Automated Optical Inspection (AOI)

Automatic or automated optical inspection, AOI, is a key technique used in the manufacture and testing of electronic printed circuit board assemblies, (PCBAs). AOI enables fast and accurate inspection of electronic assemblies and in particular PCBAs to ensure that the quality of product leaving the production line is high and the items are built correctly and without manufacturing faults. AOI uses advanced optics and algorithms to inspect printed circuit boards for defects. 

They are able to detect incorrect components, missing components, solder joint quality, solder shorts and incorrectly placed components. As such they are able to perform all the visual checks performed previously by manual operators, and far more swiftly and accurately.

Automated Optical Inspection is a part of Pulsar Manufacturing's standard operating procedure and all surface mount built Printed Circuit Boards are given a thorough AOI prior to moving onto the latter stages of assembly. 

A trusted UK PCB assembly manufacturer, Pulsar Manufacturing are committed to ensuring that all products produced at our Essex factory are to the highest possible standard. Being ATEX and ISO certified ensures that we consistently meet quality standards and strive to achieve an open communication channel with all of our customers.