test stationDepending on the industry that a client serves, and the products that they develop, a variety of test stations and systems might be necessary in order to achieve the required results. Different industries have very different needs, which is why there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to selecting the best test station for functional testing. It is definitely a “six of one, half dozen of the other” type situation. Our clients depend on the knowledge and experience of our engineers to help them make informed decisions about the use of mobile test station or universal test station systems. In some cases, test-specific stations are required to meet industry regulations and requirements that stretch beyond general manufacturing specifications.

General Industry Requirements

In our experience, clients who work within the data and telecommunications industries will frequently require test solutions that are highly flexible. Because of the ever-changing and evolving technology behind products and components used to serve these industries, they need to have solutions that are cost-effective and easily adaptable to deliver complicated and high-volume testing. On the other hand, clients who work within the medical and semiconductor industries require mobile test station and universal test station solutions that support rigorous validation testing. The goal is to perform acceptance testing on outsourced parts and components from suppliers to ensure that they match or exceed their internal requirements.

To best meet the needs of clients who have to meet industry guidelines with a test station for functional testing, the hardware and software are typically co-developed simultaneously. This helps us to better meet the constraints posed by testing demands, time concerns, and cost requirements. For many of these customers, a mobile computer-based test station often provides the most variety for test solutions to ensure efficient costs and dependable, repeatable results. Understanding the difference between mobile test station and universal test station benefits can make it easier for our clients to choose which option is best for their industry requirements. When there is a debate on the type or scope of testing that is needed, our team of highly trained and skilled engineers can provide support.

Mobile Test Station Applications

Some of the key features that are associated with a mobile test station include the use of a built-in computer and monitor alongside essential test interfaces. The application of modular electrical and mechanical interfaces, as well as the maximum use of off the shelf parts and components, help to make it even more cost-effective. At EMC Technologies, our team works with each client to determine their needs to create mobile test station solutions that will provide them with the best return on investment. Built-in network and fiber optic capabilities, designed-in fast access to inside resources, and maximize use of the test floor area help to ensure that these systems can be used during prototyping, production, and environment testing operations.

Universal Test Station Advantages

Making the transition from benchtop testing to rack-based universal test station systems can provide many advantages to our clients. As most new products under development must share the same test resources as their legacy counterparts, this can help to lower test costs and improve test development times for a faster product to market. Universal test stations can offer precise test solutions, expansion capabilities, and ensure effective and efficient testing for similar product types and configurations. Our universal test station solutions feature front slide-out rack shelving for frequent calibration and easy removal of instruments, as well as designed-in fast access to all inside resources. Other features make this system even more valuable, including soft tie-downs, organized wire harnessing, and an interchangeable center fixture receiver backplane that can be used with other fixtures.

Benefits of Test-Specific Stations

For our clients who require test-specific solutions, we are able to offer dynamic resources that can be used to create a test station for functional testing that meets their criteria. Halt/Hass stations for temperature and vibration, as well as EMI, RF, and EMC compliant test stations, are quite popular. Active and passive electronic loads and load simulators, integrated electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic stations are also in demand. We can even offer video, non-contact, infra-red, laser, and barcode sensor stations, as well as other test-specific requirements, to help our clients meet industry standards and regulations. Visit our website to view a video of our test system overview for the various test systems and integration solutions that we provide to our clients.

Contact our team at 508-672-0808 to discuss your needs for mobile test station, universal test station, and test-specific stations and solutions. We can answer any questions you might have about our services for custom functional test fixtures, prototyping, and custom services. Call today for a FREE estimate or to speak with one of our engineers about your project requirements.