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Novel Actuator Handles Tiny Chips to Speed Up Assembly Lines
A module for rapid, accurate, and versatile positioning of semiconductor chips has been developed by researchers at the A*STAR Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology and National University of Singapore Joint Lab. It features a novel electromechanical actuator that can move objects both linearly and rotationally. Most actuators tend to move linearly in only one direction, or they offer a rotational motion. "??For surface-mount technology (SMT) assembly, it is important that an actuator can provide both linear and rotary motion concurrently so that assembly line can achieve high throughput and high accuracy,"?%9D says Daniel Tat Joo Teo of A*STAR.
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