Mek Introduces PowerSpector BTL AOI Systems

The Mek PowerSpector BTL AOI systems offer synchronized inspection of the top and bottom side of PCBs after Reflow, Wave or Selective soldering & placement of SMT & THT components.

Synchronized lighting technology delivers capabilities. 9 cameras per side, with both heads inspecting the PCB at the same time, deliver inspection times but without the high power lighting system of each head affecting the other inspection taking place. The elimination of flipping removes potential for stress on the assembly and improves solder joints.

The GTAz based bottom side inspection head has a clearance of 30mm from the PCB surface. An additional Z axis allows the head to be adjusted by 30mm to allow flexibility for inspection inside solder frames and the correct adjustment of side cameras to further enhance defect identification capabilities. The 18.75u resolution of the main optics and the 13u resolution of the side cameras also give the option for 01005” (0402mm) SMD inspection including height verification of objects like pins and packages, as well as 3D chip height measurement.

For more information, visit Mek website.

AutomationDirect Announces Universal Deep-hinged Doors

AutomationDirect has expanded its enclosures offering to include additional double door freestanding enclosures with removable hinge pins, stainless steel screw cover junction box enclosures, polycarbonate pushbutton enclosures, and deep hinged window door kits in painted and stainless steel.

Universal deep-hinged doors with concealed hinges offer a viewing window for visibility and are designed for protecting operator devices such as HMIs and keypads while allowing monitoring of these devices. The doors with polycarbonate windows are available in various sizes to fit compatible Hubbell-Wiegmann NEMA 3R, 4, 4X or 12 rated enclosures.

The viewing windows allow the operator to monitor the devices while the door is latched shut, keeping them protected during operation. The doors have quarter-turn style latching for access, concealed hinges with removable pins, and are fabricated from 14-gauge carbon steel or 14-gauge 304 stainless steel. The carbon steel models have a light-textured gray polyester powder finish, and stainless-steel models have an intermediate polished finish.

A drill template and mounting hardware are provided; poured-in-place gaskets seal both the door and the mounting surface.

For more information, visit AutomationDirect website.

APWORKS Launches AMXpert Industrial 3D Printing Hub

TAUFKIRCHEN, Germany, July 19, 2018 – APWORKS, an industry provider of 3D printing services and products, has launched AMXpert, a new online platform, software solution, and 3D printing market place for additively manufactured metal parts. APWORKS’ AMXpert combines cost analysis, printability checks, and the entire order process. The part screening to identify suitable parts for additive manufacturing is based on a unique artificial intelligence algorithm using machine learning algorithms that include validated print job data as well as evaluations of the part’s optimization potential.

AMXpert, the industrial 3D Printing Hub.
Image source: APWORKS

With this platform, the delivery of individually 3D printed parts is only a few clicks away, as customers can now order and validate their metal 3D printed parts directly within the platform. They can upload the part geometry, and AMXpert automatically checks each part for printability, calculates costs and specifies the delivery date. Based on print job data and machine learning algorithms each uploaded part will be automatically assessed and positioned in the ideal orientation for 3D printing. The platform allows customers to choose from various high-performance materials, including AlSi10Mg, Scalmalloy, Ti6Al4V, and 1.4404. Post-processing steps may vary between heat treatment, machining, and a surface finish. Quality tests include CT Scans, 3D Scans, and much more. The qualification process involves test series required for qualification certificates such as CoC or EASA Form 1.

“Virtual technologies and additive manufacturing are enabling the industrial world to achieve more while producing less waste, weight, and costs, as well as freeing designers to explore complex shapes that could not be manufactured using traditional processes,” said, Joachim Zettler, managing director at APWORKS. “AMXpert is fast, intuitive and beneficial. By enabling a fully digital process chain in one tool, from part screening and analysis, to optimization potential assessment, to price calculation and the online order process, it truly brings additive manufacturing to the next level.”

Prices cover the costs for the entire metal additive manufacturing process, including printing and costs for various metals. Additionally several post-processing steps and qualification processes can be integrated as well. It is furthermore possible to specify a requested delivery date to enable a priority production time, and to provide customers with real-time updates on the order status of their parts.

Customers can also benefit from a mass upload of their data to find the best suited parts for metal 3D printing. All uploaded geometries are analyzed and undergo an automatic suitability check for additive manufacturing. This provides customers with an overview on which parts have a high optimization potential when 3D printed, enabling up to 70% of savings on printing costs. 

“I am fascinated by the methodology that APWORKS uses with its AMXpert platform to identify suitable AM components from our range of parts,” said Matthias Hegenbart – Airbus manager ALM (3D Printing) & Bionic Plateau / Hamburg. “This software accurately reflects the requirements we urgently needed.”

By initiating a direct online order and offering a complete digital process chain, AMXpert allows customers to streamline their additive manufacturing process, thus helping them to exploit the full potential of this manufacturing method. Digital technologies such as the new AMXpert platform can help accelerate the large-scale adoption of this innovative manufacturing technology and take metal 3D printing to a new level. Learn more about AMXpert and try it out at:


APWORKS makes proven aerospace technologies accessible in many different industries. Focusing on metal 3D printing (additive manufacturing) the company covers the entire value chain, from optimized component and part design to the choice of suitable materials, from prototyping to qualified serial production. Customers in robotics, mechanical engineering, automotive, medical technology and aerospace benefit from functionally integrated and optimized parts with reduced weight and lead time. 3D printing also allows much more complex geometries than were previously possible.

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