Metrology for quality management of printed conductors

Richard Koops

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.

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