ECT Spring Probes
ECT Spring Probes, including the Ostby Barton/Pylon Division, is the world’s leading manufacturer of POGO ® contact probes for testing bare and loaded printed circuit boards. Innovations in design, engineering and manufacturing processes have led the industry. From the development of the first snap-out or replaceable probe, in 1965, to more recent designs such as the high performance bias ball PogoPlus® probe line.
Contact Products R&D programs address engineering and materials issues that will affect PCB test for the next decade. Methods for maintaining electrical continuity in miniature probes, improved spring technologies, and probe head geometries are under continual review. Specialized proprietary test equipment has been developed to assess the effectiveness of new designs.
Many of the innovative designs developed by ECT have resulted from close cooperation with customer engineers to solve specific problems. Development of “Test-Top”, a reusable translator for cost effective production of PLCCs, is typical. In addition, close interaction with the ECT Test Fixture Group plays an important role in POGO ® contact development. No other probe manufacturer has this unique intracompany technology asset.
Miniaturization of electronic components and circuits will continue to challenge POGO ® contact designers into the next century. ECT is well positioned to maintain its leadership in probe technology, marketing and manufacturing capabilities.
ECT POGO ® contacts are marketed worldwide through sales offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Quality standards at Contact Products Division, in Fontana, California, are maintained and audited to ISO 9001:2008 standards.
ECT engineers are available to contribute to technical articles on spring contact probe technologies applications and industry trends.
Ostby Barton / Pylon
Ostby Barton/Pylon, part of the Contact Products, manufactures standard and custom POGO® Contacts for the ATE industry and specialized OEM applications, such as IC, DUT, BGA, PGA, LGA, interface, double ended fine pitch, and anti-walkout. Part of ECT since 1986, Ostby Barton parallels Contact Products as a pioneer in spring probe technology. A wide range of proprietary designs have evolved from OB custom probe development, including “Cyclo Soldered” and “OB Steel” probes. In addition to maintaining an extensive inventory of catalog probes, OB engineers work with customers to develop custom probe solutions to specific probe applications.
Ostby Barton POGO® contact probes are marketed throughout the world from the group headquarters in Warwick, RI. Ostby Barton engineers are available to contribute to technical articles on fixturing for ATE, fixture technologies, special applications and industry trends.