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10 SMT Magazine • June 2017 ity or more than 60% of the respondents with inspection equipment installed have seen im- provements in their manufacturing process— through early detection of potential defects and improving failure rates. This has also led to in- creased yields—according to more than half (52%) of the respondents, having an inspection strategy has resulted in at most a 10% improve- ment in yields. Nearly a quarter (24%) of the re- spondents, on the other hand, have achieved between 26% and 50% improvement in yields. This month's issue of SMT Magazine fea- tures interviews and articles focused on AOI, and especially highlights the need for 3D AOI in electronics assembly and SMT lines. Indus- try experts from EMS firms STI Electronics and Flex, and AOI suppliers Koh Young Technolo- gy, Vi TECHNOLOGY, Saki Corp., and Viscom discuss the challenges, increasing requirements from customers, and technology developments in the PCB inspection space, and talk about in- spection strategies to adopt to improve defect detection and failure rates in your manufactur- ing lines. Meanwhile, Tom Borkes returns after months of traveling to write a new series in his column. Rich Heimsch, on the other hand, con- cludes his column series on long-term storage of electronic components. Finally, we also have an interview with Shenzhen Axxon's Ivan Li, who focuses on the dispensing market trends and their recent ac- quisition by Mycronic. I hope you enjoy this month's issue of SMT Magazine. Next month, we'll focus on the mil- itary and aerospace electronics segment—chal- lenges, opportunities, and latest technology de- velopments. SMT References 1. To view Mirtec news, click here. 2. To view Nordson YESTECH article about combining 2D and 3D AOI inspection, click here. Stephen Las Marias is managing editor of SMT Magazine. He has been a technology editor for more than 12 years covering electronics, components, and industrial automation systems. THE NEED FOR 3D AOI Utilizing your inspection data, by how much have you seen an increase in your yield over time? Q: Source: I-Connect007 Survey 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 52% 24% 20% 4% 0-10% 11-25% 26-50% 51-75% 76-100% Figure 2. At the recent NEPCON China event in Shanghai, Anthony Ambrose, president and CEO of Data I/O Corp., and Managing Editor Stephen Las Marias discuss the cybersecurity challenges facing the electronics manufacturing industry today amid the proliferation of connected devices and the Internet of Things. Ambrose also focuses on traceability and security strategies to protect the electronics manufacturing supply chain. Watch the Interview Here RTW NEPCON China: Data I/O on Securing the Supply Chain

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