Koh Young, a provider of True3D measurement-based inspection solutions, will showcase at the virtual IPC Apex Expo. At the event, visitors can learn, collaborate, and bond with Koh Young directly from home. Yes, the setting is different from in past years. Yet, the company stays committed to the event and will highlight innovative inspection solutions. What’s more, visitors can request to schedule a free machine demonstration to see how to solve electronics inspection challenges.
During the tradeshow, the company will provide information about its KSMART process control software, Neptune dispensing process inspection (DPI), and KY-P3 automated pin inspection (API) solutions. While these three offerings are just the latest award winners, they will also share more about the 8030 series of SPI and Zenith series of AOI platforms, and other smart factory solutions.
Solder paste inspection (SPI)
In 2002, the company introduced the concept of 3D measurement-based solder paste inspection – and it revolutionized the inspection industry. Today, manufacturers recognize the value of the 3D measurement data and use the data to improve the print process, in turn, improving production yield and quality.
Today, 3D SPI has become a standard requirement for SMT lines – it is no longer optional. The KY8030–3 is their SPI workhorse, and the most popular SPI solution in the electronics manufacturing market. With a patented dual-projection technology, Koh Young delivers trustworthy and repeatable measurement data, which manufacturers can use to reliably optimize the print process.
Print process optimization software
The Koh Young Process Optimizer (KPO) solution is an AI-based automatic print process optimizer. This system improves the printer offset, as well as critical printer parameters like squeegee speed, print pressure, and separation speed. KPO performs an automated DOE to determine the optimum printing parameters for the best print quality. As a result, manufacturers can optimize the print process, without the need for a dedicated print process expert. Furthermore, KPO monitors and perfects the parameters in real-time to guarantee quality regardless of environmental changes.
Automated optical inspection (AOI)
The Koh Young 3D AOI Zenith delivers perfect inspection performance with True 3D measurement technology. In the 2D inspection world, false calls and escapes are unavoidable. To solve this problem, the company took a different approach. They based their solution on full 3D measurement technology, not 2D technology and its inherent shortcomings or 2D with some 3D capabilities bolted-on to help. At Koh Young, the Zenith measures all components in True 3D. They find the component body based on true 3D profilometric information. Using this approach, trustworthy inspection results are provided, regardless of component or board color variations. When 3D measurement data meets artificial intelligence, the company can deliver even more advantages to manufacturers.
As the inspection market and technology leader, Koh Young is using its AI solutions to achieve its vision with a focus on next-generation cooperative efforts that expand process capabilities and factory performance. To realize this plan, the company has created three more R&D centers to ensure technological leadership and competitiveness. They can apply its AI engine and deep learning solutions to its current areas of expertise, like KSMART, all the while paving the way for applications beyond SMT.
KSMART process control software
KSMART revolutionizes process optimization with complementary software modules. As a process evolves, manufacturers can simply implement modules as needed. It collects data from across the factory for defect detection, real-time optimization, enhanced decisions, and traceability to improve metrics, increase quality, and lower costs. KSMART converts data into information, and then into knowledge for effective, quality-driven actions. KSMART delivers AI-powered process analysis and optimization tools. KSMART realizes autonomous process optimization. In short, KSMART is the Gateway to a Smart Factory.
Automated pin inspection (API)
Built on the True3D AOI technology, new enhancements help it break through barriers associated with inspecting products with a mix of both Pins and SMDs. The complete KY-P3 lineup provides an automated back-end solution combining advanced high-resolution optics and innovative AI-powered vision algorithms for single pin, press-fit, and final optical inspection, as well as for pins inside a connector shroud, while also inspecting traditional SMDs on the same product. Because it uses a quantitative measurement-based approach, KY-P3 accuracy and repeatability is unsurpassed.
Dispense process inspection (DPI)
The Neptune is the industry’s first 3D optical measurement solution for transparent material inspection. Using the company’s LIFT technology (Laser interferometry for fluid tomography), the Neptune delivers non-destructive 3D inspection to precisely measure and inspect fluids – wet or dry. With its Machine-Learning algorithm, it accurately measures materials for coverage, thickness, and consistency with a user defined threshold setting. It also identifies bubbles, cracks, and other defects as small as 300-microns. Besides coatings, the Neptune measures underfill, epoxy, bonding, glue, and more to deliver an exact measurement of transparent and translucent materials.
The voice of customers
More importantly, customers have a lot of positive things to say about how Koh Young has helped them improve productivity, increase quality, and reduce costs. On Wednesday, 10 March at 12:30pm and Friday, 12 March at 10:00am, the company will deliver two separate “infomercials” highlighting several of North America-based customers and the associated products and software that have made their lives easier. Then, on Friday following the opening remarks, Koh Young will make a special announcement that can‘t be missed.