Gen3 Honored by SMT China Vision Awards for CAF Test System

Gen3 Honored by SMT China Vision Awards for CAF Test System
08 December 2022

Farnborough, Hampshire, UK – Gen3, Global leader in SIR, CAF, Solderability, Ionic Contamination & process optimisation equipment, received a 2022 SMT China Vision Award in the category of Test Equipment for its AutoCAF2+ and CLRHV Bridge. The award was announced during a ceremony that took place Nov. 30, 2022 during NEPCON China in Shanghai.

GEN3’s AutoCAF2+ system represents a dramatic improvement over existing CAF test alternatives, and its shielded precision electronics allow state-of-the-art accuracy resistance measurements to be made up to 100TΩ at high voltages (>500V). One AutoCAF2+ machine can hold between 1 to 16 measurement cards and can measure 16 x 16 (B52), 48 x 5, 32 x 8 or 64 x 4 (B24) test patterns at selectable intervals from as little as one minute to days.

Each channel is current limited (1M Ω), which encourages growth of dendrites for failure analysis. The frequent monitoring capability provides a full picture of the electrochemical reactions taking place on a circuit assembly, and provides early trend analysis enabling tests to be curtailed, thus saving considerable test time and money. With the latest demands for high voltage testing, Gen3 developed their CLR HV bridge to work alongside their AutoCAF2+.

The CLRHV assembly is designed to “Bridge” between Gen3’s AutoCAF2+ measurement system to facilitate CAF or indeed SIR tests to be conducted at up to 1,250 V. With today’s requirements in international standards, particularly in the automotive sector, the CLRHV enables the AutoCAF2+ to test in full compliance of international standards and has successfully finished tests that are frequently more than 4000 hours in duration.

SMT China magazine launched the SMT China Vision Awards in 2007 to recognize both international and domestic providers of SMT equipment, materials, software and services that have made outstanding contributions to the rapid growth of China's electronics manufacturing industry by their inventions and innovations.