Mek Launches Fast, Simple PCB Conformal Coating Inspection


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Mek (Marantz Electronics), leading supplier of 3D Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) and Solder Paste Inspection (SPI) technologies, has launched the iSpector JUz for conformal coating inspection.

Based on proven Mek AOI technology, the iSpector JUz automates the conformal coating inspection process to ensure coating quality and consistency.

Conformal coating inspection, (CCI) is an essential stage of the conformal coating process and yet one that very few companies undertake, aside from a brief manual visual inspection. But manual inspection is an extremely difficult job due to factors such as eye strain and concentration drift, while slow throughput makes it economically challenging.

Mek automated iSpector JUz CCI systems for automatic inspection of conformal coatings and defect detection see more than an operator ever could and make conformal coat inspection fast, simple and cost efficient. 

Most Conformal Coating includes a UV florescent dye, typically in the 365 to 405nm range. UV light causes the coating to fluoresce which highlights discrepancies, contamination or process issues. Used after manual spray, automatic spray and dip coating applications, the system inspects the PCB and components and identifies coating issues including missing coating, bubbles, insufficient thickness, voids, coating in areas where not wanted and other common contaminations.

Unique algorithms and dedicated strategies allow easy and fast programming with high detection coverage. A comprehensive and easy to use online training suite is available via the Mek iMentor online training system.

The iSpector JUz is available as Desktop, Inline and also on the modular SpectorBOX system.

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