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Productronica 2021: Seica to present new flying probe platform

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Seica to present new flying probe platform

The company says it has “designed the Pilot VX to raise the bar of flying probe test performance, with cutting-edge solutions that address the fundamental concerns of electronic board manufacturers looking to optimize their investment.” Source: Seica

A leader in flying probe test technology Seica will present its new PILOT VX platform at the Productronica 2021 expo in Munich from 16–19 November 2021. The company says it has “designed the Pilot VX to raise the bar of flying probe test performance, with cutting-edge solutions that address the fundamental concerns of electronic board manufacturers looking to optimize their investment.”

In particular, the company says the platform offers a 50 percent reduction in test time thanks to its new state-of-the-art mechanical performance and motion control. “The Pilot VX has 12 multi-function test heads providing the capability to contact up to 44 points simultaneously, and technologically advanced measurement hardware, new microwave-based measurement techniques and optimized VIVA software management enable the parallelization of different types of tests, saving more time, and smart analysis capabilities together with algorithms based on the principles of artificial intelligence can automatically optimize the test flow in run-time, while maintaining test coverage targets.

“Flexibility is key because it allows you to make the most of your investment by meeting more of your needs. Instead of investing in two systems to meet production targets, one could be enough, or you could configure the line to optimize throughput by integrating multiple systems, each performing a different part of the test process in parallel to the others. A vast selection of test performances means that the test process can be tailored to the specific requirements of the product being tested, whether it be a relatively simple bare printed circuit board, a complex pcb with passive and active embedded components, fully loaded double-side boards with components that also need to be programmed, LEDs to be tested electrically and optically, flex circuits, very small and very large boards with very small and very large components…. in short, the Pilot VX is a flexible, configurable test system with an unrivaled set of technologically advanced tools, able to provide the test solutions required by the huge diversity which characterize today’s electronics.

“Traceability is a requirement: it gives you complete visibility of the test process, allowing you to certify the quality of the product and to improve yields by utilizing the analysis of the defects found to diagnose problems in the upstream manufacturing process. Going beyond the ability to store the test data, the Pilot VX has the capability to collect and store the data regarding the mechanical pressure applied by the test probes on every point on the board under test, making it available for visual, graphical and statistical analysis.

“High precision is a must to meet the mechanical challenges of probing the extremely miniaturized circuits in multiple types of electronic products and to measure very small electrical values. With a positioning precision of +/- 10µm, the Pilot VX is able to probe 20µm pads, measure values such as 0,05pF capacitance or 100 µohm resistance and, with a minimum spot of 200 µm, the integrated laser inspection tool can perform presence/absence checks of even 01005 SMDs.

“Automation is a reality: it is pervasive in today’s factories and in most production lines, creating the need to manage not one system, but rather a series of machines and handling modules, including robots, in a fluid, optimized manner. The Seica Asset Manager (SAM) software suite is a configurable platform that can simply perform basic functions such as the connection of a test system to the factory MES, but it also has the potential to supervise all of the assets in a roboticized line according to the MQTT Broker IIOT standard, which can then be monitored on a remote PC, tablet or mobile device via the customizable Seica Dashboard App.

Hall A1, Stand 445


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