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Modular magazine for suitable handling of microparts in industry
Author(s): Ralf Grimme; Wolfgang Schmutz; Dirk Schlenker; Matthias Schuenemann; Achim Stock; Wolfgang Schaefer
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Paper Abstract

Microassembly and microadjustment techniques are key technologies in the industrial production of hybrid microelectromechanical systems. One focal point in current microproduction research and engineering is the design and development of high-precision microassembly and microadjustment equipment capable of operating within the framework of flexible automated industrial production. As well as these developments, suitable microassembly tools for industrial use also need to be equipped with interfaces for the supply and delivery of microcomponents. The microassembly process necessitates the supply of microparts in a geometrically defined manner. In order to reduce processing steps and production costs, there is a demand for magazines capable of providing free accessibility to the fixed microcomponents. Commonly used at present are feeding techniques, which originate from the field of semiconductor production. However none of these techniques fully meets the requirements of industrial microassembly technology. A novel modular magazine set, developed and tested in a joint project, is presented here. The magazines are able to hold microcomponents during cleaning, inspection and assembly without nay additional handling steps. The modularity of their design allows for maximum technical flexibility. The modular magazine fits into currently practiced SEMI standards. The design and concept of the magazine enables industrial manufacturers to promote a cost-efficient and flexible precision assembly of microelectromechanical systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3202, Microrobotics and Microsystem Fabrication, (1 January 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.298033
Show Author Affiliations
Ralf Grimme, Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Germany)
Wolfgang Schmutz, Automation in Cleanroom GmbH (Germany)
Dirk Schlenker, Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Germany)
Matthias Schuenemann, Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Germany)
Achim Stock, Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Germany)
Wolfgang Schaefer, Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3202:
Microrobotics and Microsystem Fabrication
Armin Sulzmann, Editor(s)

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