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ANDA receives two Global Technology Awards during SMTAI

HONG KONG, CHINA - Anda Automation, a leading provider of fluid application and custom design manufacturing equipment, is pleased to announce that it was awarded two 2018 Global Technology Awards in the category of Best Product – Asia for its iCoat-7 Conformal Coating Machine and Cleaning Equipment for its AP-460 Cleaning System. The awards were presented to the company during a Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 ceremony that took place during SMTA International.

The iCoat 7 offers an accuracy of 0.02mm. Closed-loop fluid circulation and heater provide constant temperature control to guarantee the set fluid viscosity, even in machine suspension mode (Pressure Material Feed System).

The automatic fluid pressure recovery system features a membrane pump that provides a high stability of fluid pressure to guarantee a constant fluid pressure supply even in low fluid pressure conditions. Driven by X-Y axis linear motor + feedback positioning by magnetic grid-scale, the frictionless system offers high-speed and high accuracy coating. The low cost, all-in-one coating system offers:

• Intelligent Drive System
• Board Clipper
• Vision Camera Positioning
• Manual Width Adjust
• Automatic Width Adjust
• ESD Connection
• LED UV Inspection
• Valve Cleaner (5L)
• Waste Fluid Recovery

The technologically advanced AP-460 removes all impurities and contaminants (including dust, grease and dirt, as well as static electricity), improving surface area adhesion.

The unique, high-speed AP-460 is a low-cost, in-line, atmospheric plasma system. It is equipped with IPC + motion control card and Windows 7 OS, as well as two programming modes to meet various needs. With a maximum movement speed of 800mm/S and working speed of 500mm/S, the fast and efficient system can increase productivity.

Premiering in 2005, the Global Technology Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

About Anda Automation
Anda Automation was founded in 2008 with headquarters in Dongguan, China. The company also has offices in Fremont, CA, USA, Hong Kong, Suzhou, Changsha and 20 service centers worldwide. Anda develops high precision dispensing/coating valve, linear motor, servo linear guide, polymer mineral casting and optical assembly equipment. In the fluid application area, Anda offers unique technology to fabricate high precision dispensers, coating machines, UV & Thermal curing ovens and plasma cleaning equipment. For more information, visit http://www.anda.us/.

SHENMAO wins Global Technology Award for SM-862 Liquid Flux

SAN JOSE, CA - SHENMAO America, Inc. is pleased to announce that it was awarded a 2018 Global Technology Award in the category of Flux for its SM-862 Liquid Flux. The award was presented to the company during a Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 ceremony that took place during SMTA International.

SM-862 is a ROL0 (J-STD-004B), tack-free, no-clean flux designed for use in a variety of automated and selective soldering applications. It is a rosin-containing flux designed to leave less residue and minimum bridges. SM-862 produces highly reliable assemblies meeting the toughest reliability requirements. It offers stable quality, good hole-fill, and excellent wettability and solderability.

SHENMAO has successfully been approved by many international well-known electronic manufacturers. The company strives to offer the best quality without compromising cost and time-to-market while providing maximum value to all customers. SHENMAO America, Inc. blends SMT solder paste at its facility in San Jose, CA for distribution in North America.

Premiering in 2005, the Global Technology Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

For more information, please visit www.shenmao.com.

About SHENMAO
SHENMAO is dedicated to the production of solder products including Water Soluble and No-clean Solder Paste, Laser Solder Paste, Solder Preforms, Cored Solder Wire, Wave Solder Bar Alloys, Wave Soldering Fluxes, Extremely Pure Solder Powder up to Type 8, BGA and Micro BGA Solder Sphere, Wafer Level Packaging Solder Paste and Fluxes, LED Die Attach Paste, High Performance Liquid Fluxes, Solder Preform, Solar Ribbon, Plating Anode used in PCB Fabrication, Assembly and Semiconductor Packaging Processes.

PDR receives prestigious Global Technology Award for its IR-E6 Evolution XL rework system

SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA - PDR announces that it was awarded a 2018 Global Technology Award in the category of Repair & Rework for its IR-E6 Evolution XL rework system. The award was presented to the company during a Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 ceremony that took place during SMTA International.

Dave White, CEO of White Industrial Corporation, parent company of PDR Americas, states: “On behalf of all PDR Employees, PDR’s field support teams, sales and alliance partners, and especially the over 4,500 global customers that have made this award possible, thank you for recognizing PDR technology for this prestigious award. 30 years ago PDR set out with a concept that focusable (visible light) Infrared Heating could be applied to the field of PCB rework. Receiving this award some 30 years later is truly an honor and a testimony to the rework disciplines that PDR has worked hard to foster in the ever changing EMS industry.”

BGA rework poses the problem of accessing hidden interconnects in a high density environment. Consequently, it requires a system that is able to access the hidden joints without affecting neighboring components. A system that is safe, gentle, adaptable and, above all, simple to operate. The IR-E6 is so easy to operate that technicians are able to instantly achieve excellent process control for BGA/SMD rework without the complexities and frustrations normally associated with ‘high-end’ rework systems.

The IR-E6 Evolution XL rework system is made in the United Kingdom with only the finest components for optimum precision. The PDR IR-E6 is our largest system and one of the best performing BGA Rework Stations worldwide.

The IR-E6 is very high powered with a multi-zone, 3200W PCB preheater and is designed to rework small to large PCB assemblies with up to a 24"/620mm PCB capacity. It is loaded with advanced features delivering many benefits including the highest performance and soldering quality available anywhere, yet it remains simple to setup and use. Using PDR’s patented, focused IR technology, the SMD/BGA rework station has been specifically designed to cope with the challenges of repairing today’s PCB assemblies.

For more information about PDR visit www.pdr-rework.com or call PDR in the U.S. at 530-676-6262 or in the United Kingdom at +44 (0)1293 614 000.

About PDR
PDR Americas is a business owned by White Industrial Corporation. PDR is a pioneer in IR rework, test and inspection systems, with its products specified by many of the world’s largest names in electronics manufacturing and repair. PDR’s patented “Focused IR and Thermal Management Technology” is fully vested by leading aerospace, defense, biomedical, telecom, automotive, MRO, R&D, and electronic and manufacturing firms for its highest quality and best performing systems.

YXLON International wins TWO Global Technology Awards for the Cheetah EVO PLUS X-ray Inspection System and the YXLON FF35 CT Metrology System

HAMBURG, GERMANY - YXLON International, a company of the Swiss tech holding COMET Group, is very pleased to announce that it has been awarded two prestigious Global Technology Awards in the categories of Metrology and Inspection, X-ray for its Cheetah EVO PLUS X-ray Inspection System and the FF35 CT Metrology System. The awards were presented to the company during a ceremony which took place during SMTA International.

The Cheetah EVO range of X-ray inspection solutions was created to achieve a simple goal: the very best image in the shortest time, in each of the market sectors. Cheetah EVO systems harness the combined power of several YXLON innovations – FeinFocus X-ray tube technology; high-power target technology; a finely calibrated, long-life flat-panel detector, easy to use software and a state-of-the-art manipulation system. The systems can generate images in extremely high resolution, easily overcoming the unique challenges of the laboratory.

By using slicing technology (Micro3DSlice), the non-destructive inspection of larger areas is possible and substantial cost savings will be achieved, as samples are no longer destroyed by traditional CT or micro-sectioning. Even better, these slice-by-slice images can be analyzed automatically as easily and quickly as a 2D image showing voiding at interfaces perfectly clearly, the key to reliability and failure analysis.

In addition to imaging excellence, with the Cheetah EVO range you can look forward to simple, user-friendly controls and intuitive FGUI – FeinFocus Graphical User Interface – software, not to mention the myriad of benefits of comprehensive automation. One-click solutions make manual inspection effortless and live SMART filters ensure perfect images.

The FF35 CT Metrology also is a market-leading X-ray system which takes measurement to another level, providing precise non-destructive measurements of inner structures with increased complexity via an optimized imaging chain. Each YXLON FF35 CT Metrology system offers: temperature control and compensation, a stable focal spot due to water cooling, accurate sample positioning due to Heidenhain encoders, all of which gives the operator unprecedented levels of measurement accuracy and repeatability.

The YXLON FF35 CT Metrology enables you to perform actual to nominal comparison of very small features and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), something almost unique in our industry. The system is also able to make unstitched images of large assemblies including tablets which can then be viewed at the sub-micron level.

For more information, visit www.yxlon.com.

PVA wins Global Technology Award for dispensing

COHOES, NY - PVA announces that it was awarded a 2018 Global Technology Award in the category of Dispensing Equipment for its VPX-2KS. The award was presented to the company during a Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 ceremony that took place during SMTA International.

Recent developments in two-component conformal coatings have created products that have a short pot life (some <5 minutes when mixed) that cannot be processed using traditional meter-mix or spraying methods. The VPX-2KS is the first valve designed to meter, mix and spray two-component, reactive conformal coatings and encapsulants in a selective manner without overspray.

A combination of technologies (progressive cavity pumps, static mixing, low pressure atomized spraying) have come together to develop this product. Other two-component spray systems have existed/do exist for medical and industrial applications but could not be brought over into electronics manufacturing as they do not offer the control or cleanliness required for a selective conformal coating process.

The VPX-2KS is a combination of metering, mixing and spraying, all in a compact package on the robot head compared to traditional remote feed systems where the pumps may be located in the rear of the machine.

Jon Urquhart, Director of Application Engineering at PVA, commented: “The VPX-2KS was designed with a focus on compact fluid metering and ease of cleaning while still providing the same level of spray quality that PVA is known for. We recognized a need in the industry for tools to efficiently process new 2-component coatings and we are very pleased with the performance of this product. PVA is honored to be recognized for this award.”

Premiering in 2005, the Global Technology Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

For more information, please contact PVA at info@pva.net or (518) 371-2684.

About PVA
PVA is a global supplier of conformal coating systems, innovative fluid dispensing solutions and precision valve technology. PVA’s customer driven solutions are utilized worldwide in industries ranging from solar, semiconductor packaging, printed circuit board assembly, medical device manufacturing, and consumer electronics. Throughout the changing global manufacturing landscape, PVA remains committed to providing our customers with exceptional products and industry-leading global support.
www.pva.net

BTU picks up another award for its Profile Guardian Software

NORTH BILLERICA, MA - BTU International, Inc. announces that it was awarded a 2018 Global Technology Award in the category of Software – Process Control for its Profile Guardian Redundant Process Monitor. The award was presented to the company during a Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 ceremony that took place during SMTA International.

The software pairs a thermocouple probe at product height with software to monitor temperature deviation from baseline –fully independent from control TCs. The redundant process monitor is aware of oven state (recipe change, energy savings modes, etc.), and monitor data can be included in host communications (MES) from the oven.

Additionally, it provides board level traceability when paired with bar code readers, which is a requirement for many large OEM/EMS customers.

“We are so pleased that Profile Guardian has been recognized again by the industry,” said Paul Lancaster, director of sales for the Americas. “Our customers, some of the largest automotive OEMs and EMS manufacturers, felt strongly that a simplified, and fully integrated redundant monitoring system was needed for their BTU reflow ovens. The Profile Guardian fulfills that request and is performing beyond expectations,” added Lancaster.

Premiering in 2005, the Global Technology Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

For more information about BTU International, visit www.btu.com.

About BTU International
BTU International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amtech Group (Nasdaq: ASYS), is a global supplier and technology leader of advanced thermal processing equipment in the electronics manufacturing market. BTU’s high-performance reflow ovens are used in the production of SMT printed circuit board assemblies and in semiconductor packaging processes. BTU also specializes in precision controlled, high-temperature belt furnaces for a wide range of custom applications, such as brazing, direct bond copper (DBC), diffusion, sintering and advanced solar cell processing. BTU has operations in North Billerica, Massachusetts, and Shanghai, China, with direct sales and service in the U.S.A., Asia and Europe. Information about BTU International is available at www.btu.com.

Juki’s ISM Ultra Flex 3900 Storage Tower Recognized by the Global Technology Awards

MORRISVILLE, NC - Juki Automation Systems (JAS), Inc., a world-leading provider of automated assembly products and systems and part of Juki Automation Systems Corporation, announces that it was awarded a 2018 Global Technology Award in the category of Storage Systems for its ISM Ultra Flex 3900. The award was presented to the company during a Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 ceremony that took place during SMTA International.

The ISM Ultra Flex 3900 is an extension module that can be attached to the rear of an ISM 3600, increasing the capacity of the combined machines (ISM 3600 + ISM 3900) up to 7500 7" reels 8mm height, or 1880 15" reels 8 mm height. The reel size mix is an adjustable parameter. The ISM 3900 can work stand alone, but only if combined with the External Elevator Units and ISM AGV System. Multiple ISM 3900s can be installed connected to each other to increase the storage capacity as needed.

The 3900 enables users to increase the tower storage capacity at a lower price point than a second (or third) tower. Thanks to the ISM AGV automation feature of industry 4.0, the number of operators will be further reduced, reducing costs. Through the EEM, it is possible to load and unload a stack of 27 cases all at once. In this way, the waiting time of the AGV is 0 seconds, and the investment for the same is fully optimized.

Premiering in 2005, the Global Technology Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

For more information about Juki, visit www.jukiamericas.com.

About Juki Automation Systems, Inc.
Juki Automation Systems (JAS), is an international leader in high-speed SMT Assembly equipment, has shipped more than 30,000 machines worldwide since 1987. Juki has built its global image with a combination of top-quality and high-reliability machines with a reputation for world-class service and support that result in the lowest production costs for its customers. Juki machines have about 30 percent U.S. made content by cost. The pioneer of the modular assembly system in 1993, Juki offers flexible solutions designed for both high-volume and high mix environments. JAS, Inc. employs 45 U.S. employees, including 20 service personnel five specializing in applications sales.

Additionally, JAS, Inc. offers a full line of SMT manufacturing products as wells as selective solder and stamp soldering machines plus Advanced Technology through-hole machines. Juki supports one of the largest field service groups in the industry. For more information, visit www.jukiamericas.com.

Rehm Technology Days present the next generation of electronics manufacturing

“Diverse, exciting, entertaining” – this is the unanimous conclusion of the Rehm Technology Days in Blaubeuren. “Once again, we really thought about how we can offer our customers and partner companies an interesting day,” said Managing Director Johannes Rehm. Visitors were invited to island hopping on the “Technology Islands”, which offered not only exciting insights but also fascinating views into the future.

Current topics concerning electronics production were covered in presentations and workshops, or at info-points and stalls of partner companies. The discussion began with the core competencies of Rehm such as soldering, coating, drying and curing of electronic assemblies and where the journey is heading in the future: “We attach great importance to research & development and were again able to present numerous new and improved developments of our systems. Energy savings, void reduction and sophisticated software solutions are just a few of our main areas of focus,” according to Johannes Rehm. “For our customers, this is always extremely exciting to see, because it is important to keep an eye on the developments in this dynamic industry.”

Dr Hans Bell, Head of Development at Rehm, and Paul Wild, Deputy Head of Development explained the impact of global megatrends on the electronics industry. Topics such as the steadily increasing consumption of energy are also a topic for machine and systems manufacturers. “Rehm continuously reduces the energy consumption of its systems through new developments. Among other things, this is achieved by efficient insulation concepts, an intelligent division of the cooling sections or the use of EC motors.”

Amongst other things, it also covered fascinating prospects for the future, which only appeared in science fiction films a few years ago. Keyword: Artificial Intelligence. For example, robots can learn complex work steps completely independently through demonstration by “copying” them from humans. This can even go so far as to enable machines to perform adaptive diagnostics.

During and after the presentations, speakers and participants discussed lively and different points of view were explored. “For me, the intensive exchange on complex topics of electronics production is always a highlight of the Rehm Technology Days,” said Dr Hans Bell.

A highlight was the live demonstration of the Virtual Communication Interface, ViCI in short, from Rehm. Via a live-connection to a user on site, what can be seen through the data glasses of the ViCI was shown: During system maintenance or repair, which work steps are to be carried out one after the other were shown visually to the users. This saves time and travel expenses.

During company tours at Rehm Blechtec, which also belongs to the Rehm Group, visitors were able to find out about the high vertical range of manufacture and the wide range of products in sheet metal processing, which – in addition to powder coating, fine plasma or laser cutting – also includes all other production steps in sheet metal processing.

Numerous decision-makers from industry and trade had accepted the invitation. In addition to the German participants, many international guests were also present: “I’m really pleased we were able to book a very high number of participants despite full order books with customers and partners. For us, this is a sign we are on the right track with the concept of our Technology Days,” concluded Johannes Rehm.

About Rehm Thermal Systems
As a specialist in thermal system solutions for the electronics and photovoltaics industry, Rehm is a technology and innovation leader in state-of-the-art, cost-effective manufacturing of electronic assemblies. As a globally active manufacturer of reflow soldering systems with convection, condensation and vacuum, drying and coating systems, functional test systems, equipment for metallisation of solar cells as well as numerous customised systems, we have a presence in all key growth markets and, as a partner with more than 25 years of industry experience, are able to implement innovative production solutions that set new standards.

Scienscope Wins Global Technology Award for the AXI 5100c Component Counter

CHINO, CA - Scienscope International, a leading American supplier of cabinet style micro-focus X-ray systems, announces that it was awarded a 2018 Global Technology Award in the category of ID Systems / Component Counter for its AXI 5100c Automatic X-ray inspection Component Counter. The award was presented to the company during a Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 ceremony that took place during SMTA International. The release of the AXI-5100c in addition to its table-top component counters allows Scienscope to offer the most comprehensive component counting system solutions in the industry.

The AXI 5100c is the ultimate in flexibility. It is a fully automated flexible, inline, fast and accurate component counting machine designed to increase productivity. With automated barcode reading and reel size and height detection, the optional loaders and unloaders means you can simply drop off a batch of reels and go about your business being productive in other areas. With this machine you can start out with a stand-alone batch, and grow into more automation in the future.

Premiering in 2005, the Global Technology Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

For more information, please email Scienscope at info@scienscope.com, call 1-800-216-1800 or visit www.scienscope.com.

About Scienscope International
Scienscope was founded in 1994 to meet the growing need for reliable and affordable general-purpose optical and video inspection solutions for the electronics and PCB industries. The company began with basic stereo zoom microscopes used for SMT inspection and rework of circuit boards and electromechanical assemblies with a commitment to quality, value and support. Over the past 20 years, Scienscope has evolved to become a complete inspection solution provider, offering both offline and inline X-Ray systems, Video coordinate measurement systems, Video inspection systems, and microscopes to meet a wide variety of applications and manufacturing quality requirements.

Thermaltronics Wins Global Technology Award for New Full Vision Soldering Robot

GREAT NECK, NY - Thermaltronics USA, Inc. announces that it was awarded a 2018 Global Technology Award in the category of Soldering Equipment – Other for its TMT-R9800S Soldering Robot. The award was presented to the company during a Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 ceremony that took place during SMTA International.

Unlike typical Cartesian robots developed from dispensing technology that do not have precision Z-axis control, the Thermaltronics TMT-R9800S Soldering Robot is equipped with full vision to verify the procedure being undertaken and does not simply follow a pre-determined program. The system incorporates innovative design concepts and precision components to ensure accuracy and repeatability of soldering processes. The combination of high precision hardware and intelligent software ensures precision soldering and low operator training costs. Features include:

• Dual arm, six axis soldering robot
• Intelligently compensates for PCBA variance
• Image recognition & mapping system
• Laser height measurement

The soldering robot has an observation mode, a verification mode and decision making capabilities. This capability to collect and utilize data for production processing is one of the most important factors necessary to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0 standards.

Thermaltronics Curie Heat Technology (CHT) responds to the thermal demands of each solder joint by adjusting the power instantaneously, thereby meeting the exact requirements of the substrate component and solder material. The company’s hand soldering products include both 13.56 MHz and 470 KHz power supplies and are fully compatible with competitive product offerings.

Premiering in 2005, the Global Technology Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

In addition to the hand soldering product line, Thermaltronics also provides an extended range of accessories to support both production and rework applications. For more information, visit www.thermaltronics.com.

About Thermaltronics USA, Inc.
Thermaltronics is a manufacturer and supplier of a wide range of soldering products and accessories used in the electronics manufacturing industry. Design and development is undertaken in the USA and Australia, with final production taking place in a customized manufacturing facility, incorporating specialized equipment and in accordance with recognized international standards of quality and compliance.

In addition to the modern factory, Thermaltronics maintains an office and warehouse in New York State, commercial offices in Hong Kong and a Distribution Sales Office in Perth Australia.

All Thermaltronics products are produced in accordance with ISO 9000 & ISO 14000 standards and meet either TUV, GS, CE or NRTL safety requirements. Strict quality control procedures are in place and product warranties are among the best in the industry. For more information, visit www.thermaltronics.com.

Naprotek, Inc. recognized for manufacturing excellence at SMTAI

SAN JOSE, CA - Naprotek, Inc., a provider of electronic manufacturing services, today announced that it was awarded a 2018 Global Technology Award in the category of Contract Services < $50 Million. The award was presented to the company during a Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 ceremony that took place during SMTA International.

“Naprotek is extremely proud to be recognized in the category of Contract Services <$50 million,” commented Jayne Carthy, Director of Strategic Business Development. “We strive each day to exceed our customers’ expectations by providing outstanding quality, value and delivery that gives our customers a competitive advantage. Our commitment to excellence and our continued investment in state-of-the-art equipment keeps us on the leading-edge in support of our customers and emerging technologies. We appreciate the challenges and view them as opportunities to showcase our capabilities.”

Founded in 1995 by Najat Badriyeh, Naprotek is a woman-owned business located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Challenges, timelines, new technologies, deadlines….. sound familiar? The Naprotek team has developed its skills by listening to customers and responding to their needs. The company couples high-end engineering with state-of-the-art equipment to accommodate the industries most sophisticated designs.

• Proven track record of supporting advanced technology and high reliability assemblies
• Three full state-of-the-art Hanwha SMT lines
• Assembly of rigid boards and specialty of flexible board assembly with tight tolerance requirements
• Large body assembly up to 20" x 24"
• Precision placement of 01005 componentry
• Fine Pitch placement of .35 mm componentry
• BGA remove, replace, and reball of .35 mm components
• Hybrid processes such as lead-free, tin-lead, and pin through hole, wave solder
• Quality systems built into the manufacturing process
• All vision system tests in place are set to view the smallest componentry (.01005)

Naprotek sets the standard for high-quality prototypes and Made-in-America production. The company specializes in mission critical products, and its processes and systems are focused on delivering award-winning quality. For more information, visit www.naprotek.com.

About Naprotek Inc.
Founded in 1995 by entrepreneur Najat Badriyeh, Naprotek has provided electronic manufacturing services to startups and OEMs in Silicon Valley and throughout the US. Naprotek evolved from a consigned-assembly business to a full-suite service provider for printed circuit assemblies and box-build. Naprotek’s track record continues to benchmark quality, service and cost-effective solutions for its customers. The company has a strong footprint in the military and aerospace markets with its AS 9100 Certification, as well as the medical market with its ISO 13485 Certification. For more information about Naprotek, visit www.naprotek.com.

Omron Automation: New FH-Series Vision System from Omron Introduces Unique Lighting Solution to Improve Defect Detection

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL - Industry-leading automation solutions pioneer Omron Automation Americas has developed a unique technology that can automatically detect small defects and subtle changes in color with great sensitivity. It can also simultaneously detect defects with different characteristics.

One of the key technologies in this powerful vision solution is an advanced lighting technology that changes illumination angles, directions, and colors depending on the specific characteristics of the object under inspection. Known as “Multi-Direction Multi-Color” (MDMC) Light, this innovation takes the automation of quality inspections to a whole new level.

The new vision system is designed to meet the growing demands for exceptional quality that are putting pressure on manufacturers to detect all scratches and other defects on products, no matter how small. Furthermore, today’s labor shortages are making it especially difficult to recruit enough visual inspectors to successfully complete all the necessary inspections without automating at least part of the process.

While conventional vision systems have typically been unable to match the capability of the human eye for certain defect detection tasks, the FH series has surpassed this performance threshold with the MDMC Light technology and Photometric Stereo Illumination. Manufacturers can take advantage of these solutions to see small and subtle defects and maintain a high level of inspection quality.

The illumination pattern of the MDMC Light is flexible using the “Scene Switch” functionality incorporated into the software. Even if inspection items are added or modified to meet changes in demand, there is no need to add or adjust illumination. All that is required is a simple change to the illumination pattern.

In addition to the introduction of the MDMC Light, controllers and cameras in the FH series have been upgraded to quantitatively detect and measure minute variances while managing the inspection results. The enhanced controller’s processing speeds are twice as fast as conventional models.

To help with regulatory compliance in pharmaceutical and other industries, the FH-series vision system can store all inspection results without hampering productivity thanks to its fast processing speed and high degree of synchronization with automation systems via a communications network. The results can be stored directly to a database using the machine automation controller over EtherCAT® and can be output in combination with inspection image data and key inspection information.

Omron is committed to solving manufacturing issues with unique and comprehensive solutions, and the new FH-series vision system is designed to ensure stable manufacturing quality and boost productivity. By automating quality inspections with a system that can match and even exceed the capabilities of human vision, Omron makes it easier than ever before for manufacturers to pursue remarkable enhancements in productivity and quality control.

To learn more about the product, click here.

About Omron Automation
Omron Automation is an industrial automation partner that creates, sells and services fully integrated automation solutions that include robotics, sensing, motion, logic, safety, and more. Established in 1933 and currently headed by President Yoshihito Yamada, Omron’s 36,000 employees help businesses solve problems with creativity in more than 110 countries. Learn more at omron247.com.