Aeroflex has announced that a Dual Vacuum Control capability has been added to its 5220 Power Manufacturing Defects Analyser. This new capability allows dual well vacuum test fixtures to be directly controlled by the test system. Full backwards compatibility is maintained with existing test programs and fixtures.
Dual Well or ‘Chamber’ test fixtures can be used to maximise the throughput of a manually operated test system. The fixture is divided into two halves with each accepting one or more PCB’s. While one side of the fixture is testing a PCB, the other half of the fixture can be manually loaded or unloaded. This innovative capability increases the throughput of the test system by overlapping the test and load times.
Included with immediate effect as a standard feature on all new Aeroflex 5220 Power Manufacturing Defects Analysers, existing systems can be upgraded with the Dual Vacuum Control capability.
Bob Prew, Product Manager, stated, “The new Dual Vacuum Control facility is a capability that users, both new and existing, will find invaluable”. He continued, “Crucial time and subsequent production cost savings can be made with this innovative testing and loading overlap feature.”
A fast analog 19 inch rack-mountable test system, the Aeroflex 5220 combines a high 1200 components/sec test speed with the ability to accurately test a wide range of component types, effectively blurring the line between MDA, or analog in-circuit, and full digital in-circuit. This capability minimises the investment in test systems by reducing the number of platforms required to achieve throughput, and providing the highest level of test coverage within a single manufacturing stage. The approach of powering up PCBs using either the programmable supplies gives a vast cost advantage over conventional MDA systems, as a higher level of faults can be detected earlier in the production process.
Controlled by an industry standard PC, the Aeroflex test system has a small footprint allowing simple integration into automated in-line manufacturing facilities. The use of both inductive and capacitive vectorless test techniques contributes to the Aeroflex 5220′s ability to generate tests for complex devices quickly and to accurately diagnose faults to enhance productivity and quality.
Aeroflex’s 5200 series also incorporates automatic program generation and autodebug facilities, all designed to improve important time to market issues.
Aeroflex Incorporated is a global provider of high technology solutions to the aerospace, defence, cellular and broadband communications markets. The Company’s diverse technologies allow it to design, develop, manufacture and market a broad range of test, measurement and microelectronic products. The Company’s common stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol ARXX and is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 index.
About Aeroflex Test Solutions, Instruments Division
Staffed with experts in RF and microwave signal generation and processing subsystems, Aeroflex Test Solutions Group provides test and measurement systems, instruments, modules, services and integration support for the communications test, military, government and semiconductor industries. Aeroflex’ solutions reflect a commitment to industry-accepted standards and the concept of modular product development. They encompass Communications test (public mobile radio, wireless cellular and telecom, military radio and avionics radio test), Signal sources (synthesizers, signal generators, signal analyzers and phase noise systems), General-purpose test (spectrum analyzers, microwave analyzers, bit error rate testers) and Systems (satellite, ATE, PXI and radar).