The Next Generation of Visual Inspection Tools

by Scott Hicar / April 27, 2020

scott-hicarMachine vision has always been oriented to have the most impact on the inspection and quality assessment of fault detection processes in factories. At Benchmark, we leverage cameras and automated visual inspection capabilities of machine vision to examine circuit boards and identify any discrepancies in the placement of components. As a result, machine vision allows us to recognize the inefficiencies in our manufacturing processes and create a continuous flow of quality improvements, thereby enhancing the value of our final product.

A Hybrid Approach to Visual Inspection

Benchmark builds electronic products and offers maintenance for customers from a wide range of industries. As a result, we follow a hybrid product development and testing approach where we produce a customized product by utilizing our generic manufacturing equipment and leverage a customer's testing equipment to assess its quality, and vice versa. Our factories generally handle a higher number of products that are manufactured with a hybrid approach, allowing us to leverage independent software and hardware offerings to enhance our visual inspection processes. Traditionally, pure product companies set themselves on a singular and rigid direction concerning visual inspection due to the limitations of utilizing preset software and hardware combinations. On the contrary, we expand the use of machine vision by leveraging it in our precision machining businesses for measuring tolerances and post-machining tasks. Our diverse clientele aids us in expanding the applications of machine vision by driving us to test and detect inefficiencies of a range of products tailored to the electronic, aerospace, and other industries.

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Scott Hicar

Scott Hicar is Vice President of Business Process and CIO for Benchmark Electronics. In this role, he has global responsibility for ensuring consistent processes, systems and infrastructure to efficiently support the execution of our business and our customers globally. Scott has more than 25 years of technology leadership experience in transformational roles, and previously held management positions in the Supply Chain/ERP practice at Price Waterhouse, as well as serving as an internal consultant to chemical, pharmaceutical, and agriculture businesses within ICI Americas. Scott received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in business administration, with a concentration in management information systems, from Ohio University.

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