AOI

For prototypes and high volume production alike, Gardien’s state-of-the-art AOI capabilities are designed to improve your test yields, throughputs and delivery times by rapidly scanning your products for active and potential defects that could otherwise be passed on to your clients with potentially disastrous consequences.

Gardien Improves Your Processes

AOI addresses the challenges of ever-increasing PCB density and diversity by introducing a repeatable, objective, precise, high-resolution inspection stage to identify a huge range of potential problems in your boards before they arise, or are released to your customers. Using AOI, Gardien can help you to detect problems that could otherwise slip through the manufacturing process. Problems that could compromise the functionality of your PCBs:

Violations in line widths or spacing

Excess and missing copper

Missing, extra, or badly-placed features

Wrongly sized apertures

Short circuits or near short circuits

Cuts

Hole breakages (holes drilled off their landing pads)

Step-and-repeat errors

Positional errors

Gardien Does It Quickly

Using its industry-beating AOI technologies, Gardien can detect issues  in seconds, helping you to catch them early enough to eliminate them from your processes.

With Gardien’s early AOI coverage, you can catch and eliminate production problems before they develop, improving imaging and etching processes as well as other.

Inner layers: Save up to 180% of the costs of AOI on your inner layers with Gardien

As board features have become finer and more densely packed, the AOI process has become critical as a method for checking the inner layers of a PCB before they are stacked and pressed together.

By conducting AOI on your inner layers, Gardien can help you catch problems in your imaging and etching processes before they develop into serious production issues. By finding and fixing your problems early on, we reduce your inner layer scrap by up to 90% and help you save up to 80% more than the costs of our service.

Outer Layers: Save Up To 200% Of The Costs Of AOI On Your Outer Layers With Gardien

The benefits of conducting AOI on outer layers cannot be overstated. As many as 55% of all of a PCB’s shorts are typically to be found on its outer layers. If these are detected before soldermask is applied, they can be repaired, with significant savings to you, in materials, overheads, human and other resources, not to mention your company’s reputation as a quality supplier of PCBs.

Capabilities

EARLY FEEDBACK OF BOARD DEFECTS

Detects active and potential problems early, allowing production errors to be corrected, fast

INCREASED YIELDS

More boards are repaired rather than being consigned to waste

REDUCED ELECTRICAL TEST COSTS WHILE INCREASING THROUGHPUTS

AOI identifies many defects prior to electrical test, reducing the time needed for test

INCREASED ON-TIME DELIVERY RATE

AOI speeds overall manufacturing processes

PROCESS-RELATED DEFECTS ELIMINATED

AOI identifies defects such as opens, shorts, mouse bits, pin holes, excess copper, dish downs, excess media distortion and line width variation

CAD-RELATED DEFECTS ELIMINATED

AOI detects missing or extra features, wrong aperture sizes, step-and-repeat and positional errors

POWERFUL VERSATILITY

Gardien AOI can inspect various media including etched copper (both shiny and reverse treated), photo resist over copper, silver halide and diazo

Interested?

We offer our services under 2 distinct frameworks: the OnDemand solution and the Integrate solution.
Depending on your needs, you can either outsource specific testing requirements or we can completely run your test area or test department on your behalf. Contact us now and we’ll find the best solution for your business.

KEVIN SYVRET

FINANCE DIRECTOR, NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Syvret joined Gardien Services Canada as Financial Controller in 2001 and assumed the role of Finance Director North America in 2007. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Syvret has held senior finance and accounting roles, including with Canadian Pacific Ltd and Sprint Inc.

NIRAJ PATEL

VICE PRESIDENT, GARDIEN NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Niraj Patel joined the company on a part time basis in 1993 while attending college full time. He worked in various positions until he graduated from the Centennial College Computer Systems Technology program, whereupon he was hired full time. He progressed through several testing and CAM department positions and was appointed North American CAM Manager in 1998. After 18 years with the company, Mr. Patel was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations, Gardien Services Canada Inc. in 2011. In January, 2015 Mr. Patel became Vice President NA of the newly combined organizational unit North America which includes the Canada and USA.

TODD KOLMODIN

VICE PRESIDENT QUALITY, NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Todd Kolmodin, a native to the Pacific Northwest was born in Seattle Washington. At a young age he moved to the Portland Oregon area. In March of 1986 he graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Todd began his tenure in the Electrical Test field that same year.  Todd spent eight years working in an independent testing facility in Wilsonville Oregon where he built skills in all aspects of Electrical Test and Quality Assurance. 

Todd then spent a short term with Yamamoto Corporation on their Engineering staff covering PCB drill, finishing and Electrical Test before joining Probe Test Fixtures in 1995. His charge was CAM and Fixuring Manager.  Todd joined the Gardien Group in September 1998 continuing the same roll and taking on the responsibilities of Quality Manager for Oregon operations. In 2008 Mr. Kolmodin was promoted to Vice President Quality USA. In this position Mr. Kolmodin oversees and maintains the Gardien ITAR registration, ISO Multi-Site registration and multiple site Lab Suitability with the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime. Now also maintaining the Gardien QMS system Todd now serves as Vice President Quality North America.

Mr. Kolmodin is also a published columnist and Technical Presenter with multiple appearances at the IPC Apex Expo Conferences in both San Diego and Las Vegas. 

ROLAND VALENTINI

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Mr. Valentini was appointed COO in July 2010 after successfully serving as head of North American operations since 2005.

Roland has over ten years’ experience in the PCB industry, including sales, service, and project management at Atotech GmbH, Germany mainly relating to PCB plating equipment.
He has significant sales experience from his tenure at Mack Rides GmbH and headed up worldwide installations for Lurgi Bischoff GmbH.

Mr. Valentini received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mannheim, Germany.

RICHARD HORSMAN

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Prior to Richard joining Gardien in September 2014, he was Chairman/CEO of tool chain vendor Atego Group Systems Limited which was sold to PTC Inc.

Prior to joining Atego, Richard held a number of Executive and Non-Executive roles including Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Plethora Solutions, an AIM listed Pharmaceutical Company and CEO of AIM listed Cybit Holdings plc. where he grew the company from inception to revenues of over 25 million and took the company through multiple acquisitions before managing a sale of the business to Francisco Partners.

Richard previously held a number of senior roles in the Software industry.

RICK MERAW

GROUP VICE PRESIDENT QUALITY

Mr. Meraw was appointed Group Vice President of Quality in Jan 2015 after successfully  serving as Senior Vice President of USA operations since 2011.  Prior to being responsible for USA operations Mr Meraw was responsible for Canadian operations since 2001.

Rick has over twenty years’ experience with Gardien Group and has various roles including, service technician, customer liaison, Quality manager, technical support, project management, and software design/ implementation.

In June 1992 he graduated with an Electronic Engineering Technologist degree, with honors from a local community college.

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