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The Seica team welcome you on booth 1,100

18th January 2022
Kiera Sowery

Customers looking for test solutions can come to Seica’s booth 1,100 and view the future of Flying Probe test in the form of the new PILOT VX platform.

Fast, powerful and smart: the Pilot VX raises the bar of flying probe test performance, with solutions that address the fundamental concerns of electronic board manufacturers looking to optimise their investment. 

One concern is cost, and since time is cost a reduction of up to 50% in test time due to the mechanical performance and motion control saves you money. The Pilot VX has 12 multi-function test heads providing the capability to contact up to 44 points simultaneously, and technologically advanced measurement hardware, microwave-based measurement techniques and optimised VIVA software management enabling the parallelisation of different types of tests, saving more time, and smart analysis capabilities together with algorithms based on the principles of artificial intelligence which can automatically optimise the test flow in run-time, while maintaining test coverage targets.

Optimising your investment, in terms of meeting more of your needs, is also important, andrequires flexibility. For example, a flexible solution may allow you to meet your production targets with one system instead of two, or you could configure the line to optimise 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 wafer or PCB with passive and active embedded components. Seica’s flying prober can test fully loaded double-side boards with components that also need to be programmed, LEDs to be tested electrically and optically, flex circuits, and 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 characterise today’s electronics.

Seica’s software gives you complete visibility of the test process and provides full traceability, allowing you to certify the quality of the product and to improve yields by utilising 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.

In order to meet the mechanical challenges of probing the extremely miniaturised circuits in multiple types of electronic products and to measure very small electrical values, high precision is a must. 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 ispervasive 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, optimised 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 roboticised line according to the MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) Broker IIOT standard, which can then be monitored on a remote PC, tablet or mobile device via the customizable Seica Dashboard Application.

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