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Advanced 3D solder paste inspection and measurement systems starting at $4,999
Advanced 3D solder paste inspection and measurement systems starting at $4,999

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New Year Brings New VisionMaster® Website


PORTLAND, MAINE – VisionMaster is the leader in 3D benchtop solder paste inspection and now VisionMaster's updated website is live. To kick off 2016, VisionMaster has totally redesigned its website, www.visionmasterinc.com, for customer ease-of-use. Making use of the latest in website experience research and anticipating evolutions in consumer use of technology, VisionMaster®'s website features novel web design advancements to enable the best possible user experience. In a departure from cookie-cutter sites, VisionMaster's new website is feature- and resource-rich.

The customer-centric highlights of VisionMaster®'s renewed website are multi-fold, and all serve to increase the efficiency and enjoyability of the customer's interactive experience.

The Homepage: On the homepage (http://www.visionmasterinc.com/index.php), there is an overview video of VisionMaster®'s lastest SPI system, the fully-automatic A600 in action, which most customers are interested in seeing. The focal point of this video demonstrates the smooth, fast, and precise action of the sensor head. On the right side of the video the SPI system monitor shows the A600 results in action – first, fiducials are automatically found, then, within fractions of a second, multiple fields-of-views are captured and instantaneously height, volume, bridging and numerous other calculations are performed and displayed in VisionMaster®'s intuitive display.

More information, more-easily found. For VisionMaster® owners, the customer-centric knowledge base (http://www.visionmasterinc.com/index.php/support/knowledgebase) has been enhanced and expanded. For potential VisionMaster® owners, the product descriptions are elaborate. Unlike competitor websites, VisionMaster® publishes very detailed specifications for all systems. These are available at the touch of a key, under the individual model tabs, to enable customers to make well-informed, side-by-side comparisons.

The Download Center (http://www.visionmasterinc.com/index.php/support/download) has VisionMaster®'s latest software versions and documentation; current customers can update to the latest, feature-rich VisionMaster Software quickly at their own convenience.

Authentic. VisionMaster® continues to experience a problem with counterfeit systems, so the website has an Authentication Page (http://www.visionmasterinc.com/index.php/support/authentication) enabling customers to verify the systems they believe are authentic VisionMaster® SPI Systems. Customers looking to purchase a VisionMaster® SPI System can ensure the system they buy is genuine by dealing only with VisionMaster®'s world-wide network of Authorized Manufacturing Representatives, which can be found on the webpage http://www.visionmasterinc.com/index.php/company/representatives.

On the go. For busy professionals, VisionMaster®'s new website uses responsive design, allowing viewers to easily browse web pages from any smart device – phone, tablet, laptop or PC.

While continuing the modern, minimalist layout of VisionMaster's past graphics and brand identity, the new website utilizes the latest long scroll format, which recent data has shown web users prefer, and fading scroll visuals for an understated, aesthetically pleasant experience.

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For more information about VisionMaster®, visit www.visionmasterinc.com.

About VisionMaster
Established in 1996, VisionMaster® creates the world's best benchtop SPI systems. VisionMaster® is a registered trademark, wholly owned by VisionMaster, Inc. VisionMaster does not and has never licensed the trademark to any other company. VisionMaster, Inc., is a privately held company focusing on the most efficient, effective engineering to ensure the highest quality products. Please visit www.visionmasterinc.com.
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PORTLAND, MAINE – VisionMaster® introduced the first member of the VisionMaster 600 family, the latest in the evolution of the original VisionMaster® world-class benchtop SPI systems at APEX.
The fully-automatic A600 features the smallest 3D non-contact SPI sensor head in the world, which was crafted by miniaturizing the technology in the popular A500X. A smaller sensor translates to a more efficient motion system, lower vibrations and settling time – which results in higher accuracies at higher speeds. A600's fully automatic set-and-forget SPI system is optimal for monitoring and tweaking your solder paste printing process. The standard A600 handles larger board sizes – 18 in. x 16 in. – and is very economical at $29,999.
Sharing the same software interface with the A500, the A600 system is unbelievably easy to use. The user can simply open a Gerber file and select the components that need to be measured with the mouse. With a single click, the system takes over, automatically finding fiducials, identifying pads and filing away height and volume data for each pad. Color coded pads on the Gerber data show pads outside the thresholds in real-time. Historical data for the board is available at your fingertips by sliding a simple bar back and forth. Zooming into the Gerber data you can swoop into 3D views of the pads. Data is presented in intuitive 'exploding' charts for SPC. The software reports process parameters and lets the user tag individual readings with corrective action. SPI data presentation doesn't get any simpler.
The A600 is completely plug-and-play and offers an elegant touchscreen interface on any Windows™ 7/8 computer that has a Gigabit Ethernet port. The A600 is low maintenance and is designed to give years of trouble-free usage. The sensor and mounting components are machined from aircraft grade aluminum. To ensure consistent high quality, more than 95 percent of sensor and power supply components are sourced within the United States and the motion system is sourced from Japan.
State-of-the-art motion allows totally automatic and seamless scanning of PCB panels up to 18 in. x 16 in. The Z-axis motion coupled with a projected laser stripe allows for auto-focus of the sensor and board warpage compensation. The A600 keeps the board in focus in real-time, independent of the 3D data acquisition which uses our proprietary multiphase Moire interferometry algorithms. With measurement speeds of up to 17 cm²/sec, a typical board can be inspected 100% in less than 30 seconds. This breath-taking speed is achieved with an amazingly high lateral resolution and accuracy.
As with all other authentic VisionMaster® equipment, the A600 uses advanced white light structured light scanning to build height data for every pixel in the camera's view. Long life, solid-state LEDs are used for projection and background lighting. VisionMaster's advanced CMOS image sensors are immune to electrical analog noise resulting in very repeatable measurements. Gigabit connectivity means fast, reliable and easy connection to the PC.
VisionMaster® has the best price-performance ratio in SPI. The revolutionary A600 starts at only $29,999. Come find out how authentic VisionMaster® solutions can eliminate your inspection problems today – www.visionmasterinc.com.
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VisionMaster Releases Major Software Upgrade

PORTLAND, MAINE – Today VisionMaster, Inc. released VisionMaster® 6.0, the latest version of VisionMaster's comprehensive software suite which operates all VisionMaster® desktop SPI systems, both manual and fully automatic. In addition to performing outstanding 3D measurements and plotting PCB features exceptionally, VisionMaster® 6.0 adds a slew of new features to increase utility and efficiency.
A major new enhancement not offered by any other benchtop SPI system is VisionMaster® v6.0's ability to perform negative height measurements. Negative height measurement allows VisionMaster® systems to be used in many applications where the reference is higher than the measurement area. Among the many SMT applications, now measuring the thickness of stencils is as easy as select-and-click.
VisionMaster® v6.0 software features improved processing algorithms and is a more efficient 64-bit executable. Touchscreen support for Windows™ 8/10 has been extended and updated.
VisionMaster® v6.0 features charting like never before. Built-in SPC support has been enhanced by providing process capability data range selection and better upper and lower limit control, and color palette-based threshold entry. Removing unwanted data points for charts is incredibly easy, and preserves an audit trail for engineers. Full support for external SPC packages, like Siemens' Criterion® and Minitab® has also been expanded. Analyzing data to optimize your throughput and yield is a breeze with VisionMaster® v6.0.
The capability to perform multiple 2D measurements has also been added to VisionMaster® v6.0. The width, height and diameter of objects can easily be measured by simply clicking the middle mouse button and drawing measurement templates on any object in the field of view of the VisionMaster® sensor. To make drawing templates for multiple objects easier, pad array creation with a clear, intuitive user interface has been introduced.
Contact your authorized VisionMaster® Representative to update your system today. http://www.visionmasterinc.com/index.php/company/salesrepresentatives.

VisionMaster® is a registered trademark wholly owned by VisionMaster, Inc. Accept no imitations.
For more information about VisionMaster, visit www.visionmasterinc.com.

About VisionMaster
Since 1996 VisionMaster has created best-in-class, cutting-edge benchtop SPI systems. VisionMaster utilizes the most efficient engineering and manufacturing to ensure the highest quality products at the lowest possible price. VisionMaster is privately held.  For more information, visit www.visionmasterinc.com.
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3D Solder Paste Inspection - When and Why
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PORTLAND, MAINE ― January, 2015 ―  VisionMaster is excited to announce that Accurex Solutions (Pvt.) Ltd. will be representing VisionMaster's cutting-edge SPI products in India, starting immediately. Accurex is a premier manufacturer's representative group in the Surface Mount Technology field in India. VisionMaster and Accurex are excited to work together to bring VisionMaster solutions to PCB assemblers all over India. Headquartered in Bengaluru (Bangalore), Accurex Solutions has offices in Jaipur, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai,  Mysuru (Mysore) and New Delhi. This extensive network ensures Accurex's customers receive consistent after-sales service support. Accurex is committed to be a partner in the progress of its customers. Accurex provides outstanding sales and support to over 500 clients in aerospace, defense electronics, consumer electronics, medical, and EMS fields. Accurex is very sensitive to its responsibilities towards its clients. Accurex also has a keen sense of social commitment towards the larger society.


“We're thrilled to establish this partnership,” says K.N. Ram Mohan, Accurex's General Manager. “VisionMaster's sophisticated SPI systems fill a void in the affordable SPI market. Our customers are very value-conscious, and we can help a lot of them with VisionMaster's high-quality inspection systems. We've already placed one VisionMaster A500X system at Smile Electronics, and it has been very well received. We look forward to placing a lot more!”


VisionMaster makes affordable 3D non-contact sensor systems which use the same structured-light sensing technology found in high-end inline systems. VisionMaster makes the M500 and M500HR, which are manual benchtop SPI systems that start at $14,999. VisionMaster also makes the well-received A500 and A500X, fully automatic benchtop SPI systems, starting at $28,999. VisionMaster's extraordinary price-performance ratio is a key factor in the popularity of its SPI solutions.

For more information: www.visionmasterinc.com and www.accurexsolutions.com.
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VisionMaster Files Suit Against ASC International Over Counterfeit SPI Systems and Pirated Software

PORTLAND, MAINE – VisionMaster, Inc., a worldwide provider of 3D non-contact sensor systems, today announced that is has filed a civil lawsuit in Cumberland County Superior Court against ASC, International, of Medina, MN, to recover damages and to enjoin ASC from manufacturing and distributing counterfeit VisionMaster systems and other SPI systems based on pirated VisionMaster technology. The alleged pirated products are all 3D non-contact sensor systems sold by ASC since 2010, including those sold under both VisionMaster and VisionPro labels.

The suit alleges that ASC engaged in Unfair Competition and Deceptive Trade Practices. The lawsuit seeks damages, an injunction and other remedies.

This action relates to unlawful conduct concerning VisionMaster’s proprietary structured light scanning technology by VisionMaster's former master distributor. ASC was the authorized distributor of VisionMaster's Solder-Paste Inspection (SPI) products from 1998 till 2010, and contractually had a non-compete clause stating they would refrain from developing or manufacturing structured light scanning technology for five years after the relationship ended. Without interruption, ASC went from selling authorized VisionMaster SPI systems to selling counterfeit systems. ASC is alleged to have illegally copied VisionMaster’s proprietary hardware and software and to have subsequently sold it to numerous customers under both the VisionMaster and VisionPro labels.

“VisionMaster strongly believes in the value of IP, and takes protecting trade secrets seriously,” said Allegra McNeally, executive director at VisionMaster. “We will not allow any competitor who steals our trade secrets and infringes on our Registered trademark, good name and reputation to evade the consequences of clear, long-standing fair trade laws. We will not hesitate to protect our intellectual property and are aggressively pursuing all legal remedies available to us.”

Customers who have purchased a counterfeit product receive inferior and/or older technology, which does not work as well as genuine VisionMaster products. Many copies of hardware products such as the long-discontinued VisionMaster VM150 have been found and are frequently defective. Customers who can check the authenticity of their VisionMaster Solder-Paste Inspection system by entering the serial numbers on a special page set up on VisionMaster's website: http://www.visionmasterinc.com/index.php/authentication.


About VisionMaster
Established in 1996, VisionMaster is a privately held company that focuses on the most efficient, effective engineering to ensure the highest quality products. Focusing on R&D, VisionMaster has made strategic investments so that the company has the capacity to create custom components, which results in superior specs while lowering its – and it customers’ – costs. Every aspect of the M500 and A500 have been completely re-engineered, and the results show it. For more information, visit www.visionmasterinc.com
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VisionMaster A500 is probably the easiest to use fully automatic SPI system. The user simply loads a Gerber 274-X file for the PCB panel to be inspected, locks down the panel on the board holder and hits the play button. The system takes over from there, automatically finding fiducials, identifying pads and filing away height and volume data for each pad. Color coded pads on the Gerber data show pads outside the thresholds in real-time.

Plug and Play
Completely plug-and-play with any Windows™ 7 desktop or laptop that has a Gigabit Ethernet port.

Long Life
The A500 is low maintenance and is designed to give years of trouble-free usage. The sensor and mounting components are machined from aircraft grade aluminum. To ensure consistent high quality, over 95% of sensor and power supply components are sourced in the U.S. and the motion system is sourced from Japan.

Technology
State-of-the-art xy motion allows totally automatic and seamless scanning of PCB panels up to 300mm X 300mm in size. The z-axis motion allows for auto-focus of the sensor and board warp compensation.

Like all other VisionMaster equipment, the A500 uses advanced white light Moiré interferometry to build height data for every pixel in the view. Long life, solid state LEDs are used for projection and background lighting. Advanced CMOS image sensors are immune to electrical analog noise resulting in very repeatable measurements. Gigabit connectivity means fast, reliable and easy connection to the PC.
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VisionMaster M500 3D solder paste inspection (SPI) and measurement systems. High precision and fast 3D measurement.

Easy to Use
M500 runs with a single click, automatically recognizing and measuring solder paste in the camera’s view. Height and volume readings for each pad are clearly displayed. Just as easily, double-clicking readings adds them to the built-in SPC charts.

Plug and Play
Completely plug-and-play with any Windows™ 7 desktop or laptop that has a Gigabit Ethernet port.
Long Life

The M500 is zero maintenance and is designed to give years of trouble-free usage. Rugged yet light and portable, the sensor is machined from aircraft grade aluminum and is mounted on a vibration damping, ESD resistant granite base. To ensure consistent high quality, over 95% of components are sourced in the U.S.

Technology
Like all other VisionMaster equipment, the M500 uses advanced white light Moiré interferometry to build height data for every pixel in the view. VisionMaster honed this technology for SPI use and is the only manufacturer in the world deploying this sophisticated 3D algorithm for manual benchtop units.

Long life, solid state LEDs are used for projection and background lighting. Advanced CMOS image sensors are immune to electrical analog noise resulting in very repeatable measurements. Gigabit connectivity means fast, reliable and easy connection to the PC.
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VisionMaster VM450 (2007-2011)
VisionMaster VM450 is the state-of-the-art desktop Solder Paste Inspection (SPI) for making it easy to measure board features such as pads and BGAs. It carries the same accuracy and repeatability as the VM150 but adds a high resolution 3 megapixel color CMOS camera for noise free images. Instead of the high power halogen lamp used in the VM400, the VM450 uses a verypower effeceint and long life white LED source cutting the power consumption of the system from 200W to 15W.

The VM450 leverages all the best SPI technology of the 21st century and brings it to the desktop.
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VisionMaster VM400 (2004-2008)

VisionMaster VM400 brings true plug and play operation to desktop Solder Paste Inspection (SPI) making it easy to measure board features such as pads and BGAs. It carries the same accuracy and repeatability as the VM150 but adds a high resolution 1.3 megapixel color CMOS camera for noise free images. The halogen lamp is built into the sensor thus eliminating the need for an external bulky light source.

The VM400 leverages all the best SPI technology available today and brings it to the desktop.
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