This is the Opulo 8mm Feeder:
The 8mm feeder is an open source SMT component tape feeder that can reliably feed components as small as 0402. It is designed to work with a LumenPnP Pick and Place Machine, but can mount onto any 20mm X 20mm v-slot extrusion. The source can be found here.
The feeder uses the open source Photon feeder controller firmware, and talks the Photon protocol over RS-485 to any Marlin host with RS-485 support.
You can fit up to 50x 8mm Feeders on the front and back rail of your LumenPnP when using two staging plates.
If you'd like to add a third staging plate, you can fit 25x 8mm Feeders on the front rail of your LumenPnP.
Parts of the Feeder
Tapping the forward button will make the feeder feed forward 4mm. Tapping the backward button makes the feeder feed backwards 4mm.
Pressing and holding both buttons at the same time will make the light flash blue. This toggles the feeder from driving tape with long presses, to peeling film with long presses. Press and hold both buttons again to switch back.
If you get stuck, please don't hesitate to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or use our support form.
If you find that there's something unclear in this documentation, please submit a ticket on Github about it! You can also file an issue using the link in the upper right of any page on this site. We're trying to make this as clear and understandable as possible, so every issue you tag helps us make it better for everyone else. You can also check out the Discord server and ask questions to the community.
Before using the feeders, you'll install the slot harness.