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Hunter Technology purchases Vi Technology inspection system

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Vi TECHNOLOGY, a provider of state-of-the-art inspection systems for the SMT industry, announces that the revolutionary PI SPI system has been purchased by Hunter Technology and installed in its state-of-the-art Silicon Valley facility. In a competitive side-by-side evaluation, the PI was the clear choice for Hunter Technology.

With its first installed base in the Silicon Valley, PI is the most groundbreaking SPI system developed to date since solder paste inspection first was introduced to the SMT industry. This next-generation SPI features ease of programming, ease of maintenance, operator friendliness and automatic threshold settings, providing solutions to improve users’ processes. Combined with Sigma Link, it features a comprehensive range of data management software tools that deliver a complete enterprise solution that is unlike any other SPI technology ever introduced. PI enables users to improve processes through a complete analysis of the solder joints vs. solder paste deposit. Additionally, PI is compatible with all major printers, making it extremely flexible and cost-effective.

PI is innovative, intelligent and intuitive, and allows customers to see and measure the print process like never before. With 360° Moiré technology, PI is the first SPI to use multiple digital projectors along with angled cameras to measure the solder paste deposit. Taking approximately 352 images per field of view, and due to the amazingly powerful computing system (6.4 Tflops, giving it 100X more computing power than conventional solutions), PI provides an ultra-large image in 3D true color. It offers a large PCB capability (up to 533 x 600 mms) within the industry’s smallest system footprint (only 800 mms wide), responding to the increasing constraints on floor space in modern SMT lines.

“Being invited to participate in Hunter Technology’s comprehensive evaluation process gave Vi TECHNOLOGY’s PI SPI system a forum to demonstrate our groundbreaking SPI technology,” said Rich Rivas, Vi TECHNOLOGY’s Western Regional Sales Manager. “We are delighted to have been chosen by Hunter Technology as its SPI solution for now and the future.”

These features make PI an ideal fit for Hunter Technology’s needs. COO Mark Evans said, “Our engineering team really put the PI system through its paces in a side-by-side trial lasting more than a month, covering everything from data output value to programming time. In addition to our engineers’ validation, however, was the feedback from the SMT line operators regarding PI’s ease of use. From a personal perspective, I am comfortable that the systems we have purchased are as futureproof as possible, backed by some excellent technical support. The Hunter team was impressed by the way our technical feedback was welcomed and immediately implemented in software updates.”