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François Amblard, C.E.O., Vi TECHNOLOGY
François Amblard began his career in Silicon Valley and held various positions, from R&D to strategic planning, at KLA-TENCOR from 1987 to 1992.
He holds several patents in image processing. Prior to joining Vi TECHNOLOGY in 2010, as Chief Executive Officer, François worked in finance and corporate development at Neptune Technologies after several years in strategy consulting at Corporate Value Associates (CVA). He holds an MBA from INSEAD (1993) and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University (1987).


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Leveraging inspection data in the industry 4.0 era
In-line SMT inspection equipment (AOI, SPI, … ) have long been considered a necessary evil to filter out defects.
Filtering defects is no longer sufficient to drive quality to new industry levels.  Process understanding and control are essential to deliver quality while production time decreases, miniaturization increases and automation wide-spreads.
Recent technologies enable sharing or correlation of data/images and equipment interoperability.  These evolutions make it possible to transform data into smart actionable process information to improve quality.


Leveraging inspection data in the industry 4.0 era

Evolutions in computing power, data access and storage make it possible for Giga bytes of data/images to be shared and analyzed through simple web access. Connected, inspection equipment are now the eyes of smart process improvement solutions for industry 4.0.
Vi TECHNOLOGY developed a continuous process improvement solution to translate inspection data into smart actionable process information and drive quality to new levels.

During first era (1990-2004) of In-line SMT inspection equipment, equipment manufacturers were focused on demonstrating efficiency and capability of their “sensors” compared to visual inspection done by operator.
This first step leads the industry to successfully sustain a high level of quality in a high mix and high variability environment.
Now, SMT industry look for improving quality to the next level and it implies:
1.   In-depth understanding of the process
a.   Technical prerequisites
i.    Traceability
ii.   Obtain accurate data and images
iii.  Capacity to store data & images for several weeks
b.   Ability to identify the source of problems
i.    Data correlation between AOI and SPI (data and images)
ii.   Capability to steer operator behavior in front of problems
iii.  Locate source of problems: print, placement, reflow
iv.  Check occurrence : random issue or drift
c.   Plan corrective action
i.    Refine tolerance in SPI to try to catch potential defect sooner (for those that has been located in print process)
ii.   Define corrective action with engineering team : process redesign, etc
iii.  Check disappearance of problem
2.   Anticipate rather than undergo problems
a.   Correlate data to refine tolerance in SPI to try to catch potential defect sooner
b.   Optimize quality vs productivity
c.    Educate production team with fact and accumulated process knowledge

Product complexity, miniaturization, SiP (system in package) leads SMT industry to really focus on understanding process issue rather than undergo problems. Data correlation is key to succeed to establish winning strategy to sustain manufacturing efficiency.

Sigma review user interface

Sigma review user interface


Sigma link frame work

Sigma link frame work


Sigma Analysis user interface

Sigma Analysis user interface

Delivering high quality levels in manufacturing environments requires in-depth process understanding.
Industry 4.0 also means connecting inspection equipment and sharing data/images on a web-based solution.  Sigma Link enables process engineers to reveal the actionable process information contained in the overwhelming inspection data. Built around a powerful web-based software suite, a unified SPI and AOI database, correlation of inspection data and images, SIGMA Link provides in-line monitoring, easy diagnosis of the entire PCB assembly process and full traceability of data and images.

Company Profile

We are innovators creating state-of-the-art solutions to meet electronics’ industry SMT inspection requirements for simplicity and performance.
We help customers, big and small, original equipment manufacturers and electronic manufacturing services, solve the challenge of inspecting efficiently PCB during assembly process.
We serve demanding markets such as Automotive, Aeronautics and Space, Defense, Industrial, Medical…
We build our sustainable growth on two pillars: Innovation and Customer satisfaction.
Accuracy and reliability are the DNA of all our metrology systems for solder paste inspection and automated optical inspection.