by Richard Koops, VSL Dutch Metrology Institute
First time right production is key in advanced manufacturing processes since usually only relatively small volumes are manufactured. In-line and in-process metrology is required to measure critical to quality process and product parameters. Ultimately, these measurements enable feedback control when the parameters are running out of tolerance.
Within the Hyb-Man project, technologies are being developed for embedded electronics and printed interconnects. Since the functionality of the interconnects determines whether the final product will be accepted or has to be rejected, metrology has been developed to inspect the quality of conducting printed tracks.
The developed non-contact measurement method enables in-line and even in-process inspection of interconnects and vias.
About Richard Koops
Experimental physicist employed at VSL Dutch Metrology Institute in the field of dimensional metrology since 1999.
Metrology is the science of measurement. VSL Dutch Metrology Institute has been appointed by the Dutch government to maintain and develop the national measurement standards.
Additionally, VSL provides calibration services to national and international markets, training courses and customized consultancy to enable important contributions towards the reliability, quality and innovation of products and processes, in business, industry and society at large.