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Are You Protected with Just AOI?

: Having worked with many Electronics Manufacturers (and being in Manufacturing ourselves) we know that the industry strives for top quality standards and aims to achieve 0% in quality escapes. This is especially evident in highly regulated industries like the Medical, Aerospace and Defense markets. Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) has come a long way since its inception. …

Having a Stronghold on Quality has More Return than You Think

: Yes, it seems obvious, producing great quality products is a necessity to becoming a successful company. Many manufacturers know this and focus their quality control processes at key points in their production or assembly process, with automated and manual inspection identifying product flaws or defects before they reach consumers. The lower the rate of failure, …

Data “Black Holes” in Manufacturing Processes

: Over recent months I’ve found myself in interesting conversations around the value of data with both manufacturers and other technology providers. In particular, the discussions have focused on “missing data”, primarily during manual inspection tasks. In the manufacturing market, there has been a huge push toward capturing and analyzing data to help improve processes. There …

5 Ways to use AI and Vision in Manufacturing

: Artificial intelligence (AI) has received a lot of attention over recent years. It has also brought awareness to traditional machine vision processes in manufacturing and industrial automation. Yet, there is one aspect that is often not discussed in these broad sweeping articles — AI capability against risk. According to a recent report from McKinsey, companies that initially jumped …

Digital Transformation Checklist for Manufacturers

: You want to add more digital technologies to your manufacturing operations but your day-to-day duties are keeping you from getting started – sound familiar? Kick off your digital transformation plan with this checklist to help identify which projects are the right projects you should be starting with. You know, the ones that will actually give …

Top 5 Human Errors in Manufacturing

: For products in the consumer, parts, food & beverage, and print & packaging markets, a significant portion of the manufacturing process still relies on manual tasks performed by human operators. Despite the buzz and excitement around robotics, AI, and Industry 4.0, humans are still an important part of manufacturing for assembly and inspection. This is …

5 Ways to Protect Electronic & PCB Assembly Processes from Quality Errors

: You’ve received a customer call on a Friday afternoon, “Our boards aren’t working. Didn’t your team test these? We have an urgent delivery and this quality is not assuring.” A lump forms in your throat. You know you have processes in place for quality control, but faulty boards are still making it through to shipping. …