Akrometrix' mission is to lead the industry in non-destructive surface measurement tools. Based on a culture of innovation and fairness, the company is dedicated to building its global presence by designing its operations and products from our customers' perspective.
We will grow and expand our market leadership without sacrificing our core values of integrity, respect and fairness in all of our interactions. Whether an employee, a customer or a supplier, we strive to uphold these values to their highest levels.
Competitive advantage for Akrometrix is competitive advantage for our customers. Akrometrix will relentlessly leverage, improve and expand what we do best to ensure total satisfaction for our valued customers. In 2007, 95% of the top 20 global semiconductor manufacturing companies relied upon Akrometrix equipment for critical characterization needs. Our value that makes us the vendor of choice is related to:
Mission, core values, competitive advantage and solid strategic planning - all come together to make Akrometrix a trusted partner to each of our valued customers.
Akrometrix is a Georgia-based company founded in 1994 to provide services and equipment to measure and resolve thermo-mechanical surface flatness issues in manufacturing and assembly operations, most notably in the production of electronic circuit substrates and components. Its pioneering technology was based on the research of Dr. I. Charles Ume, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Akrometrix licensed and commercialized the application of Dr. Ume's technology, which today serves as a crucial component in the production, and continued miniaturization, of advanced electronics products. Akrometrix has become the industry leader in real-time metrology emphasizing resolution of thermo-mechanical issues at all levels of electronic materials production, components fabrication and assembly processes.
Akrometrix initially built its business around contract project-based testing services for large US-based OEM electronics manufacturers. Its services focused on providing methods and processes of measuring flatness and warpage of circuit boards to analyze potential failure and material response to temperature variations experienced during manufacturing. This service was crucial in helping manufacturers to minimize costly production failures and low manufacturing yields that were a result of the circuit board warping from the high levels of temperature variations inherent in the assembly process. Materials used in circuit boards exhibit different thermal properties which, if warped, affect the placement of the solder and components on the circuit board during the automated, high temperature soldering process. In the past, manufacturers were not able to detect improper placement caused by thermal variation of the circuit board until the final inspection of the fully assembled circuit board, which resulted in a costly repairs or the discarding of a completed product.
With breakthrough developments as a result of internal R&D efforts funded from the project-based testing services, Akrometrix produced its first product offering in the form of the TherMoiré model PS88 in late 1997. Today, Akrometrix has two primary product lines: the TherMoiré systems for engineering and production evaluation applications, and the LineMoiré Automated Flatness Inspection Systems for production line applications. The LineMoiré product line is the first warpage testing equipment that can be installed on production lines at time zero of the production process, allowing manufacturers to test individual substrate flatness prior to the component placement and high temperature solder assembly without adding to the throughput time. Manufacturers, who are continuously pressured to reach higher yields and traceability standards, will be able to proactively manage these specifications as well as identify potential production failures before installation of components, which will yield significant cost and production time savings.
More than ever, Akrometrix' product and service offerings directly reflect our close interaction and long standing relationships with our valued customer base. A comprehensive strategy that includes modular metrology (Shadow Moiré, Digital Image Correlation, Micro Fringe Projection), expanded thermal environment simulation (-55 C to 300 C), powerful analysis algorithms and data management solutions enables our customers to implement a company wide platform for effective warpage management. Our global presence offers high caliber sales, service and applications support to all of the industry.
This platform and the new generation of equipment offerings positions all segments of the supply chain to immediately realize benefits in the form of improved first pass yields and product reliability. In addition to being integral to solving today's package and board assembly challenges, Akrometrix' technology and equipment will be leading the charge towards the future as we introduce adaptive processing capabilities that will further enhance the utility and value of our customers' investments.