NPL. NPL launches Visual Inspection Guidelines on CD-ROM

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology

ISSN: 0954-0911

Article publication date: 1 April 2000




(2000), "NPL. NPL launches Visual Inspection Guidelines on CD-ROM", Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Vol. 12 No. 1.



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NPL. NPL launches Visual Inspection Guidelines on CD-ROM

NPL launches Visual Inspection Guidelines on CD-ROM

Keywords: NPL, Inspection, CD-ROM

The NPL National Physical Laboratory, has launched a unique CD guide that can be used for training/retraining and as an in-company reference. It incorporates 160 images of solder joints, including 3D graphics, photographs and drawings of surface mount joints.

Benefits include:

  • Easy single button navigation between 3D images, line drawings and photographs of same type of joint.

  • 3D images that are specially enhanced to enable users to easily determine key factors in joint inspection such as fillet rise and wetting angle.

  • It covers gull-wing (SOIC/QFP), J-Lead (PLCC/SOJ), chip (capacitor and resistor), cylindrical (MELF) and tape (tantalum) component.

  • The joint types covered are, minimum acceptable, preferred and maximum acceptable, as well as poor quality joints such as insufficient and excess. Preferred, maximum and excessive side and end misalignments are also included.

This represents a step beyond conventional visual inspection wall charts and manuals as it enables the user to readily switch between different inspection categories to compare the differences.

Priced at £99 + VAT each and available from: Surface Mount Club, The Coach House, Green Lane, Hayling Island, Hants PO11 0BG. Tel: +44 (0) 2392 719288; Fax: +44 (0) 2392 719287; E-mail:

The opportunity also exists for customising with company logo prices for this option are available on request.

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