Blog: Inspection Matters

What about inspection quality?

February 5, 2020
What about inspection quality?

3D AOI connectivity is exceptionally important, but what about inspection quality? 3D automated optical inspection (AOI) systems have become a critical component of production lines in electronics manufacturing Smart Factories as the hubs for quality control, giving valuable feedback to the production machines. But Smart Factories with AOI can only work if the AOI results are reliable… Of all the systems in a SMT/THT assembly line, automated optical inspection systems have the most scope for…
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Mek Conformal Coating Inspection

November 20, 2019
Mek Conformal Coating Inspection

The new Mek iSpector JUz CCI system is designed to provide high detail and flexible conformal coating inspection and automated optical inspection in the same unit. All approved conformal coatings contain a UV tracer and the coating glows bright blue under a UV light. By switching between its main white light and high intensity UV LED light source, iSpector JUz makes conformal coating inspection simple and is able to inspect both component bodies and coatings to…
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3D AOI system with Artificial Intelligence based 100% automatic programming

August 5, 2019
3D AOI system with Artificial Intelligence based 100% automatic programming

The ISO-Spector M1A 3D AOI system introduces Artificial Intelligence based 100% automatic programming for solder joints in 3D and semi-automatic programming of component bodies. Measurement results are completely operator independent. Production-ready programming time averages under 2 minutes per unique part number, from scratch. The sophistication of the M1A software further includes push button switchable IPC Class I II or III values and single click detection of a full range of foreign material, while OCR enables…
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SMT Roznov Seminar

June 12, 2019
SMT Roznov Seminar

  Last month Mek participated in the SMT Roznov seminar, held by PBT at Hotel Relax in Roznov. The event proved, yet again, to be a great success. It was the 25th of its kind and the largest ever, with 120 visitors from over 50 different companies from around the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic, many with extremely senior positions within their organisations. The two days comprised of an interesting and comprehensive programme focusing on SMT…
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Mek celebrates 25 years in business

May 20, 2019
Mek celebrates 25 years in business

Mek (Marantz Electronics), is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Founded in Japan, we have thrived thanks to a relentless emphasis on quality and innovation. With a worldwide installed base of more than 8,000 AOI machines, the company has a proven track record of delivering excellence in AOI around the globe. Well known for high quality Audio/Video products, Marantz, then part of the multinational technology company Philips, developed its first AOI system in 1994. Developed to…
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Two New Leadership Appointments to Take Company through Next Phase of Growth

November 21, 2018
Two New Leadership Appointments to Take Company through Next Phase of Growth

Mek (Marantz Electronics), has recently appointed two new people to form our next generation of leadership in the Americas region. Cleve Williams joins Mek as Product Manager and Rich Heimsch takes on a new consultancy role assisting in the ongoing development of sales strategy and tactics for the Americas. Both Rich and Cleve will assume their roles effective immediately. Cleve brings more than 18 years of experience to Mek with specialist experience in SMT Process…
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Simultaneous bottom and top inline inspection

August 16, 2018
Simultaneous bottom and top inline inspection

  PowerSpector BTL Bottom & Top In Line Automatic Optical Inspection Systems The fastest inspection of PCBs after Reflow, Wave or Selective soldering & placement of SMT & THT components. Patented lighting synchronization allows both heads to inspect at the same time. Eradicate the need for flip stations – remove potential for stress on assemblies and improve long term reliability of solder joints. Reliably detect solder and components related defects from both sides using up…
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Jeroen Nagtzaam joins as new Operations & Logistics Manager

July 26, 2018
Jeroen Nagtzaam joins as new Operations & Logistics Manager

Jeroen Nagtzaam has recently joined us in the position of Operations & Logistics to help with continued company growth.  As part of the Mek team, based at the Mek Europe Tilburg headquarters, Jeroen will oversee the smooth delivery and logistics of Mek AOI and SPI systems and take a supportive role in sales activities and fulfilment.

What are the major challenges today in inspection in the electronics manufacturing industry?

March 6, 2018
What are the major challenges today in inspection in the electronics manufacturing industry?

The major challenge for AOI in today’s industry is one of protocol, improved track and trace and data logging for all the products coming in/ going out, including products which to date have rarely been inspected, like those still using THT components. Pressure for increased inspection and traceability information comes from OEMs, wanting to protect their brand. AOI of course helps to reduce faults creeping through on the production line and traceability helps to facilitate…
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99 Problems but Inspection ain’t one. At least not when using Mek 3D AOI equipment!

January 29, 2018
99 Problems but Inspection ain’t one. At least not when using Mek 3D AOI equipment!

With 23 years of specialization in AOI solutions, Marantz Electronics (Mek) knows what you truly need when it comes to AOI systems: A full quality-control tool, with maximized defects coverage, with minimum human interaction, at the lowest cost. Right? Our wide range of AOI solutions with cutting edge 3D technologies come in compact benchtop models to large XXL-size inline systems. At the heart of these systems are (full profile) height measurement capabilities enabled by methods varying from…
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