Cookies Management
We use cookies to provide you with the best site experience.
Cookies Management
Cookie Settings
Cookies necessary for the correct operation of the site are always enabled.
Other cookies are configurable.
Essential cookies
Always On. These cookies are essential so that you can use the website and use its functions. They cannot be turned off. They're set in response to requests made by you, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
Analytics cookies
These cookies collect information to help us understand how our Websites are being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customise our Websites for you. See a list of the analytics cookies we use here.
Advertising cookies
These cookies provide advertising companies with information about your online activity to help them deliver more relevant online advertising to you or to limit how many times you see an ad. This information may be shared with other advertising companies. See a list of the advertising cookies we use here.


Beyond Standard Applications
Unveiling the Versatility of Our Product Flow Controller (PFC) in Electronics Manufacturing

August 23rd, 2023
By Nirav Jariwala & Yakko Feng
traceability in electronics manufacturing ipc-1782 cogiscan pcba


For more than 20 years, our Product Flow Controller (PFC) has been one of our top-selling hardware products. There are many reasons for that. Sure, popular for standard applications– like using our PFC for production interlocking & SMEMA control – but one of the main benefits of this 8-bit device is without a doubt its versatility.

We’ve seen a wide range of non-standard applications over the years with our PFC. Here are some examples.

  1. Supports two IDs for dual-sided panels

Our PFC also includes an “assign” mode that lets users give different IDs to both sides of the same panel, and so:
  • Users only need to release the panel once (instead of twice): This removes manual entry of job parameters (Product Model, Work Order, Work Order Quantity, etc.) and shares board panel activity in second pass .
  • Closed-Loop automatic scanning to associate both IDs for the same panel: This saves time by reducing operators time to manually pair IDs on the same panel and avoids human error related to mis-scanning.

2. Functional on Legacy Lines

SMEMA has been a standard for many years now, but some facilities are still using lines that cannot support the SMEMA standard (different connector pinout, reverse signal of on/off for both ˈboard availableˈ & ˈmachine readyˈ). Our PFC is versatile enough and integrates with predecessors of SMEMA – providing these legacy lines with quality control and interlocking functionality.

3. Suitable for Semiconductors

Even though our focus has never been on the semiconductor industry, our PFC also accommodates other standards (with 24V DC) outside of our regular scope of SMT manufacturing.

4. Supports Panel Scanning

Our PFC works well with a variety of scanner types and is well suited to complete panel scanning (and even individual board scanning). This is particularly interesting for high mix electronics manufacturers wanting to replace error-prone manual scanning.

5. Gate-Keeps for Manual Scanning

Technically, our PFC has also been used as a gate keeper for manual scanning operations at testing and repair stations, mode “manual”. However, we came up with a better suited solution for offline stations a couple years ago – TTC Check .


While not the “coolest” technology available, this small footprint device continues to be a top choice for our OEM and EMS partners across the globe because it’s a highly reliable and flexible solution that is both easy to use and install… and we’re still getting orders every day for this tried-and-true product.

Meet our PFC experts

Nirav Jariwala
Sales Application Engineer
North / Latin Americas Region
Yakko Feng
Regional Pre-sales & Sales Manager - Asia
You might also like