Smart-Lights

  • Plug adapter cables in anywhere
  • Find errors fast with bi-colored LEDs
  • Build with guided assembly 

As their name suggests, Smart-Lights make your adapter cables "smart". With Smart-Lights, you do not need to map test points for every new test setup. The information is stored in the Smart-Light where Cirris easy-wire software can retrieve the information and recognize the points. Also, you can plug in your adapter cables anywhere on your tester.Cirris easy-wire software will recognize the Smart-Light no matter where you attach the cable.

What does this mean? Extremely fast, error-free test setup that saves you time and money.

Smart-Adapters can save you time and money in three key areas:

  • Final Testing with adapter cables
  • Testing on the build-board
  • Distributed Testing

Smart-Lights: Plug In Anywhere Cable and Harness Testing.

The Smart-Light Advantage

A Smart-Light can be attached to an adapter cable to make it a "Smart-Adapter cable." You don't have to plug a Smart Adapter cable back into the same test points as when the test was created. Just plug it anywhere.

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The Header Strip

The Cirris Header Strip, is a new transition board that can be used with Smart-Lights. You can plug adapter cables next to each other on the header strip to eliminate wasted test points.

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Smart-Lights in Your Process

Smart-Adapters can save you time and money in three key areas:

  • Final Testing with adapter cables
  • Testing on the build-board
  • Distributed Testing

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who can use Smart-Lights?

Smart-Lights are used to reduce time spent creating new tests and attaching adapter cables (the intermediary fixturing between your device-under-test and your Cirris tester) to your tester. Smart-Lights are most useful when adapter cables are changed often (high-mix, low-volume). They are also useful for shops that use CR systems for guided assembly and CH2 systems for final test.

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What can Smart-Lights do for me?

Smart-Lights reduce the time spent creating new test programs by eliminating the process of having to manually probe each adapter in your adapter cables. When setting up to test, the adapter cables do not have to be connected to the tester in a specific order – just plug in the adapter cables anywhere and start the test. This saves time and reduces errors that are made as a result of incorrectly setup adapter cables.

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When and where do I use Smart-Lights in my process?

Three areas that are especially suited for Smart-Lights are:

  • Final Testing with adapter cables
  • Testing on the build board
  • Distributed Testing

For more information on these areas, and to learn where Smart-Lights could be used in your process, see the video Smart-Lights in your process.

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What testers do Smart-Lights work with?

Currently Smart-Lights only work with Cirris CR and CH2 testers with Easy-Wire software version 2014 or later.

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What is required to use Smart-Lights?

Smart-Lights work with your existing CR or CH2 systems. Smart-Lights are ordered in sets of 5 (Part# SMRT-05) and come with some basic hardware for attaching them to your adapter cables (the intermediary cable between your device-under-test and your Cirris tester). You will need the easy-wire software (version 2014 or later) to use Smart-Lights. Each adapter cable requires one Smart-Light and two available test points.

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How do I set up my test program to use the Smart-Light LEDs?

Once you have registered Smart-Lights in Easy-wire, simply check the "Uses Smart-Lights" checkbox in your test program. The Smart-Light bi-color LEDs will then automatically blink to indicate status and errors during a test.

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How much effort does it take to start using Smart-Lights?

It depends largely on what you have to start with. If you are just about to build new adapter cables and set up new test programs, then you are at an ideal point to implement Smart-Lights; the effort to integrate them into your process will be minimal.

If you have existing adapter cables and would like to retrofit them with Smart-Lights, the effort required may increase, but it depends on how your adapter cables are built. If you have 2 spare pins in your adapter cable then you can easily attach a Smart-Light to create a Smart-Light adapter (see "How do I wire up Smart-Lights in a Smart-Light adapter?"). If you don't have 2 extra pins available in your adapter cable, you may have to rewire your adapter.

Each Smart-Light requires a one-time registration. After initial registration, each Smart-Light can be used in any number of test programs.

Existing easy-wire test programs can easily be modified to accommodate the new Smart-Light adapters. Once all Smart-Lights necessary for the test have been registered, simply check the checkbox on the "Adapters" tab to indicate that program now uses Smart-Lights. This is all that is necessary to update an existing program.

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What makes a Smart-Light "Smart"?

Inside each Smart-Light is a tiny computer chip that integrates with the easy-wire software to keep track of the connector type it is associated with and how the points attach to the tester, and control the bi-color LED.

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Do I need a tester to register a Smart-Light with an adapter or can I do it at a station without a tester present?

Easy-wire requires a tester (either a CR or CH2) to complete the registration process of a Smart-Light.

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How do I wire up Smart-Lights in a Smart-Light adapter?

Smart-Lights must be wired using two consecutive test points attached to the tester. The rest of the wires from the adapter can be in any order. For maintenance and trouble shooting, we recommend a consistent wiring pattern and pin order.

For example: Adapter/Smart-Light Relative Test Point

Smart-Light 1 ----- Test Point 1
Smart-Light 2 ----- Test Point 2
Adapter Pin A ----- Test Point 3
Adapter Pin B ----- Test Point 4
Adapter Pin C ----- Test Point 5
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Will using Smart-Lights affect test times?

At the beginning of a test the hardware scans all test points to discover the Smart-Lights necessary for that test. Once the Smart-Light discovery scan is complete there is no impact to actual testing time. Subsequent testing of the same part does not require a new full discovery scan as long as the adapters are not moved. For any additional tests of the same part (same test program) an optimized scan is done using the last known positions.

In most cases the time to scan is negligible and happens within seconds. In the case of a 20,000 point CH2 system, a full Smart-Light scan would take approximately 6 minutes, which is much less time than it would take to figure out where each connector will plug in on a test this size.

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I have duplicate connector types in my test. Can I use Smart-Lights?

Yes. Duplicate connector types are resolved after the tester scans for Smart-Lights. The operator is given a list of connector types along with their reference designators and asked to choose the connector in the list that corresponds with the currently lit Smart-Light. Once all duplicates are resolved, the test can proceed.

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Can Smart-Lights be used with stand-alone (non-networked) stations or do I have to have my testers networked if I have more than one?

We STRONGLY recommend using the easy-wire server software and networking your testers if using multiple testers. In this case you only have to register each Smart-Light one time then it is available to all of your test stations. However, if you are not networked you can transfer Smart-Light registrations between individual testers. In this case we recommend you set up one system as the main Smart-Light management station and export the registrations from there.

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I've wired a bunch of Smart-Lights to my old adapters, creating Smart-Light adapters. Can I use the same test program for Smart-Light adapters that I used for traditional fixturing?

Yes. For existing test programs with which you want to use Smart-Lights, you just need to make one small edit to the test. Go to the "Attach Connectors" tab (tab 1) and check "Uses Smart-Lights".

Note: If you have some stations that will use this same test with traditional fixturing rather than Smart-Lights, make sure to save the changed test to a new test name so both versions will be available. Alternatively, you may uncheck the "Uses Smart-Lights" box and save the test program again for traditional fixturing.

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Can I combine adapter cables without Smart-Lights (traditional) and adapter cables with Smart-Lights in the same test?

No. Any given test program must either use all Smart-Light adapters or all traditional adapters.

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I have adapter cables with common adapters (like DB-25s) that I would like to retrofit with Smart-Lights. However, each adapter is not consistent in how it is wired back to the tester. If I retro-fit each fixture with a Smart-Light, can they then be treated as identical adapters?

Yes! This is one of nice features of adding Smart-Lights to your adapter cables, particularly if it is not all wired in the same pattern. During the registration process the adapter cable can wire back to ANY of the points on the tester. Once registered, Smart-Lights will recognize common connector types identically! At this point, any DB-25 adapter will work for ANY DB-25 connection on your device under test. With the aid of Smart-Lights, the tester is able to "unscramble" all of the inconsistencies in the wiring of your adapter cables.

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Do I need to use the same Smart-Light adapter that I used to learn the DUT when I start testing?

No. Once a Smart-Light adapter is registered in the easy-wire software as a particular type of adapter, it can be used in any test for any connector requiring that same adapter.

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