AMS Acquires New Spea Flying Probe Test System

Austin, TX (November 28, 2011) -- Leading EMS provider Austin Manufacturing Services (AMS) today announced the acquisition and installation of a SPEA high speed flying probe test system in its manufacturing facility located in north Austin. Shrinking component geometries and lack of testability are increasingly frequent design characteristics of today's printed-circuit-board-assemblies and flying probe technology can offer a test solution and fault diagnostic capabilities not available in other test methodologies. The addition of the SPEA Model 4020 enhances the company's PCBA testing capabilities across the entire range of test and verification technologies and is a benefit in getting products to market faster by reducing debug & development time, while controlling costs.

AMS General Manager, Iain Hurn, “the flying probe complements our existing automated optical inspection, ICT and functional test"…"additionally, the flying probe platform enables us to offer an even more comprehensive suite of test and inspection strategies and tailor them to best meet the requirements dictated by the product designs of our unique and varied customer base".

Suitable for Variable products, from Digital Boards to Power Electronics

"The new generation of SPEA flying probers, to which the 4020 belongs, is especially applicable to EMS production environments, since they allow a greatly reduced time-to-test of the products, while offering a full test coverage" adds SPEA’s Executive Director, Andrea Ganio. "The flexibility of the 4020 makes it suitable for testing a variety of products, from digital boards to power electronics, through a wide application range. In addition to the system capabilities, also the reduced footprint and the ergonomic design are recognized as value-added points".

AMS selected SPEA because of their reputation for performance, speed, reliability and flexibility for automated test equipment. The SPEA 4020 Flying Probe System's linear optical encoders and linear motors perform extremely fast probe movements and eliminate any wear factor that can cause inaccuracies in probe positioning. Moreover, the system is capable of targeting fine pitch components such as 01005, 0201 and RQFP’s and provides implementation of multiple test techniques such as parametric, functional, boundary scan, optical inspection and open pin testing on digital devices and connectors. Additionally, the equipment’s unique board loading design allows virtually any board configuration to be mounted into the system without the added NRE for fixtures or board carriers. This results in a fast turnaround time on new board development at a lower cost.

The equipment sale and representation was handled through Southwest Systems Technology and Glenn Seely, Central Texas Sales Manager

About Austin Manufacturing Services:

AMS delivers a broad range of electronics manufacturing, electro-mechanical assembly, materials,logistics and fulfillment services for companies worldwide. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, AMS specializes in advanced high-mix, low to medium volume, IP secure production, providing design, engineering, and project management expertise integral to new prototype introduction to full scale production, turn-key box build and mature product support. Primary business sectors include:Energy Services, Mobile Communications, RF, GPS, MPU, Power Generation, Network and System’s Computing.