Reliable Detection of Critical Faults Independent from the PCB Layout
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GOEPEL electronics LLC
9737 Great Hills Trail, Ste. 170
Austin, TX, 78759
Press release date: May 5, 2009
Once again, the GOEPEL electronic GmbH demonstrates that they are one of the leading innovators in the field of the Automated Optical Inspection (AOI): due to a newly developed inspection method a reliable detection of all critical faults at circuit pins independent from the PCB layout and the assembly situation is now possible. Until now, design regulations, provided by AOI vendors, had to be considered - with the OptiCon systems the total fault coverage is now available also for contract manufacturers who usually don't have influence on the layout of the PCB. Lifted Leads belong to the most critical faults in the production of PCBs. They result from physically lifted pins or from insufficient wetting. In the electrical test (ICT, Boundary Scan, functional test) they may perfectly show an electrical contact to the pad on the PCB - however, in the actual use there can be discontinuities and hence a malfunction of the PCB.
The newly developed optical inspection method uses the innovative 360° rotating angled-view module "Chameleon" for the image capturing, which allows an inspection of the PCB from any angular position. Using this, the restricting impact of the pad geometry and component layout on the PCB can be eliminated. A reliable inspection of the wetting quality of the relevant areas is now possible for all PCBs.
For this, the latest version of the software OptiCon PILOT 5.0 contains an algorithm for the detailed analysis of solder joints at the circuit pins, especially for the detection of Lifted Leads. With the software OptiCon PILOT the use of the rotating angled-view is easy and intuitive. Due to the convenient menu navigation it is possible to generate new library entries for new components in just a few steps.
This new dimension of the angled-view inspection for layout independent, reliable detection of critical faults is available for both the stand-alone AOI system OptiCon BasicLine as well as for the inline systems OptiCon AdvancedLine and OptiCon TurboLine by GOEPEL electronic.
GOEPEL electronic is a leading vendor of electrical and optical test and inspection systems. The company has currently about 160 employees and a global distribution and service network with more than 350 experts. Founded 1991 and headquartered in Jena, Germany, GOEPEL electronic generated a revenue of 19.7 Million Euro in 2008. GOEPEL electronic has continuously been ISO 9001 certified since 1996 and has been honoured with the TOP-JOB award for being one of the best medium-sized companies in Germany. GOEPEL electronic's products won several awards in recent years and are used by 5 of 10 of the leading companies in telecommunication, automotive, space and avionics, industrial controls, medical technology, and other industries. Further information about the company and its products can be found on the internet at www.goepel.com.
GOEPEL electronic GmbH
Goeschwitzer Strasse 58/60
07745 Jena, GERMANY