Automated Flexible Printed Circuit Insertion
July 27th, 2023
The assembly automation of flexible printed circuits (FPC) is one of the key difficulties in the industry. FPC is often small, soft, and deformable, making its grasping, insertion, and assembly challenging for traditional position-based robotic solutions. Most FPC tasks are completed using expensive and error-prone manual labor.
Flexiv has created an FPC assembly automation solution based on adaptive robots, achieving a breakthrough in this process automation. Combining the adaptive robot Rizon 4s, a cutting-edge visual servo system, a customized end tool and AI vision, the solution can recognize accurate FPC positions and poses and achieve stable, highly-successful insertion.
AI+visual servo+force control to realize reliable FPC handling
With cutting-edge AI algorithms and visual servo technology, Rizon can recognize and follow workpiece positions in real time for precise grasping. By leveraging advanced force control capability, the robot can complete flexible insertion like a human hand with over 99% success rate, effectively avoiding workpiece damage.
Whole-process automation and digitalization to ensure data tracking
Combined with the intuitive robot programming and operating system Flexiv Elements, the solution can obtain and show real-time visuals and data of the workpiece and force used during the whole process, by which the data tracking, result inspection and quality monitoring can be achieved.
Universal and expandable enough to meet diverse needs
Based on the force control capabilities of adaptive robots, the solution is compatible with different types of FPCs, end tools and insertion techniques according to specific needs, which greatly benefits the production line changeover efficiency and cost saving.