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Component and PCB Inspection Station

Inspection and measurement tools are required to verify form, fit, and function. When examining non-operating parts for qualification, disqualification, or workmanship integrity, the Components Engineer will need to check for issues like lead co-planarity, corrosion, meniscus integrity, solder problems, seal strength, micro cracks, trace continuity, and a host of other concerns that negatively impact intended design performance. Digital Calipers, steel rules, micrometers, pin gauges, and flat gauges are used for verifying geometric dimensions and tolerances. Microscopes with digital cameras, magnifying loops, specialty angled highly reflective mirrors, fiber optic camera probes, illuminated magnifiers, high intensity light sources, and pen lights are used for multi-angle, close-up viewing. Dental picks, generic non-powered hand tools such as screw drivers, diagonal cutters, needle nose pliers etc. are used to assemble, disassemble, or prepare and clean surfaces prior to examination. Pin Vices, Clamps, Forceps, Tweezers, and various clips are used for holding and manipulating parts. Certain solvents and adhesives may also be used to remove foreign obstructive materials from surfaces in order to identify manufacturer’s part markings. Having these tools readily available greatly facilitates the Components Engineers daily tasks related to inspection efforts.

PCBA Inspection using Illuminated Stereo Microscope

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