Siborg Systems Inc. and the Institute of Automation and Electrometry Compare Smart Tweezers and LCR-Reader to Conventional Testers
Siborg Systems Inc. and the Institute of Automation and Electrometry at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk have compared Smart Tweezers ST5 and LCR-Reader to older type conventional testers such as the Tesla BM591 and the BK Precision MIC-4090D.
“Although the main advantage of Smart Tweezers type of devices is a quick and highly accurate identification of SMT components as small as 0.3 mm. It can also be used for conventional through-hole type components and therefore we decided to compare ST5 and LCR-Reader to conventional old-style LCR-meters.” says the Director of Research and Development at Siborg, Michael Obrecht.
“In our work we use both through-hole devices and SMDs. Therefore we wanted to check if LCR-Reader and ST5 would be able to handle both types of components. I liked Smart Tweezers from the very first glance but what it had was a relatively high price, and I was very happy to see a more affordable LCR-Reader.” says Valentin Litvintsev, the Team Lead at the Institute of Automation and Electrometry of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk, “We used two legacy LCR-meters, working horses in our lab, Tesla BM591 and BK Precision MIC-4090D to make the comparison. The results are documented in a chart available here.“
Siborg Systems Inc. and Grupo Unicoba in San Paulo, Brazil have joined to market Smart Tweezers ST-5 and LCR-Reader in South America.
Unicoba, a brazilian company founded in 1973, conducts its business in different areas such as energy, electronics, information technology, and services. It manufactures, imports, and distributes industrial batteries, motorcyle batteries, rechargeable batteries, network solutions, set top boxes for cable TV, welding equipments, GPS navigators, LED lighting, renewable energy and banking automation products.
The company offers its parteners and customers a wide range of services:
-Advance Technology in Electronic Manufacturing (EMS-Electronic Manufacturing Services)
-Logistics and Sales Distribution through different business channels
-Installation, maintenance and post-sales services. We operate in Telecommunication, Infrastructure, energy, IT, security and industrial sectors
-Import and export of raw materials and products.
Siborg Systems Inc. has signed deals with SPE Group in Novosibirsk, and Moscow based Premier Electric to further expand accessibility in Russia.
SPE Group (Scientific Professional Equipment Company) is a supplier of high-tech professional equipment for scientific research for the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The company offers equipment from leading scientific equipment manufacturers such as Leica Microsystmes, Tektronix, Hameg Instruments, etc.
Premier Electric is a distributor of electronic and electromechanical components. its high-performance logistics and high skilled personnel allow to deliver components and offer solutions in the shortest time and optimal price.
This new agreement allows Russian customers a better access to Smart Tweezers and LCR-Reader.
Orders can be made through online, by phone, or by fax.
In the United States
After nearly a decade of availability, Smart Tweezers has become a worldly recognizable alternative tool for evaluating and testing Surface Mount Technology (SMT). Siborg Systems Inc. has compiled a brief history and side-by-side comparison of the two most popular models, the ST-5 and the LCR-Reader.
The first prototype was a set of hand-made tweezers in a hand-carved housing that was powered by a AA alkaline battery. A new design environment and evolution of components brought upon a completely redesigned device, similar to the design of the newest models. The ST-1 was released in 2004.
In 2007 the ST-2 model was released featuring replaceable gold-plated tweezer tips, improving the lifespan of the device. It also featured better insulated handles resulting in higher accuracy.
The ST-3 was released in 2009. The main difference being a rechargeable battery via induction. The new battery was introduced to address a problem with housing being damaged each time the old batteries needed replacement. Though this model had a slightly higher price, many assembly lines embraced the ability to recharge the battery.
In 2011 the ST-5 model was released. This model features the highest basic accuracy yet, and a Li-Ion battery rechargeable via micro-USB connection.
The ST-5 remains the leading device among professionals and companies alike, though the varying price between $340 and $700 (depending on region, re-seller, etc.) is too high for non-professionals and hobbyists.
Siborg released the ST-5L in 2012, as a budget model of the popular ST-5. This model was slightly less expensive, and the market was found unchanged.
Siborg began working on the LCR-Reader, released in September of 2013. The new LCR-Reader, which was prototyped using 3D printing, is offered at half the price of previous Smart Tweezers. At 1 oz., the LCR-Reader is half the weight, and is offered at almost half the price. It features a Li-Ion battery and a one-button navigation. The design maximizes operation simplicity while still offering a high basic accuracy of 1%.
Unlike LCR-Reader, the ST-5 arrives with a calibration certificate which is traceable to the National Institute of Standards, required by all major high-tech companies. It also offers the highest basic accuracy in the line, of 0.2%, and various features that are not available on the LCR-Reader.
Smart Tweezers ST-5 features:
-Automatic LCR and ESR measurements
-Basic accuracy of 0.2%
-NIST Traceable Calibration Certificate
-Variable Test Signal up to 1 Vrms
-Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
-2 oz. weight
-Automatic LCR and ESR measurements
-Basic accuracy of 1%
-Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
-1 oz. weight
-Fixed test signal of 0.5 Vrms
-No calibration certificate
-No diode tests
-No component sorting
-No tolerance Check
On Monday, December 2nt, 2013, Siborg Systems Inc. will be offering the popular devices at a discount to celebrate Cyber Monday.
The sale will begin at 12 am Eastern Time, and will end at 11:59 pm.
To order, click a link below, or order by phone or fax
In the United States
Siborg Systems Inc. has decided to put Smart Tweezers and LCR-Reader on sale on November 29th, 2013. The sale will start at 12 am Eastern Time, and will end at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
Orders for the sale can be found at the respective links:
or by phone at 519-888-9906
or fax: 519-725-9522
Germany’s KIT and USA’s Bokar International are taking the LCR-Reader and ST5 to Produktronika in Germany.
The first few batches of the new LCR-Reader have made their way to Bokar International in the USA, Van Device Ltd. in Japan, Sanata-Tech in Russia and Advance Tech in India.
“We are not sure how popular the new device will be. It is always hard to predict the market. But we are hearing good responses from our European distributors and therefore we are going to presetn LCR-Reader at Produktronika in Munich in November. Meet us at KIT Kroschewski Industrie Technik GmbH, Booth number 532, Hall A4, Messe Müchen, to see a quick LCR-Reader and Smart Tweezers ST-5 demo.” says Czes Ruskowski, the CEO at Bokar International.
Sanata-Tech, based in St.Petersburg, has joined Siborg Systems Inc. in marketing LCR-Reader and the ST5 model in Customs Union countries, including Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
Following a summit in Minsk on October 29, 2013, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan announced their intention of forming the Eurasian Economic Union in 2015, and opened the invitation to join to Turkey, India and Syria to join the alliance, further expanding past former Soviet Union countries.
Sanata-Tech is an Eastern European supplier of soldering equipment, electrical test equipment and workplace furniture and hand tools.
“A major portion of our clients are electronic companies dealing with Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).” says the CEO of Sanata-Tech, Natalya Petrova, “Any person using soldering equiment finds Smart Tweezes LCR-meter very efficient in testing and characterization of Surface Mount Devices and it is an indispensable tool for PCB debugging and repair.”
This new partnership offers further accessibility to Smart Tweezers and LCR-Reader to customers in the Eurasian Economic Union.
Smart Tweezers ST5 and New LCR-Reader Now Available in Vietnam from Indochina Equipment and Accessories JSC
Siborg Systems Inc. and Indochina Equipment & Accessories Joint Stock Company, in Hanoi, Vietnam, has agreed to join efforts in offering both ST5 and LCR-Reader models of Smart Tweezers in Southeastern Japan.
Indochina JSC is a known supplier in Southeastern Asia, specializing in supplying equipment and spare parts for various industries using heavy machinery.
“In a modern world, all machines use Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) with a high density of Surface Mount Devices (SMDs),” says the CEO of Indochina JSC, Mr. Tam, “A few of our clients approached us with a request to procure Smart Tweezers LCR-meter, which is an indispensable tool for PCB repair.”
Both devices are now available for order.