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The Inspectron: An Automatic Optical Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Inspector
Author(s): William A. Bentley
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Paper Abstract

The Inspectron is an instrument which will perform an automatic optical inspection of the etched circuitry on the individual layers of a multilayer printed circuit board. The concept of this instrument is unique in that it does not compare the PCB under test with a master or with computer-stored data. Instead, as the board is optically scanned, a small area is re-imaged onto a detector array. The detector signals, after digitization, are fed into high-speed logic circuitry which is programmed to distinguish between the appearance of a good board and an error. An 8 x 10 inch board can be inspected for line width, line spacing, line breaks, excess copper, and voids in about a minute. The Inspectron can also inspect pads for completeness and ground planes for shorts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 December 1979
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 0201, Optical Pattern Recognition, (4 December 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.965608
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William A. Bentley, Cooper Industries (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0201:
Optical Pattern Recognition
David P. Casasent, Editor(s)

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