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Mar 23rd, 2011
Kionix’s production speed advances fivefold with SPEA robotic test systems
SPEA’s complete single-manufacturer MEMS test solution boosts Kionix’s throughput.
Kionix, Inc. today announced another important step in expanding capacity for reliability and quality testing of its complete portfolio of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) inertial sensors. Responding to an ever-increasing demand for its products—sold in the hundreds of millions for consumer, automotive, healthcare and industrial applications—Kionix has ramped up the further adoption of SPEA’s MEMS Test Cells (MTC) 100 systems. Providing the ability to test simultaneously sixteen devices under test (DUT), SPEA’s MTC 100 delivers a 5:1 improvement over Kionix’s previous testing equipment and provides the basis for significantly speeding order-to-delivery times for even the highest-volume customers.
Using proprietary inspection techniques, SPEA’s MTC 100 offers a comprehensive solution for final testing of tri-axis accelerometers and gyroscopes. Integrating all the elements required for the electrical and functional test of the devices—including the stimulus unit for the verification of the electro-mechanical operation and tri-temp conditioning for the simulation of a real working environment—SPEA’s MTC 100 allows manufacturers to bring to market highly reliable, highly stable products.
“From our first site visit to SPEA in 2008, we have recognized that SPEA’s unmatched design flexibility, MEMS-specific industry expertise and superior testing solutions would help put Kionix products on the fast-track to market,” said Ken Hager, chief operating officer, Kionix. “The installation of more SPEA tools in our test facilities gives us a no-compromise solution for the continuous expansion of our production capacity. This increased throughput is the foundation for our sustained rise as a top-tier MEMS inertial sensor supplier.”
Given the relationship of throughput to lead times, Hager anticipates that Kionix will improve its already excellent order-to-delivery track record in the months ahead.
“We are seeing a mass proliferation of complex electronic devices in all aspects of life, from personal entertainment and communication to biomedical devices and automotive safety systems. In every instance, only accurate testing can ensure that these products will work as intended—and for as long as anticipated—without failures,” stated Aldo Cesaretti, test engineering director, Semiconductor ATE, SPEA. “As one of the industry’s top providers of MEMS accelerometers and gyros for mobile handsets, video game peripherals, global positioning systems, hard disk drives and other high-volume applications, Kionix is an ideal partner for SPEA. They place great value on the reliability, quality and long life of their products, and we are committed to helping them to sustain their extremely high standards.”
SPEA’s Testing Tools
SPEA tools offer customization options of which Kionix has taken advantage. Kionix has added a Reel Sort Unit (RSU) to place programmed and tested parts directly onto reels. These sorting units reduce handling time, moving parts more quickly from production to shipping.
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