Fault ID & Repair

As a manufacturer of bare PCBs, you know that your reputation sits right on top of every board you send out. You have to get them right, but with every PCB you discard, you’re throwing away precious labor, materials, power and time, along with many other costly elements that go to make up your products. That’s why it’s important to know which of your flagged boards are in fact electrically sound, and whether repair is a viable, reliable option.

When Is a Bad Board Not a Bad Board?

A PCB can be failed for many reasons, not all of which constitute a true functional fail. Board registration, imperfections in the solder mask, a high contact surface resistance … These and many other issues can result in an incorrect “fail”, and a perfectly good board being treated as bad product.

Test Floor Integration

Gardien helps to increase your yields and guard against unnecessary losses with a specially designed Test Floor Integration (TFI) process. This Verification – Identification – Repair procedure analyzes exactly what can be done with any failed boards, increasing your yields and reducing your costs, significantly.

Before consigning a failed board to waste, Gardien puts it through the Test Floor Integration (TFI) process, offering you:

Higher yields

Lower costs

Rapid fault verification and identification

Unprecedented repair opportunities

Quality improvements through data feedback

Compliance with IPC-9252 Class 3 & Class 3A and most military specifications

The TFI Process

Conducted by a Flying Probe this full resistive test automatically verifies all faults contained in the data log file created during grid testing.

AUTOMATIC BOARD SELECTION

The failed board is selected automatically using a bar code that associates it with the grid tester’s data log.

CROSS CHECKS

The PCB’s bar code is scanned and verified against the defects reported in the data log to ensure that the right board is under test.

RAPID FAULT VERIFICATION

Once the product has been verified as faulty, it is taken to the Visual Fault Diagnostics Station where the bar code from the Flying Probe is scanned and defect locations are automatically loaded and displayed. In this way, true faults are verified and located much more rapidly and reliably than they can be using more conventional approaches.

FAULT REPORT GENERATION

Where a true fault is identified, its position, and where possible, its cause, are reported and fed back into the manufacturing process improvement procedure.

REPAIR DATA GENERATION

Where repair is an option, Gardien’s Visual Fault Diagnostics Aided Repair (GVFDAR) makes it possible to track nets from the surface, through the internal layers, and back to the surface, perhaps in a different area of the board, enabling more repairs than would otherwise be possible. This feature, which can clearly improve yields significantly, is crucial for prototype manufacture.

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT DATA GENERATION

Even where repair is not an option, invaluable information regarding repetitive defects can be fed back to production as part of the quality and yield improvement process.

We offer our services under 2 distinct frameworks: the OnDemand solution and the Integrate solution.
Depending on your needs, you can either outsource specific testing requirements or we can completely run your test area or test department on your behalf. Contact us now and we’ll find the best solution for your business.

KEVIN SYVRET

FINANCE DIRECTOR, NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Syvret joined Gardien Services Canada as Financial Controller in 2001 and assumed the role of Finance Director North America in 2007. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Syvret has held senior finance and accounting roles, including with Canadian Pacific Ltd and Sprint Inc.

NIRAJ PATEL

VICE PRESIDENT, GARDIEN NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Niraj Patel joined the company on a part time basis in 1993 while attending college full time. He worked in various positions until he graduated from the Centennial College Computer Systems Technology program, whereupon he was hired full time. He progressed through several testing and CAM department positions and was appointed North American CAM Manager in 1998. After 18 years with the company, Mr. Patel was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations, Gardien Services Canada Inc. in 2011. In January, 2015 Mr. Patel became Vice President NA of the newly combined organizational unit North America which includes the Canada and USA.

TODD KOLMODIN

VICE PRESIDENT QUALITY, NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Todd Kolmodin, a native to the Pacific Northwest was born in Seattle Washington. At a young age he moved to the Portland Oregon area. In March of 1986 he graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Todd began his tenure in the Electrical Test field that same year.  Todd spent eight years working in an independent testing facility in Wilsonville Oregon where he built skills in all aspects of Electrical Test and Quality Assurance. 

Todd then spent a short term with Yamamoto Corporation on their Engineering staff covering PCB drill, finishing and Electrical Test before joining Probe Test Fixtures in 1995. His charge was CAM and Fixuring Manager.  Todd joined the Gardien Group in September 1998 continuing the same roll and taking on the responsibilities of Quality Manager for Oregon operations. In 2008 Mr. Kolmodin was promoted to Vice President Quality USA. In this position Mr. Kolmodin oversees and maintains the Gardien ITAR registration, ISO Multi-Site registration and multiple site Lab Suitability with the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime. Now also maintaining the Gardien QMS system Todd now serves as Vice President Quality North America.

Mr. Kolmodin is also a published columnist and Technical Presenter with multiple appearances at the IPC Apex Expo Conferences in both San Diego and Las Vegas. 

ROLAND VALENTINI

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Mr. Valentini was appointed COO in July 2010 after successfully serving as head of North American operations since 2005.

Roland has over ten years’ experience in the PCB industry, including sales, service, and project management at Atotech GmbH, Germany mainly relating to PCB plating equipment.
He has significant sales experience from his tenure at Mack Rides GmbH and headed up worldwide installations for Lurgi Bischoff GmbH.

Mr. Valentini received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mannheim, Germany.

RICHARD HORSMAN

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Prior to Richard joining Gardien in September 2014, he was Chairman/CEO of tool chain vendor Atego Group Systems Limited which was sold to PTC Inc.

Prior to joining Atego, Richard held a number of Executive and Non-Executive roles including Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Plethora Solutions, an AIM listed Pharmaceutical Company and CEO of AIM listed Cybit Holdings plc. where he grew the company from inception to revenues of over 25 million and took the company through multiple acquisitions before managing a sale of the business to Francisco Partners.

Richard previously held a number of senior roles in the Software industry.

RICK MERAW

GROUP VICE PRESIDENT QUALITY

Mr. Meraw was appointed Group Vice President of Quality in Jan 2015 after successfully  serving as Senior Vice President of USA operations since 2011.  Prior to being responsible for USA operations Mr Meraw was responsible for Canadian operations since 2001.

Rick has over twenty years’ experience with Gardien Group and has various roles including, service technician, customer liaison, Quality manager, technical support, project management, and software design/ implementation.

In June 1992 he graduated with an Electronic Engineering Technologist degree, with honors from a local community college.

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