February 5, 2013. Seica Inc. has announced it will exhibit at IPC APEX EXPO February 19-21 in San Diego. The featured systems will include the Pilot V8 flying prober, the Firefly laser selective soldering system, and the Compact TK functional and in-circuit test system.
Like all of Seica’s solutions, the Compact line is based on the core software/hardware VIP platform, but it is specialized for multiple applications, with specific reference to the automotive industry, and includes systems dedicated to in-circuit test, on-board programming of digital devices, and functional and end-of-line board testing (EOL), with manual or fully automated UUT loading/downloading.
In addition, visitors will be able to view a wide range of application solutions on the different systems, including test fixtures and programs implemented in VIVA software and NI LabVIEW/TestStand. The Compact line is fully compliant with lean production guidelines typical of WCM (World Class Manufacturing) standards, used in different sectors of today’s global industrial production environments.
The Compact TK is the smallest configuration of the company's functional and in-circuit systems. It serves ICT, functional, and on-board programming applications. Features of the Compact TK include a parallel test option, up to 1536 analog channels, up to 125 hybrid channels (maximum 10-MHz digital), up to three user power supplies, functional test expandability, on board programming features, a boundary scan test option, pneumatic/vacuum fixture receiver options, and a cabinet fully integrated with PC and receiver.
Pilot V8 Flying Probe
The Pilot V8 offers a vertical architecture for probing both sides of the UUT simultaneously. This feature supports fast, precise, reliable, and repeatable probing; it also allows for full availability of all mobile resources for testing the UUT.
The Pilot V8 is equipped with eight electrical flying test probes (four on each side), two Openfix flying probes (one on each side), two CCD cameras (one on each side), and two power probes (one 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 test tools and techniques of the Pilot V8 include FNODE signature analysis on the nets of the UUT, standard analog and digital in-circuit test, vectorless tests (JSCAN and OPENFIX), 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, optional functional test and boundary scan test capabilities, onboard programming tools for digital devices, and optional thermal scan resources.
The Firefly Selective Soldering system employs laser-based technology. The Firefly has been designed to optimize flexibility and automation, including solutions for specific requirements, such as an external pre-heating unit. The Firefly is available in three configurations: top soldering, bottom soldering, and top and bottom soldering.
The energy through the laser allows for point to point adjustment of the power needed for soldering; the lack of thermal inertia of the laser, combined with real-time temperature readings, enables the dynamic creation of the thermal profile. The ability to apply all of the energy in a single point makes this technology applicable in situations where it is not possible to heat the whole board or where there are problems generated by reduced accessibility. The user is able to change from lead to lead-free solder by simply changing the spool of solder wire. The clean soldering process eliminates the costs and logistics involved with cleaning boards and handling residual waste.