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Surface Mount Technology Corp announces the release of its proprietary SMART Test Platform

Nov 04, 2009

Surface Mount Technology Corp. (SMT Corp.) an electronic product development and contract manufacturer located in Appleton, WI today announced the release of its proprietary SMART Test Platform, which stands for Scalable Modular Automated Re-usable Test. The SMART platform offers a test solution for low to mid volume PCB assemblies without high tooling costs.

As a contract manufacturer of complex electronic assemblies for markets that require high quality and reliability, Surface Mount Technology Corp. created this test alternative to provide customers a solution for test at a lower price point. Since Automated Test Equipment (ATE) fixtures are typically custom to each assembly they often do not hit a price point that fits for lower volume boards. The SMART platform provides the testing that our customers require at a price that fits their volume.

The SMART platform consists of a set of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) USB based instrumentation as well as standard software drivers. To develop a test for any assembly, a low cost fixture is developed from a standard fixture kit that interfaces to the SMART platform through a standard set of connectors. The fixture provides probing to the unit under test and connectivity to the instruments in the SMART Platform.

A test program is created using software libraries that provide a very efficient test development environment. The libraries have support for standard tests, user interface development, report generation, troubleshooting and fixture maintenance, and interfacing to data collection facilities for statistical process control.

The SMART platform represents another addition to our tool suite for providing high quality electronic manufacturing services. Surface Mount Technology Corp. also uses Terradyne/GenRad™ in-circuit test (ICT), automated optical inspection (AOI), 5D X-ray, and fully custom ATE for testing electronic assemblies. Surface Mount Technology Corp. works with customers to develop the lowest cost, highest coverage test strategy for their unique products. The SMART platform gives Surface Mount Technology Corp. the ability to provide a fully automated, fully custom test fixture to our customers at a low price point. In addition, Surface Mount Technology Corp. can provide a duplicate test fixture and SMART platform to the customer.

Surface Mount Technology Corp. is an ITAR registered, ISO certified contract electronics design and manufacturer that serves the Industrial Controls, Military (High Reliability), Medical and Automotive markets, by providing integrated electronic product development and manufacturing services and provides solutions to decrease your products time to market. Surface Mount Technology Corp. offers a complete product life cycle of services including design, Prototype, Domestic and Off-Shore Assembly, High Level Assembly, Test solutions, Global Distribution and Continuing Product Support. For additional information please see our website at http://www.teamsmt.com or call 920-954-8324.

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