IEE International Electron Devices 2017Siborg Systems Inc. will be showing LCR-Reader and LCR-Reader-MP at this year's IEEE International Electron Devices 2017 in San Francisco from December 2-6 2017!
Smart Tweezers Offset Calibration BoardNow in the LCR-Reader Store, Smart Tweezers Offset Calibration Board. This dummy PCB uses holes to represent various sizes of components (0201, 0402, etc). Instead of the less accurate method of estimating the components width to determine the offset capacitance, the Offset Calibration Board lets users get a precise offset capacitance that can be subtracted by the component's measurement.
The Offset Calibration Board works with Smart Tweezers and Colibri models of LCR-meters; simply set the device to 10kHz and "measure" the component size on the PCB by placing the tips in the corresponding holes to the component being tested. The device will show the actual offset capacitance value that can then be subtracted from the value of the component being measured.
The Smart Tweezers Smart Tweezers Offset Calibration Board is available alone for $9.99 USD or inside all Smart Tweezers Pro and Plus Task Kits.
Fine and Extra-Fine Pin Probes for Kelvin Probe Connector Available in the LCR-Reader StoreSiborg is now offering two new sizes of pin probes for the LCR-Reader Kelvin Probe Connector. The pin probes connect to LCR-Reader, Smart Tweezers or multimeters using the 4 mm jack plugs. There are two sizes available: the 73 mm long Extra-Fine Pin Probe and the 124 mm long Fine Pin Probe each for only $9.99 USD.
Smart Tweezers ST5S-BT: Bluetooth Enabled Device Records Measurement Values in Real TimeSiborg is now offering Bluetooth enabled Smart Tweezers! Based on the ST-5S model, the Bluetooth enabled ST5S-BT2 remotely records measurements in real-time. The data can either be saved to a file or database for later use. The device offers all the same features and 0.2% basic accuracy of ST-5S with the added Bluetooth Functionality. Read more about Smart Tweezers ST5S-BT2 here
Smart Tweezers and LCR-Reader Kelvin Probe ConnectorLCR-Reader Probe Connector is a new accessory for LCR-Reader from Siborg Systems Inc. This attachment replaces one of the gold-plated tweezer probes with a wire-probe allowing for users to measure components longer than the tweezers would allow. The LCR-Reader Probe Connector comes with 7 attachments and easy connecting to LCR-Reader. Read more about LCR-Reader Probe Connector here
Siborg Systems Inc. has recently redesigned the LCR-Reader Store with a new look! The new design feels more akin to other online shopping with the ability to read the product details before adding items to the cart. Siborg has also added new 'Task Kits'. These kits are combinations of a device with spare parts, ie: a Smart Tweezers ST-5S with precision tips and bent tips, or an LCR-Reader with charger and spare battery. Each kit offers customers a better price than buying each piece separately. Visit the newly redesigned LCR-Reader Store!
New Bent-Tip DesignA new gold-plated bent-tip option has been made available as an extra for both Smart Tweezers and LCR-Readers. The bent design is more ergonomic to use as they meet components mounted on PCBs at a more comfortable angle compared to the straight tips. Both devices will still come equipped with the straight tips with the bent design as an optional add-on.
LCR-Reader and NIST Traceable Calibration CertificatesSiborg has begun offering NIST Traceable Calibration Certificates with every LCR-Reader. After completion of the new calibration fixture, Siborg began offering customers NIST traceable calibration certificates for LCR-Reader when purchased along with the device in the LCR-Reader Store or when customers purchased the LCR-Reader Professional task kit. Now, without any extra cost, customers can buy the LCR-Reader with calibration certificate for $199.99 in the LCR-Reader Store.
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This device makes testing LEDs and other small components simple. The 15 cm long device features sharp gold-plated phosphor bronze tweezers and a multi-function tester that can also be connected to a multimeter. The device features a 12 VDC output with variable current ratings for testing LEDs; while also being able to test for shorts in circuitry, switches, fuses, wire connection and more. Find out more about the Smart LED Test Tweezers here
Taitronics: 41st Taipei International Electronics ShowSiborg 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. Visit us at booth J0301!
Smart Tweezers: A Simpler Way for Testing SMD Components
Smart Tweezers™ are a hand held 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
- Convenient 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 (to a 0201 size), 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 values. 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. The unique design that combines a set of tweezers and the multimeter in one device makes sorting, testing and troubleshooting become more efficient and cost effective. By only requiring one hand, unlike other multimeters that require both hands to work the wire leads, Smart Tweezers leaves the other hand free for other tasks such as taking notes. The handles on the device are a 4-wire connection and shielded to assure low capacitance and resistance offset while measuring.
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 behavior 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.
Controlling the DeviceSmart Tweezers are controlled using a joystick navigational button. The joystick movement allows users to easily change basic settings from the home screen by pressing directionally. Left and right changes the measurement mode (A, L, C, R); up and down controls the test frequency. Users can also press the joystick to enter the extensive menus. Within the menus, users can set specific parameters for tasks such as setting offset values, holds, and more.
Smart Tweezers 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)|
|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%.|
|Accuracy:||0.2% in range 100 R to 10 K, 0.5% in range 1 R to 1 M|
|Accuracy:||0.2% in range 10 nF to 10 µF, 0.5% in range 100 pF to 1 mF|
|Accuracy:||0.2% in range 10 mH to 100 mH, 0.5% in range 100 µH to 1H|