FAI (First Article Inspection) is a requirement to ensure that the first product produced is 100% correct. In our industry, we need to ensure that the first off from the SMT assembly line is perfect before running the rest of the batch. How does FAI work in your shop?
Is it a quick once over under a magnifying lamp & then take a flyer on the rest of the batch?
Does AOI cover all the bases for you?
Is it a painstaking two person process with drawings, BOM, crayon colored inspection documents & microscopes?
Perhaps it’s a more sophisticated digital equivalent of the last item!
Or is it some hybridized version of some or all of the above?
Then what do you do about the through hole parts?
If any of these techniques are fast, accurate & do not sacrifice your SMT line utilization, you’re home free!
If, on the other hand, you’ve experienced the pain of building a large batch of rejects, or rework, or you fear that you might, then you may want to consider something that is specifically designed for FAI. You should also consider a dedicated FAI system if you’re sacrificing valuable line uptime.
The Cluso Vision System was designed & built by a guy who faced just those problems inside his own EMS facility.
If you are concerned enough about your first-offs that you insist on a visual first article inspection process before releasing the line to build the batch, then you might want to consider Cluso FAI.
Cluso is capable of recovering up to 80% of the time spent doing first article inspection, with a far superior inspection process.
CLUSO IS IDEAL FOR THOSE WHO DEPEND ON VISUAL INSPECTION OF THE FIRST ARTICLE TO ENSURE THE QUALITY OF THE BATCH
FIRST ARTICLE INSPECTION (FAI)
Including Alpha First Article
And also ...
100% Small Batch Inspection
SMT & Through Hole PCBs
End of Line or Pre-Ship Inspection
Single Point of Focus Interface
Simple Wireless Keypad Data Entry
Real Ease of Use & Easy Training
Fast & Accurate
Traceability Reports & File History
Low Cost & Fast ROI
There are some exposures doing first article inspection with AOI but correspondingly, we all fully understand the limitations of human inspection. Cluso is designed to enhance the strengths & capabilities of human inspectors, while at the same time, it compensates for their limitations in the typical PCB Assembly Inspection process. The result is a great improvement in both the quality & the efficiency of the inspection process.
Cluso takes all the disparate inspection elements (CAD, BOM, images, etc.) inside the Cluso “Box” & provides the inspector with an easy human interface that allows for significant improvements in speed & accuracy.
See some movies of
the Cluso Vision System
in action … HERE!