 

An advantage for the electronics industry

Whether boards are single or double-sided, or whether they are produced as single cards, small series runs or using THT, mixed or SMD assembly, robots with a sense of touch automatically adapt to their production environment and the individual requirements of the user. In the global price/performance battle, tactile sensors offer companies lucrative new options for increasing their production output while at the same time maintaining stable quality and reducing production costs.

 

Thanks to the preprogrammed software package, the costs for such an automation solution are affordable even for small companies, because for the first time, an expert-implemented, time-intensive and costly installation process is no longer necessary. The robots, for example from Universal Robots or KUKA, are ready for use within minutes and can enter service immediately. Even during the first year, total savings for companies can reach 100,000 euros.

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The purpose of the policy is to ensure and document that OnRobot protects personal data in accordance with the rules for processing of personal data. The policy will also contribute to OnRobot providing information about its processing and use of registered personal data.

The policy will be reviewed each year.

Record of the processing of personal data

OnRobot processes personal data about:

  • Employees

  • Customers

  • Suppliers

  • Applicants

OnRobot has prepared a record of the processing of personal data. The record provides an overview of the processing for which OnRobot is responsible.

The personal data must be provided in order for OnRobot to enter into employment, customer and supplier contracts.

Purpose and lawfulness of the processing

Personal data are processed and archived in connection with:

  • HR management, including recruitment, hiring, dismissal and payment of salary

  • Master data for customers as well as orders and sales

  • Master data for suppliers as well as requisition forms and purchases

  • Contracts

Processing is legal by the authority specified in the appended record.

OnRobot does not use the personal data for purposes other than those listed. OnRobot does not collect more personal data than necessary to meet the purpose. 

Storage and erasure

OnRobot has introduced the following overall guidelines for storage and erasure of personal data:

  • Personal data are stored in physical folders.

  • Personal data are stored in IT systems and on server drives.

  • Personal data are not stored for longer than necessary to meet the purpose of the processing.

  • Personal data for employees are erased five years after employment has ended, and personal data about applicants are erased after six months.

Data security

Based on the appended risk assessment, OnRobot has implemented security measures to protect personal data:

  • Only employees with a work-related need to access the registered personal data have access to the data, either physically or via IT systems with rights management.

  • All computers are password protected and employees may not disclose their passwords to others.

  • Computers must have firewall and antivirus software installed, which must be updated regularly.

  • Personal data are erased securely in connection with phasing-out and repair of IT equipment.

  • USB flash drives, external hard disks, etc. containing personal data must be stored in a locked drawer or cabinet.

  • Physical folders are placed in a locked office or in locked cabinets.

  • Personal data in physical folders are erased by shredding.

  • All employees must be instructed in what to do with personal data and how to protect personal data.

 

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  • The Personal Data Regulation allows you to treat personal data only legally for the purpose for which they have been collected. If you want to use data for purposes other than the original, you must always have the consent of the registrant.

  • Upon receipt of a business card from a customer you have his consent. If you write his information you need his signature on this paper to have a formal requirement for consent if you want to use his information. Then the customer allows OnRobot to use his data for purposes other than communication, upcoming promotions, product updates or further news including upcoming promotions, product updates and further news.

  • According to the Cookie Act, OnRobot must have the user’s consent to use this software on the user’s equipment. On The company’s intranet or similar closed group, the rules in the E-data protection directive do not apply.

Disclosure

Personal data about employees may be disclosed to public authorities such as the Danish Customs and Tax Administration and pension companies.

Processors

OnRobot only uses processors if they are able to provide the required guarantees that they will implement appropriate technical and organisational security measures to comply with personal data law. All processors must sign a processor agreement before processing commences.

Rights                                                                      

OnRobot safeguards the rights of data subjects, including the right to access, withdrawal of consent, rectification and erasure and will inform the data subjects of OnRobot’s processing of personal data. Data subjects are also entitled to appeal to the Danish Data Protection Agency.

Personal data breach

In case of personal data breach, OnRobot will report the breach to the Danish Data Protection Agency as soon as possible and within 72 hours. The manager is responsible for this reporting taking place. The report will outline the breach, the groups of persons affected and the impact the breach may have on these persons and how OnRobot has remedied or intends to remedy the breach. If the breach entails a high risk for the persons about whom OnRobot processes personal data, OnRobot will also notify these persons. OnRobot s will document any personal data breach on an access-controlled drive.

Erasure of data

The customer should assess when personal data need to be erased by asking the question:

When is it no longer necessary to store the personal data?

OnRobot follows the practice of the Danish Data Protection Agency:

Applications Are erased after 6 months in connection with job interviews. Unsolicited applications are erased immediately.
Employee data Are erased 5 years after termination of employment.
CCTV surveillance Is erased after 30 days.
Telephone conversations Are erased immediately or after up to 3 months.
Accounting records Must be stored for 5 years from the end of the financial year.


 

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