The placement of SMD components is usually performed with Cartesian type robots, a task known as pick-and-place (P&P). Small Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm (SCARA) robots are also growing in popularity for this use because of their quick and accurate performance. This paper describes the use of the Lean Robotic Micromanufacturing (LRM) framework applied on a large, 10kg payload, industrial SCARA robot for PCB assembly. The LRM framework guided the precision evaluation of the PCB assembly process and provided a prediction of the placement precision and yield. We experimentally evaluated the repeatability of the system, as well as the resulting collective errors during the assembly. Results confirm that the P&P task can achieve the required assembly tolerance of 200 microns without employing closed-loop visual servoing, therefore considerably decreasing the system complexity and assembly time.

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