Automatic Board Handling

Minimum footprint, maximum efficiency

Automatic Board Handling - PCB Handling - SPEA

Complete compatibility with conveyor-loading SPEA testers


The Automatic Board Handling Equipment – designed and manufactured by SPEA – allows automatic loading of PCB and devices from Rack to Tester, and from Tester to Rack.

The handling equipment is fully compatible and integrated with any conveyor-loading Tester made by SPEA, already in use or new ones. By using both SPEA automation and test equipment, compatibility between machines and production reliability is ensured. Furthermore, support during equipment installation and after-sale is efficient and flawless.


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Board Handling - PCB Handling - Loader Unloader - SPEA
PCB Handling - Board Handling - Unloader - SPEA

Modular PCB Handling Equipment within a small footprint


The SPEA Automatic Board Handling Equipment has been conceived with a compact-size and modular architecture to provide a cost-effective and space-saving product.

The modular architecture allows you to choose each handling equipment for custom-tailored configurations. It is possible to add, swap and move each handling equipment within the same test cell or other ones; or to change the loading mode (pass-back, pass-through, mixed), to satisfy at any time the requirements of current and future production.

All of this comes in small-sized equipment that take up just 1/3 of the floor space typically needed by traditional board handling equipment. The smallest handling equipment has a footprint of just 0.70m2, and a typical pass-through configuration takes up as little as 1.31m2 – compared to 3.38m2 with traditional automation.

Rack positioning can be performed manually or automatically in different ways, for example using AGV, Robot, Conveyor or Local Magazine Buffer. The rack positioning height is programmable to ease operator loading operations, or to correctly set up Robot or AGV rack loading.

Designed for
the future of testing


The Automatic Board Handling Equipment is fully controlled by the SPEA Testers’ Operating System. The interconnectivity with both tester and LAN, through Ethernet TCP/IP interface, allows you to achieve the benefits of Industry 4.0: working and sensor information can be transmitted to Big Data systems for predictive maintenance.

The Automatic Board Handling is engineered and manufactured with Long-Life, maintenance-free components to ensure reliability over time. The built-in sensors and software control ensure all the operations are performed in a fully controlled mode.

Automatic Board Handling - PCB Loader Unloader - SPEA
Software - Board Handling - SPEA

Fully integrated
with SPEA Tester and Software


The installation of the SPEA Automatic Board Handling Equipment is neat: connect them to the mains and to the tester communication ports (SMEMA, Hermes, TCP/IP) and you are ready to go. The SPEA Testers Operating System includes the drivers to control the Automatic Board Handling Equipment.

The operating mode of the handling equipment (e.g. pass-through or pass-back loading) can be set up directly in the Test Programs, so that no operator intervention is needed whenever a product change occurs in the production line.

Furthermore, via Test Program it is possible to customize the arrangement of the tested boards in the output rack, for example with pass-fail selection in dedicated slots of the same rack or in separated racks.

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