PCB Up Down Lifter2023-08-31T06:54:06+00:00

VE-330 /440 PCB Up Down Lifter


  • Different sizes available upon request

  • Steady and precise scaling (retractable motor)

  • Minimize transmission clearance between conveyor

  • User friendly ‘soft touch’ LED control panel

  • Top cover can be opened for easy access to hardware during maintenance

Customization is always available, please mark down your need when contact us.

Basic Description of VE-330 /440 PCB Up Down Lifter

The automatic Up down lifter is used for turning vertical height direction of PCB boards onto the guide rail of SMT assembly line. ElectronicsTalk can provide high-standard automatic elevator.

Equipped with Panasonic PLC control system, ensure the stability of the working performance. Width adjustment system adopts the screw elevator that imported from overseas brand TBI.

Moreover, different sizes of machine are customized, increased the flexibility to meet varied demand. Top cover can be opened, easy to maintenance and the full-closed design structure ensure the highest level of safety. Using the step motor, it can maintain a high accuracy of elevating function.

Understanding PCB Up-Down Lifters

PCBs form the backbone of electronics. Delicate PCB assemblies need to be carefully moved between loading, processing, inspection, and storage stages during manufacturing. Manual lifting creates bottlenecks and risks of damage. PCB up-down lifters automate secure vertical transfers for optimized workflow.

PCB up-down lifters are automated equipment designed to gently pick up PCBs from a stack, elevator them vertically to the required height, and place them down precisely onto the next assembly station or conveyor.

This eliminates the need for manual lifting, thereby improving efficiency, minimizing PCB damage, reducing fatigue, and enhancing ergonomics.

Types of PCB Up-Down Lifters

Pneumatic Lifters:

Use air cylinders for lifting motion. Compact but limited in height.

Servo Motor Lifters:

Precise servo systems allow greater lifting height and control.

Scissor Lifts:

Compact lifting platforms providing stable elevation.

Vacuum Lifters:

Use vacuum suction to securely hold PCBs during transfer.

Advantages Over Manual Lifting

Faster transfer times improve workflow

Secure holding prevents PCB damage

Consistent precision with minimal errors

Reduced physical strain on operators

Simpler integration with automation

Enables lights-out manufacturing

Key Components of PCB Up-Down Lifters

Lifting Mechanism:

The pneumatic, servo, scissor or vacuum system that provides vertical motion.

Work Holding:

Grippers or vacuum that hold PCB securely during lift.

Integration Interfaces:

Signals, controls, and mounts that enable synchronization with other equipment.

Control Panel:

Touchscreen or buttons that allow easy lifting operation.

Safety Systems:

Sensors, alarms, brakes that make the lift motion safer.

Benefits of PCB Up-Down Lifters

Increased Productivity:

Faster transfers reduces bottlenecks.

Minimized PCB Damage:

Secure holding prevents drops or scratches.

Improved Ergonomics:

Eliminates repetitive and tiring manual lifts.

Simpler Automation:

Seamless integration with automated equipment.

Enhanced Precision:

Accuracy and repeatability from automation.

Safer Operation:

Minimizes direct operator involvement in material handling.

Best Practices for PCB Lifter Operation

Perform regular inspections, maintenance, and calibration

Adjust gripper pressure and vacuum suction for different PCBs

Institute proper guidelines for safe operation

Train employees on correct loading, activation, and unloading

Position lifter appropriately to integrate with workflow

Implement measures to prevent overload conditions

Follow recommended procedures for emergencies or faults

Selecting the Right PCB Up-Down Lifter

Key selection factors include:

Required lift height, speed, and cycle times

PCB dimensions, weight, and fragility

Production volumes and throughput needs

Available floor space and height

Integration requirements with existing equipment

Single vs. multi-unit lifting needs

Budget constraints

Matching the lifter capabilities to requirements ensures optimal system performance.

Maximizing Productivity and Utilization

Strategies to optimize PCB lifter productivity:

Position near process equipment for efficient flow.

Design optimal material flow patterns.

Leverage automatic loading/unloading features.

Use smart data capabilities for uptime tracking.

Identify and address bottlenecks.

Perform planned preventative maintenance.

Train employees thoroughly on proper operation.

Every percentage gain in utilization results in substantial productivity improvements.

Common Challenges and Solutions

PCB jamming:

Check for obstructions and debris; adjust gripper pressure.

Positioning errors:

Re-calibrate sensors and adjust board holding guides.

Slow lifting speed:

Check pneumatic pressure/servo motor settings; inspect for worn components.

Unit not activating:

Verify power and input signal connections are secure.

PCB scratches/cracks:

Adjust gripper contact areas; inspect for burrs or defects.

Excess vibration:

Tighten fasteners; check for loose or worn components like bushings.

Promptly addressing any problems is key for maximizing lifter uptime.

Safety Measures and Precautions

PCB lifters can pose some safety risks like:

Risk of falling objects

Getting body parts caught in machine

Electrical shocks during maintenance

Safety measures should include:

Enabling emergency stop buttons and safety interlocks

Implementing proper lockout/tagout procedures

Ensuring accessible emergency stop buttons

Providing applicable personnel safety training

Following recommended precautions from manufacturer

Case Studies

Company A installed pneumatic PCB lifters between their soldering and inspection stations. This improved transfer speed by 30% and reduced PCB damage by 20%.

Company B implemented servo-based PCB lifters with automated loading/unloading. This enabled reducing 4 operators per shift.

Company C’s PCB reject rate decreased from 1.5% to 0.8% after addressing scratches by changing to vacuum-based PCB lifters.


Specification of VE-330 /440 PCB Up Down Lifter

DescriptionRedirect PCBs flow into different heights
Cycle timeDepends on lifting distance
Belt typeRound belt/oblate belt
Power supplyAC 110/220 volts; single phase
PowerMax. 250VA
Transport directionL to R/R to L

Dimension of VE-330 /440 PCB Up Down Lifter

(LxWxH, mm)
Machine heightPCB board size (LxWxH, mm)Weight
VE-330535*920* H?Depends on lifting distance50*50-460*330140
VE-460610*1050* HDepends on lifting distance50*50-530*460200


With their ability to provide fast and secure vertical PCB transfers, PCB up-down lifters are invaluable assets for electronics manufacturers. They eliminate tedious and risky manual material handling to create optimized production workflows. By selecting the appropriate lift model and following recommended operational best practices, companies can leverage these systems to enhance productivity, quality, ergonomics, and process integration.


Can PCB lifters safely operate in cleanroom environments?2023-08-31T06:44:44+00:00

Yes, many models are designed to meet cleanroom specifications.

How do lifters avoid damaging delicate PCBs during lifting?2023-08-31T06:44:09+00:00

Gentle handling, smooth elevation, adjustable holding pressure, and avoiding vibrations.

Is operator training recommended for these units?2023-08-31T06:43:26+00:00

Yes, proper training helps maximize productivity while minimizing risks.

What type of maintenance do these lifters need?2023-08-31T06:42:49+00:00

Regular inspections, lubrication, calibration, and parts replacement as needed.

What safety features do PCB lifters provide?2023-08-31T06:42:08+00:00

Safety systems like interlocks, E-stops, and sensors prevent unsafe operation.

How do lifters enhance assembly line productivity?2023-08-31T06:39:21+00:00

Faster vertical transfers reduce bottlenecks between sequential processes.

Can lifters be integrated with automated PCB assembly?2023-08-31T06:37:46+00:00

Yes, they provide interfaces to enable smooth integration with other equipment.

What PCB sizes can these lifters handle?2023-08-31T06:37:02+00:00

Different models are designed to accommodate small to large PCB form factors.

What are the benefits of PCB up-down lifters?2023-08-31T06:36:24+00:00

They enable secure and fast vertical PCB transfers, improving productivity and minimizing damage.

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