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SEHO Wins a 2012 NPI Award for Its New AOI Feature for Selective Soldering at the 2012 IPC APEX Expo

Mar 07, 2012

SEHO Systems GmbH, a worldwide leading manufacturer of automated soldering systems and customer-specific solutions, announces that it has been awarded a 2012 NPI Award in the category of Soldering - Selective for the new AOI function for its best-selling selective soldering system -the SEHO PowerSelective. The award was presented to the company during a ceremony that took place at the San Diego Convention Center in California.

SEHO has developed an automated optical inspection (AOI) system that can be embedded directly in the selective soldering process. The system is used for the detection of soldering defects such as non-wetting or insufficient wetting, missing pin or bridging. The inspection begins immediately after the soldering process when the printed circuit board is fixed in the gripper of the soldering machine.

The AOI system can be easily integrated into a SEHO PowerSelective, offering remarkable cost savings in floor space and board handling equipment.  Depending on the complexity of the products to be soldered, the AOI system can be activated if solder joints are considered to be critical, or it may be deactivated for uncomplicated boards, thus reducing overall production time.  While using the AOI system in the production process, the unit allows separation of assemblies with defects and automatically leads them to a repair station instead of returning them into the production line.  The AOI system is equipped with a special 5 MP RGB camera and LEDs for lighting in different colors. It provides a field of view of 51 x 38 mm with 20 µm pixel resolution. The software that belongs to the system provides a comprehensive component library to ensure easy programming.

Markus Walter, CEO of SEHO Systems GmbH said:  “We developed this new function together with a business partner who is an expert in the field of AOI, and in close cooperation with the electronics industry.  From selected customers, we already introduced this innovation to, we have received very positive feedback.  An industry recognition like this award validates that our innovative soldering solutions help to bring the electronics production a step ahead to improve yield, increase production quality and reduce costs.

Premiering in 2008, the NPI Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

For more information about the new AOI system for the SEHO PowerSelective visit www.sehona.com.


Since its foundation in 1973, SEHO has become the worldwide contact partner whenever soldering is involved. Company solutions are based on performance, flexibility, efficiency and technical progress. SEHO’s business activities and production organization are oriented according to the principles of sustained future-compatible development and production of machines. As a result, all applicable environmental standards are complied with meticulously. With its systems, the company provides customers with a sustained and resource economizing production facility. It continuously develops its technology in order to provide customers with a competitive advantage. For more information, visit www.seho.de.

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