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ABI's technology helps Elevator Manufacturer

 

 

OCTOBER 2016

 

German elevators manufacturer with operation in Brazil.

 

German elevators manufacturer with operation in Brazil

 

Customer: Brazilian Elevator Manufacturing Plant

 

 

Problem

 

New electronic cards are assembled by third party companies and shipped to elevator manufacturer in the south of Brazil.

 

The end of production test carried out by the automatic test equipment (ATE) is slow and gives little information about the fault location if PCB fails the test.

 

Operators have to follow traditional work instructions and instrumentation (PSU, scopes, multimeter) which is time-consuming and ineffective.

 

The test area became a bottleneck and PCBs are being scrapped when faults are not found quickly.

 

Similar problems being faced by manufacturer's offices in Chile, Argentina and Mexico which rely on R&D team in Brazil for advice.

 

Solution

 

ABI distributor approached test managers earlier this year

 

Customer presented the situation above and showed interested in having the existing process replaced by SYSTEM 8 Modules and TestFlow

 

Manufacturer's test managers travelled to Sao Paulo to watch a demonstration from RCBI and to visit other ABI customers in the region

 

ABI introduced the following scenario to be implemented at the third party PCB manufacturer (CEM):

 

  • ABI hardware (BoardMaster) could be connected to an interface card (designed by mfr) populated with relays that would switch on/off according to logic patters output by the ATM module
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  • The interface card would be linked to other modules (eg. AMS, MIS 4, VPS) and a test fixture (bed of nails) developed for most critical PCB designs
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  • A sequence including Power Off and Power On tests would be set up using the TestFlow Manager
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  • A detailed report would be generated including any fault information. The report would be submitted to the R&D for analysis and operators could run a component level test to troubleshoot most expensive PCBs
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  • This setup could also be put in place by other elevator plants in Latin America

 

Outcome

 

A group of 5 test engineers evaluated the proposal from ABI and presented the project to the company's directors. An initial investment was approved and the order has been placed with ABI.

 

Products purchased: 2x 7 Bay BoardMaster with ATM, 2x AMS, AICT, MIS 4 and VPS plus accessories.

 

Contact ABI for more information.

 


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