Configurable FlexSys ATE Systems Minimize Development Costs, Test Times and Production Floor Footprints

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Configurable FlexSys ATE Systems Minimize Development Costs, Test Times and Production Floor Footprints

SAN DIEGO, CA – AMETEK Engineered Solutions Group (ESG), the power and automated test solutions unit of AMETEK Programmable Power, today introduced its first scaleable, integrated test and measurement systems designed for use in medium- to high-mix production environments.

FlexSys ATE systems are configured from precision power, instrumentation and switching blocks produced by AMETEK Programmable Power and AMETEK VTI Instruments. Applications for these systems include aerospace/defense, environmental stress screening (ESS), and electronics manufacturing testing.

They offer manufacturers a new approach to minimizing their capital equipment and system development costs, boosting test throughput and reducing floor space requirements. For more information, including a short video, visit http://programmablepower.com/ate-systems/flexsys/.

Tom Sarfi, Director, Business Development and ATE Systems at AMETEK Programmable Power, explains, “Many of our customers don’t have the luxury of an in-house staff dedicated to test system design and integration, so they need suppliers that can function as an extension of their engineering teams.

“FlexSys™ systems are configured to address their specific test specs and budgets, which allows manufacturers to stop worrying about how to maximize their test accuracy and throughput and focus instead on optimizing the design of their products.”
FlexSys™ ATE systems offer wide configuration flexibility and the freedom to choose from multiple instrumentation and switching options:

Test operating software
Manufacturers with multiple production facilities that standardize on the FlexSys™ automated test core can reduce their development costs substantially by reusing common code. The system’s flexible modular core software and hardware architecture are designed to scale economically to accommodate changing test requirements. A hardware abstraction layer insulates all instruments from the application code, so obsolete ones can be replaced quickly. The software also is designed to interface easily with standard application development environments for creating application-specific functions.

AC/DC power supplies and loads
FlexSys™ systems are configured with Sorensen™ DC power supplies, California™ Instruments and Elgar AC sources, and AMREL power loads. A convenient LAN interface simplifies communications and remote control; intuitive front panel controls allow for manual operation.

Modular PXI Express and LXI instrumentation and switching
ATE hardware from AMETEK VTI Instruments includes compact mainframes and high-density plug-in modules minimize the system’s footprint. A 16-slot LXI mainframe supports multi-channel scanning to an optional 6-1/2-digit DMM and high-voltage switching and analog outputs. For data-intensive applications, an optional 9-slot PXI Express hybrid chassis offers 8GB/s system throughput.

Interconnect panel and wiring
An expandable 18-slot mass interconnect provides robust termination points for power, RF and signal I/O. Harness assemblies are specified to ensure maximum signal integrity and serviceability. An optional self-test adapter simplifies verifying end-to-end system functionality.

Racks and enclosures
Systems are integrated into 24U or 42U racks or enclosures, each equipped with power control/distribution, grounding and cooling capabilities.

For More Information
Contact AMETEK ESG directly at (858) 458-0201 or (800) 733-5427 (US only).

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About AMETEK Programmable Power
AMETEK Programmable Power designs, manufactures and markets precision, AC and DC programmable power supplies, electronic loads, application-specific power subsystems, precision data acquisition instrumentation and signal switching, and compliance test solutions for customers requiring and valuing differentiated power products and services. It offers one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of core ATE components under the VTI Instruments, California Instruments, Sorensen, and Elgar brands.

AMETEK Programmable Power is a business unit of the AMETEK Electronic Instruments Group, a leader in advanced instruments for the process, aerospace, power and industrial markets and a division of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of approximately $4.0 billion.

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