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Are mechanical tape feeders interchangleble?

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Rundstedt:
Well my company recently bought small used smt line (to be more accurate just Screen printer, p&p and reflow oven). 
Our current machine park: MPM AP Excel Screen printer, Juki Ke-2020L, Speedline Electrovert Omniflex 7 reflow oven. And even thou I didn't even turn it on my manager found on auction service  some old Panasonic line, and I've been asked whether mechanical feeders can be used in our ke-2020L. And truth to be told I don't know even where to look for such information.

So can anyone help me, or even point a direction where to find such information?


And bonus round question, I've been offered 2 self tensioning frame for my screen printer LTC Quattro-flex II and Cookson Electronics Alpha tetra with the first one 300eur more expensive. Can anyone advise me which one is better?

EEVblog:
I'm pretty sure that there is no standard, they are all custom and proprietary, that's how they lock you in and suck more money out of you.

Rundstedt:
Unfortunately I was expecting that. At least we could use those conveyors. Nonetheless thank for confirmation.

mikeselectricstuff:
Feeders are usually specific to the machine manufacturer, but tend to stay the same between machines by that manufacturer. I think there are a few 'equivalents' where comapnies have been taken over so machines that appear to be from different manufacturers are actually just different vintages of the same line.
 

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