GOEPEL Electronic Drives Quality Control with Imagers from Kopin Corp.


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Kopin Corporation, a leading provider of high-resolution microdisplays and microdisplay subassemblies, today announced that Spatial Light Modulators (SLMs) and matching LED drivers from its wholly-owned subsidiary, Forth Dimension Displays Limited (ForthDD), have been chosen for integration into GOEPEL electronic GmbH (GOEPEL) 3D AOI (Automated Optical Inspection) and 3D SPI (Solder Paste Inspection) products. GOEPEL, based in Germany, is a leading inline inspection equipment manufacturer for Surface Mount Technology (SMT) production lines.

The 3D SPI measures solder paste in all three dimensions, on every PCB in real time, enabling improved yields and product quality while reducing waste and cost. The SLM projects structured light onto the PCB being inspected by the 3D SPI machine. The soldering quality of the assembled PCB is inspected by 3D AOI by a similar process. ForthDD’s SXGA (1280 x 1024 pixels) .88’ diagonal microdisplay utilizing Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal is a fast switching, all digital, high performance reflective SLM product. Designed for inline 3D inspection applications, the newly released SXGA-R12 drive board has a smaller form factor with matching M137 LED driver.

André Hacke, Manager R&D in the Inspection Solutions Division of GOEPEL said, “We are very pleased to have integrated ForthDD’s SLMs and LED drivers into our 3D AOI and SPI systems. The increasing importance of electronics in the automotive industry and its demand for zero failure rates are key drivers of quality control in SMT lines. Improvements in the performance of our systems, with the help of ForthDD’s products, is paramount to meet the demands of the industry.”

Greg Truman, CEO of ForthDD said, “We are excited that our efforts to significantly reduce the product size, while adding additional functionalities, have helped GOEPEL to improve its system. ForthDD is the leading supplier of microdisplays for the 3D SPI, 3D AOI and 3D metrology markets. ForthDD’s microdisplays enable transformation of the traditional 2D AOI and SPI equipment to 3D inspection equipment. Published market research reports forecast that the 3D AOI market and 3D SPI will grow by approximately 16% annually to $1.35B by 2024.”

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