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Functional Testing Solutions and the Electronic Test Industry

functional testing solutionsFunctional test fixtures plan an essential role in the design and development of printed circuit boards (PCBs) for electronics of all types. At EMC Technologies, we serve many different industries to ensure quality control for products and components that are used around the globe. Our functional testing solutions address the unique needs of each client to ensure that their requirements are met. If there is even a small flaw in the design of the printed circuit board, there will be problems. Businesses work closely with the electronic test industry to ensure that their products meet the highest standards.

Manufacturing safe and useful products are essential to protect the company’s brand and build a strong and loyal customer base. When you think of all the top brand names in the telecommunications and electronics industries, certain qualities come to mind. Reliability, durability, longevity, dependability – all those words mean something to consumers and should be a priority to the companies that stand behind those products. Functional test fixtures are used to check for any bugs or issues during the prototype stage so that it won’t impact the viability of the product out in the field. Testing electronics is an integral part of product development, especially when it includes printed circuit boards.

PCB Development Cycle

At EMC Technologies, we don’t just offer functional testing solutions for printed circuit boards, we develop and manufacture them at our state-of-the-art facility. The designs that we create for our clients can accommodate any combination of requirements, including simple double-sided PCBs to more complicated, multi-layer designs. Our team can develop the custom PCB directly from the customer’s specifications, or we can work together to design the appropriate printed circuit board with our team of engineers and technicians. We use the design and manufacture of PCBs as an integral component of the interface test adapter (ITA) to ensure greater signal integrity and repeatability. This helps us to provide a much faster debug time and allows us to create more cost-effective exact duplicates of ITAs.

The primary advantages of electronic test industry solutions for PCBs include:

  • Cost Savings – Quality control testing for PCBs with functional testing solutions helps our clients to reduce costs that can be potentially wasted on the production of faulty products. We utilize prototypes and small-scale assemblies to effectively test the products at our facility early in the design process. This is important for many different industries that we serve to ensure the safety of the finished product and protect the brand of the company itself.
  • Time Savings – When issues are identified early on in the development process, it helps to save time throughout production by allowing changes to be made during prototyping. Our team works with a project to determine the cause of the issue so it can be fixed quickly and efficiently to help move production along and improve lead-time for completion.
  • Improved Products – Protecting the client’s brand is accomplished by ensuring that they produce a quality, reliable, and safe product for their target customer base. The end-user never needs to know about the changes, adjustments, and development process that is done behind the scenes with the help of functional testing solutions. All they need to know is that the product they receive is durable, dependable, and performs as advertised. This attention to detail and commitment to quality control is what helps to advance a company’s brand. Neglecting to perform testing is how a company gets a bad reputation and loses the trust of its customers.

Functional Circuit Testing

At EMC Technologies, we utilize functional test fixtures for the testing of printed circuit boards during development and at the end of manufacturing to ensure that they are functioning according to the client’s specifications. Functional testing solutions are designed to interface with the PCB through the test-probe points or edge connectors to verify that everything is functioning correctly. While functional circuit testing is different than in-circuit testing, both methods use connectors to attach to the board throughout the process. The testing process utilizes a program to test the PCB to make sure the intended function is working effectively and accurately.

Our team has developed highly customized ITAs to support our clients in commercial electronics, telecommunications, military, aerospace, and subcontracted military programs, as well as other industries. We strongly feel that by working with such a diverse array of clients from multiple sectors that we are better prepared to meet the needs of our customers across the board. Challenging products, demanding projects, and innovative testing strategies are just par for the course when it comes to the work that we do for our clients. Redundant interface, removable access panels, custom utility board PCB, and custom backplane PCB are just some of the ITA solutions that we depend on for results.

Contact Our Team

The sooner you contact EMC Technologies during the development phase of your project, the more we will be able to help you save time, money, and reduce bug issues within your finished product. The electronic test industry has adapted to respond to the growing changes in today’s technologies, and custom functional testing solutions are leading the way. Give us a call at 508-672-0808 to speak with one of our team members about your needs for functional test fixtures. We are ISO 9001: 2015 Certified and ITAR Registered.

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