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Datest Hosts Successful Press Visit at Microfocus CT Lab

FREMONT, CA — July 2018 — Datest, a leading provider of advanced, efficient and mission-critical test engineering, X-ray inspection, failure analysis, flying probe, and in-circuit testing solutions, today announced that they hosted a successful and well-attended open house on July 9 for the press, including US Tech, Global SMT & Packaging, Mexico EMS, Circuits Assembly, and SMT Today Magazine.

The group was treated to an up close and personal tour of Datest’s Fremont facility, showcasing their new Microfocus CT lab. A lead-shielded room houses the VJ Technologies custom microfocus vault 225kV X-ray CT system, which can X-ray parts up to 110lbs at resolutions as small as 5 microns.  In CT scanning mode, the Microfocus system can compile as many as 6400 discrete projections or image slices into three-dimensional models, suitable for viewing using 4 different sets of modeling software (Fraunhofer Volex, VJT Vi3, and Volume Graphics VG Studio and VG Studio MAX).  Applications include digital radiography, volumetric comparisons, metrology, nominal/actual comparisons for additive manufacturing, and porosity analysis of castings, to name just a few of many capabilities.  Support is provided by both Datest and VJT personnel, including Ph.D. level analysts and operators, and NAS410-certified and ASNT Level II and Level III technicians.

“A large portion of our business is in quick-turn problem solving for customers with urgent needs,” commented Robert Boguski, President of Datest. “The addition of the microfocus lab is not a change of direction for Datest, but a natural expansion of the failure analysis services that we have been providing to the circuit board and EMS world for years. We are taking our increased knowledge and applying what we have learned to other sectors and industries, going well beyond PCBA’s and electronics. Our key customer is an engineer with a problem requiring an immediate solution. Our goal is to provide that solution, or at least a direction to pursue.” Robert added that Datest is now an active member of ASNT, the American Society for Non-Destructive Testing, and is able to draw on technical resources from that relationship as well.

Datest is the West Coast demonstration site for SPEA systems, and has plans to install a SPEA 4080 flying probe test system in Fall 2018.

About Datest

Datest is the preeminent provider of advanced, efficient, and cost-effective PCBA testing, test engineering, failure analysis and analytical solutions. Established in 1984, Datest now offers in-circuit and flying probe testing and development services; DFT/DFM analysis; JTAG/Boundary Scan development services; AXI as well as 2D and 3D X-ray and CT-scan capabilities for nondestructive failure analysis, root cause identification, and dispute resolution.  The company also offers cross-sectioning, dye & pry, and analytical laboratory services, including SEM and C-SAM analysis; counterfeit component identification and detection; and reverse engineering services.  Datest is proud to introduce its new 225kV microfocus CT system from VJ Technologies, offering CT scanning and failure analysis services for all manner of larger objects besides printed circuit board assemblies. Datest is ITAR registered and has a quality management system (QMS) that is certified to ISO9001 and AS9100C.  We will be transitioning our QMS to AS9100D in 2018.  For more information, call 510-490-4600 or consult