This week sees the all new Valor MSS 11.2 version that supports all areas of PCB Process Engineering and Shop Floor. One of the new features of this release is the ability to include Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) machines in-line with the SMT placement machines. This provides the ability to create specific AOI programs depending on where the machine is in the line relative to the point where the component is placed. For example, putting AOI after SMT placement or in between multiple placement machines allows MSS 11.2 to create programs that automatically account for component side, placed or non-placed parts due to the Bill Of Materials (BOM) and placed or non-placed parts due to position in the line. Couple this with the ability to centrally manage the inspection template names against each part number in the Master Part Library and you have a powerful solution to completely integrate the programming of the inspection machines with SMT placement machines.
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