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Reel to Real: An X-Ray Parts Counter


Counting parts is an integral part of any inventory control activity. Inventory is cash, and the ability to quickly assess how many parts you have in inventory is critical to the success of any manufacturing company. Counting parts on reels has been a daunting task: open the ESD bag, load the reel-to-reel counter, run it, re-reel, place reel back in the ESD bag. Of course, hope no damage was done to the components in the process. Ah, since the parts counter counts the number of holes in the tape (not the components per se), also hope the count is close enough to reality.

Large area x-ray detectors allow us to take a large image of a reel of components, like the one seen here:


Then using custom software, we count how many components are in the reel. That’s it, simple and direct – and accurate – counting for your inventory control. To make things even easier, we embedded this functionally to our TruView SRT, which gives you simple and fast operation.

Check out our demonstration video, and as usual, contact us if you have any questions.

TruView™ SRT with Parts Counter

About the Author:

Dr. Bill Cardoso is the President of Creative Electron. He holds a MS and PhD degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and an MBA from The University of Chicago. An industry thought leader, Bill has been recognized as IIT’s 2011 Outstanding Young Alumnus Awardee for his contributions to science and technology. He is also a Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA), American Physics Society (APS), and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). Bill is a holder of several patents in the areas of radiation detection, radiography, and quality inspection.


  1. Lim Keng Sui February 03, 2016 Reply


    Would like to inquiry on the Xray reel counter.

    Kindly advice the advantage and the limitation of your machines.

    The above inquiry is to further improve the reel counting process & lead time in my company.

    However please take note that now i am doing information collection for the study purposes in terms of accuracy, speed, technical support, cost, maintenance cost necessary. and etc. Would appreciate if you may provide more technical information.

    KS Lim

  2. Keng Sui, LIM March 05, 2016 Reply


    As the comment left above.

    Keen to understand the details of this Xray reel counting.
    Handling and Xray Counting CYCLE TIME
    machine limitation(reel size, number of reel coverage, etc)
    what are the rules for scanning for 100% accuracy
    Options available( qty label, data connect with inhouse database & etc)
    Annual maintenance
    Additional cost per year
    Additional cost on parts replacement
    Support in Singapore and Batam, Indonesia.

    Looking forward for your reply.

    KS Lim

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