New print verification technology from DEK
Nov 18, 2004
DEK has announced its latest innovation. HawkEyeâ„¢, is an automatic print verification technology that operates at the line beat rate, assesses 100% of printed boards and gives a rapid go/no-go indication for each. Faulty boards can now be automatically isolated in real time, significantly enhancing throughput.
Commenting on the product concept and development, Martin Symons Manager of DEK's Vision Engineering, says, "DEK's Vision Technical specialist broke down the inspection proposition to the few bare facts that define whether a board is fit to be passed on to the next process and, as a result, HawkEye was developed by our dedicated expert team of vision engineers. The intuitive tool provides a simple go/no-go indication just like a human operator, but HawkEye is more repeatable, and verifies 100 percent of boards at line beat rate."
Intended to complement DEK 2Di, the HawkEye system's verification routine rapidly scans the board as a series of stripes and collects a tightly defined set of monochrome image data. Comparing these results with user-defined limits of acceptability, HawkEye quickly indicates whether the board is fit to move on to component placement or other downstream processing.
The HawkEye print verification system is available as an option on all new DEK automatic machines, and as a machine performance upgrade (MPU) for existing platforms in the field, subject to specification.