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Datest Business Grows 15 Percent in 2013

Jan 31, 2014

Datest, a recognized leader in PCBA testing, test engineering, and inspection services, reports 15 percent growth in sales for 2013 with respect to 2012. Much of the company’s growth is attributed to nearly 60 new accounts in 2013.

The majority of Datest’s new accounts selected Datest for its 2D and 3D X-ray and 3D CT-scan failure analysis services. Board-level reliability problems are a growing concern among OEMs and contract manufacturers alike. Datest provides the CM/EMS as well as the OEM community with advanced, integrated PCBA testing and inspection services to address these concerns.

Board-level reliability is a ticking time bomb in our industry,” comments Robert Boguski, Datest’s President. “Every day our booming 3D quick-response failure analysis work produces overwhelming evidence that apparent good boards, having passed the requisite electrical and burn-in tests at assembly, are failing in the field, often because of solder joint defects in high density packages like BGAs and QFNs.  Engineers approach Datest with suspicions regarding these defects on their boards, and more often than not, we confirm them.  More importantly, we provide clarity and help set a direction for them to make vital process and yield improvements.”

An ISO9001- and AS9100-certified provider, Datest is the first test services company in the United States to fully integrate the latest SPEA 4060 double-sided flying probe tester with the latest Goepel boundary scan tools. This integration provides crucial benefits, such as increased digital test and fault coverage as well as significant time savings using automatic diagnostics. Combining advanced test platforms (flying probe, X-ray, boundary scan and ICT) with 30 years' experience, Datest delivers superior value-added services.

For more information about Datest’s testing services, visit

Datest is an ISO9001 and AS9100C-certified, ITAR-registered provider of advanced, integrated PCBA testing and inspection services to the CM/EMS and OEM communities since 1984.  Datest features in-circuit testing and test engineering development for all major platforms as well as flying probe testing, boundary scan testing, functional testing, and four kinds of x-ray inspection (2D, 3D, CT-Scan, and AXI).  Datest also offers a wide variety of engineering and value-added services, including failure analysis, “bonepile” rehabilitation, and Blackfox training programs.  Datest also proudly introduces counterfeit component detection services, consistent with SAE AS 5553 and PRO-STD-001. 

For more information about Datest, please visit or call 510-490-4600.

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