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HLC is the line control software that makes the modular concept work. On HLC a single production file can be created and edited and then optimized for the entire line in a single step. HLC will divide the production job among each machine in the line, considering each machine’s capabilities as it does. The result will be a file optimized and balanced over the entire line. Other important features of HLC include job clustering to minimize changeover time, line monitoring, and job scheduling. HLC connects to the machines via Ethernet and can also be connected to the company network.
  * Maximum 2 dispensers. ⇔ * Maximum 2 dispensers.
    * Maximum 2 dispensers
Line control
With feedback from “Line Balancer” and “Mount Simulation”, HLC optimizes the machine program to provide the maximum utilization and efficiency of each placement machine.
1. High-speed Modular Mounter FX-1R (The first machine) starts placing the small chips on the board at high speed. Optimum line balance EX
2. The board then moves to the next machine (KE-2070) which begins to place additional components. A new board moves into the FX-1R. Optimum line balance EX
3. The KE-2080 (third machine) places ICs and large size components on the board and then pass the board to the next process. In this way, HLC allocates the components to be placed by each machine for the best balance and overall throughput. Optimum line balance EX
Optimization Process
The optimization process is the brain of the HLC. It first balances the workload among all machines based on the machine type and options installed. Then it optimizes the machines individually to get the fastest possible throughput on each machine. Finally, it rechecks the balance to make sure the line is truly balanced.
1. Program Division

Divides a single production file among all machines in the line.
  Program Division Optimization Process
2. Feeder Allocation

Assigns feeder locations for all components.
  Feeder Allocation
3. Placement Sequence Optimization

Optimizes the placement sequence for each machine to maximize simultaneous picks, minimize nozzle changes, and to minimize the total head movement.
  Placement Sequence Optimization
4. Tact Simulator

Simulates the production time required for the divided and optimized file.
  Tact Simulator
5. Line Balancer

Feeders back the results from the Tact Simulator and re-optimizes the file to improve the overall throughput.
  Line Balancer
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