Small Form Factor Vision Systems For Factory And Laboratory Process Monitoring And Control


CAMBRIDGE, Mass - The Value Engineering Alliance, a leading provider of machine vision solutions, announces the addition of a compact multifunctional vision system, the SmallFrEYE(TM)_PC, to its product line.

PC-based and featuring application-specific solutions originally developed and used to enhance the efficiency, accuracy and reliability of operations routinely carried out during the manufacture of electronic devices and components, the SmallFrEYE_PC’s architecture supports multi-tasking and its modular software design enables various functional blocks to be combined and exercised as needed to address a steadily increasing array of inspection and automatic identification tasks.

Part detection, pin 1 detection, package location, mark inspection/Optical Character Verification (OCV), 2D Ball Grid Array (BGA) inspection, Chip Scale Packaging (CSP) pad inspection, various types of device lead inspection, pattern recognition, package surface inspection, ECC080 and ECC200 Data Matrix decoding, 1D bar code decoding, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and a collection of general purpose measurement tools are the main modules that have been used extensively to provide fast, accurate and repeatable results during the production of integrated circuits.

Many of these same modules are also applicable to the alignment, assembly verification, defect detection, gauging/dimensional characterization, symbol/character verification, and automatic identification/product traceability related tasks that abound in the aerospace, automatic test equipment (ATE), automotive, cosmetics, medical, pharmaceutical and printing industries.

Delivered ready to install and operate on an easily upgradeable Intel Pentium 4 processor-powered PC running Windows XP, configured with an appropriate Firewire camera/lens/lighting combination and depending on the customer’s requirements outfitted with cards that support computer-controlled illumination, I/O, and networking, it is possible for OEMs, system integrators, and experienced automation engineers employed by end user organizations to obtain the SmallFrEYE_PC’s application software unbundled, purchase the requisite hardware components from suitable suppliers and configure their systems in-house.

Set up and configured software–wise using simple GUI screens, SmallFrEYE_PCs offer multi-level password protection, include data management functions and feature diagnostic tools.

About The Value Engineering Alliance

Established in July of 1987, THE VALUE ENGINEERING ALLIANCE specializes in the conceptualization, development, marketing, selling, and implementation of machine vision solutions that lower the overall costs of laboratory and industrial manufacturing operations (analysis, assembly, inspection, test, control, identification, etc.) while achieving equivalent or enhanced levels of system/process performance and reliability.

Renowned as the supplier of application-specific vision software libraries used by several of the vision industry’s premier players to enhance their existing offerings or expand into new application arenas, The VEA has been equally successful as a supplier of vision software and systems used in numerous industries by OEMs, system developers/integrators and automation engineers inside end user organizations. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), the VEA operates worldwide via its extensive network of allied organizations and individuals.

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