Most everyone relies on a wide range of electronic products and devices each day, including mobile phones, computers, appliances, personal devices, and much more. Even our cars are basically computers on wheels with all of the electronic controls and devices that are built into the latest models. Performance verification testing is required to ensure that each component will operate and perform in the way that it is intended. Functional testing for industry is extremely beneficial to manufacturers, preventing recalls, fails, and potential brand damage caused by malfunctioning equipment. At EMC Technologies, we serve a wide variety of different industries, including military and military defense contractors, as well as consumer electronics, medical devices, avionics, and much more. As you can imagine, the electronic test industry is crucial to the success of design and manufacturing for these industries, as well as the safety of the intended end-user.
Functional Testing for Industry
There are many different opportunities to provide performance verification testing throughout the development phase of a project. Prototyping and testing, either with discretely wired fixtures or wireless test fixtures, can help to avoid costly mistakes that might require a device to be pulled from the shelves or recalled at the manufacturer’s expense. The electronic test industry works directly with manufacturers to create custom solutions designed specifically for the devices and components that they create. This is a crucial step in the process for many advanced and new technologies, as there is usually no standard testing option available to fully test the product before mass production.
Testing can also be performed on the production floor at specific stages and intervals to ensure that everything is running smoothly throughout the manufacturing process. Functional testing for industry can be designed to be flexible, allowing the same test system to be used for pre-production, production, and post-production for reliable and repeatable results. Testing electronic components is an essential part of designing and manufacturing, whether for industry or consumer-grade products. Electronics industry standards and safety regulations will often require a specific test to be performed, as well as certain requirements that must be met. Examples include medical devices, military, avionics, telecommunications, computer servers, and satellite TV/IPs, which have higher reliability requirements than other types of products tested by the electronic test industry.
Types of Performance Verification Testing
There are many different types of tests that can be performed to check the performance of printed circuit boards, circuit card assemblies, and electronic assemblies. EMC Tech offers mobile, universal, and test-specific options for our clients to support functional testing for industry requirements. Some of the testing available includes temperature and vibration (HALT/HASS) for components and finished PCB assemblies, radiofrequency (RF), electromagnetic impulse (EMI), electromagnetic compliance (EMC), and testing for active and passive electronic loads, as well as load simulators. Mechanical-only holding, clamping, or multi-axis stations, integrated electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic stations, and micro-contact to large industrial plant stations can also be created to specifications.
Our design team of engineers and technicians has developed a variety of test adapters and stations for the express testing of radiofrequency circuit assemblies and microwave subassemblies. Some of the strategies and techniques that we have used to achieve the goals of our clients in these areas include the use of a complete six-sided metal enclosure sealed with EMI-shielded gaskets and RF silicone to isolate the unit under test from any electromagnetic interference. Our designs have incorporated the use of semi-rigid, triple-shielded tensolite coax cables, rigid coax cables characterized by lab, SMA, and BNC connectors, and PCBs fabricated with Rogers material. We have also used RF rotary switches, power sensors, and coax switches, as well as matched impedance traces in printed circuit board design. We are proud of the work that our team has done to design and build custom wage guide adapters for the many radiofrequency-based applications that we have undertaken.
Contact Our Team for More Information
If you would like to learn more about the services available at EMC Technologies for functional testing for industry with wireless and discretely wired fixtures, contact our team by calling 508-672-0808. We are ITAR registered, ISO 2001: 2015 certified, and ready to provide you with all the services required for electronic test industry needs.