The deployment of AOI technology for THT inspection has historically been restricted by a number of factors. These include the physical configuration of most wave and selective soldering lines, which do not lend themselves to conventionally designed AOI machines that are now popular in SMT flow lines. Product is processed in pallets moving on a continuous drive with automatic return on which the inspection must take place.
We were recently announced as AOI and SPI manufacturer of choice by GN ReSound, the component manufacturing division of GN ReSound Group, one of the world’s largest provider of hearing instruments and diagnostic audiological instrumentation.
The GN Resound component manufacturing site is based in Praestoe, Denmark, and is responsible for the production of all electronic elements of the company’s products as well as 40% of the plastic parts. Continue reading
Mek 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.
Emerging trends in printed circuit board assembly, in particular high power automotive electronics, present an increasing requirement for automated inspection of THT. Rework is increasingly forbidden, pressurizing selective and wave soldering yields, and making AOI the solution of choice.
Mek ( Marantz Electronics Ltd), has installed an iSpector AOI system within PKC Group in Finland. In association with Mek partner, SMT House, the manufacturer recently commissioned an iSpector HDL350 at its Raahe site in Finland.
PKC designs and manufactures electrical distribution systems, wire & cables, wiring components and electronics predominantly for the commercial vehicle, automotive and electronics industries. With 19,759 employees globally the Group’s net sales amounted to EUR 928.2 million in 2012. The Electronics division, headquartered in Raahe, offers flexible prototype and customised low volume, high mix production services.
This 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.
At last month’s Productronica exhibition we successfully launched the new SpectorBOX “Bottom-Up” Modular AOI system. The system replaces traditional board flipping alternatives in less space and at lower cost.
Optimized for the inspection of Wave & Selective soldering of THT & SMT components, SpectorBOX is designed to inspect PCB’s inside solder frames directly from the conveyor system. With its totally new mechanical platform, it is the only modular AOI in the market that can be equipped with 9 cameras, including an optional Z-axis moveable head to precisely position and focus for varying PCB distance and warpage. Continue reading
We have moved to accommodate our growing AOI and SPI business
Since the formal start of Mek Europe in 2011 (formerly Marantz) we have been sharing premises with Partnertec, our Dutch agent, in Oirschot near Eindhoven and have expanded our business significantly since then.
In order to serve our customers the very best we can, and to allow for the expansion of both companies, we are extremely proud to announce that Mek Europe headquarter’s has moved to a new office, located in Tilburg West Industrial Area as of 1st October 2013.
Tilburg is located 40kms west of Eindhoven and serves as a main logistics port for parts of Europe south of the Netherlands and for the European headquarters of numerous multinational companies.
The new office accommodates demo, training and meeting facilities in addition to our daily operations. We’d be delighted to welcome you and your customers to our new premises to discuss all aspects of our AOI and SPI business in a modern and relaxing, industrially designed, atmosphere.
Looking forward meeting you in Tilburg!
It’s a busy time of year as another Productronica approaches. The show in Munich, Germany takes place next week and here at Mek we look forward to meeting existing customers as well as plenty of new ones and to introducing them to our brand new range of AOI equipment with the FDAz head.
The PowerSpector FDAz is designed for solder quality inspection and engineered for the reliable inspection of everything related to solder; Excess, insufficient, missing. Shorts and lifted leads of SOT, SO, QFP, THTs and chips. It inspects SMT component bodies for presence/absence, type, polarity, offset.