DESTINATION: "FUTURE IN TEST ", Booth A1.459, Hall A1 -Seica SpA Exhibits at electronica 2008, Munich, November 2008

(PresseBox) (Strambino, Italy, ) Not only test but also selective soldering Specialist Seica SpA will display an innovative solution at electronica 2008 in Munich, the Firefly concentrates all the power and precision of laser technology into the automated selective soldering process of electronic boards and assemblies. Firefly integrates Seica's easy to use VIPT software, which includes a completely new automatic program development environment that drastically reduces the time needed to setup soldering programs.

Equipped with a SMEMA compatible board conveyor system and fiducial recognition, Firefly is easily integrated into a fully automated production line. Sophisticated algorithms and fast loop control enable automatic management of printed circuit board characteristics and environmental factors, resulting in a high level of soldering quality and repeatability.

Thermal control, so essential to the soldering process, is guaranteed by an integrated temperature control system that provides continuous feedback during the soldering process and displays thermal profiles clearly in real time, then stores the profiles and images of each soldered point, ensuring complete traceability of the soldering process. The FIREFLY system is particularly suitable for soldering:

- Through hole
- Pin Grid Array
- Odd form components
- RF shieldings
- Connectors

Characteristics of this state-of-the-art selective soldering system are:

- Solid state laser unit
- Spot size programmable: 0.3 mm to 4.5 mm
-Head rotation feature
- Board Warpage correction
- Soldering power closed loop control (through pyrometer)
- Working area 406 x 508 mm
- Seica VIVAR software
- CAD input data import
- Board coordinates auto-learning (if no CAD data available)
- Soldering profile auto-learning functions

FLYING PROBER V8 The V8 is the latest addition to Seica's complete line of Flying Probe Test systems and represents a radical departure from traditional flying prober designs. So much so, that it was awarded to be included in the Innovative Technology Center (ITC) at the 2008 IPC Printed Circuits Expo, Apex and the Designers Summit in the USA.

The Pilot V8's vertical architecture enables high speed, high precision probing on both sides of the UUT simultaneously, offering the maximum in test coverage and flexibility in a compact, ergonomic package. It is equipped with eight electrical flying test probes (four on each side), two Openfix capacitive and two power flying probes, plus two CCD cameras (one on each side).

With 14 mobile resources available to test the UUT, Pilot V8 has a range of in-circuit and functional test capabilities. In addition, like other Seica flying probe solutions, the Pilot V8 can implement a series of net-oriented measurement techniques, based on measurements executed on the board signal nets. These new test methods cut the time required for in-circuit test by lowering the number of measurements required, maintaining the same level of fault coverage and valuable diagnostic information. The mobile power probes are another innovation that enable the power-up of the UUT without requiring additional fixed cables. Seica's Pilot V8 can also execute parallel tests on two UUTs at the same time, effectively doubling test capacity with respect to a four-probe system.

This system, along with all other Seica systems runs on the powerful VIPT software platform, which optimizes test-program development time, test time and fault coverage while providing a common software architecture across all Seica products, supporting seamless migration between different test strategies and systems. This strategy has numerous advantages for the user, not least of which is the elimination of the need to re-train test technicians, who continue to operate in the same software environment, where program development is guided in a simple 3-step process; a series of automated operations literally "do the work" necessary to get test programs up and running quickly in an intuitive, self-explanatory environment.

STRATEGY In-Circuit/Functional Tester

The Strategy has all the power and flexibility required to provide a complete test solution:from traditional in-circuit testing, to low voltage/power analog functional tests, all the way up to high frequency digital functional tests with diagnostics guided by a mathematical simulator.

Most important features are:

Seica VIVAR Software Maximum 8192 test pins Fiber optics bus Synthethic instruments DSP hardware core Functional, in-circuit and vectorless (OpenfixR) test Mechanical receiver powered with compressed air Off-Line Programming and Repair station software embedded


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