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Why the need for 3D Solder Paste Inspection?

Ray Welch, Senior Applications Engineer, Koh Young America, Inc.Brent Fischthal, Senior Marketing Manager, Koh Young America, Inc. People may use the phrase “This is where I am feeling the pain” when describing who and where an issue is causing problems with their board assembly process. Yet, reversing the phrase into a question like “Where do…

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Another record year for inspection market leader Koh Young

Q&A with Joel Scutchfield, General Manager and head of SMT sales, Koh Young America Q: Before we dig into your plans and expectations for the future, let’s just touch base on 2021, a difficult year for many as we all worked hard to recover from the ravages of the pandemic. How was the year for…

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3D Optical Inspection Provides “Eyes” for Process Improvements in Industry 4.0

Automated 3D solder paste inspection (SPI) and 3D automated optical inspection (AOI) systems have become an integral part of the printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) process because they help ensure high-quality production. As today’s board complexity is increasing, inspection technology becomes even more critical. For example, while talking with Janet Tomor, senior business development manager…

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How Engineers Can Use SPI Tools for Verification

Koh Young’s Ray Welch and Brent Fisch- thal detail how engineers can work with SPI tools to verify how small they can go in component size with their solder paste application, and how the company’s SPI equipment is helping not only to verify but also to help drive the development collaboration between solder paste and…

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Smart Factory in Electronics Manufacturing: AI-based Closed-Loop Self-Organization Platfrom

Automated production in electronics manufacturing can produce high-quality products, but it might lead to a particular failure without human intervention. With the rapid technology development, such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), big data analysis, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), many manufacturing processes can be more intelligent, and Industry 4.0 can then be realized…

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Testing out an expert partnership: stencil printing in cavities

Printing in cavities (or trenches) in electronic assemblies is an efficient method of creating more compact electronic circuits. To make this more achievable for manufacturers, four companies (EKRA, Christian Koenen, Heraeus and Koh Young), spanning various branches of the industry, have worked together to develop a reliable and efficient method of solder paste printing in…

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True 3D AOIs to improve your production quality

Abstract 3D Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) systems have become an integral solution for the surface-mount technology (SMT) industry. These systems have become more important for manufacturers, because they provide incomparable reliability to help maintain high quality of boards with thousands of solder joints. However, does this mean every 3D AOI can be the ultimate gatekeeper…

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The Koh Young Story: Twenty Years of Innovation

Part One – Imagining Koh Young This series is taken from an in-depth interview with Dr. Koh on the occasion Koh Young’s 20th anniversary. It seeks to understand both the man and the company, their vision, their success and the innovative passion that is their DNA. In the first part of the series Dr. Koh…

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The Factory of the Future Begins with the Smart Factory of Today

Koh Young’s Intelligent Platform (IP) powers several features within KSMART that help customers analyze and optimize the production process by managing process data from connected SPI and AOI systems. As the preeminent smart factory solutions provider, Koh Young will continue to lead the effort to speed the arrival of the 4th Industrial Revolution. WHAT IS…

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Combing Automated Process Control with Feedback to Revolutionize the Printed Circuit Board Assembly Process

ABSTRACT With a shortage of highly-skilled employees for printed circuit board assembly, the electronics industry faces a severe challenge, which is being complicated with a high turnover rate as employees jump between companies or simply become misaligned with the organization. While leading industry organizations like IPC and SMTA are tackling the issue head-on with education…

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