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1st Annual SparkFun Electronics Soldering Competition!

Calling all Swift and Speedy Solderers! In a couple of months, we here at SparkFun Electronics will be hosting our inaugural soldering competition! On April 28th, we will be gathering at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont for a day of furiously fast soldering antics! For awhile now…

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Pick-and-Place Grab Bag!

Since the beginning of time - well actually since we purchased our first Pick-and-Place machine sometime in early 2007 - the SparkFun Pick-and-Place operators have been keeping bin upon bin of loose electronic parts that accumulate in the machine.  On average we would (very roughly) estimate…

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  • News - Welcoming Our New Robot F… | about a year ago

    this exists…


  • News - Welcoming Our New Robot F… | about a year ago

    We get the stencils directly from DEK. http://www.dekpsp.com/psp.nsf/dek/stencils

    We go with the VectorGuard Blue series.

  • News - Welcoming Our New Robot F… | about a year ago

    This machine hasn’t put anybody out of work. It has simply made the work easier for our pick and place operators.

    To be honest, with the addition of this machine, we have discussed the idea of our pick and place operators to become more general “equipment operators”. Expanding their roles to include everything automated. Stenciling, PnP, Reflow, Washing, AOI, etc. So if anything, this new arrival has given our staff more work!

  • News - Welcoming Our New Robot F… | about a year ago

    your last comment is correct, more boards with less error should result in about the same amount of ding and dent as the past.

    Typically errors that result in ding and dent boards are things like PCB manufacturer defects, unsuccessful rework attempts, etc. And the frequency of those issues shouldn’t change to much with this new process.

  • News - SparkFun Joining in Cyber… | about a year ago

    Spare Parts Bags will be stocked today!

  • News - 1st Annual SparkFun Elect… | about 2 years ago

    It is judged on speed only. The particular kit being built needs to be 100% functional in order for time to stop. Judges will be monitoring each contestant. A contestant will hand their product to a judge to determine if it is functional, if it is their time is recorded.

    If this is a big success and we do it again in a year or maybe even six months, we might try to incorporate quality as well.

    We will however, be dishing out some side awards for things like: dirtiest board, worst solder joint, safest solderer, most stylish, etc.

  • News - 1st Annual SparkFun Elect… | about 2 years ago

    There will be prizes associated with Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists. Both for the main competition and for the kids' heat. We are in the process of finalizing that right now. Stay tuned to the product page for updates on prizes!

  • News - SparkFun Production: A Br… | about 2 years ago

    Are you looking at the DP2006 series?
    Looks like it would be good for prototyping/low volume production. Maximum of 50 8mm feeders, might not be enough for your application?
    Overall though it sounds like it would fit your needs.

  • News - SparkFun Production: A Br… | about 3 years ago

    Didn’t have enough space in that first reply…
    How quickly do you want to turn boards out? It sounds like speed isn’t too much of a factor for you so this might not apply. But machines are commonly rated in CPH(components per hour). This serves as a maximum placement speed, basically if you had a single component placed over and over, it could do say 4,000 in an hour.
    It’s like your car, the spedometer goes to 140 but you never really go that fast. Same thing here, rated for 4,000 but you will more than likely see something around 2,000.
    Hope this helps!

  • News - SparkFun Production: A Br… | about 3 years ago

    Hi Thomas,
    I’m Bob, the guy in the picture with the dog(Ranger) at his feet and something strange in his mouth…
    I’ve been running our Pick and Place operations for a few years now and could probably give you some good info on what to look for in automation.
    Some key factors:
    What is your component range? If you have a lot of unique/specialty parts you will want to get a machine that has a good vision system for identifying that wide range of components for proper placement.
    Are you building only a few types of boards or do you have a large variety of boards? If you have a large variety of boards to build you would want to look for something that has a fairly quick change over procedure so you can minimize downtime between designs.
    How large are your boards/panels of boards? Obviously here you will want to make sure to get a unit that will support your dimensions.

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