Universal PTF (GSM, Advantis, Genesis Tray Tower)

Universal PTF (GSM, Advantis, Genesis Tray Tower) {ID: 7564}

Status: Available
Condition: Superior to inline with its age
Quantity: 1

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Product installation requirements:

Facilities: provided by GSM, Advantis, or Genesis
Dims: ask for drawing

Product Terms:

This unit is located in the CEE facility in the Chicago area. A CEE technician will demonstrate the unit fully functional either live or by video for your acceptance.  Availability is subject to prior sale.


  • Includes PTF Conveyor, component shuttle, brackets, and cabling


Platform Tray Feeder (PTF), Model 4559A Introduction

Universal’s optional Platform Tray Feeder (PTF), Model 4559A, is a 58-input stackable matrix tray feeder for Universal platforms, which increases flexibility, improves line performance, and maximizes throughput.

The PTF is flexible. It features 29 pallets, each configurable with up to two unique component types. Up to 58 different leaded and area-array components can be fed to the GSM platform. If desired, one of the pallets can be defined for component purge or reject, reducing usable pallets to 28 x 56 inputs.

The PTF is efficient. Rather than just one matrix tray at a time, the PTF can support stacks of matrix trays. This capability significantly reduces tray replenishment requirements and increases throughput. And, the unique side-mounting scheme of the PTF maximizes floor space utilization without interfering with adjacent production lines. The PTF may be optionally configured to present components at rotations of 0°, 90°, 180°, or 270° for pick by the GSM platform to increase machine throughput.

The PTF is fast. While many other matrix tray feeders waste time by presenting the entire tray or just a couple of components to the pick and place head, the PTF can present up to 7 components to the GSM head. The independent PTF pick and place axes buffer components for the next cycle in the GSM platform. In parallel, the GSM platform gang picks components (simultaneously picks multiple components) previously queued on the PTF transfer belt. The PTF features user programmable servocontrolled pallet and transfer belt motions to provide optimal component handling speed.

In consideration of essential health and safety requirements, the PTF is CE-marked.


Small-, medium-, or large-depth pallets accommodate most of the leaded and area array components packaged in matrix trays. Pallets are selected separately or in a standard configuration, and hold one or two unique component IDs for up to a total of 58 matrix tray component IDs. The various depths of the pallets allow small to large stacks of matrix trays, optimizing production needs. The standard configuration includes five small pallets, three medium pallets, five large pallets, and one small purge pallet. An operator can load a stack of matrix trays within 20 seconds, and pallets easily slide into any one of the 29 magazine slots.

Tray Transport

The tray transport automates the pallet selection and matrix tray disposal through user-programmable transport speed. Software signals the servo-controlled tray transport to move the selected pallet out of the magazine. While the pallet is extended, the feeder head assembly, also servo-controlled, picks the component from the matrix tray and places it on the transfer shuttle moving it into the GSM platform. When the matrix tray is empty, the feeder head assembly automatically removes the matrix tray from the pallet to a customer-supplied empty tray bin. If the user does not want automatic disposal of empty matrix trays, the UPS can be configured to force manual removal.

Transfer Shuttle

The servo-controlled transfer shuttle moves components from the feeder to the pick point of the GSM for placement through userprogrammable transfer speed. Transfer time from one tray to the pick point is only six seconds. Transfer shuttle movement is parallel to board transfer in the GSM platform.


GSM Software:   The PTF is controlled by Universal Platform Software (UPS). The UPS processes diagnostic messages, and optimization of one product. Included is a graphic interface for defining components, matrix trays, magazine slots and feeder configuration from the feeder and component database.

Required Slots:   8 slots when installed in side entrance holes.

Tact Time:   1.5 seconds per component

Transfer Time:   4 components from one tray: 6.25 seconds   /   4 components from 4 adjacent pallets: 9 seconds

Component Types:   Leaded and area array

Component dimensions:   6.4mm to 51mm (0.25" to 2.0") square, manual nozzle change may be required for a full range of component picking.

Component Thickness:   1.0mm to 12.7mm (0.04" to 0.50"), flat and smooth surface for vacuum retention.

Component Weight:   Up to 35 grams each.

Matrix Tray Dimensions:

  • 102mm x 102mm x 3mm (4" x 4" x 0.1"), minimum
  • 330mm x 292mm x 12.7mm (13.0" x 11.5" x 0.5"), one component ID, or
  • 330mm x 140mm x 12.7mm (13.0" x 5.5" x 0.5") for one or two component IDs (two matrix trays) in one pallet.

Magazine Capacity:   29 pallet slots

Capacity:    61.3 kg (135 pounds), including pallets, matrix trays, and components.

PTF Service Requirements

  • Electrical:   230 VAC, provided by the GSM platform - 250 Watts RMS   /   400 Watts Peak
  • Pneumatic:   Provided by the GSM platform
  • Air Flow:   17 liters/min@6.21 bar (0.6 cfm@90 psi)
  • Vacuum:   Generated internally by PTF feeder


Information is provided for your convenience as our good faith estimate for this equipment. CEE does not warrant the accuracy of this information due to the nature of used equipment. Used equipment can be customized, altered, or simply worn beyond the capability to perform to original specifications. If certain details are critical for your application, we highly recommend testing the machines performance on that criteria. Please notify your CEE sales representative prior to purchase and we will propose solutions for your concerns. CEE's goal is always to minimize your risk.