WHITE PAPER - Seek and you shall find - Choosing the right optical inspection system
By Patrick Schuchardt, Goepel Electronics LLC
Aug 23, 2012
Manufacturing operations in PCB assembly generate a lot of data. How much of this data is actually used by your manufacturing organization? Do you and your team have access to the right data? Is the right data clearly visible in a way that fosters effective decisions? These are questions many manufacturers are asking themselves every day.
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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 which 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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