FocalSpec’s UULA answers the demand for automated quality control in the consumer electronics industry
FocalSpec, the Finnish expert in high-precision quality control devices, will bring their first 3D imaging and metrology system UULA to the Productronica trade fair in Munich, Germany. UULA can be used both in at-line quality control and in laboratories. It works especially well in measuring transparent surfaces such as 3D glass used in smartphones.
Mobile devices are increasingly becoming status symbols. The demand for more streamlined and unibody mobile phones is growing worldwide. Improving these attributes requires that parts for the devices, such as screens and other transparent product components, are designed with extreme accuracy. This leads device manufacturers to demand a reliable way of ensuring that the quality of their products remains at a high level.
Research and development plays a big part in developing products to suit the needs of end customers and to ensure smooth manufacturing transition. FocalSpec’s UULA can be used to inspect a variety of mobile device components where the look and feel as well as the operational quality have to answer customers’ demands. It is especially well suited for new product introduction lines (NPI). These lines are used to test proposed designs and to provide data on their technical aspects.
The research made in the field of consumer electronics, as well as the product development and quality control processes, can be made more cost efficient through automation. As an example, a single company can manufacture tens of millions camera module lenses per month. An accurate new product development phase followed by an efficient manufacturing transfer and online quality control ensures minimal manufacturing waste.
Mobile device markets growing – quality control is key in ensuring functional devices
The market for mobile devices is growing at an accelerating pace. According to some estimates, there will be around 16 billion mobile devices in use by the year 2020. That means a growth of nearly 3.5 billion devices from today. One source for the growth will be the proliferation of smart phones in growing markets. To ensure the devices’ functionality and to allow for new designs to be implemented, quality control standards will be set at a very high level.
By launching UULA, FocalSpec aims to meet these strict demands in a fast-growing market segment. LCI enables customers to model even the most demanding surfaces and shapes, from mirror-shiny to multilayered, curved transparent surfaces. The technology detects millions of 3D points per second, and detects irregularities of even one micron. This makes it superior in both speed and accuracy to other quality control methods on the market.
“We are very proud of the product as it allows us to answer our clients’ demands even better. UULA is the embodiment of our development so far, and it opens up opportunities for us to act even in the most cutting edge and fastest growing industry sectors,” states Sauli Törmälä, CEO, FocalSpec.
As well as the consumer electronics industry, UULA can be utilized in a variety of industrial processes, including medical devices manufacturing, automotive, in steel manufacturing, as well as in plastics and containers manufacturing.
FocalSpec is a privately held Finnish high-tech company offering laboratory level measurement precision for online quality control and manufacturing line process optimization. The company operates globally through its subsidiaries in Atlanta, USA and Ratingen, Germany as well as a skilled network of integrators and distribution partners.