Mecalc Hosts Mek AOI User Group Tech Seminar in South Africa

Mek user group at MecalcAOI/SPI designer and manufacturer Mek (Marantz Electronics) recently completed a User Group Seminar in Centurion, Pretoria for a receptive group of electronics manufacturers from the region.

The two day seminar was hosted by Mecalc, who designs, develops and manufactures advanced acquisition and control systems used to optimize noise, vibration and structural integrity; factors critical to the automotive and aerospace industries.  Delegates from seven additional companies were also in attendance. Continue reading

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R.H. Technologies now running eleven Mek AOI systems

R.H Technologies celebrates with Mek following the order for a further 2 AOI systemsMek (Marantz Business Electronics), has recently announced the installation of its tenth and eleventh AOI system at RH Technologies.  The Israel headquartered EMS provider recently commissioned two new PowerSpector FDAz in-line AOI systems, complementing the existing 9 Mek systems.

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EMSI appointed as US sales rep

Mek PowerSpector AOI and SPI systemsMek has appointed Minneapolis based EMSi as a US sales representative for its AOI and SPI systems. EMSi’s territory is Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. The appointment follows the opening of our direct sales, marketing and applications engineering operations in the Americas, Mek Americas LLC, in March 2014.

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Mek (Marantz Electronics) Launches Direct Operations in the Americas

Mek Americas officeThis is an exciting time for Mek. The beginning of this month marked the opening of our direct sales, marketing and applications engineering operations in the Americas.  Headquartered in Nevada, Mek Americas LLC will be directed by industry veteran John Rider.
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New AOI Technology Line-up to be unveiled at SMT Nuremberg, booth # 7-419

This week Mek (Marantz Electronics) will be at the SMT Packaging Hybrid show in Nuremberg with our German partner SmartRep GmbH. Here we’ll be launching an entirely new generation of AOI technology to be deployed across a line of new Desktop and In-line inspection machines.

Meks latest PowerSpector Series with FDAz head features an entirely new generation of mechanical, camera, sensor, and software technologies that measurably propel the performance of Mek AOI beyond the norm and create new standards for speed, accuracy and inspection strategy.

The new systems will be unveiled at SMT on the SmartRep GmbH booth # 7-419.  Selected models will be showcased and the SmartRep and Mek technical teams will be on hand for in-depth demonstrations.

We’ll be updating you with more in-depth information on the new technology in the next week or so.

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Welcome to Inspection Matters

Welcome to Inspection Matters, one of many Mek initiatives and an integral part of our new web site. We hope you enjoy it!

For those of you new to Mek, or even for some with whom we’ve done business only through our global partner network, a little background…

We’re a former division of Marantz…well known for premium Audio/Video products. MEK Japan (Marantz Electronics Kabushiki Kaisha) developed its first AOI system in 1994. Designed to inspect PCB assemblies for correct component placement and soldering, our original AOI system was designed to be used in Marantz manufacturing facilities. Proving to be a highly successful, cost-effective alternative, Mek then developed its first generation commercial system in 1996. With a steadily growing installed base, MEK Japan and its European and Americas division, Mek Europe BV, have sold over 5000 units worldwide to date.

We’ve become a well established force in AOI technologies, as you can see from the news stories and customer testimonials elsewhere on the site. Last year we launched a ‘5D’ post-print SPI system that combines 3D and 2D image processing methodologies to deliver unprecedented solder paste defect detection. The response has been simply fantastic and we’re excited about the future…

We’ve always taken pride in our unique approach to the technology and the industry; our invitation to “Escape the Grey World” has been welcomed since 2006 by many. Inspection Matters will be a place to find out what’s new or interesting inside & outside our company, and to share opinions and perspectives…ours AND yours… and to overall better get to know the people and the ideas that make Mek what it is.

We look forward to hearing from you.


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