Hanwha Techwin – New Kids on the Block

■ Group photo at Grand Opening of Hanwha Techwin Center of Competence.

Having recently purchased the pick and place division from Samsung, Hanwha Techwin wasted no time, and no expense in establishing a state-of-the-art Center of Excellence (CoE) in Anaheim, CA. A short drive from the Orange County (John Wayne) airport.

■ Johnny Nichols addressing the press at the smart bar.

The 16,000 sq. ft. center opened officially on Wednesday, July 26th and was presided over by key figures from Hanwha Techwin, it key partners, Mr Goh from ESE Printers and Mr Hu from PEMTRON inspection equipment, various reps and the international press. Johnny Nichols (General Manager) gave a spirited description of how the facility will work and a detailed tour of the equipment.

A unique feature is the semi-circular ‘smart bar’ at the front of the Center of Excellence, where up to two instructors can address a group of 8-10 people for production verification meetings, training, trouble-shooting and other functions. Each of the four lines in the CoE is connected to the ‘smart bar’, which is supported with a large flat-screen display to assist the CoE staff. The Value Line, Efficiency Line, Performance Line and Large Format LED line can produce demo boards in real-time and feed any data coming off the line to the ‘smart bar’, such as any materials fed to the lines, or production data coming off the line. Customers can not only watch a demo board being built, but they take a sample home with them at the end of their visit.

High-efficiency line

■ Johhny Nichols with Mr. Hu from ESE.

Both machines in this line are DECAN dual-gantry, placement machines. DECAN functions well as a chipshooter and can be paired with an SM45 for odd form placement. This high-efficiency line demonstrates the dual-rail, conveyor modularity that is exclusive to the DECAN platform. Manufacturers can transition easily from a dual-lane format to a single lane for large boards up to 255mm wide by 1200mm long, using the three-stage conveyorization.

High value solutions line

The value proposition is they are all SM Series machines (single-gantry). The SM42 is the flagship of the product line. Hanwha Techwin sells more of these machines than any other due to its flexibility and competitive price. The configuration of this line is a chipshooter (SM41), plus a flexible pick and place (SM42) and an SM45 for odd-form placement. The SM model is an SM+ which has progressive-build capability. This means if a job has a requires more feeders than the capacity of the line, using progressive-build operators can kit a second feeder cart offline and the machine will notify the operator when to swap out feeder banks to complete the job. This extends the flexibility of machines involved in high-mix, low lot-size production. Another feature of the SM+ range is the ability to conduct electrical test verification on the machine for resistance, capacitance and inductance testing.

Big board LED line

■ Field service engineers for Hanwha Techwin.

Taking the tour over to the LED line, Nichols claims “there is currently no ‘Gold Standard’ for large form factor LED production”. Hanwha Techwin are addressing this challenge with a 1.5 meter stencil printer from ESE, followed by buffers and conveyors that enable these large boards to be stage-built on an SM41 chipshooter. Alternatively, for higher volume applications, a DECAN pick and place could be used to build products up to 1200mm long.

Each of the four lines is ready at any time to build demo boards in real-time and feed any data coming off the line to the ‘smart bar’, such as any materials fed to the lines, or production data coming off the line. Customers can not only watch a demo board being built, but they take a sample home with them at the end of their visit.

When it comes time to emulate production in a CEM or OEM, Hanwha Techwin will have raw materials incoming from one side of the CoE , then it will go to registration, then storage, then kitting, then setup on the line.

A large part of the Hanwha Techwin CoE is taken up by storage of new and refurbished machines and a comprehensive parts facility. One corner of this area house a feeder service, calibration and rework.

All machines are capable of running electric feeders and mechanical pneumatic feeders and are backwards compatible. Feeder compatibility is something Hanwha Techwin take very seriously.

Hanwha Techwin have made a major investment in the North American market with this new CoE. The collaborative approach they have taken is impressive and it will do much to help establish them as a major force in the United States. They are continuing to pursue an active Industry 4.0 strategy with their strategic partners, ESE and PEMTRON and have an aggressive plan to create the premier end-to-end LED assembly line.

–TREVOR GALBRAITH