Pilot V8 Next tester from Seica.

Solutions presented by Seica at the 2019 edition of SMTconnect

  • Seica will present a variety of test solutions at the German SMTconnect trade fair in Nuremberg from May 7 to 9, 2019.
  • The first solution presented on its stand will be an automated board assembly line with selective soldering, visual inspection and electrical test, equipped with Seica Automation conveyors and manipulators.

The first station on the line, the Firefly Next > series is a solution for selective brazing. It integrates on a single axis a programmable laser source, a vision system and a temperature sensor.

After the soldering station, the Dragonfly Next > series system provides optical inspection of THT components: the combination of multicolor LED lighting and a color scanning camera ensures precise inspection of the soldering meniscus and detection of short circuits, while the acquisition process that completely scans the surface of the printed circuit board (PCB), and not only the components, allows the detection of solder balls.

The Dragonfly Next > series inspection system can also be configured to inspect the conformity of the coating of finished products, as well as to control and commission the process. Configurable to perform single and double-sided card inspection, its control software environment allows the user to develop and deploy the program dedicated to his application in a few hours.

The electrical test is performed at the end of the line by the Pilot V8 Next flying probe test platform, which has up to 20 mobile resources for testing an electronic board. Each of the standard test probes can apply a current of up to 2A. This test system can also integrate high-resolution cameras for automatic optical inspection, barcode and datamatrix code reading systems, laser sensors, capacitive probes, pyrometers, fiber optic sensors for LEDs, embedded tools for boundary scan testing and integrated programming.

Presented in its automated version, compatible with any standard assembly line, the Pilot V8 Next is designed for the production of medium/large series. This tester can be configured to meet all card testing requirements. The HR option extends the performance to the probing of miniature components (up to 30 µm). The HF option includes high-frequency probes to measure signals at frequencies above 1.5 GHz, while the XL version extends the standard test area from 610 x 540 mm to 800 x 650 mm, in order to receive and test larger format cards.

One of the solutions that Seica will present at SMT is specifically designed for the test requirements of flexible circuit manufacturers: the Rapid H4 Next > series moving probe tester with integrated automated coil handling system. The Rapid range is the new generation of mobile probe solutions for testing the most advanced technologies in integrated component printed circuits, as well as ceramics and substrates. The Rapid H4 system, designed for testing flexible circuits, will be deployed in the Virtual Factory area of the Seica stand.

The third part of the Seica stand will present solutions designed to meet the realities and challenges of today’s manufacturing. The use of collaborative robots (COBOT) is gaining ground in an industry that requires automation capabilities even in tight spaces. Seica’s configurable Compact Digital Next> range offers a variety of combinable solutions to achieve this automation objective. The Compact Digital Next> tester, which includes a range of resources for analog measurements and digital channels that range from MDA/ICT testing capabilities to functional testing of complex digital cards, will be presented combined and integrated with a vacuum type Cobot receiver.

Other solutions designed to optimize the performance/footprint ratio exposed at SMT include the Compact Cube Next> portable solution that integrates under a standard worktable and provides the level of customization required for specific functional test applications, and the Mini Line solution, which can be adapted to various applications in a 19″ rack compatible format.

All solutions are equipped with Seica’s Viva Next> 64-bit software, which provides a set of utilities and tools designed to manage all aspects of testing, as well as a Test Studio that allows the user to develop functional test sequences using the appropriate software (VIVA VL, VIVA Quicktest, VIVA Flylab, TestStand, Labview, MS Excel and Python). The Viva Next solution integrates into all manufacturing processes: data collection, traceability, interaction with an MES, repair operations.

All Next> series systems feature Canavisia’s industrial monitoring solution, offering the ability to remotely monitor power and voltage consumption, mains power supply, temperature, indicator lights and other parameters useful to indicate proper operation, provide information for preventive maintenance and, in general, to make these systems compatible with current industry standards in Industry 4.0.