Technoprobe - A case study in the engineering services industry

WRITTEN BY: Roberto Papalia

Technoprobe, a leading company in the field of microelectronics, specialized in the design and manufacturing of Probe Cards - advanced technological systems for testing the microchips of the main semiconductor manufacturers in the world.

Francesco Agostoni

Technoprobe has selected NOVA to support its technical operations in the development of their mechanical components through a series of activities including design, project and methodology consulting, analysis and simulation, including the supplier selection process for manufacturing of the mechanical systems and tooling.

Figure.1: Probecard

The Technoprobe/NOVA partnership started in March 2017 when Technoprobe has selected NOVA to design and manufacture a proprietary handling system for Technoprobe’s Probe Cards, providing a solid and secure solution for the safe transport of such precious and sensitive testing equipment. Furthermore, NOVA was entrusted with the supplier’s selection and management process of the product and eventually the delivery of a proprietary equipment designed by NOVA according to stringent requirements, required to safely move such valuable testing equipment from storage to the work benches.

 

As a result of NOVA's performance, the business relationship between Technoprobe and NOVA continued to progress. NOVA was entrusted with the activity of improving the 3D design procedures and best practices applied at the time by Technoprobe internal technical department to design the Probe Card as well as the production machinery, proprietary tooling and fixtures and the motherboards used in the post production phase for testing the Probe Cards.

 

In order to meet Technoprobe’s requirements and delivery time-table, NOVA has allocated engineering resources to work on-site together with Technoporobe’s technical department, So to ensure more efficient collaboration and schedule between the teams.

 

As such, the use of numerical simulation work environments has led NOVA's team to achieve more precise results concerning the sizing of the various components within Technoprobe products. Applying non-linear FEM analysis technics and thermal analysis enabled Technoprobe to meet its technical targets.

 

With regards to the skills-update training program, NOVA has developed an advanced technological training program together with Technoprobe’s technical department to deliver best-in-class technical competences and latest engineering best practices to enable an effective skill-set specifically adopted to Technoprobe needs.

 

The collaboration between Technoprobe and NOVA has been in place for almost two years and continues to develop and further increase over time together with the impressive growth and presence of Technoprobe in the microchip test market.

TECHNOPROBE’s Comment

Eng. Ricchiuti, Technical Director of Technoprobe, commented: "The support provided by the Nova design team has enabled Technoprobe to realize several alternative solutions in a very short time, improving the quality of its products. The same Technoprobe customers have positively commented about the evolution and quality of the products supplied. For the future, Technoprobe will consider Nova as a suitable partner for the development of new activities to support the important international projects in which Technoprobe is considered a leader ".

NOVA’s Comment

Eng. Roberto Papalia, Engineering Director of NOVA, and NOVA's team coordinator commented: "I am very proud in NOVA’s team to have contributed to the success of this collaboration with Technoprobe and I am confident in NOVA's ability to continue to deliver creative and innovative solutions and further contribute as a strategic Technoprobe partner.

About Nova

Nova is a leading engineering company providing advanced technological solutions, product design and development in a broad range of mechanical engineering disciplines as well as comprehensive engineering consulting services to leading companies worldwide.

Francesco Agostoni
Francesco Agostoni
Francesco Agostoni