Test fixture enables HF impedance measurement of irregular shape components

Electronic components in a wide range of shapes and sizes can be tested using a new test fixture from Hioki. Available from MDL Technologies, the IM9202 makes it simple to take reliable high frequency measurements of surface mount and leaded components when using Hioki’s IM7580 range of high-performance impedance analysers.

Use of the versatile fixture makes testing easier, and enables more reliable and repeatable measurements, higher throughput, fewer handling errors and greater measurement accuracy. Its flexibility in use makes it simple to test complex components, with consequent savings in time and costs.

The IM9202 can hold SMDs of irregular shape as well as axial and radial leaded components, including film capacitors and RFID and NFC tags. SMDs from 1.6 mm to 23 mm long can be tested as well as radial components with lead spacings of up to 26 mm.

These types of components are frequently being used in power circuits with switching frequencies above 1 MHz, with standard practice making it necessary to test their characteristics at frequencies above 10 MHz. The IM9202 is suitable for testing at frequencies from 0 to 600 MHz.

“The Hioki IM9202 lets component manufacturers measure devices that are larger than with other test fixtures, while also being more affordable,” said MDL managing director Mark Lucock.

The powerful Hioki IM7580 series impedance analysers for which the fixture is designed are available in five models, providing measurement frequency bands up to 3 GHz. With a half-rack footprint and a palm-sized test head, they offer test speeds as fast as 0.5 ms with a repeatability of 0.07 %.

Applications for the new test fixture include the research and development of large or irregular shape components for use in high power, high frequency circuits, as well as components and antennas for RFID and NFC circuits.

further details www.mdltechnologies.co.uk


About MDL Technologies

MDL Technologies is an independent UK company supplying a comprehensive range of electronic test and measurement equipment and facilities, as well as offering full consultancy, project management, installation and testing services. It operates in partnership with leading equipment manufacturers in fields such as power, EMC, RF, microwave, wireless, electrical safety and video test solutions.


HIOKI was founded in Japan in 1935 and has since become the market leader in the field of current sensors. HIOKI also represents leading-edge technology and maximum precision in power analysis and battery measurement technology. Today, HIOKI employs approximately 1,000 people worldwide and offers more than 200 main products.
HIOKI is the only test and measurement manufacturer who offers power analysers and also ring-type transducers, current clamps and current sensors from its own development and production. This combination of measurement technology and sensor technology from one development source represents HIOKI’s particular strength: The perfect coordination of both technologies enables to achieve exceptionally high measurement accuracies.
In addition to power meters and current sensors, HIOKI’s product range also includes data loggers / recorders, battery testers, high-voltage testing equipment, precision resistance meters, LCR meters, insulation meters, power quality analysers and digital multimeters.
In 2017 HIOKI has set foot in Europe. HIOKI EUROPE GmbH guarantees prompt deliveries, immediate advice and a high level of service quality. Together with highly trained and experienced partners, users have access to premium technology with premium service. The HIOKI partner for the UK is MDL Technologies.