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Pilot FX: Full Panel Test at the Cost of a Single Board Test

Nov 28, 2014

Thanks to an its revolutionary mechanical architecture, the Pilot4D FX system optimizes and shares test resources, including special, often costly, instrumentation.

Thanks to an its revolutionary mechanical architecture, the Pilot4D FX system optimizes and shares test resources, including special, often costly, instrumentation.

The new Pilot4D FX platform revolutionizes in-circuit and functional panel test, bridging the gap between Bed of Nails and Flying Probe test.

Pilot4D FX is the right compromise in productivity and flexibility, designed specifically to test panels. Thanks to an its revolutionary mechanical architecture, the system optimizes and shares test resources, including special, often costly, instrumentation.

Pilot4D FX is not only about resource optimization, or innovation (there is nothing similar on the  market today) or automating test; it is, above all, a breakthrough in the test philosophy.

A "flying" bed of nails for panels

The Pilot4D FX system provides the capability to share test resources, moving a small, low-cost fixture from one board to another, effectively eliminating the need to duplicate them in the system.

The mechanical architecture of the system allows the test head, which carries the fixture, to rotate in order to accommodate any configuration of panel layout, and the Pilot4D FX is fully implementable in an automated production line, making it an innovative and efficient part of the process.

The Pilot4D FX system features all of the core performances and benefits of the Seica VIP test platform, including hardware and software scalability.

Traceability

The Pilot4D FX uses a state-of-the-art color camera which, in addition to fiducial centering, is able to acquire  the serial number of each single board within the panel. An integrated marker is available to mark the tested boards, according to user-defined rules. Thanks to Seica’s wide experience in high-volume production test, the VIVA test software is able to communicate with external databases, enabling full integration of the Pilot4D FX system into the user’s own production management environment.

Scalability

The Pilot4D FX has a 19’’ rack for the integration of external instrumentation, ensuring resource scalability for new applications.
The integration of dedicated OBP programming modules, sensors for LED test applications,Boundary Scan test, and communication management via standard protocols (for example: CAN BUS, LIN), are only some of the possible capabilities that can be implemented.


Founded in 1986, Seica S.p.A. is a global supplier of automatic test equipment and selective soldering systems, with an installed base of more than 1500 systems on 4 different continents. Seica offers a complete line of test solutions, including bed of nails and flying probe testers, able to perform MDA, in-circuit and full functional tests of assembled electronic boards and modules, and printed circuit boards, as well as laser-based selective soldering systems for electronic board manufacturing. Company headquarters are located in Strambino, Italy, with direct offices in France, USA, Germany and China, supported by a vast distribution network covering the rest of the world.Please see www.seica.com

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