When considering an automated metrology system, many manufacturers look for a high throughput, continuous motion inspection system with the following three key benefits:
1. High speed automated inspection system. Designed to withstand shop floor environments, the system can be used for inline and nearline applications. Real-time data provided by the sensor system allows the manufacturer to quickly respond to production issues.
2. Advanced vision and sensors for metrology, plus color, gloss and cosmetic defect inspection. Machine lighting is a critical enabler for micron-level measurements. A configurable vision-based platform can perform multiple micron-level measurements with high repeatability. Precise laser configurations can gather 3D data, stitching together a 3D point cloud of the part for inspection. Multispectral lighting, lasers, cameras, sensors and software algorithms can interpret inspection images to account for different finishes and colors.
3. Flexible physical input and output. Materials handling calls for highly configurable equipment since no two applications are the same. A flexible metrology system offers tray, conveyor, cassette and process module interfaces. Marking, binning and pre- and post-metrology assembly options keep production moving efficiently.
A fast and accurate inspection process reduces not only the scrap rates while improving process efficiency but also increases profitability. High speed metrology platforms fit the bill for many high volume manufacturers.