Aeroflex Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp., is introducing its 5800 Series ATE system to the Indian automotive manufacturing market. The company has appointed iNETest Technologies India Pvt. Ltd. for distribution and sales of this product in India.

The Aeroflex 5800 Series is a multi-configuration, multi-functional test system that addresses the complex needs of today's electronic manufacturing environment. This includes the automotive sector as well as contract electronics manufacturing, defence and medical device manufacturing, all of which are important in India. The Aeroflex 5800 Series provides an open approach to software, allowing easier integration of hardware and instrumentation from third-party suppliers, and enabling one machine to be cost-effectively configured for different test environments.

iNETest, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ellipsiz Ltd, is a one-stop manufacturing and test solutions service provider for high volume electronic manufacturers. Headquartered in Chennai, with offices throughout India, iNETest is a leading established player in the Indian automotive and electronics manufacturing markets.

“Aeroflex believes the automotive sector in India is poised to enter a very interesting phase, with vehicles now integrating much more functionality on board such as airbags, electronic body control, more sophisticated audio-visual systems and navigation, which require advanced test environments as compared to traditional test processes,” said Stephen Hire, General Manager, Aeroflex India.

“The Indian electronics manufacturing industry is the focus of a significant level of attention, with Government proposals to support electronics manufacturing clusters and an aim to make India a hub for the global Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry,” added Soni Saran Singh, Managing Director of iNETest Technologies. “On the technology side, printed circuit board designs are becoming more complex with the challenge of shorter life spans, making it difficult for manufacturers to predict product longevity and future roadmap without accurate and advanced test equipment. We believe the 5800 Series will enable electronics manufacturers in India’s automotive and other sectors to resolve complex test environment challenges and enable them to develop good quality test solutions, and achieve greater time-to-market and competitive advantages.”

With today’s ever changing technology, the PCB designs are becoming more and more complex while their life span generally is becoming shorter. This makes the task of specifying test equipment exceedingly difficult for anyone who manufactures PCBs. Machines are frequently becoming redundant, with manufacturers changing their preferences of test in line with their needs. If the need is to perform multiple types of tests it is difficult to justify purchasing several separate machines as this will not only occupy a lot of space but also eat into profit margins. However, this dilemma can be solved with a tester with an open architecture like the 5800 Series.