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86 PCB007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2019 With apologies to quality guru Phil Cros- by, quality is most definitely not free—espe- cially when considering the equipment, train- ing, inspections, and tests required to produce defect-free PCBs. In our business, technology changes so quickly that capital reinvestment in the company is critical to success, and not just in new manufacturing equipment. Ameri- can Standard Circuits is proud to announce the purchase of four new advanced technology in- spection systems that will keep us at the top of our game. Polar Instruments CITS 880s Controlled Impedance Test System Controlled impedance designs are a daily oc- currence at American Standard Circuits, and this eighth-generation tester from Polar pro- vides the ability to quickly test both differen- tial and single-ended measurement capability along with four channels that provide flex- ible probe connection. Adding the CITS 880s to our controlled impedance capability allows the ability to ensure high-frequency signal in- tegrity that is common in today's high-speed designs. Many PCB designers are pushing perfor- mance boundaries in the milaero, communi- cations, and IT industries by taking controlled impedance PCBs a stage further by using differ- ential signals and balanced traces to improve noise immunity and reduce timing errors on very high-speed interconnects. The CITS880s make this a simple task. The CITS 880 makes impedance measure- ment easy: • Designed for PCB production environments • Measures PCBs and test coupons • Customer conformance reports • Automatic data logging • Enhanced accuracy for close coupled traces • Multi-point traceable calibration • Optional crosstalk test facility • Generate CITS test programs with Speedstack Fischer Technology Fischerscope X-RAY XDAL SDD X-ray fluorescence measuring instruments have been around for a long time, and the new Fischerscope XDAL SDD has some of the most advanced features in the industry. The thinner the layers to be inspected, the more important the choice of detector. The PIN detector can be used for both material analysis and coating thickness measurement. The programmable measuring stage makes the XDAL ideally suited for applications that require testing thin and ultra-thin coatings less Quality Is Not Free American Standard Circuits

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