Hybrid Fixtures (wired)
Hybrid fixtures take advantage of the leaning pin fixture as well as the dedicated fixture. This technology allows for the best of both fixtures to be combined into one fixture. This allows for HDI (very dense PCB’s) fixtures to be manufactured at a conservative price. Typically, these fixtures are used on high volume PCB manufacturing orders. The portion of the fixture that meets the PCB board is the leaning pin, this portion is assembled to the wired portions that has wires going to the transfer connector. In turn these transfer connectors when connected to the machine allow for the electricity to flow from the machine to the test points.
Dedicated fixtures use thicker medium-priced material to support the weight of the PCB. The connection points of the wires to the test pins limits the pitch of the PCB technology that can be tested on this style of fixture.
Test Pin Length
Minimum Pin Size
Minimum Pad Size
Type of Products used on the fixture
Flex, Rigid-Flex, Multilayer, Double side
Wiring takes long times, Additonal plates and it takes longer to drill when compared to the leaning pin fixture
Excellent performance, production time is long,
Special Parts used
Wire connectors, Fixture to PCB-Tooling pin, Umbrella Pin , Assembly pillars, Spring wire
PCB to Fixture Tooling Pins
Why Gardien’s Solution?
Your Gardien Local Service Centre may offer this service. The AOI tooling and production services are controlled by Gardien’s proprietary job flow system called Ontrack (link to Ontrack). This creates a seamless and error free flow of information from the customer supplied data to the Service Floors at Gardien.
Gardien’s team is trained and qualified on all internal process as documented Quality Management System. The internal process has specific inputs for incoming, certified, and not good boards as well as descriptive educational programs on various board types, and surface finishes.
Gardien certifies each order processed with a Certificate of Compliance with details about how the order was processed, what specifications were used to certify the product, equipment used with calibration expiry date, team member who processed the order, quantity, and failure analysis.
Gardien strongly recommends that the test sequence and parameters are clearly stated on the manufacturing drawing or at a minimum agreed upon during the quoting or contract realization phase. In addition, any PCB sent to us for processing should have a unique identifier on each peace for electronic traceability.