Manufacturing houses must find creative ways to reduce overhead in the assembly test process. As new products and new requirements are introduced to the production floor, additional test systems will be added to handle the workload. It is critical to maintain as much commonality as possible across product line testers to minimize development time and achieve test readiness as quickly as possible. Additionally, the test stand must be flexible, allowing for expansion and unique product requirements. Scalable modular instrumentation and switching for contract manufacturing is a vital step in the development of successful common-core test platforms.
VTI Instruments has a 25-year history of designing modular and scalable products that provide cost-effective solutions in a compact footprint. VTI approaches common core switching and I/O solutions with modular building blocks that are flexible yet capable enough to test hundreds of complex subassemblies. At VTI Instruments we design our products with size and performance in mind. We excel in applications where it is critical to reduce the size of the common core instrumentation in order to allow room for niche requirements and future expansion. Over the past couple decades VTI has revolutionized the industry by delivering a mix of density and performance that continues to be unmatched today. We’ve extended this capability to smaller channel count applications through the introduction of our EX1200 (LXI) and EMX/SMX (PXIe) series.
Floor space being an important resource in manufacturing facilities, it is important to minimize the footprint of automated test systems. VTI solutions address application requirements with platforms that optimize performance and form factor. ATE solutions benefit from switching-optimized EX1200 (LXI) platform and high speed-instrumentation-optimized PXIe series combined in a compact single chassis with interconnect, cabling and front panel interface – the CMX34. VTI’s EX1200 series alone can accommodate 576 channels of I/O in a 1U rack-width form factor.
All of VTI’s functional test solutions are based on industry standard platforms that have a history of long-term viability. Our use of industry standard drivers and platforms ensure equipment is supported in any hardware or software environment with little risk of obsolescence. Our portfolio of products and expertise in designing and building automated test systems allow for full system/program development with VTI Instruments, reducing uncertainty traditionally inherent in piecing together a test system.