Why does the manufacturer use a flying probe tester when they already have an in-circuit tester?

Last week, I visit a PCBA manufacturer for our new project. They not only introduce in-circuit tester but also flying probe tester, which can both ensure the quality level. So, Why does the manufacturer use a flying probe tester when they already have an in-circuit tester?

In-circuit test fixtures are built specifically for a given PCB design (unless they have removable pogo-pin cassettes), which is a limitation. However, they generally only cost hundreds of dollars and they can simultaneously connect with all of the test points on one side of the PCB.

Flying probe test systems are more flexible because they can be reprogrammed for an ever-changing variety of PCBs. But the machines cost tens of thousands of dollars and they have a limited number of probes, which can make them unsuitable for loading firmware into the boards.

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Oliver Smith

Oliver Smith

Oliver is an experienced electronics engineer skilled in PCB design, analog circuits, embedded systems, and prototyping. His deep knowledge spans schematic capture, firmware coding, simulation, layout, testing, and troubleshooting. Oliver excels at taking projects from concept to mass production using his electrical design talents and mechanical aptitude.
Oliver Smith

Oliver Smith

Oliver is an experienced electronics engineer skilled in PCB design, analog circuits, embedded systems, and prototyping. His deep knowledge spans schematic capture, firmware coding, simulation, layout, testing, and troubleshooting. Oliver excels at taking projects from concept to mass production using his electrical design talents and mechanical aptitude.

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