Testing evolution shows no signs of slowing down

Though ever-improving production techniques don’t result in many faulty parts, the need for test equipment isn’t going away. End products still need to be checked, and prototypes certainly need to undergo rigorous examination.
That’s driving speedy progress in the testing field. Italian automatic test equipment manufacturer Seica SpA recently announced a flying probe test system for bare boards. It has four probes and a dedicated camera for each side of the board, as well as a conveyor system that handles up to 100 boards without manual intervention. Underscoring the global reach of the test market, another Italian supplier, Spea, also unveiled a flying probe tester late last year, while U.S. companies like Polar Instruments continue to roll out new gear.
The rapid changes in test equipment are also keeping standards committees busy. IPC released IPC-9252A, Requirements for Electrical Testing of Unpopulated Printed Boards, late last year. It was a complete rewrite of a document originally published in 2001.
With simulation and advanced manufacturing processes taking quality levels to new heights, it’s easy to start thinking that eliminating some tests could be a good cost-cutting measure. But doing so assumes that all software and equipment works perfectly all the time. If any view of the industrial world  illustrates the old story about the real meaning of the word assume, it’s assuming that tests can be eliminated.

3 Comments

  1. Posted August 18, 2009 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Electronic testing shouldn’t be slowing down because this is a necessary action to be done when dealing with electronic devices. This is to avoid dangers ahead.

  2. jaswant sinha
    Posted October 14, 2009 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Hmm i found your blog and its quite interesting and informative.
    Thanks for the post.

  3. geoge morgan
    Posted November 11, 2009 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Its impossible that the electronic testing will be slowing down. As we can see now a days electronic devices are soaring high and electronic test equipment plays a very important role in digital world especially in troubleshooting and in developing circuits.


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