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Kimball Electronics – Tampa Team is Tops in Flexible HMLV Test Development
Apr 02, 2015

The Kimball Electronics – Tampa Test Development team, while at a high mix low volume operation, has the unique benefit to offer customers an advanced Test Development Engineering service which routinely tackles problems and delivers test processes that are automated, implemented, data captured and engaged to provide traceability. Using a unique combination of a Universal Functional Test (UFT) unit and specialized software, the Kimball Electronics – Tampa Test Development team is able to provide high-mix, low-volume (HMLV) customers with a flexible, customizable, proprietary test system that creates great value and cost advantages.

Test Success! A Case Study:

A multinational Aerospace customer developed a specific and custom functional test procedure to be executed on both board level and at unit build level for a new product they recently awarded.

Upon initial award to Kimball Electronics, the test was very specific and required the technician to perform a unique set-up for each of the four steps of the process, report readings and/or pass/fail information by serial number, print out and apply an individual unit label with the specific serial number down loaded from the test unit and have the technician interact with a test process that toggled switches numerous times to fulfill the test requirement.

In summary, the test procedure as designed required hands-on test time of two hours by an experienced technician, driving higher costs in the manufacturing process.

Kimball Electronics - Tampa, a high mix low volume operation, has the unique benefit to offer customers an advanced Test Development Engineering organization which routinely tackles problems like the above and delivers a test process that is automated, printed labels implemented, test data captured and manufacturing execution system is engaged to provide traceability.

In this case, the solution included a very affordable yet proprietary UFT solution integrated with a "bed of nails" dedicated product fixture. Kimball Electronics - Tampa Test Development team delivered a robust solution integrating all of the customer requirements specified and a cost reduction as well!

What began initially as over a two-hour test, was cut in half, the customer realized a cost savings of thousands of dollars and the payback was accomplished in less than twelve months.

Many more test success stories can be found at Kimball Electronics – Tampa, illustrating that the Kimball Electronics – Tampa team is Tops in Flexible HMLV Test Development!

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Turn-Key functional test System (PC-based stations running LabVIEW and TestStand) Custom fixture design to accommodate each customer need. Kimball Electronics owned Instrumentation (Base Unit) reducing customer cost.