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While Sparkfun now operates both an MC-383V and an MC-384F, the machines are quite similar and the 383V is no longer manufactured. Therefore, I have listed specs for the 384. Below the specifications info are detailed a few of the differences between the two machines.

MC-384F Features, Specifications, and Costs

  • Head-Mounted Vision Cameras and Cognex ® Vision Processing for Non-Contact "On-the-Fly" Alignment of SMDs from 0.6 mm x 0.3 mm (0201 Footprint) to 16 mm x 14 mm, including flip-chips, CSPs, and µBGAs
  • Bottom Vision Camera for Large Components up to 38 mm x 38 mm, including Fine-Pitch .020" (0.5 mm) QFPs
  • Large 14.5" (370 mm) x 13.4" (340 mm) Placement Area with 128 Individual 8 mm or 12 mm Smart Tape Feeders Installed
  • Additional Time-Pressure Dispense Head or Micro-Dispensing Head and ATP Digital Dispensing System Available for Application of Solder Paste and Adhesives at Dot Sizes Down To 6 mil (.015 mm) Diameter
  • DC-Servo Drive with Closed Loop Encoding in All Four Axes (X, Y, Z, and R) for Placement Accuracy of ± .05 mm (± .002"); Precision Ball Screw Propulsion in X and Y Axes; Linear X-Y Drive Optional
  • Windows ®-based Operating System and MC-300 Series Control Software with Programming via Direct Numeric Data Entry, Teach-Mode, or CAD Conversion and Download; Fully-Integrated Dispensing Software
  • Remote Diagnostic Capability and Full One-Year Warranty

Specifications Placement Rate 4000 cph Maximum PCB Capacity 14.5" (370 mm) x 13.4" (340 mm) with maximum 128 Smart Tape Feeders installed. 17.1" (435 mm) x 13.4" (340 mm) with feeder bases mounted on only the front and rear of the system. Tape Feeder Capacity Up to 128 Manncorp 8/12 mm Smart Tape Feeders Component Size Min.: 0201 (0.6 mm x 0.3 mm) Max. w/ Vision-on-the-Fly: 0.63" (16 mm) x 0.55" (14 mm) Max. w/ Bottom Vision: 1.5" (38 mm) x 1.5" (38 mm) Component Lead Pitch .020" (0.5 mm) min. standard Placement Accuracy ± .002" (± .05 mm) Drive Mechanism DC-Servo Motor (X, Y, Z, and R Axes) with Closed-Loop Encoding; Precision Ball Screw (X-Y Axes) standard Resolution X-Y Axes: .0003" (0.0075 mm) Z Axis: .0008" (0.02 mm) R Axis: 0.045° (through full 360° range of motion) Dimensions 41" (1030 mm) L x 37" (940 mm) W x 49" (1250 mm) H Weight 880 lb. (400 kg) Voltage Requirements 120 V AC Air Pressure 75 psi (min.)

Manncorp MC-300 Smart Feeders Key Features

  • New, Slim-Profile Hardware Design for Maximum Feeder Mounting and Utilization
  • Built-In Memory Module Links Individual Tape Feeders to Specific Component Data (value, lot code, date code, quantity, package type, index increment, etc.)
  • Data Values Written to Memory Modules are Retained When Feeders are Removed from Machine or Until Overwritten
  • Connection Through Feeder Port and Base Links Smart Feeders to Known Location on Pick and Place Machine for Optimized Setups or Quick Changeover
  • Automatic, Vision-Assisted Closed-Loop Adjustment of Smart Tape Feeder Pickup Position to Compensate for Loose Packaging Tolerance
  • Ultra-Smooth, Electronic Tape Indexing and Adjustable Peel-Back Tensioner
  • Optional 2 mm Minimum Indexing for Small 0201 and 0402 Devices
  • Optional Bar Code Reader for Component Data Entry and Verification Prior to Assembly


  • Machine base cost lists at $44,995
  • Feeders range from $550 to $2000 depending on size and type
  • Be sure to register on Manncorp's site for all the most up-to-date pricing and info.

MC-383V Differences

  • First of all, there aren't many differences. The 383 is a fine machine that continues to serve us reliably over 14 hours a day.
  • The 384 does feature improvements to the bearings in the worm drive, allowing for a couple speed settings faster than that of which the 383 is capable.
  • The cameras on the 384 are a bit improved.
  • That's really about all we've found…although it did come with a nicer, widescreen monitor.
  • Check with the nice folks at Manncorp for more info about the differences between specs for these machines…or look at the brochure for the entire MC Series.
  • At the time of this writing, there was a refurbished MC-383L2OV on Manncorp's site for $24,995! Be sure to check their used equipment page.
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