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GE Presents Its phoenix x|aminer, High Magnification X-Ray Inspection Solution for Electronics Manufacture

30.06.2011
Provides High Resolution and Features New Imaging Software

The new phoenix x|aminer from GE’s Inspection Technologies business is a 5-axis, microfocus X-ray inspection system, which has been developed for quality control applications in the manufacture of electronics sub-assemblies.


Compact system for high resolution X-ray inspection: GE´s phoenix x|aminer


High resolution microfocus X-ray inspection of µBGA balls revealing an open solder joint

It is particularly suitable for the reliable and accurate inspection of soldered joints. The phoenix x|aminer features two megapixel high resolution and high magnification. In addition, its powerful imaging software permits intuitive programming and component manipulation is precise and easy using a computer mouse or joystick.

As Tobias Neubrand, product manager GE’s phoenix electronics inspection line, explains, “The reliability of electronic sub-assemblies strongly depends on solder joint quality and with today’s manufacturing technology, many solder joints are no longer directly visible. The x|aminer is the latest addition to our electronics sub-assembly inspection portfolio and offers reliable defect recognition in a system which can be easily automated, with an inspection area that can accept large printed circuit board assemblies.”

An important design feature of the new system is its ovhm (oblique view high magnification) module, which allows an oblique angle view of up to 70° as well as a total magnification of up to > 23,000x. This ensures best possible quality of defect information in the vertical direction. Ease of maintenance is also permitted with the system’s open, 160 kV microfocus tube design, whose easy cathode replacement ensures unlimited operating life, while its 20 W of tube power at target can penetrate even the most radiation-absorbing components.

The new x|aminer is supplied with the recently launched phoenix x|act software, which is designed specially for electronics inspection. Its simple macro recording permits intuitive programming of inspection tasks in terms of position and image parameters, with all display settings saved with just one mouse click. Automatically created sample maps can be used for all pcbs of the same type anywhere in the system, even when rotated and flipped, and automatic image enhancement improves live images to ensure greater probability of defect detection.

About Measurement & Control Solutions
Measurement & Control Solutions delivers accuracy, productivity and safety to a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, power generation, aerospace, transportation and healthcare. It has over 40 facilities in 25 countries and is part of GE Energy Services, which provides cleaner, smarter, more efficient solutions for its customers. For further information visit, www.ge-mcs.com or www.ge-mcs.com/phoenix
About GE Energy
GE (NYSE: GE) is a diversified infrastructure, finance and media company taking on the world’s toughest challenges. From aircraft engines and power generation to financial services, health care solutions and television programming, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com.

GE serves the energy sector by developing and deploying technology that helps make efficient use of natural resources. With nearly 85,000 global employees and 2010 revenues of $38 billion, GE Energy www.ge.com/energy is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies. The businesses that comprise GE Energy—GE Power & Water, GE Energy Services and GE Oil & Gas—work together to provide integrated product and service solutions in all areas of the energy industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy; renewable resources such as water, wind, solar and biogas; and other alternative fuels.

Media Contact:
David Jervis
PR & Media Manager, EMEA
GE Energy
Measurement & Control Solutions
T +44 1925 604095
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david.jervis@ge.com

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http://www.phoenix-xray.com

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