New Model of LCR-Reader & Updates to MicroTec: Siborg Systems Inc. Interviews with Manufacturing To
In the new issue, Siborg Systems Inc's director gives insight to a new model of the popular multimeter, and the future of their software division
LCR-Reader is a digital LCR- and ESR-meter with the ability to identify and test components with a 0.5% basic accuracy. The lightweight device has sharp, gold-plated tweezer probes that can grasp and hold loose or mounted components. When in contact, the multimeter will automatically determine the type of component and best test parameters before testing and displaying all measurement values on the OLED display. LCR-Reader comes with an NIST traceable calibration certificate which is main selling point for professionals that require their equipment to be calibrated annually.
Siborg's director spoke of a new model that will be released this year, "It will be a much more powerful multimeter, less bulky and more fine tuned. We have improved on the LCR-Reader's appearance, performance and functionality."
LCR-Reader-MP was released in early 2018; this device offers users the most features and highest basic accuracy of 0.1% over all Smart Tweezers and LCR-Reader models. The device features a large capacitance test mode, continuity/diode/
Obrecht spoke about the company's decision to start refocusing on their software division., including some new ideas for very fast tools for thermal design, and updated MicroTec software. "We want to enhance the functionality of MicroTec including the thermal analysis built into the semiconductor device simulator. It's sold to a lot of educational markets and to semiconductor manufacturers."
MicroTec is a user-friendly semiconductor process and device simulator that is computationally extensive for simulations for power semiconductor devices with large dimensions or solar cells. It is also particularly useful for devices built with SiC and other wide band gap material. Microtec is used by more than 35 companies worldwide and more than 100 universities in 25 countries. One of the main features of the software is the ability to run on a few megabytes of RAM while still being a faster and more robust than other similar programs.
Michael Obrecht says that the software is especially useful for small companies and that Siborg's ability to quickly customize it to certain needs is above competition. "Maybe our software can do 90% of what they want. Well, we can quickly do modifications to the software and that's very important to them. Plus, we offer 24/7 support, which is much higher than competitors. We serve pretty much anybody that does work on electronic circuit boards; it's a very wide community."
Siborg offers customized software solutions as well as other test devices in their online store The LCR-Reader Store, their Amazon sales channels and through their worldwide distributors.
Some of the other test devices they offer include a Bluetooth enabled version of Smart Tweezers, the ST5S-BT. This model was recently updated to include the ability to both send and receive information from PC, Android or iOS. Users can create virtual profiles for component testing that include specific parameters the components must meet for the program to mark as a pass. All measurement values are sent in a comma separated string and can be saved in a database or other filetype for later review; this feature is useful for incoming quality control.
Another testing tool Siborg offers is the LCR-Reader Kelvin Probe Connector which turns any LCR-Reader, LCR-Reader-MP or Smart Tweezers device into a full probe station. This kit comes with 5 different attachments (2 sizes of pin-probes, alligator clips, spade connector and multimeter jack plugs) and allows the device to measure components larger than the tweezers' spread would normally allow. It is especially useful when used with LCR-Reader-MP's oscilloscope mode which can measure wave-forms at various nodes on a PCB.
The interview is available in Volume 18, issue 3 of Manufacturing Today and visit the LCR-Reader Store for an ongoing promotional sale. [https://secure.lcr-