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Orbotech introduces Next Generation of PCB-AOI System

24 January 2013 – Orbotech announced the introduction of its Discovery II automated optical inspection (AOI) series for bare printed circuit board production. The newest generation of the Discovery AOI product line, Discovery II delivers new capabilities for greater operational efficiency. Available in several models, Discovery II ensures high defect detection with full flexibility to handle today’s challenging MLB, QTA and HDI mass production.

Discovery II R2R handles a full range of flexible PCB manufacturing requirements, including roll-to-roll automation and sheet-by-sheet modes.

Mr. Richard Klapholz, President of the PCB Division at Orbotech Ltd., said: “Building onto the strong value proposition of our highly successful Discovery AOI series, Discovery II delivers many next stage technology features that address today’s mainstream PCB production requirements. Market response to this system has been excellent so far. Dozens of machines have already been sold, including many following competitive evaluations.”

Featuring significant enhancements that improve AOI performance, Discovery II achieves increased efficiency for a lower cost of operation. Powered by Orbotech’s field-proven SIP Technology, Discovery II delivers high detection accuracy and low false alarms with resolutions down to 30μm on a diverse range of panels at full production speed. Orbotech’s Smart Setup transforms the traditional AOI setup process to a single cycle with minimized process steps. Without the need for an expert, the operator can visually categorize true and false defects on the first panel of a job then Smart Setup automatically does the rest. Supporting multiple production modes, materials and applications, Discovery II delivers expanded flexibility to handle a range of production requirements. Using a patented vacuum table, the system ensures a firm grip on all panel types, including challenging bent and thin materials. With on-system verification capabilities, Discovery II provides fast and easy access to defects. For efficient mass production, the system can be seamlessly integrated with the panel handling automation of any vendor, in any configuration. The system utilizes minimal consumables (no bulbs), approximately half the power consumption of previous Discovery models and has a small footprint for minimal floor space.

In addition to Discovery, Orbotech’s solutions for PCB-AOI include its flagship Fusion product line for advanced HDI and IC substrate manufacturing.

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