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Production Testing is sometimes called in-line testing. That is the PCB or assembly is completed but is only a sub-assembly. There can be many sub-assemblies to get to the final product. In-line testing is used to make sure sub-assemblies are fully functional per engineering standards, then sent to the stock room to be issued for the next assembly level. This procedure assures but does NOT guarantee that the final product will pass final testing.

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What do you call 'modules' used in ATE equipment for DMM type measurements?

I need to build a simple piece of automated test equipment, and need to perform a simple 2 wire resistance measurement in multiple points using a bed of nails fixture, and buying something like a ...
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Semiconductor device testing [closed]

I'm a graduate engineer who's recently started a job testing silicon wafers consisting of both power MOSFETs or diodes and some IGBTs. Unfortunately there's little in terms of support and training ...
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Controlling GPIO pins via SWD interface

I am working at test jig for low-volume production. The purpose is both flashing firmware and testing PCBA with STM32 MCU. I am considering few options for testing PCBA functionality: Testing on &...
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Piezo buzzer testing for defects using electrical parameters

I am looking for methods to verify whether a Piezo is damaged/defective or good. Are there ways to verify that using just electrical parameters like resistance, capacitance etc. My issue is that it's ...
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A good method to clamp PCBs down for bed of nails fixture?

I would like to build a bed of nails fixture with pogo pins. Is there a good method that works to hold down a PCB that is releasable and easy to pop a PCB in and out of the fixture?
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Screw Terminal Test Clip

I have a board fitted with a 10-way 3.5mm screw terminal in a similar style to what you see here (GSO14V-3.5): I am after a reliable contact to four of these points for testing purposes, without ...
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How to emulate a Li-ion single cell for testing software and hardware?

We have a PCB with a DA14683 that is powered by a 90mAh Li-ion single cell. For testing the software and hardware of this PCB, we want to emulate the battery. For example, we want to test how the PCB ...
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Is it beneficial to use production hardware over a generalized development kit? [closed]

Me (young student with little experience) and a colleague of mine (multiple years of hardware development) are sort of clashing about a certain topic, but I'm having trouble to understand his point of ...
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TLP3556A MOS switch doesn't seem to turn on

We are using this photo MOS relay in one of our designs. This design is in production and we test every relay in QC. Recently I came across a failed unit with one relay not turning on. I checked the ...
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Looking for a specific type of PCB mounted Kelvin test post

I don't even know where to start. I've done a cursory search/browse through Digi-Key and Mouser but haven't found anything similar. With words failing me I've drawn up a model of what it is I'm ...
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Hardware testing of the 1:1 connection for opens and shorts

I have a board (DUT = device under test), featuring (in addition to other things, which are not important for this question) 2 connectors - A and B. The connectors are connected 1:1 at the DUT. ...
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Pads on middle of the tracks on PCB

I'm pretty new to PCB design stuff so please excuse my simple question. What is the purpose of the pads I show in the pictures? It is sometimes used in the middle of the tracks and sometimes at the ...
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Test/programming rig with spring-loaded probes/connectors

I have ESP32-CAM module with two rows of 0.1" male pins. The pins are 0.22" high. Here is a picture: I would like to trim them, so they are too short to mate with the corresponding female ...
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Short circuit testing with protection on power supply

I have a PCB that is equipped with short circuit protection inform of an inline fuse at the main 40V DC input (5x20 glass fuse) and some other components that I am not too familiar with. My aim is to &...
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JTAG ID to differentiate similar devices

Is there a reasonable way to identify different boards with the same parts through JTAG? I have a family of boards that all have the same Zynq CPU but various hardware configurations. I'd like to be ...
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How do you calculate wasted power in a Line Regulation Test?

I was curious about this scenario-- there is a voltage regulator we are testing (LM805A) and we have to perform a few tests: No Load, Line Regulation, Load Regulation, and Dropout voltage test. Beyond ...
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How to test for PCB ground being pulled up to 2V when connected to RS485

I am currently trying to find an easy way test to diagnose a problem on some of our PCBs where the ground of the PCB is being pulled up to 2V's. The Board Simple modular RS485 sensor board. The main ...
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Alternatives for a physical relay to disconnect pins of an MCU board from testing jig?

There is a certain system (PCB) which is built around an ARM microcontroller. In order to test the system, I used a DAQ by National Instruments which is able to simulate various conditions (both ...
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Choosing right equipment for the Test Fixture

I'm planning to build a "Test Fixture" which tests PCB via PC that reads data from the I/O module. And since i want this project to be flexible to the PCB change, my preference gone towards ...
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Soldered test point on production board?

I understand having test points on a production board, but what would be the point of selectively soldering some of them? It doesn't modify any resistance, right? I assume that the large numbers of ...
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Is scavenging parts from consumer electronics for own commercial products, a good idea?

I have a product that I'm trying to bring to market. For prototype I pulled a camera PCB from an old webcam. It so happens that because my volume of production is low it is actually three times ...
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What are the IEC standards/certifications to look for in a DSO while making measurements pertaining analog parameters like CMRR, SNR, THD etc

I am in the process of measuring CMRR for our mixed signal system that deals with bio-signal acquisition. I am using DSOX2014A keysight entry-level oscilloscope to make measurement to derive CMRR, SNR ...
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How to program MCUs and test PCBs in mass production?

I am working on a PCB which includes an microcontroller (STM32), some sensors and a BLE module. Right now it is still a prototype, only 3 units have been produced. To program the microcontroller, I ...
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What's wrong with evaluation boards in production?

I've correctly tested an ESP32-WROVER MicroController and an ADXL355 sensor. Both these devices are on evaluation boards and the fact is that they are very handy: the MCU include an USB female, a ...
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Cooling circuit board for troubleshooting

I'm trying to troubleshoot an LCD TV. It turns off at random intervals I'm guessing as it heats up with use. I want to determine which PCB is failing with heat, and then even isolate the area on the ...
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How do professional designs compensate for offset voltage in opamps?

I am new to electronics and have been told in class to always add precision potentiometers to compensate for input offset voltages in opamps for signal conditioning. My concern is that this offset ...
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Position components in KiCad for a test rig

I'm designing a test rig for a product. There's a number of test pads and a power connector on the PCB, which I want to match up with a tester device, i.e. the tester PCB should have pogo pins and the ...
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Op-Amp Comparator Testing

I am having this op-amp Comparator. My circuit is similar to this circuit present in the datasheet of the IC, page 21. I have this circuit now in my board which I want to test. I have never tested an ...
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MATHCAD for electronics circuit analysis usable for production testing

Do anyone have any Idea how to use MATHCAD for electronics circuit analysis. For example, can I find the Worst Case Analysis ( maximum and minimum values at testpoints) of a complex DC circuit for ...
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How to know if test points can introduce EMC problems

After getting some advices from my PCB manufacturer and from people here, I decided to change the PCB design I'm working on so the PCB could be tested using a bed of nails. To do so, I added test ...
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Is PCB testing of all nets after assembly required?

That is my first time asking an assembly house to produce 200 units of a PCB (and not the usual 3 or 5 PCBs). The assembly house came back to me saying that the testability of the board was bad and ...
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Solution to detect bad vias in production process

I face the problem of damaged (cracked) vias in a rigid/flex assembly. It is very difficult to detect those defects before mounting the assembly. Products with cracked vias may fail during lifetime ...
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Is infrared photoemission from silicon used in IC manufacturing diagnostics?

In the video Why all solar panels are secretly LEDs (and all LEDs are secretly solar panels) a silicon photovoltaic cell from a calculator is purposefully damaged and then a 36 V bias is applied. When ...
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How can I replicate a brownout for the purpose of testing

Is there a device or design in which I can place in between the wall outlet and the powered device itself that will cause the powered device to undergo a brownout condition?
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Detecting a short in an enclosed circuit with a PLC

I have an LED circuit that may or may not have a short. It looks somewhat like the image below. The short is labeled 500 ohm in the drawing. The short can actually be anywhere from < 1 ohm to ...
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Testing and safety requirements for selling homemade electricals

I am currently researching and designing electrical audio equipment, example devices: Tube and solid state guitar amplifiers Guitar effects pedals Mixing / filtering units Synthesizers Some of these ...
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In Circuit Tester design

I wanted to create an ICT to check for shorts and validate some of the voltage levels on a PCB that I created, using a jig. I have placed probe points on the desired nets and will be using pogo pins ...
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How to connect to tiny pogo pins in test fixture?

I'd need to build a test fixture with very small pogo pins (1.27 mm spacing between the closest pins). I've seen fixtures before that use very long, very thin pogo pins almost exactly like this one ...
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Is my simple atmega2560 based product exempt from EMC testing?

I have designed a product that is essentially a USB HID device for a computer game. It consists of several on off switches and 5v servos run by an atmega2560, all sealed and enclosed in a plastic case....
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Test pad's ESD protection

I design a module with onboard test-pads. I put ESD protections to all out-world connections like sockets etc. But I want to ask that; should I put ESD protections to test-pads and ISP socket inputs?...
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Circuit testbench nailbed: how to test the pots?

Imagine I make an analog circuit, lets say a guitar pedal circuit (in a PCB of course). How can I test (automatically if possible) the potentiometers functionality, when testing in a nailbed ...
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Term for pcb test fixture that can access both sides of the board

What is a good term for a pcb test fixture setup having, say, pogo pins that can reach lands on both sides of a device? Could it be dual-side or double-sided?
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How to test a CPU watchdog on board?

The watchdog of an ATMEL ATXMega128 should have been enabled with fuses. It triggers a reset, if the timer was not reset within the configured time span. I want to be sure, that it is enabled and ...
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Compliance Testing Strategies

How do people / companies deal with compliance testing (CE, UL, FCC, etc.) what I would call "platform-oriented and modular" products? The idea being that a family of products might exist, where a ...
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logic level conversions for opto-isolators in digital input acquisition

This isn't my usual job, I'm not an EE, but I want to give it shot... This question concerns developing an interface board to connect a device (DUT) to a test system in a manufacturing scenario. ...
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How to write or generate test cases(or vectors) for automated production testing of embedded electronics?

My question is following: Assuming I have developed some embedded controller(board) which has some tens of digital inputs and outputs. It has embedded firmware, which performs some logical functions. ...
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CE certification

One of the required CE test technical files is "Test Reports". This document has to be provided to the test agency. Does anyone know what data should be included in this document? Here are the ...
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Fault modelling stuck at fault for combinational circuit

A circuit has n inputs and n outputs. It is implemented only using AND, OR and NOT gates. Further, there are no fan-out branches. What is the number of s-a faults that remain after fault collapsing? ...
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Low volume mixed signal electronics production (hardware test, calibration, flashing) automation [closed]

I am designing a mixed-signal board with microcontroller that will need flash memory programming for its firmware, (self-)testing, and documentation for the final production steps. I know there is a ...
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GPS QA during manufacturing

Testing and integration engineers on electronics.stackexchange How do you quality check if a GPS module and its subsystems are up to the mark during manufacturing? ...
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