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Siborg Systems Inc. Releases New Model of Handheld LCR-meter, the LCR-Reader

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Siborg Systems Inc.'s LCR-Reader
Siborg Systems Inc.'s LCR-Reader
2014-04-08 20:37:42 - The new LCR-meter offers users a smaller, lighter weight device akin to Smart Tweezers LCR-meter.

Canadian Siborg Systems Inc. has released a new model of handheld LCR-meter, the LCR-Reader []. LCR-Reader is an updated model of Smart Tweezers, offering a device with half the weight of previous Smart Tweezers at only 1 ounce, and a smaller body. The main feature of this new device is the price, at half the price of previous models, LCR-Reader’s significantly lower price provides better accessibility to non-professionals looking for a device like Smart Tweezers.

Smart Tweezers [] have gained popularity over the past decade of availability as being an extremely helpful for testing and troubleshooting Surface Mount Technology and Surface Mount Devices. With the electronics manufacturing industry moving away from using through-hole technology components to using Surface

Mount Devices, components that don’t require wire leads to be threaded through holes on a PCB, testing and troubleshooting the tiny components may be difficult. Smart Tweezers combines a small LCR-meter and a set of sharp tweezers as the probes, which are able to reach and provide full contact for all components including those on crowded PCBs.

When in contact with a component, LCR-Reader [] automatically determines the type of component and test parameters to provide high accuracy evaluations in Inductance, Capacitance or Resistance, and Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) values. Conventional bench type testers require significant setting up efforts, whereas LCR-Reader is fully automatic and shows the evaluation values instantly, allowing the user to focus solely on the task at hand. The device is also designed for one handed use, leaving the other free for taking notes or other jobs.

The main differences between Smart Tweezers and LCR-Reader, besides the aesthetics, is the price. At nearly half the price of ST, LCR-Reader is more available to non-professionals, while still offering the experience of using Smart Tweezers. To achieve this price point, some features were left off the device, including automatic offset adjustment, component sorting and open circuit, continuity and diode testing. LCR-Reader also has a slightly lower basic accuracy at 1%, rather than the 0.2% found on Smart Tweezers. This 1% basic accuracy is still above the previous ST-1, ST-2 and ST-3 models of Smart Tweezers. Multiple test signal amplitude was also removed, instead a 0.5 Vrms is set, and the test frequency has been changed to automatic selection only.

Features available on the LCR-Reader, include:
-Automatic Inductance, Resistance, Capacitance and Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) evaluations
-Basic accuracy of 1%
-Automatic selection of the best test range
-Li-Ion battery with USB charging
-1 oz. weight
-Sleek, ergonomic design for one-handed use
-Bright OLED display

LCR-Reader [] is controlled with a one-button navigation; allowing users to cycle through the measurement modes, such as Automatic, L, C, R and ESR modes with just a push.

“We are very happy with the new device. Customer satisfaction is our main priority,” says the Director of Research and Development at Siborg, Michael Obrecht, “Therefore we took additional measures to ensure high measurement accuracy of the LCR-Reader before we start mass production of this model. Basic accuracy of 1% was our target and we eventually have been able to achieve it.”

For all the latest news about Smart Tweezers and the LCR-Reader, visit the Smart Tweezers’ Blog at

About Siborg Systems Inc.
Established in 1994, Siborg Systems Inc. is a source of engineering software and hardware tools for semiconductor and electronics industry. Located in the city of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, it enjoys being a part of the local world-renowned high-tech community.

For more information:

Tel: 519-888-9906
Fax: 519-725-9522
Toll Free: 877-823-7576

Contact Information:
Siborg Systems Inc.

24 Combermere Cres.
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 5B1

Contact Person:
Michael Obrecht
Phone: 519-888-9906
email: email


Michael Obrecht

Michael Obrecht
Phone: 5198889906

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