Optimizing feeder arrangement of a PCB assembly machine for multiple boards

Y. Z. Wu, Ping Ji

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In a high-mixed production environment, printed circuit board manufacturers face the challenge of frequent setups which involve rearranging the feeders on the machines. To reduce the setup cost, different boards can be assembled with a common feeder arrangement. This paper focuses on the optimization problems arising in this situation. Decisions are to be made on how different component feeders are arranged on the machine considering the structure of different boards, and the component placement sequence for each board. While the feeder arrangement problem and the placement sequencing problems can be solved iteratively for the sake of simplicity, these problems should be solved simultaneously so that an optimal solution can be found. This has been verified for the sequential pick-and-place machine by mathematical models established and computational experiments conducted in this research. Future research should incorporate different machine types and allow for feeder duplicates on the feeder carrier.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEM2010 - IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
EventIEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM2010 - Macao, China
Duration: 7 Dec 201010 Dec 2010


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM2010


  • Feeder arrangement problem
  • PCB assembly
  • Placement sequencing problem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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