Automated Inspection of Through Hole Assemblies : Top 8 THT Defects

THT defects - solder bridge

In the past, it has often been considered difficult to automate the inspection of defects of through hole components due to height restrictions, long programming times and high false call rates. Mek high-performing SpectorBOX AOI systems have the capability to carry out inspection of both the topside of through hole components and bottom up solder inspection, virtually eliminating all placement related defects in through hole manufacturing. Bottom Up: The AOI is optimized for the inspection…
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Mek at IPC Apex 2022

IPC Apex 2022

This week, Mek staff are preparing for the trip to San Diego to participate in the upcoming IPC APEX which will  take place February 25-27 at the San Diego Convention Center. We’re excited to be presenting a range of THT AOI, SMT AOI & manual assembly AOI systems for every step of your manufacturing processes on Booth 2725. For those looking for visual inspection at manual and semi-automated SMD and THT work stations, the new…
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Neways Electronics Enjoys AOI Technology Training at Mek

Automatic optical inspection system training at Mek

Neways Electronics is an international EMS (Electronic Manufacturing Services) provider with locations in the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, China and the United States. They deliver customised solutions for the complete product life cycle of electronic components and complete, box-built electronic control systems. Their focus is primarily on small to medium-sized specialist electronics companies, where quality, flexibility and time-to-market play a crucial role. Neways products are used in market sectors such as Semiconductor, Medical, Automotive and Industrial. Neways…
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Mek partners with SMT Job Data Generation specialist

NAMKANG HI-TECH epm

Mek (Marantz Electronics) is partnering with Korean SMT Job Data Generation specialist NAMKANG HI-TECH CO., LTD. NAMKANG HI-TECH provides software solutions to generate mounting and inspection data from PCB design related files such as Gerber, ECAD Design and CAD XY Data. This data can be created quickly and easily through the company’s ePM tools which employ unique data processing technology based on many years of experience in the SMT industry. ePM conversion software is famous…
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Mek AOI assists SolarEdge with their ‘Reliability Guarantee’

SpectorBOX bottom up and top down AOI at use at SolarEdge

In 2006, SolarEdge revolutionized the solar industry by inventing a better way to collect and manage energy in PV systems. Today they are the world’s No. 1 solar inverter company and have diversified into new fields outside the solar arena, such as the uninterruptible power supply (UPS), battery, and EV powertrain markets. SolarEdge is now one of the fastest growing high-tech companies in Israel. In recent years Smart Energy, and solar in particular, have proven to…
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5 reasons why THT components and mixed technology boards are not going away any time soon

Thru hole assembly - THT AOI

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

reasons why you need a z-axis on AOI optical units

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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