Choosing the right inspection system

Seek and you shall find - An article published in the March 2013 issue of the Global SMT & Packaging magazine, GOEPEL's Patrick Schuchardt discusses various considerations that play a role in choosing the right optical inspection systems for ones specific needs and requirements. The sheer number of vendors that offer AOI systems can make finding the right solution a very challenging task. The challenge begins with differentiating the various products, which usually involves understanding the different technical terms for the exact same features on each product and then comparing the various upgrade options, the ease-of-use and programming effort and the specifics regarding service and maintenance along many other possibilities. It is essential to read between the lines of the brochures, flyers and datasheets. Vendors will highlight their key features but will not mention capabilities that are not available in their portfolio.

A careful comparison of all manufacturers is the key to finding an AOI system that will continue to meet your needs into the future. The price on the first quote is often the main criteria for the final purchase decision, but extra costs, such as training, maintenance, software licenses or service contract, can make a big difference in the long term. As a guideline, it is always good to understand “How much this system will cost me in the next 5 years?”

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