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atg Luther & Maelzer GmbH and IEC USA confirm an order for high-speed bare board testing technology from Multicircuits, a leading supplier of advanced PCBs serving diverse markets with specialties in commercial, military and aerospace products.
The atg A7a, 8 head, double-sided, high speed, auto-load/unload system, for true “lights-out” operation has been ordered and installed at Multicircuits Inc., Oshkosh, WI facility. This is their second automatic atg flying probe test system. The company has added a manual atg A7 system as well.
atg’s A7a and A7 (auto-load/unload) testers utilize 8 flying probe test heads, multiple optical recognition systems, and a wide variety of advanced, high-speed electrical test measurement techniques to electrically test all types of PCBs for continuity and isolation. Board sizes of 24” x 21’ (or larger), with small pad/fine pitch technology can be tested quickly and easily. Special options, such as, 4-wire Kelvin tests, Hi-pot test, Latent defect test, and others can be provided.
For more information on atg’s products, visit them online at atg-lm.com or International Electronic Components (IEC) at www.ieccan.com.
Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group
I have always felt that automation has the potential to make a big difference in our PCB industry, especially domestically, where labor is at premium. For the past year, I have been looking for the story of how automation can and will make a significant difference in established PCB shops. I was fortunate enough to find that story in Multicircuits, located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Only a few short years ago, this company was considered a “plain vanilla” PCB fabricator holding its own in our industry; now it has suddenly assumed a true leadership position in the industry in terms of capability, technology, operations, and profitability.
Patty Goldman, I-Connect007
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Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
In his State of the Union address in early February, President Biden departed from his usual topics about education and the economy to mention the new CHIPS Act, as well as supply chain and infrastructure issues. For perspective on those remarks, Nolan Johnson chats with David Schild, executive director of the Printed Circuit Board Association of America (PCBAA).