Patent Number: 6,293,006

Title: Electronic component mounting method

Abstract: A method of controlling a mounting unit having a shaft operated under servo control using a current driven actuator, comprises the steps of detecting interrruption of the servo control, and switching from a positioning control mode to a constant current control mode for supplying an constant amount of current to the shaft actuator to suspend the shaft. In an embodiment the method further includes engaging a gripping device, for holding the shaft, so as to keep the shaft from free-falling when interruption of the servo control is detected, and maintaining the constant current control mode at least until the gripping device grips the shaft. Still further, the current control mode optionally includes the steps of maintaining the supply of the constant amount of current for a predetermined period of time, and disengaging power supplied to the actuator after the predetermined period of time has elapsed.

Inventors: Takeda; Takeshi (Nakakoma-gun, JP), Nakao; Osamu (Osaka, JP), Shiomi; Akira (Osaka, JP)

Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.

International Classification: H02G 3/04 (20060101); H05K 003/30 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018