SMT Roznov Seminar

SMT Roznov seminar 2019

SMT Roznov seminar 2019Last 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 technology with presentations from all the significant PBT suppliers. Following the presentations visitors moved to the workshop facility at the PBT Roznov offices, where they were able to experience the latest technology highlights up close and personal with smaller groups circulating around a series of 20 minute product demonstrations.

Mek placed the spotlight on the ISO-Spector M1 system. Mek Sales Director, Shoich Rashed, presented the highlights and benefits of full 3D AOI and the advantages of the Mek machine with AI, followed by hands-on demonstrations in the workshop in which the ISO-Spector was one of the few machines present.

In the evening everyone was entertained with live music from a local band from Roznov singing traditional songs while the local food and drink flowed.  Visitors were able to try their luck at a Tombola, to win presents brought by the suppliers. Mek contributed 3 goodie bags containing a thermal mug, pens and other small Mek branded gifts.

Thank you all for a great event. We look forward to next year …

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Mek celebrates 25 years in business

Mek 25 years oldMek (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 inspect PCB assemblies for correct component placement and soldering, the AOI system was designed for use in Marantz’s own factories. Proving to be a highly successful, cost-effective alternative to traditional human inspection, Marantz released its first-generation commercial system in 1997, the table top M22X AOI system.

Our quarter century in AOI has been marked by a long list of milestones; pioneering 24-bit imaging technology from the beginning for maximised production yields, one of the first desktop AOIs in different sizes, the first AOI with 18 cameras and Z axis, the first Bottom Up AOI and the first Bottom & Top parallel synchronized AOI for THT and SMT. The ISO-Spector 5D SPI and AOI line was first introduced in 2011, and the most recent full 3D AOI systems boast Artificial Intelligence and the fastest programming times in the industry.

As technology has changed Mek has remained at the forefront. 25 years ago, AOI was only just emerging, its potential unfolding. Increasing demand for miniaturization of printed circuit boards and lower acceptance of issues and defects has fuelled the growth of the AOI market. More recently the 4.0 revolution and the move towards Smart factories has seen an increase in the demand for highly efficient networked AOI systems, and Mek continues to deliver.

Today we have a global reach; European headquarters were established in 2002 and American Headquarters in 2014, supported by an established and respected worldwide distribution network.

We are delighted to be celebrating this important anniversary and look forward to building on the success of the first M22x. The Mek focus over the coming years will be to further develop compact bottom-up 3D inspection systems, inline THT AOI and advance Smart factory integration.

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Two New Leadership Appointments to Take Company through Next Phase of Growth

New Americas leadership team, Mek AmericasMek (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.

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Simultaneous bottom and top inline inspection

PowerSpector BTL - Bottom & top inline AOI

PowerSpector BTL Bottom & Top In Line Automatic Optical Inspection Systems

PowerSpector BTL - bottom -top inline AOIThe 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 to 18 cameras.

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Jeroen Nagtzaam joins as new Operations & Logistics Manager

Jeroen Nagtzaam, Mek operations & logistics managerJeroen 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. Continue reading

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

Mek THT AOIThe 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 product recalls should any issues arise. Continue reading

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6 sigma 3D inspection at Productronica and Apex

Mek at ProductronicaThe 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 out across the rest of the world in 2018. Continue reading

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3D Measurement & 3D AOI

ISO-Spector 3D AOI

Mek ISO-Spector series delivers a genuine, FULL 3D inspection

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 profile across the whole PCB is being measured, but most of the time, the majority of systems can only measure height selectively, and only on component bodies, NOT the solder joints. And even then, only the components that the programmer has specifically identified and selected for height measurement. For the remainder, classic 2D algorithms and lights are used for the inspection. Continue reading

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