Rad is First in Europe to install SAKI’s 3Di Systems
29 January, 2013
"We are very high mix very low volume company. You cannot find any Chinese contractor for jobs like this."
The networking gear provider Rad Communication hopes to finish soon the installment of two 3D automatic inspection machines it purchased recently for the Japanese company SAKI.
The installation is carried out by a team composed by the development director of the machine and by the Israeli distributor, Memtech. Rad Communication bought 2 machines to inspect every board that come out of it production plant in Har-Hotzvim, Jerusalem.
The 3Di systems combine a conventional 2D camera, working together with a 3D Moiré pattern system. As a result, it can detect irregularities in the finished electronics board down to the resolution of 2µ for SMT devices ranging fro tenth of millimeters up to 2.5 centimeters.
It is a key order for SAKI, since the installation is the first one in Europe. After the end of the installation process, all the production lines will be drained into the two test systems, to ensure no one will escape the approval scheme.
RAD Communication does not send production jobs to South East Asia. The major bulk of the manufacturing is done by the company’s own plant, employs approximately 400 workers. About 30% of its capacity is produced in the neighboring EMS provider USR.
“We saw the machine at the 2011 Productronica exhibition in Munich and have decided that that’s what we need,” said Oded Eliyahu, production manager at Rad Communication. “We are very high mix very low volume company. Sometime we need to manufacture only a dozen of high density boards, containing up to 7,000 SMT devices each. You cannot find any Chinese contractor for jobs like this.”