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Automatic grading without any assistance

Automatic grading without any assistance


Fully automatic loading and testing on a Sigma bond tester have been possible for years. However, automatic analysis without operator intervention remained a challenge. Using deep learning, we now got this covered! A Sigma can automatically determine the failure modes on samples, removing the need for operator grading on your parts.

What is auto grading?

An operator grades the test result via the microscope or picture after each test or during a grading run) and determines each bond test’s failure mode. This results in either a ‘pass’ or a ‘fail’ for the measurement. Grading by operators is time-consuming and sensitive to interpretation differences.

Auto grading is a software functionality that makes it possible to automatically grade the image of the test result using image processing software. In the case of ball shear, the software application calculates the area of bulk material remaining as a percentage of the whole and can determine various pre-learned gradings. The result of autograding is the failure mode of the bond test. Operators can optionally set the exact rules to determine the failure mode from the image to conform to their standards. For example: ‘if ductile area > 25% of the bond area then the result is failure mode 3’. Rules establish which are ‘passes’ and which are ‘fails’.

Using auto grading, operators do not need to fulfill assessments by accepting or editing the failure modes at the end of an automation run.


How does it work?

Auto grading uses machine vision software to process the images of the test results. The algorithm uses a neural network, also referred to as deep learning.

Deep learning automatically determines the failure modes of the test result images. The system learns features that allow the classifier within the algorithm to distinguish between failures. The test target features are taught by training a neural network in image processing. Operators do not need to fulfill assessments by accepting or editing the failure modes at the end of a fully automatic run.

Every test (i.e. shear, pull) needs a unique auto grading algorithm setup. Teaching the neural network and autograding algorithm is complex. That is why xyztec teaches the neural network in-house.

Deep learning


Does it work on my sample?

The current algorithm already covers numerous different applications, but some applications might require custom work. To determine the autograding possibilities, we need a small set of target images to determine autograding feasibility for the individual samples.

Auto grading is currently available for ball shear and wire pull tests:

Ball shear

Auto grading on ball shear determines surface areas with regards to the bond area. It is possible to determine the failure mode depending on the different areas:

  • Area of cratering/pad lift
  • Area of gold ductile
  • Area of ball lift


Wire pull

Auto grading of wire pull tests determines the location where the wire is broken.

  • Results for ball bonds:
    • Ball bond broken from pad
    • Wire broken from ball bond (breaks in the Heat Affected Zone)
  • Results for wedge bonds:
    • Wire broken from wedge bond

High wire bonds or variable bond heights can be hard to detect.




One step forward in realizing 100% automatic bond testing

This new development comes with very promising functionalities to grade failure modes without any assistance. We expect to be able to continue improving the functionality. Are you ready to automate your processes? Contact your local representative about the possibilities for your samples.


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