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Nordson YESTECH Chosen by Mer-Mar, Inc. As First Supplier for Automated Optical Inspection Equipment.

Apr 10, 2013

BX AOI - Benchtop Automated Optical Inspection System

BX AOI - Benchtop Automated Optical Inspection System

Company selects BX benchtop AOI after exhaustive evaluation and research of competitive systems

Nordson YESTECH, a subsidiary of Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq: NDSN) and a leading supplier of automated optical and x-ray inspection systems for the electronics industry, announced today that it has been selected by Mer-Mar, Inc., a full-service contract electronics manufacturer, as their AOI supplier. Nordson YESTECH’s BX benchtop AOI will be used for automated inspection of printed circuit boards at Mer-Mar’s 22,000 square foot facility, located in Hesperia, California.

Nordson YESTECH was selected by Mer-Mar, Inc. after an extensive evaluation of various AOI systems. Mer-Mar, Inc. has been a premier contract manufacturer for over 35 years, specializing in high reliability applications, including medical electronics, first responder, industrial and aerospace assemblies. Over the years, they have evaluated many AOI systems but were unimpressed. They had maintained a long-standing reputation for extremely low rejection rates, and approached AOI with skepticism. They realized however, as boards became increasingly more complex and dense, that AOI would be necessary to maintaining their quality excellence. As a contract manufacturer who runs hundreds of part numbers, they found programming times on systems they evaluated were nearly as time consuming as visual inspection. This changed when they evaluated the BX benchtop AOI. They found the BX delivered not only the accuracy and reliability they demanded, but was also easy to use and program, which was paramount to Mer-Mar, Inc. Nordson YESTECH also provided them with meticulous training and customer service. “The BX has been an extremely valuable asset to our quality process, with its intuitive programming and powerful inspection capabilities,” said Jeff Menkes, Vice President and Co-owner of Mer-Mar, Inc. “Verifying part placement and solder quality is markedly faster, and false positions are no longer an issue. The BX has helped us improve our process, catching the rare faults in machine placed parts. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results we have achieved with the BX and look forward to acquiring more YESTECH systems as we continue to grow,” he added.

Nordson YESTECH's BX benchtop’s advanced 5 megapixel color camera imaging technology provides fast and accurate PCB inspection with exceptional defect coverage. The system inspects solder joints and verifies correct part assembly enabling users to improve quality and increase throughput. The optional four side viewing cameras add additional inspection capabilities found only on in-line systems. The BX benchtop AOI delivers a complete inspection solution, providing advanced automated inspection of:

  • Solder defects
  • Lead defects
  • Component presence and position
  • Correct part / polarity
  • Through-hole parts
  • Paste

Programming the BX is fast and intuitive. Operators typically take less than 1 hour to create a complete inspection program including solder inspection. The BX utilizes a standard package library to simplify training and ensure program portability across manufacturing lines. Programs created with the BX are also compatible with Nordson YESTECH's complete line of AOI systems. The BX is equally effective for paste, pre / post-reflow and even final assembly inspection. Remote programming maximizes machine utilization and real-time SPC monitoring provides a valuable yield enhancement solution for any application.

The team at YESTECH does a fabulous job training and providing us service and support,” said Menkes. “The level of service and follow-up they provide to their customers is truly impressive. They made our decision easy. They are also proudly manufactured in the U.S, which is important to our organization.”

"It's been a great experience working with Mer-Mar,” said Kevin Garcia, Nordson YESTECH Regional Sales Manager. “We enjoy being a part of their quality assurance program and strive to provide them the best possible service and support, ensuring their success. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Mer-Mar in the future."

For pricing and availability call Nordson YESTECH's USA HQ at: 760-918-8471 or visit the Nordson YESTECH website at

For over 35 years, Mer-Mar, Inc. has been supplying high-quality printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies to meet demanding customer specifications throughout the Western United States. Mer-Mar, Inc. specializes in complex, double-sided, surface mount technology from parts acquisition through test. They continue to also supply through-hole technology, have expanded BGA capabilities, and process lead-free (RoHS) assemblies. Mer-Mar focuses on high reliability applications, including medical electronics, aerospace applications, first responder equipment, and precision industrial control equipment. Located in Hesperia, California, Mer-Mar, Inc. has provided a skilled work force and a business friendly climate in which to operate within their 22,000 square foot facility. Additional sales offices are located in Woodland Hills, CA, Irvine, CA, and Phoenix, AZ. To review Mer-Mar’s capabilities, visit

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Nordson YESTECH is a leading provider of automated optical and high-resolution x-ray inspection systems, with integrated yield enhancement solutions for the printed circuit board assembly  and advanced semiconductor-packaging industries, Nordson YESTECH is operated and managed by a team of industry experts with a history of success, bringing powerful and cost-effective inspection to the electronics market. The company has sales offices and customer support centers in North America, Asia and Europe. For more information on Nordson YESTECH and its products, visit

Nordson Corporation delivers precision technology solutions that help customers increase speed, productivity and up-time, enable new products and features, and decrease material usage. The company engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used for dispensing adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials and other materials, fluid management, testing and inspection, and UV curing and surface plasma treatment, all supported by application expertise and direct global sales and service. Nordson serves a wide variety of consumer non-durable, durable and technology end markets including packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, appliances, energy, transportation, building and construction, and general product assembly and finishing. Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the company has operations and support offices in more than 30 countries. Visit Nordson at , , or

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