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How to Resolve False Measurements

// February 24th, 2017 // No Comments » // Devices, FAQ, Help, How To, LCR-Reader, Maintenance, News, Smart Tweezers Maintenance, Smart Tweezers Questions and Answers, Uncategorized

False measurements are when the device shows a measurement while not being in contact with a component. The device will stop showing a measurement value when the tips are removed. False measurements will cause the device to continue displaying a measurement and not turn off, leading to the battery being drained.

There are a few reasons as to why the device is showing a false measurement. This could include the tips being misaligned or shifted during transportation or if the device has been dropped or mishandled. Replacing the tips with a new set may also cause false readings. Generally, these false measurements are caused by metal or plastic debris caught between the tips and arms of the device and can be fixed with these easy steps:

  1. Start by removing the tips and cleaning the arms with isopropyl and a soft cloth or gauze to remove any extra debris. Reinstall the tips to the device. If the device is still showing a reading, remove the tips and continue to step two.
  2. Try removing any excess flex cable from in or around the screw-holes. Gently rotate a drill bit by hand or use a Philips head screwdriver that is twice the size of the hole. This will scrape away any extra plastic and gold from the flex cable. The red circles in the image below shows where interference can occur.screw hole on an armDrill bit clearing interference
  3. Sometimes bits of metal remain stuck in the threads from assembly. These bits can be removed using a tap or one of the screws to clear the threads. Tighten and remove a few times.
  4. Cleaning the screws may also help. Sometimes debris can be stuck between the threads.
  5. If all else fails, make sure there is no metal bits stuck under the flex cable around the screw holes. Very rarely does metal get between these two pieces, but it can create false measurements. Always try scraping away extra flex cable first. Use sharp tweezers to remove any visible metal pieces without tearing or damaging the flex cable.

NOTE: Removing the flex cable will damage the glue and may cause issues when re-adhering the flex cable which can impact the accuracy of the measurements.

  1. Make sure to clean away any residual plastic or metal using isopropyl and a soft cloth or gauze before reinstalling the tips.

 

If these steps do not remove the false readings, please contact Siborg Systems Inc.

Siborg Hosts End-of-January Sale in the LCR-Reader Store and Amazon

// January 24th, 2017 // No Comments » // amazon, Bluetooth, Devices, LCR-Reader, LCR-Reader Store, News, Sale, Smart LED Test Tweezers, ST-5S, ST5S-BT, Uncategorized

 

Siborg is offering up to 20% off their Smart Tweezers and LCR-Reader devices and other SMD testing tools in the LCR-Reader Store and Amazon sales channels. The sale starts on January 18th at 12:00AM and ends on January 31st at 11:59 PM EST. The sale includes LCR-Reader and Smart Tweezers devices, including Bluetooth model and task kits. Siborg is also offering a discount on LED Test Tweezers, Kelvin Probe Connector for Smart Twezers and LCR-Reader, and SMD Multimeter Test Tweezers.

 

Visit the LCR-Reader Store or Amazon Sales Channels in USA, Canada, and Europe before January 31st for your chance to get up to 20% off!

Siborg Hosting End of Year Sale on Smart Tweezers and LCR-Reader

// December 22nd, 2016 // No Comments » // amazon, Bluetooth, Devices, LCR-Reader, LCR-Reader Store, News, Sale, ST-5S, ST5S-BT, Uncategorized

Starting December 26th, 2016 at 12:00 AM Siborg is offering a discount on LCR-Readers, Smart Tweezers and up to 20% off task kits in the LCR-Reader Store and Amazon Sales channels in USA, Canada and Europe. The sale will end at 11:59PM on December 31st. This sale includes the new LCR-Reader Pro Plus and Smart Tweezers Pro task kits that include the Kelvin Probe Station.

 

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Siborg to Begin Offer Bluetooth Enabled Smart Tweezers

// April 28th, 2016 // No Comments » // Devices, LCR-Reader, LCR-Reader Store, News, ST5S-BT, Uncategorized

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.

Ex. C1.398nF,R3.461kR,10kHz,0.5,S,,,,
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.

TeraTerm Screen.jpg(STBT-may032016)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.

The new ST5S-BT will be available starting mid-May from Siborg’s LCR-Reader Store and Amazon sales channels in USA, Canada and Europe.

 

LED Test Tweezers from Siborg Systems Inc

// November 5th, 2015 // No Comments » // News, Uncategorized

deviceshadow2 ledandlcr600Siborg has begun offering the LED Test Tweezers.

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:

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  • 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
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  • 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

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Siborg Gets Results from Navair about Calibration Jig

// July 31st, 2015 // No Comments » // LCR-Reader, News, ST-5S, Uncategorized

Siborg Systems Inc., with help from the Institute of Automation and Electrometry at the Russian Academy of Sciences (Novosibirsk) have created a Calibration Jig for the Smart Tweezers and LCR-Reader models. This jig was sent to Navair in Toronto, Ontario, one of the leading calibration houses in Canada. The results have made their way back to Siborg with surprising results.

4 Randomly selected LCR-Reader units were sent for testing and calibration. Siborg had been claiming that the LCR-Reader had a basic accuracy of about 1%, which turned out to be underestimated; almost all the measurmeent values were closer to 0.5%. The only measurement to be out of the estimated range was the 1 Ohm, which was slightly higher because of parasitics between the tips. All the measurement results can be seen on the LCR-Readers’s website.

The Calibration Jig does not in itself create NIST traceable certificate, and must have a certificate itself; but this device will allow users to sporadically check the accuracy of their devices or to troubleshoot in cases of failure or malfunctions.

Siborg Gains New Manufacturing Partner in Taiwan

// June 1st, 2015 // No Comments » // LCR-Reader, News, ST-5S, Uncategorized

For years, Siborg had been in development to create a device that is more accessible by non-professionals. By removing features found on the Smart Tweezers LCR-meters, a device with half the price of Smart Tweezers was created: the LCR-Reader.

Siborg has been continuously working on lowering the manufacturing costs further; a new deal with Taiwan based Injohnson Precision Industrial Co. Ltd. has been made which will help Siborg lower manufacturing costs.

“Smart Tweezers offers the ability for quick and highly accurate evaluations of SMT components,” Says the R&D Director at Siborg, Michael Obrecht, “For model ST-5S, the basic accuracy is about 0.2%. Our goal for a few years was to reduce the cost of manufacturing of the device.Recently we introduced the LCR-Reader that is priced at half of the Smart Tweezers ST-5S price and we plan to further reduce the price with the help of Injohnson Precision Industrial.”

Injohnson Precision Industrial Co., Ltd. professionally manufactures a wide range of metal products, precision (CNC) machining, plastic and rubber modled products as well as oil seal and packaging. They have over 35 years of professional experience and are constantly devoting themselves to improve technology and create new innovative products. This is the basis of their success that has yielded present plans for a new factory and office in the People’s Republic of China. With this factory, they can better and faster satisfy customer requirements. Injohnson offers small and large orders, high quality, competitive prices, prompt delivery and good service. Their products can be custom-made and designed according to requested specifications.

For more information

Mr.J.S.Fu/President and CEO

Injohnson Precision Industrial Co., Ltd.
Taiwan Head Office:  No. 107, Kuan-Fu Rd., Bei-Dou (52146)
Changhwa Hsien, Taiwan

Shanghai (China) office:
Ms.Sunny Wang
Rm 2512, A unit, No. 1088, New Gold Bridge Road, Pudong New Area,
Shanghai, China

Smart Tweezers Gains Lithuanian Distributor

// April 3rd, 2015 // No Comments » // Distributors, LCR-Reader, News, ST-5S, Uncategorized

Smart Tweezers and LCR-Reader have been picked up by Lithuania based UAB Elintos Matavimo Sistemos to further provide the popular handheld LCR-meters in Europe.

 

UAB Elintos Matavimo Sistemos has been operating since 1996 as a supplier of measurement equipment and power sources for industrial enterprises. They are constantly expanding their range of products and servies to meet the needs of the industry. They currently offer a wide range of measurement instruments and equipment including test and adjustment systems and power sources; verification and calibration services and consulting on the products they offer.

 

“We are happy to have UAV as a new distributor. UAB offers a wide range of test and measurement equipment; we think that the LCR-Reader and Smart Tweezers will be a good fit for their customers. This will bring Smart Tweezers to customers Lithuania and surrounding Europe, and will provide a closer to home option for customers, whether they are just getting their devices or require maintenance or repair.” says Michael Obrecht, at Siborg Systems Inc.

 

 

For more info please contact: UAB „ELINTOS MATAVIMO SISTEMOS Terminalo g. 3, Biruliškių k., Karmėlavos sen. LT–54469 Kauno raj. Lithuania Tel.: (8~37) 45 27 90 Fax.: (8~37) 35 01 35 Mobile: (8~698) 8 77 94 E-mail: info (at) elintosms (dot) lt

Smart Tweezers and LCR-Reader Cyber Monday Sale

// November 30th, 2014 // No Comments » // LCR-Reader, News, ST-5S, Uncategorized

Siborg Systems Inc. is offering a discount for Cyber Monday on Monday, December 1, 2014.  The sale will begin at 12:00 am Eastern Time Monday, and will end at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Orders can be made online at Smart Tweezers CanadaSmart Tweezers US and LCR-Reader, as well as by phone (519-888-9906) or fax (519-725-9522).

Smart Tweezers and LCR-Reader Black Friday Sale

// November 27th, 2014 // No Comments » // LCR-Reader, News, ST-5S, Uncategorized

Siborg Systems Inc. is offering a discount for Black Friday on Friday, November 28, 2014. The sale will begin at 12:00 am Eastern Time Friday, and will end at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Orders can be made online at Smart Tweezers Canada, Smart Tweezers US and LCR-Reader, as well as by phone (519-888-9906) or fax (519-725-9522).