While there are some situations where standard or generic functional test fixtures will do, in many cases a custom functional test is required. Functional testing is very important in product development and manufacturing. It is used to verify that the product is ready for release and validate that everything is working as it should. The functional test division of EMC Technologies works to ensure that the custom function test fixtures that we provide stay focused on the needs of the customer.
Functional testing is an essential element in the overall testing strategy of a product. Depending on the product and industry requirements, a variety of testing methods may be performed. It is important to remember that functional testing is performed based on the perspective of the user to ensure that the product does what the user expects it to do. Accurate and consistent functional test fixtures are a critical element in many different industries, such as the electronics manufacturing industry.
Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Testing
One of the areas that our functional test division provides custom functional test fixtures for is printed circuit board (PCB) level testing. These functional test fixtures can be used to verify the manufacturability of a product before the installation of it into the final assembly. It is important to have test fixtures for this purpose that are extremely accurate and consistent to provide the manufacturer with the most reliable results. Quality test station design is required to reduce variability in measurements during product testing.
EMC Technologies puts a major emphasis on quality. We are proud to have earned ISO 9001: 2015 certification for the “Design and manufacture of wireless and wired functional test interface equipment that tests PCBs and assemblies for a wide variety of applications.” Test stations and appropriate test strategies are instrumental in verifying the quality manufacture of a product. Our team of highly trained and experienced technicians understands that certain test fixture factors can affect the measurements observed during the testing of a PCB assembly. That’s why our focus is on creating accurate functional test fixtures for our clients.
What is Successful Testing?
When it comes to determining if a custom functional test is successful, there are a few factors that must be considered. Are the functional test fixtures accurate and reliable? Are they consistent and dependable? EMC Technologies takes pride in our commitment to providing our clients with the most accurate and consistent functional test fixtures developed in our functional test division. We take time to ensure that all factors that could affect a product test are considered. This includes every element in the test station, not just the test fixtures alone.
Functional test fixtures are used in the test station to:
- ensure the quality of the product
- identify potential causes of issues with the product
- verify the proper manufacture of the material
- reduce waste associated with processing
We work with our clients through every phase of development, all the way from the initial design to the manufacture of the custom functional test. This works to eliminate testing issues that could negatively impact the results or cause inaccuracies in testing. The more we can work with our clients, the more time can be spent on developing the most accurate functional test fixtures and test stations to ensure that the product is manufactured correctly. We can build custom solutions for our clients when there is no standard test available that will work for their product testing.
About EMC Technologies
Located in Fall River, Massachusetts, EMC Technologies features a fully-equipped machine shop and an electro-mechanical assembly department, which is capable of managing the most demanding requirements. Our team is made up of a variety of talented individuals who specialize in mechanical, electrical, and PCB engineering. We work with the latest design tools and equipment. Even our sales support group is comprised of sales engineers, applications engineers, and technical project managers. This unbeatable combination of highly trained and experienced team members helps us to provide our clients with unmatched quality in functional test fixtures and custom functional test station.
If you are interested in learning more about our functional test division and all of the services that we provide, give us a call at 508-672-0808. We work with many different industries, including electronics, automotive, aerospace, military, and defense. We stay current with all of the latest technologies and, due to our expansive and diverse client base, we have the unique ability to provide functional test fixtures for just about any industry. Our specific areas of proficiency include high speed, temperature, tight tolerance, RF test fixtures, and test racks. Call today for a free estimate for our services or to schedule a consultation with our team.