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Koh Young Shows Full Suite of Solutions During IPC APEX Expo

Mar 15, 2021

Koh Young is the industry leader in True3D™ measurement-based inspection solutions. We invite you to connect with us at the virtual IPC APEX Expo during 08-12 March 2021. At the event you can learn, collaborate, and bond with Koh Young from your office. Yes, the setting is different from in past years. Yet, we stay committed to the event and will highlight our innovative inspection solutions. What’s more, you can request to schedule a free machine demonstration to see how we can solve your electronics inspection challenges.

During the Expo, Koh Young will provide information about its award-winning KSMART Process Control Software, Neptune Dispensing Process Inspection (DPI), and KY-P3 Automated Pin Inspection (API) solutions. While these three offerings are just the latest award winners, we will also share more about the industry-leading 8030 Series of SPI and Zenith Series of AOI platforms, and other smart factory solutions.

Solder Paste Inspection (SPI)

In 2002, we introduced the concept of 3D measurement-based solder paste inspection – and it revolutionized the inspection industry. Today, manufacturers recognize the value of the 3D measurement data and use the data to improve the print process, in turn, improving production yield and quality. Today, 3D SPI has become a standard requirement for SMT lines – it is no longer optional. The KY8030-3 is our SPI workhorse, and the most popular SPI solution in the electronics manufacturing market. With a patented dual-projection technology, we deliver trustworthy and repeatable measurement data, which manufacturers can use to reliably optimize the print process.

Print Process Optimization Software

The award-winning Koh Young Process Optimizer (KPO) solution is an AI-based automatic print process optimizer. This system improves the printer offset, as well as critical printer parameters like squeegee speed, print pressure, and separation speed. KPO performs an automated DOE to determine the optimum printing parameters for the best print quality. As a result, manufacturers can optimize the print process, without the need for a dedicated print process expert. Furthermore, KPO monitors and perfects the parameters in real-time to guarantee quality regardless of environmental changes.

Automated Optical Inspection (AOI)

The Koh Young 3D AOI Zenith delivers perfect inspection performance with True 3D measurement technology. In the 2D inspection world, false calls and escapes are unavoidable. To solve this problem, we took a different approach. We based our solution on full 3D measurement technology, not 2D technology and its inherent shortcomings or 2D with some 3D capabilities bolted-on to help. At Koh Young, the Zenith measures all components in True 3D. We find the component body based on true 3D profilometric information. Using this approach, we provide trustworthy inspection results, regardless of component or board color variations. When our 3D measurement data meets artificial intelligence, we can deliver even more advantages to manufacturers.

AI-powered Development

As the inspection market and technology leader, Koh Young is using its AI solutions to achieve its vision with a focus on next-generation cooperative efforts that expand process capabilities and factory performance. To realize this plan, Koh Young has created three more R&D centers to ensure technological leadership and competitiveness. Koh Young can apply its AI engine and deep learning solutions to its current areas of expertise, like KSMART, all the while paving the way for applications beyond SMT.

KSMART Process Control Software

KSMART revolutionizes process optimization with complementary software modules. As a process evolves, manufacturers can simply implement modules as needed. It collects data from across the factory for defect detection, real-time optimization, enhanced decisions, and traceability to improve metrics, increase quality, and lower costs. KSMART converts data into information, and then into knowledge for effective, quality-driven actions. KSMART delivers AI-powered process analysis and optimization tools. KSMART realizes autonomous process optimization. In short, KSMART is the Gateway to a Smart Factory.

Automated Pin Inspection (API)

Built on its world-class True3D™ AOI technology, new enhancements help it break through barriers associated with inspecting products with a mix of both Pins and SMDs. The complete KY-P3 lineup provides an automated back-end solution combining advanced high-resolution optics and innovative AI-powered vision algorithms for single pin, press-fit, and Final Optical Inspection, as well as for pins inside a connector shroud, while also inspecting traditional SMDs on the same product. Because it uses a quantitative measurement-based approach, KY-P3 accuracy and repeatability is unsurpassed.

Dispense Process Inspection (DPI)

The award-winning Neptune is the industry’s first 3D optical measurement solution for transparent material inspection. Using Koh Young LIFT technology (Laser Interferometry for Fluid Tomography), the Neptune delivers non-destructive 3D inspection to precisely measure and inspect fluids – wet or dry. With its Machine-Learning algorithm, the Neptune accurately measures materials for coverage, thickness, and consistency with a user-defined threshold setting. It also identifies bubbles, cracks, and other defects as small as 300-microns. Besides coatings, the Neptune measures underfill, epoxy, bonding, glue, and more to deliver an exact measurement of transparent and translucent materials.

The Voice of our Customers

More importantly, our customers have a lot of positive things to say about how Koh Young has helped them improve productivity, increase quality, and reduce costs. On Wednesday, 10 March at 12:30pm and Friday, 12March at 10:00am, Koh Young will deliver two separate “infomercials” highlighting several of our North America-based customers and the associated products and software that have made their lives easier. Then, on Friday following the opening remarks, Koh Young will make a special announcement that you will not want to miss.

Register today for the online event here or at https://www.ipcapexexpo.org/virtual-registration-options. If you cannot attend the online conference and expo, you can still learn more about Koh Young and its award-winning inspection solutions by visiting its regional website at kohyoungamerica.com.


Established in 2002, Koh Young Technology pioneered a new market by launching the first 3D Solder Paste Inspection (SPI) system using a patented dual-projection Moiré technology. Since then, it has become the global leader in 3D measurement-based SPI and Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) equipment for the electronics industry. Based on its True3D™ measurement-based inspection technology, Koh Young has developed new solutions for challenges with Machining Optical Inspection (MOI), Dispensing Process Inspection (DPI), and  Semiconductor Packaging Inspection (MEISTER Series), as well as branching out to Medical Robotics for brain surgery (KYMERO). Through its technological innovations, Koh Young has secured thousands of global customers, and maintains the largest global market share in the SPI and AOI markets. Additionally, by adopting its user-centric R&D activities, it continues to leverage core competencies and develop innovative solutions for new and existing markets. Its activities stem from the corporate headquarters in Korea to its sales and support offices in Mexico, Canada, the United States of America, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Penang, and China. These local facilities ensure it keeps in close contact with the market, and more importantly, its growing customer base to provide access to a global network of inspection and measurement experts. Learn why so many electronics manufacturers trust Koh Young for reliable inspection at kohyoung.com.

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