I'm shopping for an entry level pick and place for my prototyping work. I've been contracting the assembly out but I'd like to take control of it myself.
My boards have several fine line BGAs and a boat load of 0201 bypass caps on the backsides. I believe either of the machines will work for me if I order it with bottom vision.
I've read through many of the posts on this forum and there seems to be some indication that the Manncorp and MDC are one in the same machine (well at least the earlier models).
Are the FVX and the 7722 still the same machine? Do they still use the same feeders? Do they both run the same SW?
The Manncorp website says built in the USA with a new advanced vision SW while the MDC of course is from Japan.
Any issues with customs and/or duties importing a machine from Japan? It looks like there is a 2.5% duty on the import. Any other additional expenses? Approximate shipping costs?
Thanks in advance!
Super unclear. Not your message. Just Manncorps sales literature. I suspect they are rebranding either MDC or something else with the new model. Example: MDC 77xx and MannCorp 77xx were the same thing just rebranded and double the price for the unit and 4x the price for the reels etc. At least that is what my quotes came out to be.
I have an MDC 7712 I plan to sell in a Month or two. Lightly used. Looks almost new still. I bought it about a year ago.
It is being used right now to build up some inventory then I plan to sell it and take some time off and go sailing.
7712 means It has one side that can handle 28 (8mm) reels or a mixture of 8mm and other sizes. Bigger than 8mm will use up more than 1 slot so it will be less than 28 total then. The other side is cut tape that auto advances. 7722 means both sides handle reels.
It would come with 16 8mm Reels, computer, monitor, software etc. I bought the whole unit ready to go from MDC.
There is really good support now thanks to this forum and a very nice manual now that's readable. I taught myself to use it. I just did a 10 panel PCB a couple weeks ago and am right now about to do a 20 PCB panel. I had never used anything like it or done assembly like this so that should attest to how easy it is if you persist and read the manual. Secret really was fiducials...as explained in the manual. I'm now doing panels with ease. First try was a total success (again thanks to the new manual).
I just read the post and thought I'd throw it out there. I'm in Northern California Sacramento area. PM me for more details if you're interested. If you just want to ask questions about it ask away. It really is a great machine for entry to mid level. I don't know your timeframe. I'm in no rush just sounded like you were in the same position I was a bit over a year ago. This is a good first machine.