Smart Tweezers from Siborg Systems Inc. are the innovative solution for testing and troubleshooting Surface Mount Technology. The unique device combines a set of tweezers as probes, a small display and a highly accurate LCR-meter that rivals those in conventional bench type testers.
By touching a component with the tweezers’ tips, Smart Tweezers automatically determine the type of component and measure for Inductance (L), Resistance ® or Capacitance © automatically, as well as secondary parameters such as the ESR of a capacitor. The newest model, the ST5, features designated ESR measurements, diode and continuity testing, and component sorting, with about a 6 times higher accuracy of 0.2% above older models.
The new facilty is located at Production Solutions in Warsaw, Poland. For years Production Solutions has worked with Bokar International servicing and distributing their products.
Previously, clients using the device that required annual calibration of their equipment had to send their Smart Tweezers to Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (at Siborg), to Pasadena, California, or New Delhi, India for calibration. Sending the devices abroad could be a long and costly procedure with shipping costs, dealing with customs, wait times, etc. The new facility provides a more central location for customers to send their devices.
Many clients used to have to rely on a third party “calibration” technique. This method neither calibrated the device, or proved that Smart Tweezers were working optimally, but rather just made sure the device was accurate. The evaluation values were compared to the values of “standard components”, proving that Smart Tweezers were accurate, but the coefficients of the device were left unchanged.
“In order to calibrate Smart Tweezers LCR-meter, you need to have the Calibration Fixture designed particularly for Smart Tweezers’ calibration and adjustment of the calibration coefficients.” says the Director of Siborg Systems Inc., Michael Obrecht,“This calibration fixture itself needs to be calibrated annually to ensure the highest possible precision.”
The Calibration Fixture is a semi-automatic device that updates the calibration coefficients stored in EEPROM of every Smart Tweezers unit. The update is based on comparing the results of measurements obtained using Smart Tweezers with values of a ew high-accuracy components called “the standard components”. The calibration coefficients are adjusted by finding the best fit to the values of the standard components, ensuring that Smart Tweezers are working at their peak.
This new facility allows European customers a closer solution to have their devices properly calibrated, and ensured that Smart Tweezers are working optimally for all work.
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About Siborg Systems, Inc.
Established in 1994, Siborg Systems, Inc. (siborg.com) is a source of engineering software and hardware tools for semiconductor and electronics industry. Located in the city of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, it enjoys being part of the local world-renowned high-tech community.
About Bokar International
Bokar International produces and sells an innovative type of SMT (Surface Mount Technology) Rework, Repair and Assembly tools and equipment. Bokar has developed a full line of such equipment and accessories, and is developing several new, more sophisticated models.