60 to 80% of the components on most circuit boards can be auto-inserted by “off-the-shelf” N.C. machinery. The remaining components typically are of odd size or shape, low volume, or both. Manual assembly is usually required.
This paper explores the assembly solution to a component which did not fit either category. After evaluating component packaging, available equipment, etc., robot assembly was chosen as the appropriate method for high volume insertion of 2-pin shorting bars (hereinafter referred to as shunts).