Bead Electronics Adds More Vision Inspection Systems, Gives Customers Confidence

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Bead added four new vision inspection systems this month. These state-of-the-art Dalsa vision systems verify every critical dimension on the nearly half a billion interconnect pins Bead Electronics produces each year. Additionally, these systems are sensitive enough to detect blemishes on plated surfaces that can affect solderability.

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The new vision systems are examples of Bead's commitment to continuously improving our technology and they provide the confidence customers need in our products

Bead added four new vision inspection systems during the month of July. Four more are scheduled to be installed in August. These state-of-the-art Dalsa vision systems verify every critical dimension on the nearly half a billion interconnect pins Bead Electronics produces each year. Additionally, these systems are sensitive enough to detect blemishes on plated surfaces that can affect solderability.

Periodic in-process sampling of high speed production is not reliable enough to meet the electronics industry's demanding quality standards. Jim Balazsi, Bead's Senior Engineer, commented, "The new vision systems are examples of Bead's commitment to continuously improving our technology and they provide the confidence customers need in our products."

In addition to 100% inspection of the Company's high speed, high volume production, Bead's new vision systems provide additional benefits:

  •     Improved product traceability down to the day, hour and minute of production
  •     Real-time insight into process variables which helps proactively schedule tool replacement and preventative maintenance
  •     Reduction of in-process scrap

About Bead Electronics

Bead Electronics, a division of Bead Industries, Inc., manufactures precision end-to-end, solid-wire, and tubular contact pins for the telecom, automotive, connector and lighting industries. Their custom components deliver the performance of machined pins at the price of stamped, and they can be tooled in a fraction of the time at a modest cost.

The Bead-formed manufacturing process, called swaging, yields superior value because it's a high-speed, virtually scrapless cold-forming process capable of producing small metal parts that are dimensionally consistent and inexpensive.

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