We are thrilled to announce that our team at PICA has successfully completed a 5-day training program on the OMRON Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI) equipment model VT-S1080. Thanks to OMRON, this training has equipped our workforce with the essential expertise required to program, operate, and maintain this advanced technology.

By acquiring this state-of-the-art equipment PICA has recognized the transformative power of Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI), a cutting-edge technology that utilizes advanced cameras and image processing algorithms to inspect and identify defects in printed circuit boards (PCBs) after component assembly.

The implementation of Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI) eliminates human error by automating the inspection process, reducing drastically the need for manual visual inspection. This cutting-edge technology ensures that our customers receive products with zero defects, eliminating the need for rework or replacement. Not only does this guarantee the highest level of quality, but it also translates into significant cost savings for both PICA and the customer. 

However, it is crucial to acknowledge that Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI) does have its limitations. For instance, it may not be able to detect certain types of defects such as components that may appear similar but have different specifications. While AOI technology has undoubtedly revolutionized the inspection process in many industries, it’s crucial for manufacturers to be aware of its limitations and explore alternative methods (electrical/functional test) to address these specific shortcomings. 

In conclusion, as the manufacturing industry continues to evolve, PICA continues to embrace innovative technologies to stay ahead of the competition. Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI) has emerged as a game-changer in the surface mount assembly line, revolutionizing defect detection and significantly improving productivity. By incorporating AOI into its operations, PICA can achieve higher levels of efficiency, reduce human error, and deliver high-quality products to its customers. Though AOI does have its limitations, its benefits make it an invaluable tool for enhancing the SMT assembly line’s overall performance and bolstering quality control.


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