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Development of Novel X-ray Inspection System for Fast Automated Detection of Counterfeit PCB Components

Objective

Currently, electronics manufacturers do not check all PCB components at goods inwards. Some manufacturers make random checks on single components from batches of component lots. However, components especially the surface mount type are typically supplied on tape reels to assist with component feed for automatic component placement. The manufacturer cannot check all the components. Typically, a check includes visual inspection and in circuit testing. However, performing these checks is disadvantageous for two main reasons. Firstly, the tests can be time consuming and secondly it requires the component to be removed from the packaging or reel invalidating any guarantee to a claim should a counterfeit component be found. Currently, no automatic methods exist to speedily check each single component. In addition the cost of modern X-ray inspection systems prohibits their use for smaller manufacturing concerns. ChipCheck proposal is for the development of a novel X-ray inspection system for fast automated detection of counterfeit PCB components. The aim of such a development is to address the above issues. The system will be developed so that is capable of inspecting PCB components on tape reels and other component feeding mechanisms. In addition separate PCB components will also be examinable with the developed system. Through the selected combination of SME partners involved in the consortium, a new design uniquely combining lower cost off-the-shelf components used from different industries (Industrial NDT, Medical and dentistry) will be developed to enable production of a prototype of particular suitability for goods inward inspection.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 106 096
Administrative Contact
Kerry Peddar (Ms.)

Participants (7)

INNOSPEXION APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 370 738
Address
Horseager 14
4330 Hvalso
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joergen Rheinlaender (Dr.)
ACCENT PRO 2000 s.r.l.
Romania
EU contribution
€ 298 862,50
Address
Str Nerva Traian 1 K6 Sc 1 Ap 26 Sector 3
031041 Bucuresti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mihai Iovea (Dr.)
COMPUTERISED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 288 703,50
Address
Centurion Court 4 5 Brick Close Kiln Farm
MK11 3JB Milton Keynes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Subash Chander Sood (Mr.)
Semicon Sp. z.o.o.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 17 500
Address
Zwolenska 43/43A
04-761 Warsaw
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacek Tomaszewski (Dr.)
KENTRO EREVNAS TECHNOLOGIAS KAI ANAPTYXIS THESSALIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Technologiko Parko A Vipe
38500 Volos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Georgia Pahlitzanakis (Ms.)
SURFACE MOUNT AND RELATED TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED LBG - SMART GROUP
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 26 500
Address
Easton Street 85
HP11 1LT High Wycombe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anthony Gordon (Mr.)
ELEKTRONIKAS UN DATORZINATNU INSTITUTS
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 18 100
Address
Dzerbenes Iela 14
1006 Riga
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Vanda Cekita (Ms.)