VITROX Corp Bhd, a leading automated vision inspection system manufacturer in Asia, is eyeing the flexi-circuits and automated equipment market with its new range of products.
Group managing director J.W. Chu told StarBiz that Vitrox had just developed prototypes for the next generation of electronics communication and automated optical inspection (AOI) systems.
Chu said the group spent three years and over RM1mil developing the prototypes.
“The electronics communication system is to enable the brains of an automated equipment to communicate with various electro-mechanical devices connected to it.
“The AOI is to check for faults and defects on the surface of flexi-circuits, used for the auto and telecommunications industries,” he said.
The defects, undetectable by the human eye, can be as small as 10 microns, which is one-tenth the thickness of a human hair.
Chu said Vitrox was also fine-tuning the electronics communication system, so that it could perform at a greater speed.
Listed on the Mesdaq market a year ago, Vitrox specialises in the manufacturing of automated vision inspection systems to check the external defects of integrated circuits.
“Both the electronics communication and AOI systems have wide applications, as they can be used in the electronics, auto, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, and medical instrument industries,” Chu said.
He said the group had received orders from its multi-national corporation customers as well as the small and medium industries involved in making automated equipment.
“The AOI system should be ready for delivery to our MNC customers in the region in November,” he added.
The AOI system is equipped with high-speed line-scanning camera and advanced image processing technologies that allows it to detect very fine defects on the surface of flexi-circuits.
The high-speed line-scanning camera technology is imported from Germany, while the advanced image processing technology is developed by the group’s research and development (R&D) team.
“Besides South Korean companies, we are one of the few players in the market with the know-how to develop AOI systems,” Chu said.
Chu expects Vitrox’s electronics communication system to hit the market in the first quarter of 2007.
He said Vitrox employed the latest system-on-chip technology from the United States to manufacture its electronics communication system.
He said that in the US and Taiwan, the system-on-chip technology was used for making very high-end consumer electronics and telecommunication products.
“But Vitrox has succeeded in adapting the technology for its electronics communication system, using in-house R&D talents.
“This technology enabled us to produce a faster electronics communication system in smaller footprint cost effectively,” he added.
Chu said Vitrox also wanted to develop new models of automated vision inspection systems for detecting faults in pharmaceutical products.
“This is our business plan for the next three years,” he added.
For the first half of the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006, the group achieved a profit after tax (PAT) of RM4.9mil from a revenue of RM11.3mil.
This represents 86.5% of the total PAT and 81.6% of the total revenue achieved last year.
Vitrox, which employs over 70 engineers, operates in a RM13mil facility at the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone.
Vitrox sells 60% to 70% of its high-speed automated vision inspection system to local automation companies, while the remainder is exported.
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