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In traditional markets such as contract manufacturing a Flying Probe has been used mainly for prototype and low volume testing utilizing common ICT test techniques. However, that is not just how Seica sees it. Seica has defined the market in regards to using the Flying Prober for specialized areas as well, namely the repair and depot environments where the challenge to repair boards are at times, much more complex than in the production environment. Seica has leveraged its 25+ years in test and flying prober technology to introduce sophisticated software tools to help the MRO sector in repairing boards coming back from the field, at the field, or in production plants.
Pilot V8 Flying Probe
The Pilot V8 is an innovative technology that offers maximum performance in regards to high test speed, test coverage and flexibility. The system’s vertical architecture is the optimum solution for probing both sides of the UUT simultaneously. This feature guarantees fast, precise, reliable and repeatable probing; it also allows for full availability of all the mobile resources for testing the UUT.
The Pilot V8 is equipped with 8 electrical flying test probes (4 on each side), 2 Openfix flying probes (1 on each side) and 2 high definition cameras (1 on each side), and 2 power probes (1 on each side) for a total of 14 mobile resources available to test the UUT. The mobile power probes enable power up of the UUT without requiring any additional fixed cables, allowing easy implementation of functional test. The Pilot V8 system with its ability for dual sided probing and advanced software tools allow it to be used in the repair environment to help bring your faulty boards back into the supply chain and also quickly help diagnose boards coming back from the field. The ‘reverse engineering’ capability allows for the easy schematic generation of boards that are missing CAD, schematics, and net lists.
The tools and techniques of the Pilot V8 include:
- Reverse engineering
- Schematic generation
- Net list creation
- X and Y drill data creation for fixture builds
- FNODE signature analysis on the nets of the UUT
- Standard analog and digital in-circuit test
- Vectorless tests to test ICs for opens and shorts
- PWMON net analysis for power on the boards
- Continuity test to detect open tracks on the PCB
- Visual tests for component presence/absence and rotation
- Functional test and boundary scan test capabilities
- On Board Programming tools for digital devices
- Thermal Scan resources
The “power” of a complete ATE
Seica has created The MINI Line Systems, ATE suitable to implement and manage different stages of test such as; In-circuit test, Functional test, on-board programming and Boundary-Scan test.
The 19” standard chassis rack architecture enables the use in a stand-alone configuration, but also an easy integration in existing cabinets or structures.
All the test resources are available via connectors, which makes it extremely easy to interface with any type of fixture receiver.
SEICA, with 26 years of experience has created a wide range of hardware/software modules, and today its expertise is fully deployed in the testers of MINI line.
In the ATE MINI series, the concept of “open system” is extensively available, all the system resources are equipped with drivers enabling their control via off-the-shelf software such as, LabView ©, TestStand ©, Visual Basic ©, and Seica Viva ©. The on-board programming is performed both with a Seica universal module and by managing off-the-shelf programmers. In addition, boundary-scan tests can be executed and ran, and cameras are managed for the most varied automated optical inspection requirements.
The MINI line consists of 2 systems, MINI 80 and MINI 200, featured by a different scalability, but can be equally configured and used in the different applications.
Intelligent Break-Out Box based on Seica’s standard VIP architecture, including the DSP ACL module, the PTE-200 and Mini 200 (on display) combines the features of different instruments like voltage generator, current generator, waveform generator, voltmeter, current meter, frequency meter and oscilloscope, with the typical features of an automatic test system. It is also equipped with a mid-range power relay matrix (500V @2A) with switching and interrupts functions of up to 256 input/output channels.
The PTE series are ideal for diagnosing and identifying in field faults in the electronic systems aboard helicopters, trains, planes and systems made up of electronic modules interconnected through cables equipped with break out connectors. The PTE is connected between two modules to monitor the activity present on the interconnect cable, and can execute stimuli/measurement operations as well as simply connect/interrupt every single wire of the cable itself, to facilitate the diagnosis of the problem by an expert user wherever the transport vehicle is located. The system is packaged in a shock proof mobile container for the field personnel to bring onto the tarmac or destinations across the world
About Seica Inc.
Seica Inc., is a subsidiary of Seica SpA, with offices in Salem, New Hampshire and Plano, Texas. It is staffed with sales, engineering and field support teams to address customer needs throughout North America.