Mek (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.