Data 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.
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.