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How to Optimize & Improve Test Stations With EMC Technologies

EMC Technologies for Optimizing Test stationsClients come to EMC Technologies when looking for test solutions designed to optimize and improve the testing process for industry. Our work with a diverse array of industries has helped us to increase our ability to create a mobile test station, universal test station, and test-specific wireless functional testing applications that exceed expectations. Much of the work that we do involves developing testing solutions that are designed to meet test, time and cost constraints to provide the client with the best return on their investment.

For example, clients who work in the data and telecommunications industries will often request test solutions that are highly flexible, easily adaptable and cost-effective for high-volume testing. Other clients, such as those who work in biomedical equipment or semiconductor manufacturing, will often require testing that is much more rigorous in its validation and acceptance testing to match or exceed internal requirements set by suppliers or industry regulations. We work with a variety of test stations to ensure the delivery of solutions that will meet the demands of each client as an individual.

Mobile Test Station Solutions

One of the popular choices for clients who require flexible solutions that can be adapted and used in different ways for complicated and high-volume testing is the mobile test station. Compared with other solutions that rely on other types of test stations, the mobile test station solutions we develop will frequently have both the hardware and software co-developed at the same time to meet all of the requirements of the client. Mobile test stations typically feature a built-in computer and monitor, as well as test interfaces with modular electrical and mechanical interface options. Built-in network and fiber optic capabilities, as well as designed-in fast access to all inside resources, make these test solutions extremely adaptable for many different types of applications.

The mobile test station will also maximize the use of “off the shelf” parts and components, which makes it even more affordable and cost-effective for our clients. A well-organized and documented station wiring and configurations combined with expansion areas that feature easy-to-use adapter panels and plates make adjustments quick, easy, and effective, reducing downtime for completing necessary changes. Overall the mobile test station model maximizes the use of the test floor area and provides many advantages through the transition from benchtop testing to rack-based solutions. This is extremely beneficial to clients who develop new products that will share the same test resources as legacy counterparts to reduce test costs and testing development times.

Universal Test Station Solutions

Clients who are searching for more precise test solutions, yet still want to have expansion capabilities for wireless functional testing, can utilize universal test station solutions. Not only is adaptation simplified through front slide-out rack shelving, which facilitates easy instrument removal for frequent calibration and increased accuracy, but costs can be reduced for use with similar product types and configurations with these test stations. For further configuration options, the center fixture receiver backplane is interchangeable with other fixtures and each part is designed to use small personality “daughter” cards to make it easier to interface with the test station for smooth operation.

Organization is simplified with the use of soft tie downs and wire harnessing. This allows for rapid access for expansion requirements. Similar to the mobile test station solutions, designed-in fast access is also provided for quick adjustments and calibration of all inside resources. Our universal test station solutions rely on LabVIEW software via IEEE 488 buss for test instrument communication. All of these features can help clients to create solutions that deliver more precise solutions, yet offer many options that can help them to increase the return on their investment for this type of testing solution.

Test-Specific Testing Station Solutions

Beyond the world of adaptable testing for industries that frequently need to test similar product designs throughout the development and manufacturing process, test-specific stations are also available to our clients. These test stations have features that can be selected based on the individual needs of each client according to the requirements of their industry and the product line that they need wireless functional testing to be performed. Some of the test-specific options include video, non-contact, infra-red, laser, and barcode sensor stations. Product and component handler and motion stations, as well as EMI, RF, and EMC compliant testing stations according to the client’s or industry specifications.

Additional test-specific solutions can include temperature and vibration stations, thermal hoods and plenum interface distribution systems or options that include micro-contact to large industrial plant stations, depending on the application and environment. Active and passive electronic loads and load simulators, as well as mechanical-only holding, clamping or multi-axis stations, are also available for those who require these types of specific solutions. Integrated electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic stations can also be chosen, based upon the client’s unique needs.

Contact EMC Technologies for a FREE Estimate

If you are interested in learning more about our capabilities for test stations, including test-specific, mobile test station, and universal test station solutions, give us a call at 508-672-0808. EMC Technologies is ISO 9001: 2015 Certified and ITAR registered, ensuring our ability to provide wireless functional testing and test station solutions to clients from even the most demanding and regulated industries. Call today for a FREE estimate or to speak with one of our technicians about your needs for custom functional test solutions.