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Board test solution heads to APEX 2020 in San Diego

16th January 2020
Mick Elliott

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a growing trend in electronic board manufacturing, and the latest board test solution in Seica’s Next Series, the Compact RT will feature at APEX 2020 in San Diego (February 4-6). It is designed to provide maximum productivity in any RPA scenario.

A new, dual-fixture rotary table ensures continuous, optimised test throughput, and its minimal, modular design provides maximum versatility for deployment in different automated handling concepts (robot/cobot) and layouts.

Configurable for in-circuit, pre-functional, functional and combinational testing as well as on-board programming, this solution has the modularity needed to provide tailor-made test performance for the specific requirement with all of the advantages of a standard platform.

A “distributed test” solution is offered in an automated line which includes Seica Automation handlers linking the Seica Next Series Pilot V8 flying probe tester and Compact SL.

The Compact SL is fully automated and, like all of the Seica Next Series Compact line, it is completely configurable for in-circuit, pre-functional, functional and combinational testing, as well as on-board programming.

The system architecture conforms to the World Class Manufacturing standard, and is the practical demonstration of how the Seica Compact line integrates the concepts of lean production, maintaining a small footprint without sacrificing performance.

Seica will also display the Compact Mini 200 which is easily configurable at the customer site. The system will be shown with a fixture showing multiple-up unit under test (UUT) testing.

The Mini line allows the customer to perform more of the custom/integration by their own in-house test departments.

Visitors will see demonstrations of the Pilot V8 flying probe test platform, with up to 20 mobile resources.

The standard test probes can each apply up to 2A current and the system can be configured with high-resolution cameras for automatic optical inspection, barcode and data matrix reading, laser sensors, capacitive probes, pyrometers, optical fiber sensors for LEDs, mini-fixtures for boundary scan and On Board Programming.

Shown in its fully-automated version, compatible with any standard assembly line, the Pilot V8 Next is engineered for medium/high volume production, and can be configured to satisfy the full range of different board test requirements.

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