Most mobile devices, tablet PCs, and electric home appliances that use LCD panels are now being designed to use LED screens. In line with this trend, the new generation of mobile phones and tablet PCs produced by the world's most famous mobile phone manufacturer have been designed with LED panels produced by a Korean LED panel manufacturer. To accommodate the multitude of tasks that are typically performed in the manufacturing process, the customer needed to develop large FOG vision machines with 17 IPCs in a single machine. For this, there were several key considerations.
First, the machines required high-performance IPCs with high-end CPUs and four PCIe x4 slots to support up to 12 Ethernet cameras. Second, with 17 IPCs in each machine, it was critical to downsize as much as possible in order to maximize the number of machines that could fit within a limited space. Third, to meet the LED manufacturer's deadline, our customer had to be able to make a rapid transition to mass-production; thus, they preferred to use an IPC that had already been fully verified by their R&D and QC teams. Finally, because the display company had decided to expand their LED production lines in Vietnam for this project, our customer also had to establish factories in Vietnam to shorten the delivery time and reduce costs. Therefore,having access to local technical and RMA services was critical.
Of particular importance, the system had to be designed to support in-house software for visual analysis of acquired images.The IPC configuration was an ASMB-785 mainboard housed in an IPC-7130 chassis and fitted with a Xeon® E3 CPU. Each IPC had up to three PCIE-1674E PCIe cards, providing PoE for connecting up to 12 cameras for alignment monitoring and workpiece inspection. This design aspect further contributed to the compact design of the system.