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Datest Corp. Adds SPEA 4060 Flying Probe System to Its Repertoire

Jul 16, 2010

SPEA 4060 Flying Probe System

SPEA 4060 Flying Probe System

FREMONT, CA - Datest Corp., a leading provider of advanced, efficient and quality in-circuit testing solutions, has acquired the new SPEA 4060 Flying Probe System. This is SPEA’s latest offering and incorporates a new analog subsystem that reduces test times while increasing the range and accuracy of component measurements. Testing is accomplished by means of simultaneous top- and bottom-side probing. Program development is enhanced and speeded by the new Leonardo Operating System, which incorporates many new features.

The SPEA 4060 uses linear motors combined with optical encoders to provide real-time feedback on probe position to allow access of pins on ultra fine-pitch components such as 01005, 0201 and RQFP. Additionally, the new platform incorporates both top- and bottom-side moving heads, allowing access to the board under test from both sides simultaneously.

“Our goal in evaluating a new flying probe platform was to select a system that would meet the test challenges we see from our customers today and into the future. We are continuing to see more and more board designs without test points, which requires probing of SMT components such as 0201s and 01005s,” said Robert Boguski, President of Datest Corp. “We looked at competitive systems on the market and feel that the design of the SPEA 4060 mechanics combined with its enhanced test instrumentation will allow Datest to provide the highest yield products to our customers. Our intent is to integrate boundary scan test capability on the flying probe, and we believe the SPEA 4060 is the best fit for this pairing.”

Rick Brummett, SPEA’s Regional Manager, stated, “We value Datest as a strategic business partner and are excited that it has selected the new 4060 flying probe system. Datest continues to push the envelope in terms of bringing the highest possible testing capability and value to its customers. The new 4060 provides the next level of testing capability on a flying probe system demanded by today’s marketplace.”

David Buhrkuhl, President of SPEA America, added, “This acquisition opens a new chapter in SPEA’s longstanding and fruitful relationship with Datest. The addition of the 4060 to Datest’s repertoire of test platforms brings state-of-the-art programming and production capabilities to the flying probe marketplace. I believe that customers will see the new advantages of using Datest as their test services supplier. To this avail, SPEA America intends to form a marketing and service partnership with Datest.”

For more information about the SPEA 4060 Flying Probe System, visit For more information about Datest or to view company’s full product lineup, visit

Datest is a leading 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 and well as flying probe testing, benchtop boundary scan, functional testing and test development, and 5DX automated x-ray inspection. Datest also offers a wide variety of engineering and value-added services, of which the Blackfox training programs play a significant part. For more information about Datest, please visit or call (510) 490-4600.

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