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Integrate automated optical inspection (AOI) system into your production line—fast, intelligent and easy to use

Add PCB inspection to your automated production line, pre- or post-reflow, and speed up your process. Inline Sherlock-300I AOI system inspects components and solder joints on SMT, through-hole and mixed-technology boards and communicates with downstream equipment for automatic good/bad board sorting. The user interface is 100% touch control—as easy to use as a tablet.

Sherlock-300I automated optical inspection (AOI) system For PCB Boards

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Mutli-touch touchscreen simplifies programming and operation
Easy programming with CAD and pick-and-place data conversion, extensive parts library data
RGB lighting enables inspection of solder fillets for volume and shape
Component placement and positioning is inspected using white lighting
2-megapixel camera with telecentric lens inspects parts down to 0201 - 01005 optional with high-magnification lens
Optional SPC software provides traceability and management data
Optional repair station software simplifies rework by providing details at the repair station on each rejected board
Sherlock-300I can be positioned pre- or post-reflow or post-wave
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NameModelCost QtyBuy
Sherlock-300I Sherlock-300I $48,995.00
NameModelCost QtyBuy
Offline software Sherlock-300-OP $7,995.00
Repair station software Sherlock-300-RS $6,995.00
SPC software Sherlock-300-SPC $4,995.00
Installation and training INSTL&TRN $2,500.00

Smart, Compact, Inline

Sherlock-300I integrates cleanly with your existing production line to provide complete defect coverage before and/or after reflow or after wave soldering. Powerful algorithm-based software detects defects and helps to improve your process. Programming can optionally be done at an offline station to prevent disruption of production.

Post-inspection, Sherlock-300I sends the appropriate signal to downstream equipment, allowing passed PCBs to continue down the line or be unloaded to a rack. If it is rejected, it can be stopped at an inspection conveyor or unloaded to a separate rack marked for rework/repair.

High Defect Coverage

RGB lighting for solder joint inspectionSherlock-300I uses a high-resolution, 2.2-megapixel CMOS camera, a large-aperture telecentric lens, and two lighting systems to achieve fast, accurate inspection of both solder quality and components at a scanning rate of 50 cm2/sec.

The RGB LED lighting system inspects solder fillets for volume and shape. The three-tier white lighting system inspects component placement and positioning, with reflection and shadow controls to ensure low false calls and low false accepts.

The standard lens inspects parts down to 0201, or the Sherlock-300I can be fitted with a high-magnification lens to inspect parts down to 01005. Both of these telecentric lenses eliminate perspective errors, reduce distortion toward the edges of the field of vision, and provide uniform image plane illumination.

There is no need for the expense of high-megapixel cameras or multiple side-angle cameras with this system. It has been designed to provide accurate, reliable inspection results with the lowest complexity of programming and at a cost that’s within reach of small and medium manufacturers.

Quality Components Throughout

High-quality componentsDuring inspection, the camera moves, rather than the PCB. This ensures the clearest possible images and fastest inspection speeds. The camera motion system is X-Y bi-axial belt-driven with 50 µm positional accuracy.

The board transport system automatically adjusts to the size set in the program. Sherlock-300I comes standard with a pneumatic PCB stopper and vacuum clamp. It can optionally be purchased with a motor to eliminate the need for a compressed air source.

Operation is smooth and quiet, thanks to the machine’s sturdy, vibration-damping construction.

All components are high quality, Japanese-made.

Easy to program and operate

Easy to program AOI systemAll programming and operation is done through the Sherlock-300I’s intuitive touch-screen interface. Automatic pick & place and CAD data conversion and a pre-defined, customizable parts library not only speed up programming but also eliminate the need for skilled AOI personnel.

Unlike the libraries included with many other systems, the Sherlock 300 library contains comprehensive inspection data for each part, including image processing settings, lighting conditions, areas to be checked, and more. Custom parts can be quickly created from any pre-defined part.

The software was designed to make operation easy and convenient: The interface is instantly intuitive. If there’s any doubt, “Navigation Mode” can step the operator through tasks, and online help is only a click away.

For optimum speed and traceability, the Sherlock-300’s camera reads 2D and linear bar codes—no separate bar code scanner is required. The system also performs character recognition, allowing it to process and compare component labels.

The software also features easy zooming in and out to get a better look at defects. It also presents quick-stats on defective parts.

To ensure that your team is up and running with the Sherlock-300I as quickly and smoothly as possible, machine purchase includes 2 days of installation and training onsite at your facility*, provided by a trained and knowledgeable Manncorp technician. Manncorp technicians receive high marks from our customers for their willingness to work with them to solve problems and ensure satisfaction with their purchase.

Keep Control of Your Process

Statistical Process Control software availableDo more than detect bad PCBs. Improve your whole process with the addition of statistical process control (SPC) software. This software, installed on a separate computer from the Sherlock-300, allows you to detect process abnormalities early, view trends over time, and discover where your problem areas are.

Trace and Repair

Repair station software available

Repair station software designed to work with the Sherlock-300I simplifies rework by providing details at the repair station on each rejected board. Repair station personnel can access an image of the rejected part, with its location, name and details of inspection. With the connection of a bar-code reader, board data can be brought up on screen with a quick scan of the PCB’s label.

History of inspection and repairs can be search by serial number. When linked with the SPC software, repair data can be tallied, providing complete traceability.

Automatic Sorting of Good Boards from Bad

Sherlock-300I communicates with downstream board handling equipment to allow automatic sorting of passed boards from rejected/no-good (NG) boards. This video shows NG boards being unloaded to different magazine racks depending on the status sent from the Sherlock-300I to the board handling equipment. Paired with a board loader, the inline model can be used like a batch system, capable of being used for jobs with multiple lines and/or with non-automated production lines. Watch it in action:

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*2 days of installation and training included in product price; customer pays technician travel and lodging.

Sherlock-300I Inline Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) System Features:

Space-saving inline system sorts good boards from bad

  • Inline AOI system can be positioned post placement, post reflow or post wave.
  • Footprint is just 24" x 30" (620 x 758 mm)
  • System can communicate with downstream equipment, such as unloaders and conveyors, for automatic processing of rejected boards.
  • Cycle time averages 10 seconds/board, including transport time. (Cycle time measured using a 7.3" x 5.1" (185 x 130 mm) PCB with 253 parts.)
  • Inspection can be run by a line operator; no need for a dedicated AOI operator.

Defect coverage

  • System detects both component and soldering defects on SMT, THT and mixed-technology assemblies.
  • Suited for first articles, small batches, and low-to-mid-volume assembly.
  • 3-color illumination for fast, accurate detection of solder and solder joint defects.
  • 3-lamp white illumination for fast, accurate detection of component-related defects.
  • Lighting control system eliminates errors caused by reflection and shadows.
  • Automatic position correction adjusts for board warpage, flexible substrates.
  • Inspects parts to 0201—High magnification lens available for parts to 01005.
  • Scans at speeds of 7.75in2 (50 cm2)/sec.


  • Program and operate using the multi-touch screen with fast pinch-to-zoom feature.
  • Programming time is greatly reduced by automatic pick & place or CAD data conversion and a pre-installed parts library with comprehensive parts inspection data.
  • Parts library and ease of use eliminates the need for a skilled operator for programming.
  • Algorithm-based for greater inspection coverage, higher accuracy, fewer false calls and program portability.
  • Unlike image-based systems, Sherlock-300 series machines not require a full-time operator—a line operator can oversee the machine.
  • Navigation Mode steps users through the software until they have become familiar with it.
  • Programming and fine-tuning can be done offline with offline software option.
  • Touch-screen display can be operated through gloves.
  • 2 days of installation and onsite training included* to get your team up and running as quickly and smoothly as possible.


  • Board transport automatically adjusts to the width of the board.
  • Camera system features a large-aperture telecentric lens to eliminate distortion and parallax effect with a color, 2.2-megapixel CMOS sensor.
  • Camera reads 2D and linear barcodes, no barcode scanner required.
  • Field of view is 41 mm x 21 mm with standard lens, 29 mm x 15 mm with optional high-magnification lens.

Complete process control

  • SPC software provides traceability and early detection of process abnormalities
  • Repair station software pulls up defect reports and photos by serial number, provides traceability for repaired boards

*Customer pays technician travel and lodging.

Defect Coverage

Sherlock-300’s scanning speed is independent of the number of components on the board: even densely populated boards are scanned at rates of 50 cm2/second. Fast cycle times keep the system from bottlenecking production—a 7.3" x 5.1" (185 mm x 130 mm) PCB with 253 parts can be processed in 10 seconds, including load and unload time.

Sherlock-300I is capable of detecting, with high accuracy:

  • Solder joint defects
  • Presence of solder
  • Insufficient solder
  • Excessive solder
  • Opens
  • Cold solder
  • Solder balling
  • Bridging
  • Poor soldering
  • Lifting
  • Fillet coverage (THT)
  • Wetting (THT)
  • Partial and full lack of solder (THT)
  • Blowholes (THT)
  • Component defects
  • Missing or extra components
  • Wrong components
  • Shifting
  • Tombstones
  • Reverse polarity
  • Damaged parts
  • Bent IC leads
  • Pin presence (THT)
  • Bent pins (THT)
Sherlock-300I - General Specifications
Component Coverage Down to 0201 (01005 available)
Minimum PCB Size 2" x 2" (50 mm to 50 mm)
Maximum PCB Size 13" x 9.85" (330 mm x 250 mm)
Topside Clearance 1.18" (30 mm) with standard lens, 0.98" (25 mm) with high magnification (including PCB thickness) 
Bottomside Clearance 1.18" (30 mm)
Lighting System RBG and warm-white illumination in 3-ring arrays
Camera 2.2-megapixel color camera with 2/3" CMOS sensor with Camera Link for high-speed data transmission and telecentric lens
Resolution 20 µm standard lens
14 µm high-magnification lens
Depth of Field 0.39" (10 mm) standard lens
0.24" (6 mm) high-magnification lens
Field of View 1.61" x 0.87" (41 mm x 22 mm) standard lens
1.14" x 0.59" (29 mm x 15 mm) high-magnification lens
Scanning Speed 50cm2/sec
Motion Control Bi-axial (X-Y) belt-driven
Repeat Position Accuracy 50 µm
Control Resolution 10 µm/pulse
Programming Automatic CAD conversion, pre-defined customizable component library, touch-screen-based teaching
Offline Programming Available
Repair Station Software Available
SPC Software Available
Computer Control Core 4 Xeon with 4 GB RAM, Windows® 7 Professional, 64-bit
Power Requirements AC100V to 230V single-phase
Air Supply 0.5 Mpa, 5 l/min(ANR)
Environmental Requirements Operation: 10 to 35° C/30-80% non-condensing RH
Storage: -10 to 60° C/30-80% non-condensing RH
Weight 337 lbs (153 kg) just the unit
386 lbs (175 kg) including PC
Dimensions (w x d x h) 24" x 30" x 51" (620 x 758 x 1294 mm)
(Alert light adds 11" (280 mm) in height)
Warranty 1-year
Remote service & support Included

Sherlock-300I Inline AOI Includes

  • Inline AOI system
  • 21.5" mutli-touch touch screen
  • SMEMA-compatible conveyor w/pneumatic operation standard (mechanical operation available)
  • Left to right transport direction (right to left available)
  • 2.2-megapixel color camera with 2/3" CMOS sensor with Camera Link for high-speed data transmission and telecentric lens
  • Three-tier RGB LED ring lighting
  • Three-tier warm white LED ring lighting
  • Standard magnification telecentric lens for inspecting parts down to 0201 (high-magnification telecentric lens option available)
  • Bi-axial (X-Y) belt drive
  • Sherlock-300 system software with automatic CAD conversion, pick and place data import, customizable component library
  • Core 4 Xeon computer control with 4 GB RAM
  • Windows® 7 Professional, 64-bit operating system
  • Two days installation and training (customer responsible for technician travel and lodging costs)
  • 1-year warranty
  • Remote service support

Available Accessories

  • Offline programming software 
  • SPC software
  • Repair station software
  • Alert light

One-year warranty + remote service support

Manncorp Service and SupportTo protect your investment, the Sherlock-300I comes with a 1-year parts warranty and access to telephone and email technical support. Manncorp technicians are employees, not contractors, with years of experience at all levels of circuit board assembly.

Remote service support software and a network adapter comes with every Sherlock-300 series machine, allowing Manncorp technicians to troubleshoot remotely over the Internet.

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