Test Systems and Integration

Test Systems and IntegrationData and telecommunications often require highly flexible test solutions that are cost-effective and easily adaptable to both complicated and high-volume testing. The medical and semiconductor industries require rigorous validation and acceptance testing from their suppliers that match or exceed their internal requirements. Hardware and software are co-developed simultaneously to meet test, time, and cost constraints. Mobile computer-based test stations provide a wide variety of test solutions at efficient costs.

Here are some key features of the Mobile Test Station:

  • Mobile test station with built-in computer and monitor and test interfaces
  • Modular electrical and mechanical interfaces
  • Maximum use of "off the shelf" parts and components
  • Built-in network and fiber optic capabilities
  • Well-organized and documented station wiring and configurations
  • Designed expansion areas with easy-to-use adaptor panels and plates
  • Designed-in fast access to all inside resources
  • Maximizes the use of the test floor area

The transition from benchtop testing to rack-based stations offers numerous advantages. New products often must share the same test resources as their legacy counterparts at ever-decreasing test costs and lower test development times.

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Universal Test Stations

A Universal Test Station can provide precise test solutions, expansion capabilities, and reduced cost for similar product types and configurations.

Some key features of a Univeral Test Station include:

  • Front slide-out rack shelving for easy instrument removal facilitates frequent calibration
  • Center fixture receiver backplane fixture is interchangeable with other fixtures
  • Each part type/family uses small personality "daughter" cards to interface with the test station
  • Soft tie downs and organized wire harnessing designed for rapid access/expansion requirements
  • Designed in fast access to all inside resources
  • Uses LabVIEW software via IEEE 488 buss for test instrument communication

Test-Specific Stations are also available and have included features such as:

  • Temperature and vibration (Halt/Hass) stations
  • Thermal hoods and plenum interface distribution systems
  • EMI, RF, 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 stations
  • Integrated electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic stations
  • Video, non-contact, infra-red, laser, and barcode sensor stations
  • Micro contact to large industrial plant stations

See our Test Systems and Integration Videos for a brief demonstration of a typical Universal Test Station.