December 15, 2015
Introducing Prodigy – Intrinsic Quality’s new ISP Flash Programming Station – Flash Device Programmer
Intrinsic Quality, LLC introduced their new standalone entry level ISP programming station, Prodigy at the SMH International Distributors Meeting in Munich, Germany in November 2015. IQ’s Prodigy answers the call for a cost effective and adaptable ISP microcontroller flash programmer for the low volume high mix manufacturing floor.
All too frequently remnant and obsolete computers and peripherals are fitfully hobbled together to create a variety of programming tools for a solitary task in the test process. Prodigy responds to that need with a small footprint and brilliant design integrated with SMH’s FlashRunner FR01ENG in-system programmer.
Mr. Lawrence Raymond, President of Intrinsic Quality, demonstrated Prodigy’s production readiness as well as its easy setup and effortless cable connection to the programming header. Mr. Raymond highlighted several Prodigy benefits including the dramatic cost savings since no PC is required and Prodigy’s remarkable adaptability to several manufacturing applications. Its throughput is also impressive, as production can move quickly with minimized operator error and lightning fast programming times.
SMH’s meeting attendees were impressed with Prodigy’s ability to adapt to multiple devices, protocols and various vendors. The device has rapid and easy change-over including auto fixture ID and is capable of a range of 32 different part number setups within its easy to configure scroll buttons and LCD. Auto selection of part number is based on 5 bit ID provided by the fixture or ATE. The device is highly flexible and can plug into simple interchangeable bed of nails fixtures for high volume applications, or can just as readily be connected to an ATE fixture and will auto detect remote operation.
SMH’s International Distributors Meeting was held in conjunction with the European Electronics Exhibition – Productronica. The Prodigy demonstration was so successful that Intrinsic Quality’s presence was requested for the 2016 Productronica. This year, Productronica was attended by over 38,000 visitors.
For more information about the IQ Prodigy Flash Programmer, visit Intrinsic Quality today or call our Sales Team at 847-258-5598
August 19, 2015
Intrinsic Quality, LLC, is once again proud to be counted among the top test program developers in the United States that have been welcomed into the Teradyne Support Network. As TSN members since 2012, IQ has been selected as expertly qualified with proven competent design engineers offering turn-key and custom in-circuit test solutions. IQ has been serving Teradyne Customers for over 30 years with professional fixtures and software programs.
Teradyne’s TestStation in-circuit test systems furnish electronics industry manufacturers with dependable high-quality, high-volume testing for current printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) technologies corresponding to automotive, industrial, computing, consumer, communications, and military applications.
IQ provides skillful support of all Teradyne production board testers including the legacy Genrad products such as the GR228X,TestStation, LH, LX, TestStation Duo and TSE. In addition to being a proud TSN Member, IQ goes further to distinguish itself from its respected member ATE firms by delivering turnkey test solutions and support to ensure seamless test integration. Intrinsic Quality, LLC develops complete In-Circuit solutions and software for Teradyne Test Station.
The Teradyne Support Network is an esteemed addition to IQ’s other strategic industry alliances, as IQ provides relevant expertise in tech and sales support for SMH’s FlashRunner, and Feasa LED analyzers. Intrinsic Quality is also in partnership with XJTAG Technology, implementing test solutions and services with the XJTAG Development and Test System.
For more information about Intrinsic Quality and in-circuit test please visit: www.IntrinsicQuality.com or for more information call IQ’s team at (847)258-5598
April 17, 2015
Test Engineering in Aerospace: Functional and ICT
Over the years I have had an opportunity to get to see how different organizations view their test operations. At one aerospace manufacturer, test was regarded as a most critical player in the manufacturing operations. Any manufacturing change was always presented to the testing engineers early enough so that engineering could offer consultation. Testing and the resulting summation was considered just as important a manufacturing step as soldering or purchasing.
IntrinsicQuality.com Functional Test Fixtures
At another manufacturer, functional test was regarded as the enemy. If defects were detected, somehow anger would be directed at the test automation department for making the other manufacturing processes look bad. The testing group would rarely be consulted on changes and blamed when the enacted changes would cause difficulty at function.
The end result of these differing attitudes was easy to see. The movement at the aerospace facility was slow, measured and methodical. Nothing happened very fast, but most things happened on time. Not much panic, but a steady flow of what was expected.
Functional or ICT In Process Test Engineering – Modality and Attitude Result in Profit:
At the second facility things got done a lot faster. Everybody was in a hurry, working late and coming in on Saturdays to keep up with the pace. It seemed that oodles of money were being saved because they were able to skim through so many of the unnecessary steps. But somehow there was always an emergency. People would have to figure out new ways to fix all the crazy things that went wrong. All those extra steps would take extra time so now the schedule would have to be revamped. A lot of the problems would show up during ICT testing. The product that was so obviously good just couldn’t get through the test equipment. Some might pass. But a lot would fail. Sometimes an assembly would pass one time and fail the next. It was always clear that the problem was either lousy test equipment or inadequate testing engineers.
At the second facility folks would wonder how the aerospace company would make good profits while moving so slowly. Of course, they figured it out. It was clear that the aerospace market was inherently profitable. For more information on how IQ can assist in your ICT Test Development, call IQ today at 847-258-5598.
April 3, 2015
LabVIEW or CVI?
Not exactly Shakespeare but still a fairly common question. Here at IQ we have no axe to grind. We are comfortable doing either. We are routinely asked to do both. In fact the need is so common that when we decided to write a reuseable Test Executive, we made sure it would be compatible and supportable in either environment. We wrote our executive twice. Once in LabVIEW, once in CVI.
Intrinsic Quality’s Goal: Reduce Functional Test Program Cost
The idea for IQ’s Test Executive is a little different. We needed a common starting point for functional test program development. This would reduce our development costs. We needed a set of tools that our customers could use to manage, run and in the long term support the test programs we develop. This would improve our product and make happy customers. So we needed a test executive.
User Friendly Software
But we also knew the environment where our programs would be executing would vary dramatically. We never felt a “one size fits all” approach could meet this variation. So we couldn’t just build a single test executive that would work for all occasions. Rather, our executive would be easily customizable for the particular application. We also wanted the customizing process to allow our customers to modify the program to accommodate new conditions.
Flexible. Test Executive. with Remote Support
Now many of our customers don’t own both LabView and CVI development software. Nor do they have programming expertise in both platforms. But often we provide one or the other with the project we are delivering and often the selected platform is supportable by a customer. So we needed to have two (near) identical test executives so we could match the customized executive to the test software chosen.
LabVIEW or CVI? Both work well.
Call Intrinsic Quality today to find out how we can help with your Functional Test Fixtures and Solutions: 847-258-5598.
February 11, 2015
Intrinsic Quality is pleased to be the Midwest’s leading distributor of SMH’s FlashRunner – A Revolutionary, Universal, Production In-System Flash Programmer. FlashRunner answers the call for a Universal In-System Programmer that supports multiple microcontroller device manufacturers. You’re looking for a fast and reliable way to program your devices that ensures data integrity and uninterrupted production. With In-Circuit or In-System Programming, Flashrunner has answered that call and superceded traditional on-socket or pre-programmed programmable devices with several noteworthy advantages.
- Seamless integration into your ATE and Fixtures
- On-board programming of microcontrollers, CPLDs, EEPROM and flash devices
- Economical – lowers manufacturing and testing costs
- Compatible with Agilent, Teradyne, SPEA, Genrad and other device manufacturers
- Effortless programming
- Allows for last minute reprogramming
- Flexible in-circuit testing
- Multiple device programming on single or multiple boards in a panel assembly
- Firmware updates are smoothly integrated without additional cost
- Priced starting from $1,900
There are several different FlashRunner Series from which to choose that are easily integrated into your production environment adapting to various ATE, ICT and other test fixtures.
For more information about FlashRunner, contact Intrinsic Quality today:
(847)258-5598 or email@example.com
February 5, 2015
Intrinsic Quality recently delivered a custom engineered test fixture to a major OEM. During our quality control meeting, we asked the Vice President “What is Your Impression of IQ?”. His response wasn’t unexpected, after all, we know our standards for quality engineering are paramount, but we were happy to hear his high praise: “our perception of Intrinsic Quality is that you make darn good fixtures”.
Custom FlashRunner Fixture
While this test fixture project wasn’t unusual for IQ, our challenge was to facilitate the placement and firmware programming of a 4 pin connector consumer control within a conveyor assembly station. IQ engineered a quick mount fixture that takes the operator just a few seconds to click the consumer control module into place, lower the connector cover and load the firmware. The operator then places the loaded consumer control module into the System Control Panel on conveyor. Our IQ Test Fixture incorporated FlashRunner™ a high-performance, standalone In-System Programmer which instantly loaded the OEM’s firmware. Our achievement in this fixture was remarkable – we had created a fixture where in one smooth motion the operator could place the component into the System Control Panel. So successful that each operator is now able to operate two IQ test fixtures simultaneously and maintain the conveyor assembly’s speed. With IQ’s fixture this OEM was able to boost their manufacture to over 25000 units a day.
Every company is striving to improve its reputation with their customers. Hearing acknowledgement of your reputation feels like you’ve just knocked one out of the park. But we asked that question also to explore other ways we might serve this OEM – Yes, we make darn good test fixtures but we also take pride in the quality of our test executive, reliable measurement software, and test data management. Call IQ today at 847-258-5598 and let’s talk about your ATE needs.
January 21, 2015
This morning as I was getting out of my car, the alarm sounded, reminding me that I had left the headlights on. My first thought was gratitude that some engineer had cared to solve that problem for me.
Then I felt a little flow of pride as I thought that this was just the sort of solution Intrinsic Quality was involved in. I pictured a high volume automotive factory with circuit board assemblies flowing through the assembly process. I thought of the IQPS programming stations we had delivered for just such a factory. There, the PCBAs would move in a panel to our printed circuit board station for programming. Our flash programming station would be easily loaded and actuate the embedded FlashRunner to quickly program the entire panel.
Since this facility has four programming stations each using a FlashRunner that was capable of flashing four processors simultaneously, they were able to keep pace with the rigorous production schedule. Should the panel have more than four assemblies, our microcontroller flash programming station would automatically multiplex the FlashRunner to up to sixteen sites.
It was just a brief set of thoughts, but still a “pick me up” on the way to work. It helps to be able to take pride in what you do. And it is a good feeling to experience the benefits of your own product. Call Intrinsic Quality today at 847-258-5598 to discuss your Flash Programming needs.