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Datest wins a 2017 NPI Award for Its
PCBA/PCBF Reverse Engineering Service

Datest, a leading provider of advanced, efficient and mission-critical in-circuit testing, test engineering, and X-ray inspection solutions, were awarded a 2017 NPI Award in the category of Test & Inspection - Functional Test for its PCBA/PCBF Reverse Engineering Service. The award was presented to the company during a Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 ceremony that took place at the San Diego Convention Center during the IPC APEX EXPO.

Datest's PCBA/PCBF Reverse Engineering Service creates CAD files, parts lists, netlists and electronic schematics where previous archives were lost or never existed.  Flying probe technology can create of all these files, which can then be handed over to a layout service bureau for board redesign and creation of gerber photoplot files. CT-scan and high-end X-ray technology supplements flying probe as a verification step.

The service enables a contemporary and cost-effective board-level product to be reconstructed, replacing antiquated, obsolete and marginally reliable old product. It facilitates archiving of design data for accurate documentation and data control for future use. Faster than manual reproduction, the Reverse Engineering Service can be implemented in days rather than weeks. It is more accurate because it relies on precise positional accuracy of flying probes and 3D images.

Stable archiving guards against loss of records in the event of mergers, acquisitions, or natural/manmade disasters. The end-user is no longer wedded to a single board supplier (sole source) because they have the only set of gerber files. Test programs also can be developed where previously none existed.

"Datest is proud to be recognized with this, our latest service offering," said Robert Boguski, President of Datest. "Our reverse engineering service fills a very specific niche requirement, but one we feel is growing due to the need for ongoing support of older product lines. We are honored that our modest contribution to this effort has been validated, and we look to increase this business in the months and years ahead."

Premiering in 2008, the NPI Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

Datest in profile
Datest is an ISO9001 and AS9100C-certified, ITAR-registered provider of advanced, integrated PCBA testing and inspection services to the CM/EMS and OEM communities since 1984.  Datest features in-circuit testing and test engineering development for all major platforms as well as flying probe testing, boundary scan testing, functional testing, and four kinds of x-ray inspection (2D, 3D, CT-Scan, and AXI).  Datest also offers a wide variety of engineering and value-added services, including failure analysis and "bonepile" rehabilitation.  Datest also proudly introduces counterfeit component detection services, consistent with SAE AS 5553 and PRO-STD-001. 

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