Beyond Cable and PCB Testing: ECT Test Fixtures for Final QA

Efficient solution for ensuring best shipment quality

Everett Charles Technologies’ (ECT) product portfolio includes box build test fixtures for testing a product in the state that the end customer (OEM) will receive it. ECT final assembly test fixtures support the contract manufacturers to meet the high yield requirements of the OEMs.

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Ensuring Temperature Accuracy for Testing of High Pin Count Packages

Multitest MT2168 Pick-and-Place Handler offers advanced temperature control features

The Multitest MT2168 pick-and-place handler now offers an optional active socket purge (ASP). The ASP completes the portfolio of advanced temperature control features of the MT2168, which include Active Temperature Control (ATC), Cold Test for Characterization on the ambient / hot base handler version and now the ASP.

The ASP keeps the temperature contact pin in the socket on the set test temperature by applying a thermal controlled air flow to the pins. Particularly for high pin count devices this has significant influence on the overall temperature performance and reduces the temperature calibration efforts. The ASP can be configured with up to 16 independent sets of temperature sensor, controller and heater to ensure best temperature accuracy for each device under test.

Günther Jeserer, VP Gravity and Pick & Place Products, explains: “We continue to develop advanced features for the MT2168 to expand the capabilities of this leading pick and place handler. To achieve the advanced temperature performance we leveraged the more than 25 years of expertise within the Company and a wide range of production proven developments. All new features of the MT2168 will be available on the new MT2168 XT handler ambient/hot/cold test, which will be officially released later this year.”

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ECT Introduces the SPP-25 Spring Probes for Solar Panel Test

Leveraging contacting expertise for non-destructive measurements

ECT’s SPP-25 probes are designed specifically to support non-destructive electrical contact at various stages of test during the fabrication process of solar photovoltaic (PV) products. ECT’s reliable and effective solution is well suited for high volume production test which is needed as volumes increase due to alternative energies becoming more mainstream.

Spring probe technology is an ideal solution to provide electrical connection to obtain I-V curve measurements, or providing reliable contact for your challenging high current or low voltage connections. SPP-25 probes feature low, stable resistance, a center close for enhanced pointing accuracy, tip styles designed to distribute spring force across a large area, and two force options; 4oz and 6oz. The probes are specifically designed to yield a linear force –compression relationship as the probe is actuated. This minimizes potentially harmful jumps or steps in force. SPP-25 probes fit into standard Pogo 25 receptacles.

ECT probes are often used for standard or custom automated test equipment and fixture applications which involve simulation, production testing, characterization, validation or failure analysis. ECT has leveraged decades of spring probe design and manufacturing knowhow to create probes that ensure reliable electrical contact without damaging the PV cell.

Tony DeRosa, Senior Product Manager, explains: “Whether you are making contact directly with silicon/thin film circuitry, or the bus bar of your PV device, ECT offers a wide range of sizes, tip styles, and spring forces to accommodate your specific application.”

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atg Luther & Maelzer to exhibit at IPC APEX Expo 2016

High Performance Flying Probe Test and Automation             

At IPC APEX Expo, atg Luther & Maelzer will showcase its bestselling automatic flying probe system: The A7 – Automation (A7a). The A7a combines advanced levels of automation with highest flexibility for handling shipment panels, as well as, big production panels.

The A7a meets the customer demand for full automation and lights-out operation including processing of different part numbers and product sizes. It has the capability of handling production panels up to 25” x 21” (635 mm x 535 mm) with an active test area of 24” x 20” (610 mm x 510 mm). The A7a features 8 high-speed carbon fiber test heads in combination with 4 high resolution color cameras. Besides final products, the system can be equipped with tension clamps for testing production panels down to 16 mil (0.4 mm) thickness. The high-speed A7a performs up to 125 measurements per second, depending on the product under test and test method used, on pad sizes as small as 1.3 mil.”

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