Newest Smart Factory Equipment introduced to measure true profilometric shape of component

As a leading distributor of capital equipment for the electronics assembly industry in the UK and Ireland, Altus has been introducing its latest advancements from pre-eminent supplier Koh Young, including a new highly advanced 3D AOI machine.

Last year, Altus saw exceptional interest in the Koh Young Zenith 3D AOI, which measures the true profilometric shape of components, solder joints, patterns and even foreign material on assembled PCBs with patented 3-dimensional measurement. New for 2019 is the Zenith2 which is receiving a lot of interest from Altus’ customers.

“Zenith2 is already proving very popular,” explained Joe Booth, Altus’ Business Development and Marketing Manager. “We have already sold one to a major CEM company in the UK and we are receiving enquiries for this advanced equipment.”

The next-generation 3D AOI platform is more efficient than its predecessor, and includes advanced features like Auto Programming make it more intelligent than before. The AI-powered Auto Programming software simplifies inspection condition programming, making programming faster. The AI-driven automated programming software reduces programming time by 70 percent, an important feature in today’s fast-paced manufacturing environment.

The Zenith2 combines Koh Young’s advanced vision algorithms with innovative technological advancements like 3D side view cameras and quad-array DLP projectors for 3D measurement up to 25mm tall. The new cameras further enhance the defect identification capabilities across a wide range of components including leadless chips, connectors, SOJs, and QFNs, as well as partially shielded components. With the help of dynamic illumination control and its ability to measure the distance and angles of inspection objects, the Zenith2 reduces defects by identifying foreign material across the entire board surface.

“When it comes to 3D AOI innovation, Koh Young is leading the way with their advanced equipment,” said Joe. “It is not just the Zenith2 however that is grabbing attention. The new KY-P3 is also jostling for our customer’s interest. The system delivers true 3D inspection data for single array, forked, press-fit, and other pin configurations for final optical inspection with applications like engine control units. The system also measures pin height, solder height, and pin tip separation with the highest accuracy and repeatability.

“Also a highlight for this year is the Machining Optical Inspection (MOI) system. It has been created around Koh Young’s core 3D measurement technologies, inspecting metal case surfaces for scratches, cracks, and stains, along with height, diameter, volume. It also delivers both visual and process inspection simultaneously, and so improves process yield and reduces false calls.

“The team at Altus are looking forward to introducing Koh Young’s latest advanced systems this year and presenting some of the latest equipment at the new demo centre which will be housed in Altus’ purpose built headquarters opening in April,” concluded Joe.

For more information, visit: www.altusgroup.co.uk

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