Real-Time Reliability Testing Research

Real Time Reliability Testing Advancements on Production Electronic Hardware

By Dr. Mike Bixenman and Mark McMeen

This research study centers on the groundbreaking concept of “On-going Reliability Testing” that allows the assembler to take testing to the technician level. Using a combination of modern, configurable test cards that scrutinize high-risk circuits and devices integrated on the assembly, the EMS can correlate cleanliness to production hardware.

This bottom-up testing methodology allows the assembler to repeat IPC testing in their factory, right on the shop floor- providing objective evidence to J-STD-001G, Amendment 1. Testing can also be expanded to other areas such as system design, process development, process control, and quality assurance.