Abi BoardMaster 8000 Plus – Universal Diagnostics Systems
ABI BoardMaster 8000 Plus
– The Ultimate in Diagnostics Tools –
The ABI BoardMaster 8000 PLUS is a uniquely versatile, self-contained and easy-to-use test system. It offers the most comprehensive set of test instruments for fault-finding on almost any kind of PCB. Whether your task is design verification, production test, semiconductor device testing, production repair or general maintenance, and whether your boards are analogue, digital or both, the BoardMaster 8000 PLUS provides the ultimate in diagnostic tools.
- Component and board level testing
- Digital & analogue functional tests
- Power on and power off tests
- Single point measurements
- Automated test procedures
- Configurable software
- QA reporting facility
- Custom instruments
The perfect solution for all your test requirements…
Today’s rapidly changing, dynamic and progressive electronics industry presents multiple problems to engineers, whether they are working in design, production, test or fault-finding. Electronic circuits are becoming faster, smaller, cheaper and more complex. Cost-effective test and repair is also becoming more difficult to achieve. As a result, you are making ever increasing demands on your test equipment to keep pace with the challenges presented by this explosion of technology. If you recognise the problems, you are half way to finding the solution.
Even though technology marches relentlessly on, the basic nature of faults remains the same. ICs still fail, diodes still become open circuit, capacitors still become short circuit. A solder bridge today is the same as a solder bridge 10 years ago. But today we must find these faults quicker. “Beyond economical repair” does not mean that the board cannot be repaired, only that it will take too long.
The economics of repair also includes the cost of test equipment. The BoardMaster 8000 PLUS offers cost-effective fault-finding across a wide range of applications. It is an integrated package of high specification instrumentation controlled by sophisticated but easy to use software. The hardware is installed in a rugged transportable case that also contains a high specification, MS Windows™ compatible PC. The BoardMaster 8000 PLUS is a modular system and can therefore be customised for specific applications. The standard configuration offers :
Board Fault Locator Module (BFL)
The BoardMaster 8000 PLUS is supplied with two Board Fault Locator modules giving 128 test channels for a variety of test methods. These provide comprehensive fault diagnosis capability and include functional testing of digital ICs (in-circuit / out-of-circuit), IC connections status and voltage acquisition together with a V-I Curve function which allows testing of components with no need to apply power to the board.
Analogue IC Tester Module (AICT)
The Analogue IC Tester allows in-circuit functional testing of analogue ICs and discrete components. All common analogue devices can be tested as they are configured on the PCB, without programming or the need to refer to circuit diagrams. The AICT also includes a fully configurable V-I Tester for detection of faults on un-powered boards through clear and easy to understand graphical results.
Multiple Instrument Station Module (MIS)
The Multiple Instrument Station provides no less than 8 high specification test and measurement instruments in one compact module. Ideal for design, education or for general purpose workbench use, the MIS offers a Frequency Counter, Digital Storage Oscilloscope, Function Generator, Digital Floating Multimeter, Auxiliary PSU and Universal I/O. For optimised utilisation, standard instruments can be customised or new ones can be designed to suit applications.
Variable Power Supply Module (VPS)
The Variable Power Supply provides the necessary supply voltages to the unit under test. The three outputs are variable in voltage and offer over voltage protection or current limitation.
Applications: who uses the BoardMaster 8000 PLUS?
With customers ranging from a manufacturer of flight simulators to an aluminium company, from an IC manufacturer to universities and technical colleges, the BoardMaster 8000 PLUS, and its associated range SYSTEM 8, demonstrates its versatility everyday, in every technical field available and in every corner of the world. Many repair centres are equipped with the BoardMaster to offer the best fault coverage and maintenance capabilities to their wide range of customers including telecommunications, transportation and even consumer goods. Thanks to a strong network of partners, the BoardMaster is also the instrument of choice for many land forces, air force and navy organisations around the globe.
Advanced applications : high volume and end-of-line testing
The BoardMaster 8000 PLUS is also an excellent solution to set up customised rigs and test stations which aim are to ensure the quality of a large number of PCBs through a test protocol. Some setups, for instance, use the Multiple Instrument Station (MIS) module to acquire a variety of measurements whilst the Board Fault Locator (BFL) module is used to control the multiplexing of test points. Test time is kept to a minimum thanks to the automated test sequences (TestFlows) which are also able to log results for reporting.
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