Many people with Pick and Place machines now are interested in feeders that are easy to use, easy to swap out and don't cost a fortune.
Right now we are working on a feeder that uses a pancake stepper motor to advance the tape. The gears used to do this make for incredibly accurate advancement of the tape. What this means is, after the use of 100 parts or more, the next part will still be in position to be picked up by the PnP head.
Here is a quick demonstration of our second generation feeder prototype. We are currently working on version three, and will update the video when we can.