• Yestech AOI: The right fit for TT Electronics’ integrated manufacturing services

    TT Electronics integrated manufacturing services (IMS) specialises in the production of low volume, high mix electronics built for the aerospace, defence, medical, industrial and rail industries. These applications typically call for complex, densely-packed and sometimes large PCBs for which AOI is the only viable QA option. Advances in PCB technology and reduction in component sizes […]

  • Understanding the need for dual technology inspection, camera size versus inspection capabilities and the application of Nordson YESTECH’s latest generation of Automated Optical Inspection systems.

    Looking at today’s Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) requirements it is obvious that no one single approach is going to provide all of the answers that a production engineer needs to keep the production line running at maximum yield. With components ranging from the tiny 01005 parts up to long SMT connectors or THT resistors and […]

  • Automated deposition and inspection: Bringing conformal coating into the production line

    As demand for increasing quality, lifetime and environmental resilience is placed on electronics PCBs in greater volume and wider applications, conformal coating is now typically a standard process rather than an exotic special treatment. It must therefore deliver its full protection potential without compromising mainstream PCB assembly throughput or quality. Andy Bonner of YESTech Europe […]

  • Yestech-Europe at Productronica: New technology, expanded support and fresh opportunities

    Productronica was particularly eventful and successful for Yestech-Europe this year. Having recently strengthened their presence in Germany with full local sales and support, they used the show to unveil significant new products for both AXI and AOI inspection. This clearly visible demonstration of new technology and enhanced support was rewarded throughout Productronica by a greatly […]

  • When AOI means agile optical inspection

    Harman International Industries-owned Soundcraft Studer manufactures advanced audio mixing consoles. Their manufacturing facility includes an SMT production line, which also produces PCBs for other Harman companies. Production is low volume, high mix and constantly changing. This environment calls for an inspection system that is agile in responding to rapidly changing production needs as well as […]

  • How new technology has increased AOI’s value to SME CEMs

    Worthing based Wildtrax Electronics offers a flexible CEM service to its customers, with an ability to rapidly produce small production runs of sometimes highly specialised PCBs. During over fifteen years’ operation, they have witnessed a steady evolution in board complexity and, thankfully, a corresponding evolution in Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) technology. Andy Bonner of inspection […]

  • Why Automated Optical Inspection offers particular benefits to small electronics production environments

    Control system manufacturer Stonegate Instruments has found that their recently installed Automated Optical Inspection system gave the inspection flexibility essential to small, responsive production operations – and some added benefits besides. The immediate benefits of Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) are by now well known within the electronics manufacturing community. AOI can achieve a throughput, consistency […]

  • Ensuring AOI success in a CEM operation

    With Automated Optical Inspection (AOI), achieving all the benefits isn’t just about buying the machine; best results come from careful integration of the AOI function into the manufacturing process. This article looks at how CEM manufacturer Skilcom, with careful planning backed by advice, training and support from AOI supplier Cupio, realised the potential of their […]

  • AOI: The best QA tool for highly responsive electronics production

    Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) has long been promoted as the right QA solution for fast moving, highly responsive electronics production environments. This article looks at how AOI technology has evolved to deliver on this promise. Electronics manufacturers are naturally expected to deliver quality assured products, free of defects or returns issues. However they are also […]

  • AOI Comes of Age

    Around ten years ago, Automated Optical Inspection, or AOI, promised a breakthrough in quality management to electronics manufacturers, with great improvements in throughput and accuracy over manual inspection. However take-up was slow and the revolution didn’t happen. More recently however, manufacturers have been buying in AOI and they appear pleased with the results. Andy Bonner […]

  • A flexible CEM solution for extreme environment product manufacturing

    Manufacturers supplying high volume electronics products for commercial or retail customers enjoy a wide choice of competitive CEM suppliers, both locally and offshore. However those supplying specialist equipment into extreme environment applications where production runs are short, variations are many and product reliability is absolutely critical have a far more limited choice. Livingston-based CB Technology […]

  • Quality – essential for growth

    For some time the drive for ever cheaper offshore manufacture has threatened contract electronics manufacture (CEM) in the UK, but now there is a sustained fight back with local suppliers providing service, support and products of a quality difficult to source from overseas.  One company achieving this and expanding on its success is Camtronics Vale, […]