Siborg Systems Inc. will be offering a new model of Smart Tweezers with Bluetooth capabilities in mid-May, the ST5s-BT.
This is the first upgrade to the ST-5S, which will allow users to remotely log their measurement results with a compatible device. This will be more efficient by letting users keep track of their previously measured components rather than re-measuring each time.
The Bluetooth is connected using a USB reciever stick that establishes a virtual serial port. Measurements results are sent using a string of comma separated values that represent the measurement results.
C(main impedance value type)1.398nF(main impedance value),R(secondary impedance)3.461kR(secondary impedance value),10kHz(test frequency),0.5(test signal level),S(measurement mode, in this case, serial), followed by 4 reserved values.
This information is then sent to the port and is recieved by any communication software.
For example, the photo shows the free Tera Term software recieving data. This data can be save into a file or documented. If the LabView software is being used, it can process and store the data in a database as needed.
The Bluetooth connection will be supported by an NI VISA instrument driver in the NI LabView® environment. Eventually the device will have apps for the Windows, Android and iOS operating systems.
Smart Tweezers ST-5S is a handheld LCR-meter with high accuracy and plenty of features for specific tasks. These features include: fully automatic LCR and ESR measurements, variable tolerances and test signal ranges, basic accuracy of 0.2%, component sorting, diode and continuity testing, and offers a 4-way joystick-like-navigation that allows basic settings to be changed quickly on the default screen.
Siborg has been working over the past year with the Institute of Automation and Electrometry at the Russian Academy of Sciences in creating a Calibration Fixture that will allow periodic calibration of all models of Smart Tweezers, and, most importantly, the LCR-Reader. The calibration fixture was then sent to Navair Technologies in Toronto, Canada to be verified. With this verification from Navair, Siborg will soon be able to include calibration certificates with LCR-Reader, which was a main hindrance in companies using the device.
The calibration unit utilizes a 4-wire connection which has been found to reduce noise between connections and the PCB within the calibration fixture.
Previous calibration fixtures used a 2-wire connector which worked well for older models of Smart Tweezers, including the ST-1, ST-2 and ST-3. The 2-wire connector was not able to handle the measurements within the LCR-Reader and Smart Tweezers measurement ranges. Due to parasitics, it could not measure lower values of capacitance and inductance and higher values of resistance. Therefore, the 2-wire calibration fixture was only able to measure mid-range values.
The calibration fixture uses 14 known components that lay within the range of measurements. When a device is connected, the fixture will signal a different component with each button push. The measurement values are instantly displayed on the LCR-Reader or Smart Tweezers’ display which can then be compared to the known values of the components to determine accuracy.
“The new fixture makes it much easier to provide periodic traceable calibration now that it has been certified by Navair Technologies. We have now completed two versions of the calibration fixture using both 4-wire and 2-wire connections. The 4-wire is best suited for newer models, including the recent LCR-Reader. The 2-wire is best for the older models, including the ST-1, ST-2, ST-3 and STIC. These older models used a 2-wire connection in the handles of the device and could not be properly tested with the 4-wire terminal. This new calibration unit will allow all models to be tested and calibrated.” says the Director of Research and Development at Siborg, Michael Obrecht.
Soon, the calibration certificates will be available in the LCR-Reader Store; there will be 2 types to choose from: a basic calibration certificate that ensures the device has been calibrated, or a more detailed format that shows the measurement results compared to the known values.
Siborg is extending their Cyber Week Sale in the LCR-Reader Store; from 12:00 am EST on Monday, January 25th to 11:59pm EST on Sunday, January 31st, 2016, all devices and task kits, including Smart Tweezers, LCR-Reader and Smart LED Test Tweezers, are 10% off. Visit the newly redesigned LCR-Reader Store to take advantage of the sale.
Siborg Systems Inc. is having a sale on devices and task kits in the LCR-Reader Store until 11:59pm EST on January 2nd, 2016.
The LCR-Reader and Smart Tweezers LCR-meters and the new Smart LED Test Tweezers are on sale as well as the new Task Kits. The Task Kits combine a device (either LCR-Reader or Smart Tweezers) with accessories and replacement parts. For example, the kit could be an LCR-Reader with charger and spare tweezer probes, or a Smart Tweezers ST-5S with bent tips and precision tips or extra battery.
Visit the newly redesigned LCR-Reader Store for to see all the discounts until January 2nd, 2016!
Siborg Systems Inc. has recently launched a redesign of the online store for Smart Tweezers and LCR-Reader. The new store has a more standard online-retail feel that allows customers to see details about the products before adding them to a cart to purchase.
The new store also offers the LED Test Tweezers and new Task Kits for LCR-Reader and Smart Tweezers. These kits offer a device and different accessories, such as tips, batteries, and chargers. Each kit offers a discount opposed to buying each piece separately.
Come check out the new online store and receive discounts until December 31st, 2015!
Siborg Systems Inc. is having a Cyber Monday sale for their Smart Tweezers and LCR-Reader multimeters, as well as the new Smart LED Test Tweezers.
The sale starts at midnight Monday November 30th, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM EST.
You can get the sales price from the Smart Tweezers websites, LCR-Reader website, Amazon.com and Amazon.ca sales channels.
Smart Tweezers website Canada
Siborg Systems Inc. is offering a Black Friday sale on Smart Tweezers and LCR-Readers starting midnight on Friday, November 27th, 2015.
This easy-to-use device makes testing LEDs, switches, fuses, circuitry,, wire connections and other small components easy and time-saving.
The LED Test Tweezers use a 12VDC output with variable current outputs of 5mA, 10mA, and 20mA. Determining polarity is as easy as looking at the colour-coded arms; red for anode (+) and grey for cathode (-).
The LED Test Tweezers can become the probes for a multimeter. Using the connector cable that comes with the device, plug the LED Test Tweezers into a multimeter and the bronze phosphor tweezers can be used as the probes. The sharp tweezers are able to reach even the smalles
t components mounted on a PCB or loose.
The device is only 15cm long and weighs 50 grams, perfect for professionals like engineers, etc. that need a lightweight device to take into the field.
Other features include:
- LED light test with 12VDC output
- Adjustable current settings of 20mA, 10mA, and 5mA
- Short and open fuse checking
- Small component testing
- PCB circuit testing
- Light ring indicator illuminates when in contact with a component
- Optional buzzer can be switched on to sound when in c
- Special multimeter connection cable turns the device into tweezer probes
- Comes with carrying case, battery, tweezer cap and multimeter connector cable
Read the manual: LEDTestTweezersManual
Siborg has recently made new gold-plated bent-tips available for Smart Tweezers and LCR-Readers. This new design is more ergonomic compared to the straight-tip option. The bent-tips make it easier to reach components already on a PCB while holding the device at a more horizontal angle.
All devices will still be equipped with straight tips with the bent-tips as a optional add-on.
Siborg Systems Inc. is showing the LCR-Reader and Smart Tweezers devices for the first time this year at the 41st annual Taipei International Electronics Show, or Taitronics.
They will be giving a 20 minute presentation about LCR-Reader covering details about the LCR-Reader, including its features and the differences between LCR-Reader and Smart Tweezers; the new calibration jig and the future of LCR-Read calibration, and a history of Smart Tweezers since its introduction in the early 2000’s.
The presentation will draw potential users to the LCR-Reader and it’s easy-to-use solution for testing and troubleshooting surface mount technology.
See the presentation at 11:30AM on October 7th, at Area I, 1F, TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall during Taitronics, and visit the LCR-Reader booth at J0301. We hope to see you there!