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Electronics Inspection: A Portrait in Speed

Photonics Spectra
Aug 2001
In an industry where competitiveness hinges on the maximum possible throughput and yield, the tempo of every inspection function is boosted to the limits of cost and performance.

Daniel C. McCarthy, Senior Editor

Last year, the electronics industry accounted for 21.4 percent of machine vision units sold in North America. The segment is second only to the semiconductor market, which represented 34.7 percent, according to the Automated Imaging Association.

Electronics occupies the middle ground between high-end semiconductor applications and other volume manufacturing communities, where low cost plays a greater role. The term "high-speed inspection of electronics" is a redundancy: Like any volume manufacturing operation, nearly all electronics manufacturing proceeds at rates limited only by technology...

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