New 3D topographical & imaging AOI from Mek

ISO-Spector 3D AOIMek ISO-Spector is an AOI system of ‘true measurement’ for the full across the board inspection of components and solder joints.

Completely New Inspection Capabilities
Unlike other methods of height measurement, ISO-Spector technology enables inspection of heights up to 30 mm (1.2″), and is completely immune to vibrations from nearby placement machines. It is able to inspect the world’s smallest chip size of 008004 (50% of 01005″) and features a full profile simultaneous 2D and 3D inspection while maintaining high inspection speed using patented sensor technology.

• Massive 12 Mega Pixel resolution
• Front and rear high energy, high-end violet lasers
• Minimal Blind Spots
• On the fly Z axis compensation for PCB Warpage
• Off line programming and debug

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Top-Down? Bottom-Up? Mek SpectorBOX AOI covers it all!

Recent new additions to our ground breaking SpectorBOX AOI system include a massive 5 inch camera clearance that enables complete single pass inspection of virtually any assembly.

Mek SpectorBOX Bottom-Up / Top-Down AOI systemThe Mek SpectorBOX modular AOI systems have long been optimized for the inspection of THT components to identify defects such as presence/absence, wrong polarity, color, type, and bent pins.  And now, the unique top clearance of 130mm (5.12”) allows the Top-Down SpectorBOX to inspect virtually any completed electronic and  – even when the tallest of components are present.

The SpectorBOX modules can be equipped with 8 wide field of view side cameras in addition to top view camera on the FWAz optical unit.  Its large pixel (18,8μ2) capturing sensor delivers smooth and detailed images with great dynamic range.

Its Z-Axis adjustable optical head can adapt to any PCB thickness, and automatically compensates for warpage. The highly reliable text and polarity inspection on tall components enables the inspection of complex, completed assemblies without the need for fixtures or multiple inspections.

The addition of 8 simultaneously operating multiplexed angular side cameras which are  available for the FWAz model, facilitate active automatic inspection, classification and repair, as the system displays and also stores 9  brilliantly clear defect review angles in full color.

This new configuration effectively complements Mek’s THT Bottom-Up Modular AOI – a system that can be conveniently positioned at any conveyor location. Typically, bottom side PCB inspection requires flipping units combined with a standalone inline AOI. The slim design of the Bottom-Up SpectorBOX instead allows it to be positioned below existing return and/or feed conveyors, saving space and money.

A cost effective way to combine Bottom-Up and/or Top-Down inspections is provided by the Nutek Main Frame, a turnkey solution that enables simple integration of one or two SpectorBOX systems into a production line.  Built for flexibility, it can be configured to the output of any wave or selective soldering system. The ergonomic design is optimized for operators to have eye-height monitors as well as wrist height keyboard and mouse control. This makes operation easy in a standing or seated position, even when dual SpectorBOXes are in use via double monitor configuration. A manual mode allows for smooth offline programming preparation.

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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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Facing the Challenges of THT Inspection

SpectorBOX - bottom up AOI inspectionThe 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.
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GN ReSound invests in latest Mek AOI and SPI inspection systems

Mek PowerSpector AOI and SPI machinesWe 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

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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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PKC Group purchases Mek AOI

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.
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Mek turns AOI On Its Head with In-Line Bottom Side PCB Inspection

Mek Bottom-Up Modular AOI

Mek Bottom-Up Modular AOI

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

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MEK’s Latest 5D SPI System Features Patented New Sensor Technology

We recently launched our latest automated Solder Paste Inspection system.  The PowerSpector S1 mkII features patented second generation sensor technology that enables unique, simultaneous 2D and 3D inspection.

 The resultant high speed 5D technology measures beyond the bounds of apertures with 2D/3D comparative analysis that can determine slump and release defects.  The newly re-engineered inspection head has improved 2D image capture providing enhanced accuracy and repeatability surpassing all existing systems, especially important for the thinner stencils and smaller component pads of tomorrow.
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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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