Surface Mount Technology, also called SMT, is a type of electrical component production that involves the mounting of the electrical components directly on the surface of a PCB. This process can be time-consuming and tedious for humans. Luckily, there are SMT machines that are specifically designed to do this with ease.

What are SMT machines?


SMT stands for surface mount technology. It is a way of attaching electronics to circuit boards by soldering them directly onto the board. This technology has revolutionized the way electronics are manufactured, and it is now used in virtually all industrial and commercial applications.


What do SMT machines do?


SMT machines are machines used to place surface mount devices (SMDs) onto printed circuit boards (PCBs). These machines are commonly used because of their high precision, multiple applications, and various electronic components that can be used on them.


Types of SMT machines

  1. Manual pick-and-place machine

These are the most common types of pick-and-place machines. As the name suggests, the process of picking and placing surface mount devices (SMDs) on a PCB is done manually.


  1. Semi-automatic pick and place machine

Semi-automatic placement machines were originally designed as an interface between manual and automatic placement machines. These semi-automatic pick and place machines do an excellent job of providing a visually assisted computer interface that makes it easier for operators to see the orientation of components.


  1. Automatic pick-and-place machine

Automatic SMT machines replace semi-automatic models. The automatic model has been improved to leap from manual to fully automatic SMT machines.




If you want to learn about SMT machines, this guide is for you. We’ll walk you through the basics of the technique so you can start using it in your designs right away. MAKER-RAY can provide more information about it, if you need it, you can check our website!