Certain industries and technologies will often require test-specific functional testing in order to achieve industry and safety standards. Wireless test fixtures can be created to accommodate printed circuit board testing and CCA performance verification for a wide range of demanding requirements. For example, the data and telecommunications industries will often require highly flexible test solutions that can provide manufacturers with cost-effective options that are easily adaptable and can be used with both complicated and high-volume testing. Other industries, such as the semiconductor and medical technology manufacturers, will need a lot of rigorous validation and acceptance testing to ensure that the parts and components they receive from their suppliers match or exceed their internal requirements.
Types of Test-Specific Functional Testing
While we offer a lot of custom solutions for wireless test fixtures to be used for printed circuit board testing and CCA performance verification, there are also unique features associated with the different types of test-specific functional testing stations that we design for our clients. Similar to universal test stations, test-specific stations offer precise test solutions and may even have options available to allow for similar product-type testing and configurations. You can view a series of videos on our website that feature demonstrations of a typical universal test station, as well as other functional testing examples.
Some of the included features for test-specific functional testing stations include:
- Temperature and vibration (HALT/HASS)
- Thermal hoods and plenum interface distribution systems
- Electromagnetic interference (EMI), radiofrequency (RF), and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) compliant test stations
- Active and passive electronic loads and load simulators
- Product and component handler and motion stations
- Mechanical-only holding, clamping, or multi-axis test stations
- Integrated electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic stations
- Video-only, non-contract, infra-red, laser, and barcode sensor stations
- Micro-contact to large industrial plant stations
CCA Performance Verification is Critical
Proper functional testing for printed circuit boards (PCBs) and circuit card assemblies (CCA) performance verification is critical to the success of many different industry products, components, and applications. While there are many different types of tests used with both discretely wired and wireless test fixtures, they all have one thing in common – they must be able to function according to the intended design without experiencing any errors or failures. Test-specific functional testing is used to ensure product reliability and meet industry test standards, as well as any government regulations for safety. It is essential to ensure that the testing parameters are able to simulate any environmental conditions, including interference, such as electromagnetic or radiofrequency.
Test-specific testing, such as HALT/HASS test stations for temperature and vibration, help to ensure the reliability of a product and allow for improvements to be made during manufacturing. Wireless test fixtures are used to provide manufacturers with the ability to bring a quality and reliable product to market without any unnecessary delays. Testing during the design phase, as well as pre- and post-production, provides the manufacturer with a competitive edge and the ability to move forward without hesitation. HALT stands for highly accelerated life testing, while HASS stands for highly accelerated stress screening. HALT should be performed in the initial stages of product development, while HASS is recommended to be used later to ensure consistency across the board. Custom functional testing helps designers and developers to create more robust designs, reduce costs, and maintain a brand reputation among consumers.
The EMC Technologies Difference
Our customers consider our team of highly trained and experienced engineers and technicians to be a partner in their test challenges. We take pride in their loyalty to EMC over the years and look forward to meeting challenges together as the future unfolds. Smaller targets, faster speeds, new technologies, and increased company outsourcing are just a few of the hurdles that we will tackle together. We intend to be prepared by listening to the needs of our customers, seeking and developing the best talent available, and by continually investing in technological advances. If you would like to learn more about our custom solutions for CCA performance verification and printed circuit board testing, including test-specific functional testing, contact our team directly by calling 508-672-0808. We can answer any questions you might have about designing and manufacturing discretely wired and wireless test fixtures or provide you with an upfront estimate for our services.