The RoboFlex Advanced Automatic Handler is a mechanical handler dedicated to DIMM/RIMM & SIMM Module testing. When interfaced with CST Apollo Tester , Eureka Advanced Memory Tester or SP3000 tester, RoboFlex handler provides Memory Module manufactures a cost effective method of automatically testing the memory modules in a fast, reliable and safe manner.
Untested memory are bulk loaded into a multiple module input tray with the parts stack horizontally. The parts are placed then placed in the input tray, they are dispensed onto a “Pusher System” one at a time and are then transfer horizontally to the tester mounted at the rear of the Handler for testing.
Upon parts being dropped into the “Pusher System” , the part is sensed by the test site sensor and the “Pusher System” cylinder will actuate and make contact with the tester manual test socket. the part makes electrical contact and is sandwich between the socket contacts and a test start signal is sent to the tester to initiate testing.
Pass and Fail Sorting
Upon receiving a test sort (PASS or FAIL) signal fom the tester, the “Pusher System” will drop the module on to the belt system , which will rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise to the output slide and dropped into either a “pass” or “fail” bin. The infinite vertical test plane allows the Memory Tester test heads to be directly connected to the contactor eliminating the need for long cable which can cause test degradations.
No Test contactor are needed
The RoboFlex Handler operates without any need for contactors or rail adjustment to accommodate modules with parts on only one side and also modules with parts mounted on both sides. Standard “Pusher System” unit is made to host the 168pin JEDEC DIMM modules of size up to 5.25 inch X 1.7 inches.
Modular Pusher System
4 optional Modular “Pusher System” are available to accommodate the 168pin DIMM, 184pin RIMM modules, 184pin DDR Modules and 144pin SODIMM modules. Standard unit comes with input trays fits 5.25 x 1.00 inch modules and also 5.25 x 1.25 inch modules. Other non-standard sized DIMM “Modular Pusher System “will be customized at a nominal cost.
The Universal Singulator for the RoboFlex Handler allows the input tray to gently guide the module down towards the “Pusher System” one at a time and eliminated any possible scratching. It also overcomes the problem of uneven size components/parts on the module as it do not slide good on top of each other. This singulator is designed to accommodate parts from 3.5 to 5.6 inches in length and 0.5 to 1.70 inches in height. Change over of different plungers to support modules is made simple by a sliding mechanism held in place by 2 screws on each side of the singulator. Special plunger design allows it to accommodate different SPD EEPROM placement, without changing any plunger or part.
The output parity and assurance system for the RoboFlex Handler is an additional safety feature to enhance the performance of the handler system. There will be no accidental allowance of the "bad" modules dropping into the "good" bin. The newly invented assurance system checks the tester Pass or Fail signal , initiates the belt system to rotate counter-clockwise and bin out the "bad" module from going into the left bin and a clockwise rotation will bin out the module as “Good” into the right bin. At the same time, it sounds an alarm to get the attention of the operator, if there is any incidents of jam. This allows the handler to achieve close to 100% sort accuracy.
The time taken to test and handler one module is dependent on Size of Memory tested, Memory Tester type used and the actual mechanical handling time.
When using the Handler with Eureka SDRAM 3, a full cell comprehensive test for 32MB SDRAM module takes 8 seconds , add 4 seconds for mechanical handling therefore the total time for testing a 32 MB DIMM including tester handling is approximately 12 seconds.
The handler is capable of dropping a module in the pusher system in less than one second – after testing the “pusher system” will drop the tested module on to the belt and bin out the module take 2-3 seconds on either direction. Therefore a single module - full cycle handling without testing would be approximately 4-5 seconds.
One hour non-stop the handler would be capable of handling approximately 720 modules , an 8 hour shift will be able to handle 5760 modules.
Yes, you need to dock an Sp3000, or Eureka SDRAM2 or SDRAM3 Platform and Adapter to the handler to test PC100 & PC133 modules without a of change of the “Pusher System” as long the dimension of the modules is not greater than 5.25” in length.
Test a 66Mhz SDRAM DIMM module with this adapter, as the frequency on the tester is selectable.
You require a change of the Modular Pusher System for handling 72pin SIMM modules.
Base on your description - it appears the Handler Cable between the SP3000 and the Handler is not connected properly. One end of the Handler cable connects to the SP3000 printer port and the other end connects up to the Handler Interface found on the front control panel.
Do Check to make sure the module is making firm contact with the SP3000 tester socket, you can do it by looking into the pusher system.Ensure all screw and mounting brackets are firmly secured.
If you are using the SP3000 for the first time - you need to perform a one time calibration on the tester. To do that - you need to press both the red and the white button to activate the calibration mode.The details on how to calibrate can be found in the SP3000 user manual.
The final check is to ensure you are using the correct adapter to test the module, there were several occassion where customers trys to ID and test 168pin EDO DRAM module using the SDRAM adapter.
Call CST Tech Support if you still cannot ID the module and test it.