Blog: Inspection Matters

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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6 sigma 3D inspection at Productronica and Apex

December 12, 2017
6 sigma 3D inspection at Productronica and Apex

The team from Marantz Electronics (Mek) enjoyed a very successful Productronica exhibition in Munich, Germany this year. 44,000 visitors from 85 countries came to Munich, an increase of almost 20% over the previous event and the Marantz stand was overwhelmed by the positive feedback from visitors and distributors, all impressed by the company’s new AOI technologies. Productronica represented the European launch of Mek’s new flagship 3D AOI system ISO-Spector M1A, which will subsequently be rolled…
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New AOI & SPI launches at Productronica

September 20, 2017
New AOI & SPI launches at Productronica

We are busy preparing for the forthcoming Productronica show in Munich where we’ll be launching a whole host of new AOI & SPI systems across a very wide range of applications and budgets. The Mek team will be on hand at Hall A2 stand 402 to host demonstrations of unique capability.

3D Measurement & 3D AOI

September 1, 2017
3D Measurement & 3D AOI

3D measurement is the latest development trend in assembled PCB inspection. It’s creating quite a stir and it does indeed offer many advantages in terms of improved accuracy & stability of inspection results. Having quantitative data gives much tighter control than “classic” AOI and is a big step forward in improving the quality assurance and process control of assembled PCBs. Unfortunately, the term ‘Full 3D’ is often used inaccurately. Full 3D implies that the height…
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New entry level, low cost, desktop AOI

January 13, 2016
New entry level, low cost, desktop AOI

The latest generation iSpector desktop AOI from Mek (Marantz Electronics) is designed as an entry-level system for customers with low volume, high mix production requiring high-quality AOI with a low price tag.

Meaningful SPI Production Control Through Automatic Normalization

June 12, 2015
Meaningful SPI Production Control Through Automatic Normalization

Automated pre-placement solder paste inspection (SPI) has established itself in SMT assembly as an essential tool for optimizing the process and reducing end of line defects.  It’s been commonly accepted for many years that a majority of assembly defects can be traced back to print defects, and by using raw measurement data from printed PCBs for volume, area, height and offset, SPC histograms and control charts can quite readily be used to optimize the process.

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