Lower the Cost of Switching System Ownership 

We are pleased to introduce the eBIRST switching system test tools. We know that switching systems are an important part of many test systems and accidents can happen that can cause a faulty device. When this happens, you need to be able to get your system up and running as quickly as possible.

This is where our eBIRST tools come in — these tools will:

  • Quickly determine if your switching system has faults
  • Identify where that fault is located at relay level and allow you to take fast corrective action
  • Save repair costs 
  • Minimize downtime of the switching system

The eBIRST tools, designed specifically for our PXI, PCI or LXI (Ethernet) products, simplify switching system fault finding by quickly testing the system and identifying the faulty relays. Once identified, the tools then display a graphical representation of the switching system’s PCB assembly, highlighting the relays that need to be replaced. The eBIRST tools achieve this task by measuring the path resistance between different pins on the switching system connector and controlling the path through the system to allow it to test any of the relays in the system. Systems that use separate input and output connections can be tested by use of two eBIRST tools in a master/slave configuration.

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The eBIRST toolset consists of three different tools that support 200-way LFH, 78-way D and 50-way D connectors and a set of adaptors that allow connection to other connector types. A supplied application program controls the eBIRST tools via a USB2 connection that also provides the tool power and controls the switching system using a Test Definition File to define the test sequence. The tool dimensions allow eBIRST to be used to test PXI, PCI or LXI (Ethernet) controlled switching systems.

The application program, which is free to download from our website, is regularly updated to include support for a growing range of Pickering Interfaces switching products.

Visit our website at www.pickeringtest.com/ebirst