- Volume 6 Issue 4
We propose an optimization method for PCB assembly lines including multiple surface mounters. To increase the productivity of PCB assembly line, the component allocation, feeder assignment, and assembly sequence of each surface mounter should be optimized. The optimization Problem is formulated as an integer programming problem. We divide the overall problem into two hierarchical sub-problems: forward-path problem and backward-path problem. The clustering algorithm and branch-and-bound algorithm are applied to solve the forward-path problem. The assignment algorithm and connection algorithm are applied to solve the backward-path problem. Simulation results are presented to verify the usefulness of the proposed method.