Blog: Inspection Matters

Mek (Marantz Electronics) appoints Austin Jones to Sales Engineer

September 6, 2021
Mek (Marantz Electronics) appoints Austin Jones to Sales Engineer

Mek (Marantz Electronics), a leading provider of Automatic Optical Inspection solutions and Solder Paste Inspection systems, has appointed Austin Jones as their new Sales Engineer for the North American geographic region. In his new position Austin will be based in Florida, report directly to MEK Europe and work side by side with the sales rep network. He will assume an array of responsibilities that will facilitate sales growth and extend customer support for Mek AOI in the…
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3D AOI connectivity is exceptionally important, but what about inspection quality? Part 2.

August 27, 2021
3D AOI connectivity is exceptionally important, but what about inspection quality? Part 2.

In Part One of this series, we explained that of all the systems in a SMT/THT assembly line, automated optical inspection systems have the most scope for development and improvement as they are the least mature technologically, the most complex, very software oriented and highly dependent on computer processing power. Part One introduced the latest addition to the wide range of Mek (Marantz Electronics Ltd.) AOI products;  the Mek ISO-Spector M2 full 3D AOI with…
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Mek now available via Live Chat

August 18, 2021
Mek now available via Live Chat

We have introduced a Live Chat function on our website to further enhance the Mek customer service experience. Statistics show that more and more website visitors want to communicate with us in real time. And one of the most effective ways to do this is on our website via live chat. 2021 has seen major investment in the Mek service and support offering and now with the installation of the new Jivo Chat application we…
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Celebrating our new demo room & office expansion!

August 10, 2021
Celebrating our new demo room & office expansion!

Exciting projects have been in motion this summer at Mek! Following several highly successful years, Mek has grown substantially. To keep pace with an expanding team, and to ensure our global workforce has the space and tools they need to do their best, most collaborative work, the Mek European headquarters in Tilburg, Netherlands, needed to grow as well. After months of planning we’ve moved into our new office space which we have acquired by taking…
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What about inspection quality?

August 5, 2021
What about inspection quality?

3D AOI connectivity is exceptionally important, but what about inspection quality? 3D automatic optical inspection systems (AOI) 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, automatic optical inspection systems have the most scope for…
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5 reasons why THT components and mixed technology boards are not going away any time soon

August 4, 2021
5 reasons why THT components and mixed technology boards are not going away any time soon

The majority of PCBs produced today use Surface Mount Technology SMT whereby the components are mounted directly onto the surface of the PCB. SMT, adopted in the 1980s,  has massively reduced the costs of manufacturing because it allows for far greater levels of automation.  SMT components are much smaller and hence a much higher number can be fitted onto the board allowing for much denser, smaller PCBs with a higher performance. Does that mean that…
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Mek (Marantz Electronics) holds annual Global Technical Meeting virtually

July 26, 2021
Mek (Marantz Electronics) holds annual Global Technical Meeting virtually

The Mek Annual Global Technical Meeting took place last month. The three primary aims of the annual meeting are: communication, motivation and education. Updating the global team on AOI and SPI product developments, catching up with colleagues and making plans for the year as a team, is an essential part of the company’s communication strategy and sales success. Usually held in Japan, due to Coronavirus and related travel restrictions, the 4 day conference this year…
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5 reasons why a Z-axis is needed on the optical unit of an Automatic Optical Inspection Machine

June 29, 2021
5 reasons why a Z-axis is needed on the optical unit of an Automatic Optical Inspection Machine

1. A must have to allow for PCB warpage if the AOI machine has angular cameras The center of the field of view (FoV) of angular cameras are set to be on the center of the FoV of the main camera. The optimal focal point of the main camera lens is on the printed circuit board (PCB) surface. A main camera lens typically has a focal depth of a few millimetres, a height range in…
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Mek launches MekCare, a portfolio of new AOI & SPI support and maintenance services

March 31, 2021
Mek launches MekCare, a portfolio of new AOI & SPI support and maintenance services

Mek (Marantz Electronics), has now launched MekCare, a range of flexible service plans designed to meet differing support requirements for Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI) and Solder Paste Inspection (SPI) technologies, all at a pre-determined cost. Three levels of service & support contract are on offer: Remote Maintenance & Calibration Warranty Plus All the plans give users unlimited access to Mek’s iMentor for online access to software downloads, an online self-training portal, application notes and a…
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Fast & Simple PCB Conformal Coating Inspection

November 11, 2020
Fast & Simple PCB Conformal Coating Inspection

Conformal coating inspection, (CCI) is an essential stage of the conformal coating process and yet one that very few companies undertake, aside from a brief manual visual inspection. Manual inspection is an extremely difficult job due to factors such as eye strain and concentration drift, while slow throughput makes it economically challenging… The Solution Mek automated CCI systems for automatic inspection of conformal coatings and defect detection see more than an operator ever could and…
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