Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services


Modular top-down AOI system

4 November 2015 Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services

Mek recently launched new additions to its SpectorBOX AOI (automatic optical inspection) systems. These include a large camera clearance that enables complete single-pass inspection of virtually any assembly.

The SpectorBOX modular AOI systems have long been optimised for the inspection of THT components to identify defects such as presence/absence, wrong polarity, colour, type and bent pins. Now, top clearance of 130 mm allows the top-down model to inspect virtually any completed electronic and electromechanical assembly, even when the tallest of components are present.

The modules can be equipped with eight wide-field-of-view side cameras in addition to a top-view camera on the FWAz optical unit. Its large pixel (18,8 μ2) 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 eight 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 nine brilliantly clear defect review angles in full colour.

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 optimised 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 a double monitor configuration. A manual mode allows for smooth offline programming preparation.



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