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Vital Aerospace Inspection Performed With High Resolution Microscope

Within the electronics workshop at the UK’s University of Leicester Space Research Centre, researchers design and manufacture safety critical electronic assemblies for orbital and planetary space research and highly accurate ground-based research instruments. Vision Engineering’s Lynx Evo is perfectly suited for this aerospace application”, explains Duncan Ross, Head of the Electronics Workshop.

Many of the electrical boards use through-hole technology and are assembled by the researchers by hand. The Lynx Evo’s working height makes it ideally suited for this application. In an interview with the system supplier Optimax, Duncan Ross shared that:

“The Lynx Evo stood out from other inspection solutions – the working height is transformative allowing operators to comfortably move their hands and the soldering iron beneath the device. The impressive depth of field combined with a binocular field of view ensures that a large working area can be viewed with a good depth in focus, and there is no aberration when you move.”

“Lynx Evo operators are given unparalleled insight – a precise view of how solder wets on the joints gives greatest assurance that they are formed properly. This improves product assurance and ensures long term part performance. Operators easily meet high traceability demands with images of each joint taken before the flight printed circuit board is launched. The simultaneous on-screen display also makes the Lynx Evo a valuable training tool, allowing new staff to see how the joints form and exactly how soldering operations are best performed.”

“We have been waiting for a microscope with such high-resolution image capture.” comments Duncan Ross.

The flexibility of the Lynx Evo further optimizes return on investment by meeting the quality control demands of parts manufactured in the University of Leicester’s small electronics production facility.

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