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Innovative flying probe test, soldering solution debut

Posted: 01 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:flying probe test system? Firefly selective soldering solution? IPC Printed Circuits Expo?

Seica Inc. has announced its new Pilot V8 flying probe test system and the Firefly selective soldering solution, which will be exhibited at this week's IPC Printed Circuits Expo, Apex and the Designers Summit.

Flying probe features
The Pilot V8 features a vertical architecture that enables high speed, high precision probing on both sides of the DUT simultaneously, offering maximum test coverage and flexibility in a compact, extremely ergonomic package.

Equipped with eight electrical flying test probes, two Openfix capacitive and two power flying probes, plus two CCD cameras , the Pilot V8 has 14 mobile resources fully available to test the DUT, with a full range of in-circuit and functional test capabilities. In addition, like the other Seica flying probe solutions, the Pilot V8 can also implement a series of "net-oriented" measurement techniques, based on measurements executed on the board signal nets. These new test methods significantly cut the time required for in-circuit test by considerably lowering the number of measurements required, maintaining the same level of fault coverage and valuable diagnostic information. The mobile power probes are another important innovation, which enable the power up of the DUT without requiring any additional fixed cables for easy implementation of functional test. Seica's Pilot V8 can also execute parallel tests on two DUTs at the same time, effectively doubling test capacity with respect to a 4-probe system.

The PILOT V8, like all Seica products, is based on the Seica VIPT platform with its innovative coverage, guiding the user through a series of automated operations in an intuitive, self-explanatory environment, drastically reducing programming time and practically eliminating the possibility for error and omissions.

Soldering solution
Another innovative solution from Seica is the Firefly selective soldering solution that concentrates all the power and precision of laser technology into the automated selective soldering process of electronic boards and assemblies. Firefly integrates Seica's easy to use VIPT software, which includes a completely new automatic program development environment that drastically reduces the time needed to setup soldering programs.

Equipped with a SMEMA compatible board conveyor system and fiducial recognition, Firefly is easily integrated into a fully automated production line. Sophisticated algorithms and fast loop control enable automatic management of PCB characteristics and environmental factors, resulting in a high level of soldering quality and repeatability. Thermal control, so essential to the soldering process, is guaranteed by an integrated temperature control system that provides continuous feedback during the soldering process and displays thermal profiles clearly in real time, then stores the profiles and images of each soldered point, ensuring complete traceability of the soldering process.

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