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How Automated Pin Insertion Can Help Save On Processing Costs

Posted by Bead Electronics on Feb 24, 2022 11:00:00 AM

The Covid-19 pandemic created an unforeseen shortage of computer chips. This led to an alarming shortage of electronic devices and computer boards. With this shortage, there is an ever-increasing need for automation in this industry.

The most recent projections estimate automated and semi-automated pin insertion will increase in demand. With a projected growth of $93.2 million in a year, this technology is in high demand—plus, automated pin and semi-automated insertion save on assembly and processing costs, making it a great way to advance your production.

To learn more about this process and how it can save you money, keep on reading!

The Benefits of Automated Pin Insertion

Automated pin insertion equipment is useful in a variety of systems. These machines are customizable. Options include a wide range of pin sizes, lengths, and spacing (“pitch”), as well as adjusting insertion speed and force. This means they can be applied easily to multiple needs and applications.

Automated pin insertion is incremental in the production process of several products. These systems improve the speed at which manufacturers can produce and transport their goods. This is accomplished in several ways.

These include the following:

  • Customization
  • Monitoring
  • Multiple pin insertion stations and heads

An automated pin insertion machine can complete pin insertion to produce boards at a significantly faster rate than traditional methods such as bowl feeding or manual insertion.

Automated pin insertion includes gang loading of multiple pins or high-speed stitching. With a rising global demand for PCBs, this technology is in greater need now.

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Automated Pin Insertion in Small Electronics

Electronic signal connectors, as well as electrical power connectors, are essential in the production of large and small devices, which are used across industries. In the medical industry, pacemakers have some of the smallest but most advanced components.

Without these pin insertion machines, it is extremely difficult to design and manufacture these small devices. Medical equipment of all types relies on automatic pin insertion to create devices that can fit in small areas and can remain operational within the body itself.

Optometrists also rely on these nanotechnologies to assist with much of their work. Small handheld scanners for analysis of the retina rely on these systems for their high-performing PCBs. Automatic prosthetics utilize this technology to help mobilize people.

In a similar manner, aerospace technology depends on this dense, high-speed equipment to ensure functionality. The reality is devices are becoming more advanced every day. With these advances comes an increasing need for miniaturization as well as automation.

Automated Pin Insertion in Automobiles

The medical field is not the only industry impacted by these pin insertion devices. For automobiles, automated pin insertion is a game-changer. A key way this equipment improves automobile work is through accuracy.

Accuracy saves time and money on the assembly of automobiles. Bottom line, automation is also much faster than traditional manual or bowl feed methods of pin insertion. When you consider the fact many cars rely on computers to operate, accuracy is vital.

Automobiles have computers and engine control units (ECUs) for operating their many systems today. Without the accuracy provided by automated pin insertion, there's a higher rate of error.

This also saves you time on rework and assembly. It makes automobiles more reliable and it saves time by laying out the PCB without the threat of human error.

Automated Pin Insertion and Assembly Costs

There are several factors that contribute to assembly costs. But, the two leading factors are human error and capacity. It is a simple fact that humans do not operate as fast as a computer.

Nor are we as accurate as machines specifically programmed for a specific operation. We may be more diverse in our skillset, but not more accurate or efficient.

This is why automated pin insertion machines have revolutionized assembly. And, the ever-increasing demand for more PCBs is only driving this market higher. For many industries, these pins, PCBs, and insertion equipment are the key to advancing technology.

An automatic pin insertion device helps cut down on costs through an effective insertion. Without the concern for errors, you reduce rework significantly.

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Save on Processing Costs with Automatic Pin Insertion

Using automated pin insertion to save on assembly and processing costs is a smart investment. These machines prevent errors while ensuring the most effective use of resources. Applying these machines to your manufacturing systems cuts back on resources as well.

At Bead Electronics our specialty is connector pins. But we have all the resources to help you use automatic pin insertion effectively. Contact us today for a free quote!

Topics: Custom Contact Pins, Custom Connectors, Bead Electronics, Bead Industries, Pin Insertion

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