Inspection of THT Components – Adding Value to the Electronics Value Chain

August 14, 2023

Exploring Technological Innovation: A Conversation with KATEK Grassau’s Technology Transfer Manager

We had the privilege of speaking with a leading representative from Katek Group, a renowned technology leader in the electronics industry. We’ll be diving here into a recent and challenging use case involving the INSPEKTO S70 system, which was implemented at their site in Grassau.

1.What is the most challenging use case that the system was used for ? What was the need or challenge ?

The most demanding use case was the inspection of THT components during the assembly of printed circuit boards (PCBs). The challenge here was to reduce rework caused by missing components after soldering. Moreover, recognizing the polarity in electrolytic capacitors during marking presented a complex challenge for our team.

2.How did INSPEKTO S70 help solve it ?

The INSPEKTO S70 system played a crucial role in addressing these challenges. It enabled us to train our assembly teams effectively by providing real-time feedback on component placement and polarity. The system improved the accuracy of our assembly processes and reduced the instances of missing components, significantly minimizing rework.

3.What did you find most innovative and impactful in terms of capabilities ?

One of the most innovative and impactful aspects of the INSPEKTO S70 system is its user-friendly interface. It doesn’t require any specialized knowledge of image processing, making it accessible and easy to operate for our teams. This ease of use expedited our deployment process, ensuring that we could benefit from the system’s capabilities quickly.

4. How did you experience the set-up phase ?

Setting up the INSPEKTO S70 system was a smooth process, thanks to the support we received from Inspekto. They guided us through the implementation, providing assistance until the TCP/IP communication was established and stable. We also appreciated the quick response times of the Inspekto support team, which ensured that any issues or questions were promptly addressed.

This insightful interview sheds light on how the INSPEKTO S70 system has revolutionized electronics assembly at Katek Group, addressing critical challenges and streamlining their processes. Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights with us.

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