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Taitronics: 41st Taipei International Electronics Show

taitronics Siborg Systems Inc. is taking LCR-Reader and Smart Tweezers LCR-meters to the Taitronics in Taipei. This will be the first time at the exhibition for Smart Tweezers, and a foreseeable great fit among the other products. We'll see you there!

A Simpler Way for Testing SMD Components

Smart Tweezers™ are a handheld LCR meter that provides users with a simpler method of identifying and evaluating Surface Mount Devices and troubleshooting complex electronic systems. The unique design combines a set of precision gold-plated tweezers and a powerful, yet small digital LCR-meter in a lightweight device. Powered by a Li-Ion battery, Smart Tweezers can identify the type of component and measure for Inductance, Resistance, Capacitance, and ESR values with no set-up.


  • Built-in high-precision LCR probe
  • Convinient one-hand operation
  • Ideal for Surface Mount Devices
  • Automated component identification
  • Automated test range selection
  • Manual C, R, L, Z and ESR modes
  • Adjustable test signal levels
  • Swiss-made precise test leads
  • Diode Polarity/Short testing
  • Secondary D, Q and ESR parameters
  • Portable and ergonomic design
  • Built-in Li-Ion battery

Testing Surface Mount Devices

Electronic manufacturing has begun using Surface Mount Technology, where small components (referred to as Surface Mount Devices or SMDs) are mounted directly to a PCB, opposed to the older through-hole method, where wire leads were threaded through holes on the PCB. SMDs are generally very small and may or may not have wire leads or other distinguishing characteristics, making them more difficult to tell apart from one another. This may lead to lost component values, or confusion between components. Smart Tweezers offer users an easier way to sort and identify these components, as well as perform on-board measurements and debugging. The gold-plated tips are Swiss made by IDEAL-TEK S.A. and provide a reliable contact on even the smallest component, either loose or mounted. Smart Tweezers are also able to test conventional components that may have wire leads that are too short to fit in test terminals.

Fully Automatic Evaluations

Measurements are done faster using Smart Tweezers™. The automatic identification function eliminates unnecessary trial and error, thus saving time. When in contact with an SMD, Smart Tweezers automatically determine the type of component, determines the proper measurement range and test frequency, and measures for L, C or R with parallel and series mode. The evaluation results are then instantaneously available on the display, as well as the component type, test parameters and more detailed component analysis such as Z and ESR.The bright OLED display instantly shows the values, the component type and test parameters used, as well as a more detailed component analysis, such as Z and ESR values.


Lightweight and Ergonomic

Smart Tweezers are easy to use with just one hand, and without the need to set-up between measurements, users can focus on the task at hand. Sorting, testing and troubleshooting become more efficient and cost effective. The handles on the device are a 4-wire connection and shielded to assure low capacitance and resistance offset while measuring.

Calibration Jig

Siborg Systems Inc and the Institute of Automation and Electrometry of the Russian Academy of Sciences have created new calibration jigs with 4- and 2-wire connections that allow all models of Smart Tweezers, including the LCR-Reader, to be calibrated. The new jig does not create NIST traceable calibration certificates, as the jig needs to be NIST calibrated itself, but it is a helpful tool for periodically checking accuracy as well as troubleshooting malfunctioning or failing devices. The 4-wire jig is compatible with all models of Smart Tweezers from ST-3 and up, including the LCR-Reader.

Wide Spectrum of Additional Functions

  • •Smart Tweezers LCR meter test various component types, including secondary components for Dissipation Factor (D), Quality Factor (Q) as well as other functions that result in a more detailed component analysis.
  • •The built-in Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) mode helps better understand the inherent resistance, a behaviour typically found in capacitors across selected frequencies.
  • •A Diode mode allows Smart Tweezers to test diode polarity and indicates if it is short.
  • •A Continuity detector sounds a beeper for resistance that reads below the set thresholds. This function also allows users to easily seek out a shorted conductor within a circuit.
  • •Manual modes allows the user to test for specific parameters such as L, C, R, Z or ESR. this more also improves component type identification for in-circuit testing.
  • •Variable test signal output from 0.25 to 1.0 Vrms allow test precision for different situations, such as in-circuit evaluations and loose leaded ceramic capacitors.
  • •Visible and audible tolerance modes for performing component sorting.
  • •A Math Null function allows users to store pre-measured offsets and improve measurement accuracy.

Smart Tweezers ST-5S or LCR-Reader: Which Device is Best Suited for Your Work?

The Smart Tweezers ST-5S and the LCR-Reader are so similar, how do you decide which device is the best for the task at hand?

Both devices are able to instantly evaluate components with just a touch; instantly deciding the type of component and measuring accordingly for L, C, R or ESR, then relaying the results on the display.

The ST-5S is the model for professionals; this model comes with a traceable NIST calibration certificate and more features for users to specify custom measurements. This model also allows users to select variable tolerances, and signal test range. Controlled by a 4-way joystick, users can select the desired measurement mode, test signal, etc, without leaving the main screen. When the joystick is pressed directly down, the menu will open to offer more features such as parasitic offset subtraction, continuity and diode testing and hold functions.

The LCR-Reader is a more budget friendly model in the Smart Tweezers family, retailing for under $200. This model is a more stripped-down version of Smart Tweezers; opting for a fixed test signal of 0.5 Vrms and no variable tolerances. The LCR-Reader is controlled with one button, changing the test mode with each press. This model does not currently come with an NIST traceable calibration certificate, but will in the future, following the release of a new calibration jig.

The following chart shows the differences between the Smart Tweezers ST-5S and the LCR-Reader.

Feature

ST-5S

LCR-Reader

Basic Accuracy

0.2%

1%

Automatic L, C, R and ESR measurements

Yes

Yes

Manual L, C, R and ESR measurements

Yes

Yes

Designated ESR measurements

Yes

Yes

Test Signals

0.5 and 1.0Vrms

0.5Vrms

Variable Tolerances

1, 5, 10, 20% tolerances

n/a

Continuity and Diode testing

Yes

No

Parasitic offset subtraction

Yes

No

Li-Ion battery with micro-USB

Yes

Yes

Bright OLED Display

Yes

Yes

1 oz. weight

Yes

Yes

NIST Traceable Calibration Certificate

Yes

No

Navigation

4-way joystick

One-button

Charger included

Yes

No




Technical Specs



Frequency

0.1, 0.12, 1, 10kHz +/- 0.005%

0.1, 0.12, 1 , 10kHz +/- 0.5%

Test Signal Level

0.25, 0.5 +/- 5% Vrms

0.25, 0.5 +/- 5% Vrms

Source Impedance

62.5 Ω/1k Ω/16k Ω +/- 1%

62.5 Ω/1k Ω/16k Ω +/- 1%




Typical Accuracy



Resistance

0.50%

1.00%

Capacitance

0.5%

1.00%

Inductance

0.5%

1.00%




Measurement Range



Resistance

0.1 Ohm to 10 Mohms

0.1 Ohm to 10 Mohms

Capacitance

0.5 pF to 1 mF

10 pF to 1 mF

Inductance

0.5 uH to 1 H

0.5 uH to 1 H


Smart Tweezers Specifications

Physical Specifications
Operating Temperature:0 °C to +50 °C
Storage Temperature:-40 °C to +70 °C
Relative Humidity:0 % to 90 % (0 °C to 35 °C)
0 % to 70 % (35 °C to 55 °C)
Altitude Operating: 0-2000 meters
Battery Type:3.7 V LiPO rechargeable 150 mAh
Typical Charge Time:2.5 Hours
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC):Susceptibility and Emission: CE 89/336, FCC 15 part B
Size:14.0 x 2.5 x 3.0 cm (3.94 x 0.9 x 1.5 in)
Weight: 53 grams (0.11lb)
Warranty:1 year
Basic Specifications
Measured Parameters:L, C, R, ESR, D, Q
Measuring Frequencies: 100 Hz, 120 Hz, 1 kHz, 10 kHz
Measurement rate:1 time per second
Resistance:0.05 Ohms to 9.9 MOhms
Capacitance:0.5 pF to 4,999 µF
Inductance:0.5 µH to 999 mH
Dissipation Factor:0.001 to 1000
Accuracy Specifications
Accuracy is specified at 18°C to 28°C (64°F to 82°F), with relative humidity to 90%.
Resistance:
Accuracy:0.2% in range 100 R to 10 K, 0.5% in range 1 R to 1 M
Capacitance:
Accuracy:0.2% in range 10 nF to 10 µF, 0.5% in range 100 pF to 1 mF
Inductance:
Accuracy: 0.2% in range 10 mH to 100 mH, 0.5% in range 100 µH to 1H

Smart Tweezers Purchasing Information

    
Order by Phone/Fax: 301-762-1021
E-mail your Purchase Order to smarttweezers@siborg.com
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