A production process free from defects, with every step being reproducible and traceable, is the target of quality assurance in electronics production worldwide. In many cases, manual rework processes are not allowed due to quality related reasons and cost issues. It is time consuming and cost-intensive, and hidden costs need to be considered, such as productivity rates or personnel training. Because of this, assemblies with defects often go through the production process a second time. However, in this case the entire board is exposed to the thermal load, not only the faulty solder connections, which can effect the overall product reliability.
An automated zero-fault production concept can provide a cost-effective solution. Automated process control and integrated automated rework enable a soldering process free from defects and completely documented.
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