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Easy PCB inspection and quality control while meeting IPC standards with a digital microscope



Why use a digital microscope for PCB inspection?

A digital microscope, also referred to as a PCB microscope, helps you meet IPC standards and makes it easy to find, document and repair any issues identified during your production.

For professionals within Electronics, a digital microscope is an excellent tool for soldering and PCB inspections.

With 60 frames per second, you’ll experience a smooth live image as you’re moving the PCB around to spot issues during your production. Any findings can easily be documented, stored or forwarded to business partners to discuss how to proceed.

The digital display also makes it easy to ask a colleague for a second opinion or train new employees as you’re able to look at a sample together rather than taking turns looking through the ocular of a traditional microscope.

With a digital microscope from TAGARNO, you can also activate apps that’ll assist you in securing the quality of the PCBs while also increasing your efficiency. This includes Measurement app, Focus stacking app, Image comparison app and DXF overlay app.

Below, we’ll go into more detail with how a digital microscope and which apps can be used for different processes within Electronics.

Research and development

The high image quality and easy documentation process of a digital microscope makes it the perfect inspection tool when the goal is to create as much documentation as possible – especially for First article inspections (FAI).

Add-on software such as Measurement app, Focus stacking app and DXF overlay app are also beneficial in documenting that each component has been placed as specified.

Quality assurance

The high image quality and smooth live image of TAGARNO’s digital microscopes makes it easy to check if components have been placed correctly during production. With apps like Image comparison, you can even compare your current PCB to a photo of a golden sample to quickly spot deviations.

Studies show that introducing simple ergonomic improvements to processes like this can reduce PCB escape rates and ultimately reduce customer claims.

Inspecting circuit board

Creating more comfortable setups for our operators has made them more efficient

At MSL Circuits in France, you find 20 TAGARNO ZAPs throughout the factory for different manual inspections. The result? Happier employees and increased efficiency.

Quality control

With a digital microscope, you can easily and comfortably do PCB analysis, check conformal coating, component alignment and more before selling to the external market. You’ll also benefit from using apps like Image comparison and Verification lines to assist you in this crucial part of your production.

You can also use presets to save and reuse your most used settings. This eliminated the need for manual adjustment of the microscope, thus ensuring consistency across your inspections and increased efficiency.

Repair and rework

A crucial part of doing Electronics repair with a microscope is having a PCB microscope with no lag between what your hands are doing and what you’re seeing on the monitor. With 60 frames per second and auto focus, you’ll experience a smooth image at all times when doing PCB repair.

Using an electronic digital microscope also makes it easy to document that the identified issue has been resolved, making digital microscopes a great and modern alternative to traditional microscopes or desk magnifiers.

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Finding the right microscope for PCB inspection, PCB repair and PCB analysis

To check the quality of assembled PCBs, repair faulty PCBs and meet IPC standards, it’s crucial that you choose a high quality microscope. Choosing a microscope for electronics should meet the following criteria:

  • Use a camera with 60 frames per second for a smooth experience as you’re manipulating samples underneath the microscope or doing PCB repair
  • Auto focus to keep the PCB in focus as you’re moving it around
  • Have sufficient working height to fit your hands underneath the microscope
  • A working area that matches your PCBs. This will of course depend on the size of PCBs you’re working
  • Be able to capture photos easily
  • Be ergonomically comfortable to use

All TAGARNO digital microscopes meet these criteria. However, the bestselling microscopes for electronics are the ZIP and TREND. We’ve listed them below alongside the ZAP which can be installed on a flexarm for more flexibility.

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