For the MDC Pick&Place machine the unofficial guide from PLECTER LABS (link here) is very good to get you started.
It has a wide range of parts explained very throughly. As a small contribution to the community here is our explaination of the CON/con part for connectors.
CON/con is checked with bottom vision (Lv=27) and just like other parts, Pt and W has special meanings.
As with example CAP/cap, the difference between CON and con is only the orientation.
For our connector these are the values we used:
| Part || Nozzle || X || Y || Pt || W || Thick || LunaVis || TS || Level || Type
| Slide switch || 2 || 6.7 || 3.7 || 1.3 || 0.4 || 1.1 || 127 || 60 || 1 || con
Y describes the overall width of the component. X describes the length between the outer leads of the connector. Just as other LV=27 parts, Pt and W are here the dimensions of the checking window that limits the lead search field of view.
As you can see, we specified the overall length of the part instead of the length between the leads and thus had to increase Pt to get the leads in view.
Is seems that all MDC Luna machines (LUNA EXP NX (77xxFV), Luna PPP-1, Luna PPPII, etc) use the same format.
Here are some picture from the teaching window when checking this part:
Part1: DIY tray for MDC Pick and Place machine
Part2: Explaining CON/con parts for MDC Luna machines
Now available in our store: VFD Modular Clock IV-4 6-digit
and matching acrylic enclosure.
This new shield design for the VFD Modular Clock is a variant of the original IV-4 shield,
but with 6 digits. IV-4 tubes are Russian 16-segment VFD tubes, and can display numerals and
the letters A-Z.
We’ve also designed a completely new enclosure for the IV-4 6-digit shield. It uses 2mm
semi-transparent blue acrylic, and is designed to give a low-profile rounded appearance.
Creating a 6-digit IV-4 shield without redesigning the base board presented a unique challenge:
The HV5812 driver used to drive the VFD tubes has 20 channels. IV-4 tubes are 16 segment displays,
20 - 16 = 4, so in other words the HV5812 driver can only support 4 IV-4 tubes.
Fortunately, there are two free GPIO pins that are available for use by shields, so we decided
to use those to drive the two extra digits. To drive VFDs, we need a push-pull driver, for
example a combination of a NPN and a PNP transistor. We used the approach described for the
In-Grid clock, on this page.
- Directly compatible with base board version 2.0 and above. Firmware version 1.3 or later required
(released 2014.04.20) - Clocks in our shop already ship with the correct firmware.
- Not compatible with base board version 1.0. (It is possible to get it to work, but will require
some modifications and hacking both to the base board and the firmware)
- Compatible with both IV-4 and IV-17 tubes. Currently we are shipping with IV-4 tubes.
Golden week is coming up here in Japan, and Akafugu is taking vacation for a week.
Orders placed between 2014.05.01 and 2014.05.08 will be processed after 2014.05.08.
For orders placed during the closing period, use the code GW2014 for 10 % off any order.
For customers in Japan:
VFD Modular Clock (all variants) and The Akafugu Nixie Clock are all available on
These orders are fulfilled by Amazon, and will ship out immediately. On amazon.co.jp,
selected items are available with a 5 % discount.
What is the difference between a SOP and TSOP chip?
Have you also been confused by all the different packages for SMT parts?
We stumbled upon this guide, and even if it is a bit old (0402 sized chips are common today), we think it is a good read and want to share it with our followers.
APR 22 2014: Coming Soon - Akafugu Nixie Clock version 3
APR 10 2014: Xmegaduino beta5 released!
APR 07 2014: DIY tray for MDC Pick and Place machine
JAN 05 2014: New Product - Diet Nixie
DEC 09 2013: New Product - VFD Modular Clock IV-18
NOV 24 2013: New products from Freetronics
NOV 06 2013: To customers who bought VFD Modular Clock at Maker Faire Tokyo
OCT 23 2013: Halloween Spooky Eyes Decoration
SEPT 12 2013: VFDDeluxe Firmware v1.1 Released
AUG 20 2013: Vetinari Clock Rock
AUG 10 2013: Obon Sale
JULY 28 2013: New Product - Cmoy Headphone Amplifier Kit
JULY 18 2013: New Product - RGB LED Cube
JULY 08 2013: Product updates - VFD Modular Clock and The Akafugu Nixie Clock
JULY 01 2013: Visit to Fab Cafe in Shibuya
JUNE 04 2013: Alternate firmware for LED Candle
MAY 30 2013: VFD Modular Clock Raspberry PI Edition Sneak Preview
MAY 01 2013: New Product - IV-22 6-digit VFD Modular Clock Shield
APR 17 2013: Akafugu products on display in Osaka
APR 16 2013: Raspberry Pi Reference Sheet from Surrey Hampshire Hackspace
APR 02 2013: New Product - Vetinari Clock
MAR 14 2013: New Product - Four Letter Word Generator add-on
FEB 27 2013: Diet Nixie Sneak Preview
FEB 07 2013: Reprogramming the VFD Modular Clock
FEB 04 2013: VFD Soldering Class Pictures
JAN 31 2013: Arduino Spectrum Analyzer
JAN 30 2013: Nixie Clock Firmware Issue Discovered
JAN 30 2013: Reprogramming the Akafugu Nixie Clock and Simpleclock
JAN 21 2013: Nixie clock back in stock
JAN 20 2013: Nixie and VFD clock classes at Tokyo Hacker Space
JAN 05 2013: Nixie Clock Out of Stock
JAN 04 2013: VFD Modular Clock IV-4/IV-17 and IV-6 Shield Pinouts
JAN 02 2013: Awesome VFD Modular Clock Case
DEC 21 2012: Christmas and New Year Break and Sale
DEC 10 2012: New firmware for Simpleclock
DEC 08 2012: VFD Modular Clock kit contents update
DEC 05 2012: Thank you everyone that visited us at Maker Faire Tokyo 2012
DEC 05 2012: Using TWILCD with Adafruit RGB displays
DEC 04 2012: Interesting blog - Using an Arduino to program ATTiny chips
NOV 28 2012: Preparing for Maker Faire
NOV 21 2012: Black Friday - Cyber Monday sale
NOV 15 2012: Testing serial devices with Akafuino L
NOV 13 2012: New Version 1.0.2 of Arduino Released
OCT 29 2012: Nixie Clock enclosure
OCT 28 2012: Halloween Sale
OCT 17 2012: Teensy 3.0 support for our TWI/I2C products
OCT 13 2012: Our shop is now available in Japanese
OCT 08 2012: New Nixie class at Tokyo Hacker Space
OCT 06 2012: Akafugu at Maker Faire Tokyo 2012
OCT 05 2012: Two new schematics added
OCT 01 2012: VFD Modular Clock - Problem Fix Advisory and Firmware Update
SEPT 30 2012: Akafuino X schematic
SEPT 28 2012: Soldering classes at Tokyo Hacker Space
SEPT 25 2012: QR-code on invoices
SEPT 24 2012: Nixie Clock schematics and firmware
SEPT 21 2012: New Product - The Akafugu Nixie Clock
SEPT 15 2012: New Product - ProjectBox for Arduino
SEPT 14 2012: Suntory Espressoda - review
SEPT 09 2012: Sneak preview
SEPT 08 2012: Back in stock! VFD Modular Clock - Enclosure - IV-17/IV-4 and TWI 7-seg Display compact stand
SEPT 07 2012: From the mail...
SEPT 06 2012: VFD Modular Clock Update - Now shipping with IV-4 tubes
SEPT 04 2012: TWILCD together with OLED
SEPT 03 2012: MENWIZ together with TWILCD
AUG 31 2012: Making a Pick & place machine, part 2
AUG 22 2012: Tokyo HackerSpace Moving In Party
AUG 14 2012: Back in stock! TWILCD and Akafuino X
AUG 10 2012: New Product - TWIDisplay 8-digit LCD
AUG 09 2012: New Reference Files for VFD Modular Clock, part 2
AUG 08 2012: New Reference Files for VFD Modular Clock
JULY 20 2012: Summer break
JULY 06 2012: Making a Pick & place machine, part 1
JULY 05 2012: Microcontroller Reference Sheet SMD v1.0
JUNE 27 2012: New Product - Akafuino L
JUNE 16 2012: New Product Reviews
JUNE 13 2012: USB and serial ports on Arduino Leonardo
MAY 23 2012: New Product - DS3231M Real Time Clock Breakout
MAY 22 2012: New Product - Simpleclock
APR 24 2012: New Products
APR 19 2012: 4x40 display and big numbers
APR 16 2012: TWIDisplay .net Micro Library
APR 09 2012: Xmegaduino beta4 released!
APR 09 2012: Avr-gcc 4.5.1, Avr-libc 1.7.1 and delay problems
APR 06 2012: New product - TWILCD 40x2/40x4/RGB edition
MAR 22 2012: New Product - Smoke Black Acrylic Stand for TWIDisplay
MAR 16 2012: New Microchip 25AA02E48 arduino library
MAR 15 2012: ATXMega Reference Sheet v1.0
MAR 05 2012: TWILCD Compatibility
MAR 02 2012: Electronics Reference Sheet v1.0
FEB 29 2012: Four Letter Word Generator PART 2 - EEPROM Programmer
FEB 13 2012: VFD Modular Clock Review
FEB 08 2012: Four Letter Word Generator
FEB 02 2012: New version of the Microcontroller Reference Sheet with Arduino-tiny pinouts
JAN 20 2012: Xmega Overclocking
JAN 10 2012: New Product - Shift Register Breakout Board
JAN 05 2012: Now in stock - Akafuino X
JAN 02 2012: VFD Clock Updates
DEC 22 2011: Opening Hours During the Holiday
DEC 20 2011: New Product - TWILCD
DEC 17 2011: Now In Stock - Serial and ISP Breadboard Adapter
DEC 03 2011: New Products
DEC 01 2011: Arduino 1.0 is out
NOV 25 2011: Using the Wire library with the Xmegaduino Arduino IDE
NOV 20 2011: VFD Modular Clock
NOV 15 2011: Meet the Akafuino X
OCT 31 2011: Eagle 3D models with EagleUp
OCT 01 2011: Microcontroller reference sheet
SEPT 28 2011: uA-meter Thermometer