Nicomatic has released a range of surface mount test terminals that can be used to attach a large range of test or oscilloscope probes to test zones on PCBs.

The manufacturer of high-performance interconnect solutions has introduced its mini C12000 series devices which present a mechanical test hook interface on the SMD PCB. This enables the operator to clip a test probe from a test rig or oscilloscope to the PCB.

Measuring just 2.5 x 1.3 x 1.5mm, the devices can be used separately or by comparison with another. Compared to parts available on the market, the Nicomatic series C12000 test terminals have a larger surface for efficient soldering onto PCBs. They are also less prone to oxidation thanks to pure tin bright tin plating with nickel under layer. Therefore, repeated testing can be securely performed, thanks to better material hardness

No PCB piercing is required, so Nicomatic says that the surface mount test terminals deliver substantial savings over traditional pins. Hole plating and secondary manual assembly operations are also eliminated. Devices can be used with most test probes and can be used as Zero Resistance reference points.

C12000 test terminals are available in standard industry tape and reel packaging for SOT08-05 parts. No special compartment is necessary on auto-place production equipment.