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AOI and SPI: Can Inspection Equipment Makers Successfully Do Both? (Nov 23, 2009)

Several inspection companies debuted new models at productronica 2009 in Munich, Germany, with traditionally solder paste inspection (SPI) companies entering the automated optical inspection (AOI) market, and vice versa. While inspection companies have steadily pushed for optical inspection earlier in the SMT assembly line (pre-reflow), this move was markedly widespread, with Koh Young, Mirtec, Marantz, Viscom, and others looking to capture market share outside of their core inspection sector.

Can AXI Meet Zero Defect Quality Standards? (Oct 26, 2009)

Automated X-ray inspection (AXI) is a standard quality control tool for inspection of hidden solder structures. Tobias Neubrand, Ph.D., GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH - phoenix|x-ray Systems + Services Inc., explains the capabilities necessary on X-ray systems to meet current and future zero-defect quality standards.

STEP 9 Test and Inspection: Maximizing Production Efficiency through Automated Inspection (Oct 20, 2009)

Lean manufacturers are relying on automated inspection equipment (SPI/AOI/AXI) to streamline the manufacturing process and provide real-time root cause analysis of manufacturing defects. The objective is to increase profitability through improved production yields and reduced costly rework. Brian D’Amico, MIRTEC Corp., reviews the types of SPI and AOI technology, and how to choose and implement inspection machines.

SMT Inspection Products (Sep 10, 2009)

Electronics assemblers need to inspect assemblies for everything from polarity errors to component counterfeiting and beyond. The vision systems, digital microscopes, test services, automatic optical inspection (AOI) offerings, and other inspection products featured here were recently released by Soldertec Global, Marantz Business Electronics and Nutek, Keyence, GOEPEL electronics, Sonoscan’s SonoLab, Seika, Microscan, the SharpVue division of Aven, and Extech Instruments.

Surface Mount Technology Industry News
Conformal Coating Webinar Available for Download (Nov 20, 2009)

DYMAX Corporation recently hosted a webinar, “Conformal Coating at the Speed of Light: UV Conformal Coating from Start to Finish.” The webinar focuses on cost savings of UV and how to qualify and maintain an effective UV conformal coating process.

November EMS Indicators Report Released (Nov 19, 2009)

Charlie Barnhart & Associates LLC released its Leading Indicators report for November 2009. The report includes latency factors, such as global cost of labor, corporate costs by EMS type, and mark-up percent by volume/sector. Hysteretic factors include geographic pacing, sector pacing, capacity utilization by geography, and solution cycle by EMS type. Finally, probability factors covered include risk constants by geography.

TT Electronics Targets Medical Equipment Manufacturers (Nov 18, 2009)

TT electronics’ component divisions — AB Mikroelektronik, BI Technologies, IRC, OPTEK Technology, Semelab, TT ims and Welwyn — are highlighting a range of products and services for the medical market. From passive components to optoelectronics and semiconductors, TT electronics’ products are being specified for a number of applications in medical equipment. In addition to components, TT electronics also provides complete solutions through advanced manufacturing services for medical systems, including design support, application engineering assistance, and advanced testing for medical electronics.

Stories From The Trenches: How a Circuit Board Guy Entered the Solar Cell Industry (Nov 17, 2009)

In a Joint Chapter Technical Meeting, iMAPS New England, with ACerS NE and SMTA Boston, will host Don Cullen, managing director of photovoltaics at MacDermid. Cullen will give the talk on his move to the photovoltaics industry, and the industry's future as part of the electronics sector, January 19, 2010, at Courtyard Marriott Marlborough, MA.

IPC Study on the EMS Industry Forecasts Growth Through 2013 (Nov 17, 2009)

Despite economic setbacks in 2008 and 2009, the world market for electronics manufacturing services (EMS) will continue to grow, according to a report released by IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries. The comprehensive EMS study, 2008-2009 Analysis and Forecast for the EMS Industry, presents data and analysis on the EMS industry examining critical trends and providing forecasts, including the potential for market expansion.

Test and Inspection Videos
Gabe Gonzalez, SPEA, shows SMT a flying probe ICT system that tests to specifications for fast, economical component-level test.; board test; component verification; flying probe; ICT; in-circuit test; test; Jon Dupree, YXLON, describes the importance of X-ray inspection for new packages, sophisticated PCBs, and harsh-environment assemblies.; Computed Tomography; CT; embedded PCB; harsh environment; HDI; packages; X-ray inspection; Brian D'Amico, president, Mirtec, demonstrates laser AOI and other features on their inspection systems.; AOI; automatic optical inspection; laser inspection; lifted leads; Mirtec; Christian Munoz, Hirox, shows us their new digital microscope with plastic prism, inspecting a reflowed BGA.; BGA inspection; digital microscope; Hirox; low-cost inspection; SMTAI; Michael Konrad, SMT advisor, shows us Aqueous?s Trident cleaning equipment. The system prewashes, washes, dries, and cleanliness tests at each rinse cycle. ; aqueous; cleaning; cleanliness test; defluxing; PCB cleanliness; SMTAI; trident; Agilent?s sj5000 is featured, performing an AOI scan on a post-reflow assembly. The company also is highlighting lead ringer technology. ; Agilent; AOI; lead ringer; optical inspection; PCB inspection; post-reflow; pre-reflow; SMTAI; Al Cabral, marketing manager, VJ Electronix, demonstrates solder rework and X-ray inspection with the company's new machines.; 2D X-ray; manual inspection; rework; VJ Electronix; X-ray inspection; Paul Walter, Dage, shows Gail Flower their quick-view CT, dual-monitor operator interface, and XD7500 NT inspection system. ; AOI; apex; AXI; computerized tomography; CT; Dage; inspection; x-ray; Steve Glass, RMD, demonstrates their handheld XRF elemental analyzer's new features: an ergonomic stand, solder analysis capability, and "Quick Mode."; apex; components; lead-free; rmd; RoHS; Screening; solder analysis; XRF; Mike Foster of Dynatech/Samsung walks Gail Flower through the SM series complete SMT line at the show. Featured equipment includes screen printer, pick-and-place systems, and more.; apex; Dynatech; pick-and-place; printer; samsung; smt line; Volker Pape, founder of Viscom, traces the company timeline and reveals details of the 3088-II mid-range inspection system to Gail Flower.; AOI; apex; AXI; inspection; optical; viscom; x-ray; Paul Ruo, National Sales Manager for Aries, talks to Gail Flower at Semicon West 2008.; Aries Semicon West 2008 packaging; Jim Price of Sony Manufacturing Systems America debuts the SI-P850 screen printer and SI-V200 AOI system to North American assemblers at the show.; AOI; inspection; Printing; screen printer; Sony Manufacturing Systems; Peter van den Eijnden, JTAG, praises the APEX atmosphere and tells Gail Flower about JTAG/boundary scan's capabilities. ; apex; boundary scan; JTAG; test; Don Miller, YESTech, walks us through 3D AXI advances, and the emerging inspection market for conformal coatings.; 3D X-ray; apex; conformal coating; inspection; YESTech; Barbara Duvall, Seica, introduces the Pilot V8 flying prober's features to managing editor Meredith Courtemanche.; apex; flying probe; Seica; test; test point access; Dage's Paul Walter, Managing Director, talks to Gail Flower at Semicon West 2008.; packaging Dage Semicon West 2008; SMT examines the latest AOI, AXI, X-ray and XRF inspection systems, as well as next-generation testers for ICT, functional test, and boundary scan. Reliability concerns are addressed with SIR and ESD testing.
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