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FPX Software

FPX (Flying Probe Extend ) is a GUI (Graphic User Interface) software developed  for use on Flying Probe Testers.

What is FPX Software?

​The FPX software has been developed to operate Flying Probe machines to conduct a defect analysis on the bare boards prior to mounting any components on it.

Why is FPX Software unique?

About The FPX Software

  • The FPX software has been developed to operate Flying Probe machines to conduct electrical defect analysis on the bare PCBs prior to assembly.
  • The FPX software was developed to comply with IPC-9252 test standards.
  • Utilizes input formats MNF 1 and MNF 2 as well as IPC 356
  • GUI is multi-language supported i.e., English, Chinese, German, Japanese. 
  • Requires Windows 10 (64-bit) to operate. This allows all network functionalities available on the Windows 10 Operating System.
  • Researched and developed in Germany.  
  • FPX can be installed on all Gardien Flying Probes, most Mania Style Flying Probe and most derivatives of Mania machines.
  • FPX allows the same GUI to be installed on different machines, minimizing the training and maximizing operational performance.
  • FPX supports PCB handling automation.

FPX Key Features

Here are some of the key features of Gardien’s FPX Software

Enhanced Calibration​

  • Superior X/Y accuracy is achieved by the advanced algorithms that detect special light particles called a blob.  The information from this precision detection is used to calibrate all axi. The enhanced calibrations meets the rising demands for smaller target zones.
  • The process of probe to camera calibration also incorporates the Z axis to add an additional accuracy component. 
  • The fully automated “Re-align all” process will detect slight variations in the probe tip to camera, this will ensure the probe tip continuously contacts the desired location on the PCB.

Increased Reliability Self Checks​

  • The software validates the electronics before starting each test cycle.  The validation is fast, accurate and ensures all test sequences used in the test are within the specified parameters.  
  • A manual triggered self diagnose PCB can be installed on machine to validate all ranges for all possible electrical tests.

Job capability validation​​

  • The job import function reviews incoming data for:
    • Netlist integrity
    • Test point validation
    • Mid point reviews
    • Drill validation
    • Adjacency coverage
    • Indirect reference nets
  • Validation that hardware is capable of executing the defined information in the import file.

Quick and hassle free setup

  • Job parameter screens easily display all relevant parameter information. Users with the correct access level can adjust parameters. Users without the correct access level are locked out.
  • Multiple alignment options are available i.e., by test, by part or by user specified region

Electrical Test Sequences (Test Methods)

  • IPC 9252 identifies Direct testing as a resistance-based test where each test point is tested for continuity and discontinuity as defined by the adjacency information.
  • IPC 9252 identifies Indirect testing as signature comparison where each nets capacitance is measured and compared to a master. Any discrepancies are validated using direct methods.
  • FPX’s advanced capacitance algorithms use various input factors to determine a networks capacitance range. The ranges are analyzed with different features based on the specific ranges.  This allows for greater accuracy and faster result times.
  • Barrel test allows for specified hole sizes to be measure from component to solder sider of the PCB. This test detects voids in the holes. (4-Wire Kelvin test is excluded in this test method)
  • PCB fabrication can create some sliver shorts that can migrate and cause defects in the final product. The standard electrical test process sometimes applies excessive current to these shorts leaving residue that can affect the performance of the final product. FPX uses a customized algorithm to detect these sliver shorts before any current is applied to the PCB. The test method is called Micro-Short Detection it is the most advanced short sensing in the industry.

Multi PCB Testing

  • Special rail design that allows for multiple PCB’s to be inserted at once.  
  • Advanced alignment feature detects board’s placement for ease of alignment.

 

Multi Job Testing

  • This feature enables the Flying Probe to identify different jobs on the same PCB, greatly reducing handling times and risks of product damage through handling. 
  • Alignment for Region and sub region during multi panel test
  • The Flying probe is also able to determine compatibility.

Safe Thin Panel Processing

  • Specially designed stretch frame with individual stretch sections allow for the flexibility to meets today’s manufacturing requirements.  
  • The frame can be set up to manually or automatically stretch.
  • Special PCB detection built into the machine ensures that the probes will contact the desired location on the PCB.

Probe Mark Reduction

  • Virtually no electrical test witness marks shown on the PCB while ensuring reliable contact to the surface of the PCB
  • Selectable probe compression
  • Automatic analyzing of the PCB surface

Board ID Control

  • The barcode system management allows for test results to be identified to a particular PCB. 
  • Various options can be printed on the tag or keep it simple with just a barcode.  The backend of the system stores all relevant test data.

        Tag Options

  • Test Parameters
  • Job Names
  • PCB Serial Number
  • Measure values
  • On multiple parts in the same test cycle a map of the defects. 

Secure PCB Management

  • Managing defective PCBs on test floor can be a challenging task. With the incorporation of barcodes and databases in the Test Floor Integration (TFI), simplification to this cumbersome task can be achieved.
  • Defective PCBs identified on the fixture testers can simply have the defect validated on the flying probe machines via FPX & TFI.

FPX Options - Add-Ons

Gardien’s FPX software provides variety of options or add-ons. Here are is the brief details about the FPX options and Add-ons.

Embedded Component Test

  • The embedded component option has two unique sections
  • Detailed readings are available via the simple create report function

Resistor

  • Embedded resistors may be oriented in series, parallel, or mixed networks. The software measures the values  and reports a pass or fail based on the reading/tolerances.
  • Embedded resistor values may range from 3 Ohms to 5 Kilo Ohm 
  • Tolerance and range are defined by the machine’s hardware

Capacitor

  • Embedded capacitor or defined by various factors in the fabrication process.
  • Embedded Capacitance range up to 30.000 pF
  • Tolerance and range is defined by the machine hardware.

Hipot Test

  • The dielectric withstanding option validates the insulation between planes or planes to conductors.
  • It is a high voltage test
  • Various voltage options available from 20 Vdc to 6000 Vac
  • Parameters to adjust:
    • Start Voltages
    • Ramp up time
    • Actual test voltages 
    • Dwell time
    • AC or DC
    • Sense current limit  

Insulation Test

  • Insulation resistance is the ratio of the voltage to the total leakage resistance between two conductors.  
  • Various voltage options available from 300 Vdc to 6000 Vac
  • The adjustable parameters are the same as Hipot except the sense limit is in resistance.

4-Wire Kelvin Test

  • 4 Wire Kelvin Test is a high-resolution resistance (milliohm test) that will detect small impurities in copper.   These impurities in capper will pass the conventual electrical test.
  • The “real resistance” of the trace or via hole is measure precisely. The measurements are stored in database.
  • The input file can contain the values and tolerance on each measurement, or the software can measure various PCBs to determine the values for each lot. 
  • Ease of use screens allow accurate control and easy changes to any comparison values.
  • Detailed reports can be generated for each lot of PCBs.

Induction Test

  • Inductance test is the measurement of an electromagnetic field.  The software can measure inductance and leakage inductance.
  • The measurement of inductance is also performed in low values, the 4-wire kelvin hardware must be present.
  • The input file contains all measurable values, frequencies and desired results.
  • The results screen displays the measured information for each measure step.
  • The user with the correct access level can modify all defined parameters
  • A detail report can be generated. 

Self Learn

  • Using the outer layer information provided, the self learn feature will measure all accessible points on the board to generate a netlist which can be used for reverse engineering. (Need more explanation)

  • A netlist can be generated by with self-learn feature which can be used for reverse engg.

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Depending on your needs, you can either outsource specific testing requirements or we can completely run your test area or test department on your behalf. Contact us now and we’ll find the best solution for your business.

KEVIN SYVRET

FINANCE DIRECTOR, NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Syvret joined Gardien Services Canada as Financial Controller in 2001 and assumed the role of Finance Director North America in 2007. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Syvret has held senior finance and accounting roles, including with Canadian Pacific Ltd and Sprint Inc.

NIRAJ PATEL

VICE PRESIDENT, GARDIEN NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Niraj Patel joined the company on a part time basis in 1993 while attending college full time. He worked in various positions until he graduated from the Centennial College Computer Systems Technology program, whereupon he was hired full time. He progressed through several testing and CAM department positions and was appointed North American CAM Manager in 1998. After 18 years with the company, Mr. Patel was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations, Gardien Services Canada Inc. in 2011. In January, 2015 Mr. Patel became Vice President NA of the newly combined organizational unit North America which includes the Canada and USA.

TODD KOLMODIN

VICE PRESIDENT QUALITY, NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Todd Kolmodin, a native to the Pacific Northwest was born in Seattle Washington. At a young age he moved to the Portland Oregon area. In March of 1986 he graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Todd began his tenure in the Electrical Test field that same year.  Todd spent eight years working in an independent testing facility in Wilsonville Oregon where he built skills in all aspects of Electrical Test and Quality Assurance. 

Todd then spent a short term with Yamamoto Corporation on their Engineering staff covering PCB drill, finishing and Electrical Test before joining Probe Test Fixtures in 1995. His charge was CAM and Fixuring Manager.  Todd joined the Gardien Group in September 1998 continuing the same roll and taking on the responsibilities of Quality Manager for Oregon operations. In 2008 Mr. Kolmodin was promoted to Vice President Quality USA. In this position Mr. Kolmodin oversees and maintains the Gardien ITAR registration, ISO Multi-Site registration and multiple site Lab Suitability with the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime. Now also maintaining the Gardien QMS system Todd now serves as Vice President Quality North America.

Mr. Kolmodin is also a published columnist and Technical Presenter with multiple appearances at the IPC Apex Expo Conferences in both San Diego and Las Vegas. 

ROLAND VALENTINI

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Mr. Valentini was appointed COO in July 2010 after successfully serving as head of North American operations since 2005.

Roland has over ten years’ experience in the PCB industry, including sales, service, and project management at Atotech GmbH, Germany mainly relating to PCB plating equipment.
He has significant sales experience from his tenure at Mack Rides GmbH and headed up worldwide installations for Lurgi Bischoff GmbH.

Mr. Valentini received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mannheim, Germany.

RICHARD HORSMAN

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Prior to Richard joining Gardien in September 2014, he was Chairman/CEO of tool chain vendor Atego Group Systems Limited which was sold to PTC Inc.

Prior to joining Atego, Richard held a number of Executive and Non-Executive roles including Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Plethora Solutions, an AIM listed Pharmaceutical Company and CEO of AIM listed Cybit Holdings plc. where he grew the company from inception to revenues of over 25 million and took the company through multiple acquisitions before managing a sale of the business to Francisco Partners.

Richard previously held a number of senior roles in the Software industry.

RICK MERAW

GROUP VICE PRESIDENT QUALITY

Mr. Meraw was appointed Group Vice President of Quality in Jan 2015 after successfully  serving as Senior Vice President of USA operations since 2011.  Prior to being responsible for USA operations Mr Meraw was responsible for Canadian operations since 2001.

Rick has over twenty years’ experience with Gardien Group and has various roles including, service technician, customer liaison, Quality manager, technical support, project management, and software design/ implementation.

In June 1992 he graduated with an Electronic Engineering Technologist degree, with honors from a local community college.

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ROLAND VALENTINI

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Mr. Valentini was appointed COO in July 2010 after successfully serving as head of North American operations since 2005.

Roland has over ten years’ experience in the PCB industry, including sales, service, and project management at Atotech GmbH, Germany mainly relating to PCB plating equipment.
He has significant sales experience from his tenure at Mack Rides GmbH and headed up worldwide installations for Lurgi Bischoff GmbH.

Mr. Valentini received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mannheim, Germany.