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Author: Rob Mitchell
Company: Sanmina-SCI
Date Published: 9/22/2002   Conference: SMTA International

Abstract: The maturing PCBA AOI (Automated Optical Inspection) technology is allowing more companies to increase their competitive edge by providing true real-time problem detection and correction within the SMT manufacturing process.

It also allows the test strategy to be expanded. Due to increasing density, decreasing test access, and decreasing package sizes, it has become imperative for companies to seek alternative means to maintain or increase product quality.

The focus of this paper will be to explain why AOI might be right for your company and how to evaluate AOI machines successfully with examples from an evaluation performed by an Electronics Manufacturing Services provider.

Key words: AOI, automated optical inspection, inspection, test.

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