Industries Introduces 100% Lead Inspection Option
for Its Line of Circuit Board Assembly Equipment
Calif., Jan 13, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Chad Industries
Inc., a leading supplier of Odd Form Circuit Board Assembly
equipment, today announced a 100 percent under board lead inspection
option (patent-pending) for its line of automated and semi-automated
circuit board assembly systems.
new option allows for 100 percent of the leads to be inspected
during the insertion process. The new option
has been adapted
to Chad Industries' industry-leading Odd Form Circuit Board
Assembly systems allowing customers to truly reach "Zero
Defects" for these difficult-to-insert Odd Form components.
A camera has been mounted to a programmable X-Y stage below
the board and inspects the leads once they have been inserted.
The flexibility of the programmable stage allows the camera
to move with the robot to each new location on the board as
well as to multiple locations on the board for each insertion
required for large parts.
"Driven by our customer demands to trap defects of Odd
Form thru-hole components during the board assembly and not
at a distant test station, Chad Industries developed a new
vision tool and process to meet these needs," said Scott
Klimczak, president of Chad Industries. "With this new
design we are inspecting the component leads where it matters,
after the part has been inserted."
The new lead inspection tool uses Adept Vision sAVI(TM). The
standard CHAD automated insertion systems are controlled by
Adept SmartServo(TM) controls. The tightly integrated vision
and robot control allowed a seamless integration of the controls
into the existing programming architecture.
"CHAD has always been on the leading edge of adapting
the Adept suite of products in the circuit board assembly arena.
This is another example of an excellent use of the integrated
robotics and vision in the manufacturing environment," said
Robert Bucher, chairman and CEO of Adept Technology Inc.
Chad Industries designs, manufactures and markets wafer handling
solutions for the semiconductor industry, mechanical and odd-form
component assembly solutions for the electronics industry,
liquid handling solutions for the life sciences industry, and
other automated handling, assembly and test solutions. CHAD
began operations in 1973 and established leadership in the
electronics assembly for odd-form component to printed circuit
assembly (CHAD IQ(TM) Product Line), and has expanded their
solutions expertise to include semiconductor, fiber optics,
and life sciences solutions. More information is available
To see the latest Chad developments, visit Chad Industries'
booth #962 at the APEX show (Anaheim, Calif.) from Feb. 8-10,