Market Overview

Saki Self-Programming 3D Inspection Software is Fast, Easy, and Doesn't Require a Programmer


First self-programming software for SPI and AOI


, an innovator in the field of automated optical and
x-ray inspection and measurement equipment, introduces Saki
Self-Programming Software, the first self-programming software for
solder paste inspection (SPI) and automated optical inspection (AOI)
equipment. Saki Self-Programming (SSP) software, installed on Saki's 3D
SPI and 3D AOI systems, makes programming fast, easy, and doesn't
require any special programming skill or training. All you need is the
Gerber and centroid CAD data. The software does the rest.

Saki Self-Programming is a seamless system that doesn't require DFM
software. It combines technology that captures complete height and XY
data and images while simultaneously scanning multiple fields of view.
The ability to select from over 300,000 components from Saki's Golden
Library offers unlimited possibilities. In a matter of minutes, with
just a few clicks, SPI/AOI inspection data can be programmed
automatically, using a defined set of standards and criteria, such as
naming, orientation, and parameters, as those recognized by IPC
standards for AOI and SPI systems. This removes the programming
discrepancies and variations that arise when programming is done by
different programmers.

With Saki Self-Programming, one program can be used for all your
inspection systems—SPI, pre-reflow, and post-reflow. There is no need to
program each machine separately. The inspection program can be generated
without first preparing a golden printed circuit board. This especially
saves time for businesses that are primarily based on New Product
Introduction and those with customers requesting high-mix/low-volume
production with short delivery time. Furthermore, since the Offline
Debug Function allows fine-tuning to be done remotely without stopping
the production line, the time for the user to work with the inspection
equipment is minimized.

"Until now, the accuracy of the inspection process depended not just on
the inspection system itself, but on the skill level, characteristics,
abilities, standardization, and procedures followed by the programmer,"
said Satoshi Otake, general manager, SAKI Americas. "Saki
Self-Programming Software eliminates the variables of the programmers
and their programming procedures."

"Saki Self-Programming is the first self-programming software in the
industry. It not only automates programming, but also the calibration of
the machine, diagnostics, maintenance, inspection, data collection, and
extensive reporting functions," explained Sakie (Jodie) Akiyama,
president and co-founder of Saki Corporation. "True M2M communication
can't happen without it. Software drives the communication in
machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and is an enabler for the SMART
Factory and Industry 4.0. Saki Self-Programming Software is part of
Saki's SMART initiative. To really make SMART and M2M work, we need
SMART machines, a SMART factory, and a SMART company."

Saki Self-Programming Software improves process quality and control,
ensures a defect-free product, and enhances Industry 4.0/M2M
communication with the following features:

  • There is no longer a need for a Golden or Silver Board to prepare the
    inspection program. Since the inspection program can be completed
    without the Golden board, inspection library fine-tuning is enough.
  • An Offline Debug Function allows fine-tuning without stopping the
    production line.
  • A solder inspection algorithm with unique 2D/3D hybrid technology
    automatically recognizes the defect type and distinguishes it from
    other solder defects.
  • Optical Character Verification shows thumbnails of the components.
  • An Inspection Preset quickly and easily skips between different
  • Self-diagnostics and self-alignment with both time-based and
    condition-based maintenance. This ensures consistent machine
    performance and maintains absolute accuracy.
  • A calibration status report enables the system to output calibration

See Saki Self-Programming Software at SMTA International in the Fuji
America booth #407. Contact Saki at +1.510.623.SAKI (7254), email,
or visit


About Saki Corporation

Since its inception in 1994, Saki has led the way in the development of
automated recognition through robotic vision technology. Saki's 3D
automated solder paste, optical, and x-ray inspection systems (SPI, AOI,
AXI) have been recognized to provide the stable platform and advanced
data capture mechanisms necessary for true M2M communication, improving
production, process efficiency, and product quality. Saki Corporation
has headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, with offices, sales, and support
centers around the world.

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