Waterloo, Canada (PressExposure) March 20, 2013 -- Siborg Systems Inc.'s, in Canada, Smart Tweezers digital LCR meter and electronics tester is getting a new model with a lower manufacturing cost with help from the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk, Russia.
Smart Tweezers are a fully automatic handheld LCR meter designed to simplify testing and troubleshooting Surface Mount Technology. With fully automatic Inductance (L), Resistance (R) and Capacitance (C) measurements of all passive and through-hole components. The combination of a set of a small display, a set of precision tweezers and a highly accurate LCR-meter makes short work of jobs usually done with conventional bench-type testers.
The design of Smart Tweezers allows the device to get a full contact touch on the small components in Surface Mount Technology, even those as small as 0.3 mm. These components are generally very small and may not be labelled, thus telling the components apart from one another can be a challenge or remember the components' values. Smart Tweezers is able to identify the component and measure accordingly .This makes testing and troubleshooting PCBs packed with components quick and easy, and with only one hand.
"During one of the many exhibits that we (Siborg) attend every year, I met Valentin Litvintsev, an expert in analog circuit design who suggested a new way of creating a test signal for LCR-meter that would require significantly fewer number of components, thus reducing the manufacturing cost." says Michael Obrecht, the Director at Siborg.
Since initial development, Smart Tweezers has used sinusoidal test signals to evaluate impedance of the measured component. This employs a Pulse Modulated Width (PMW) generated by a test signal, and high order filters that ensure the proper accuracy of the test signal generated. This and the cost of components and PCB complexity make the manufacturing of the device cost more.
"I liked the device from the very first glance. It is a very good product that is useful in many electronic applications. The only disadvantage it has is a relatively high price. I think we can manufacture a similar type of device with a bit lower accuracy,but more affordable." says the Team Lead at the Institute of Automation and Electrometry at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Smart Tweezers is already distinguishable worldwide, and used by many major high tech companies worldwide, but with a lower manufacturing cost, a wider audience has access to this essential tool. Siborg has launched the Smart Tweezers Blog [ http://www.smarttweezers.us/blog ], featuring all of the latetst news about Smart Tweezers.
About Institute of Automation and Electrometry:
The Institute was founded in 1957 among the first institutions of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Research directions of the Institute comprise optics and laser physics, including physical processes in gaseous and condensed media induced by a radiation, nonlinear phenomena at the interaction of the radiation with structured materials; fundamental as well as applied research and development in the field of laser and optical technologies; architecture, system solutions, mathematical models and software for data processing and computing systems of recognition, analysis and representation of information and control systems for complex dynamic processes.
The Institute is the publisher of "Avtometriya", which is pulished in English in the U.S.A. under the name of "Optoelectronics, Instrumentation and Data Processing".
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