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Demz:
Hi!

I am a fresh graduate with electrical and instrument engineering degree.
recently, I got hired as a Technical Laboratory staff in a company focusing on banking equipment and basically any machine related to counting and sorting money.

Funny thing is, this division is still new, and sadly this fresh graduate guy with close to zero experience is the very first employee in this division.

Since the division is still new, I got appointed to choose any tools and equipment which will be used in the lab. Sounds exciting but the problem is, the only electrical lab I've ever been to was my university's lab, which using mid-end if not low-end equipment while my boss demanding a high-end equipment to be in our new lab. And.... those kinds of products are not yet listed in my book.

So, our new lab would be doing something like :

* PCB Troubleshooting and PCB repairing
* Component quality testing (to test the quality of a components like resistor, diode, etc)
* Component durability testing
I need a recommendation about what equipment do I need, and which product/brand you guys think are the best.(it's okay if the product is expensive)

Thanks for any of you who are willing to help.
Have a good day!

Demz:
to put more information : I have made my equipment list such as Variable DC power supply, Oscilloscope, AFG, etc. but i have no idea which brands or products are considered "the best."

Berni:
Well looks like they employed the wrong person for the job. This is indeed something that should be done by someone with experience.

But you can take a good guess at all the basic equipment that any electronics lab should have. You need soldering irons (Weller, Ersa, JBC..etc) and a hot air station (Chinese fan in handle ones are good enugh). Basic optical microscope also comes in handy (No need for fancy vission engineering Mantis stuff, cheep ones are time. Needs large working distance and a camera also comes in handy for documenting stuff). There are also the generic tools like tweezers, sidecutters, screwdrivers.. etc

When it comes to test equipment you definitely need an oscilloscope (Basic known brand scope is typically fine, buy 2nd higher performance one if needed). Modern bench multimeters (6.5 digit) and PSUs (2 to 4 channels each) with remote control capability are a good idea.

When it comes to testing you might also want a suite of environmental test equipment. Like a thermal chamber that can cycle your product trough various ambient conditions. Thermometers and a thermal camera to make sure parts don't exceed specifications thermally.

You also want to look into getting a good stable bench with good lightning, dedicate a wall of the lab towards storage by giving it a rack of shelves and get a bunch of plastic boxes to sort things into.

When it comes to buying equipment it is usually a good idea to buy a cheep product from an expensive brand. In most cases you never need the performance that high end test gear offers. The cheap cost optimized gear is usually good enough and big brand name manufacturers won't dare to produce a crap product even if it is meant to be low cost.

Just leave a good deal of the lab budget for later on to use up over the next year or two. Then use the budget to buy whatever you find useful as you work. Labs evolve towards the direction of work they do.

Faringdon:
Get yourself a fan to blow solder smoke away....especially when using flux.

It depends what type of PCBs and circuits you are probing.

As a minimum..........
DMM
Fine tweezers for SMD soldering
Loupe eye glass.
I actually always have those croc-clip wires as they are so quick to connect stuff up with....one foot of wire, with a croc clip on either end.
7/0.2mm wire to hook stuff up with
kynar wire and kynar stripper for wiring to small components to probe them
Very sharp pair of sidecutters which you only use to strip wire with (but dont worry, people will come and  unfortunately blunt them for you by cutting heavy wire with them)
Big pair of sidecutters to cut heavy wire with.
ESD mat, wrist strap, ESD plug...ESD footstrap.
Low voltage adjustable  DC power supply with settable current limit (so you can power up into shorts)

Scope but wait to find what  the  ccts are first.....but even so, a cheapo 40MHz scope would be good to have around. (pref with USB so you can easily traNSfer scope shots to PC)
Beware scope rise time capability of seeing is 0.35/BW...And remember if you do sample/hold on a long time frame , then the Memory depth matters...(more the better)
Dave Jones of this website has good scope chooser vids

Thermal camera with "Dynamic hottest point hold"....these are priceless for spotting short circuits...and seeing how hot stuff gets....beware emissivity, and reflected heat.
...Must have "dynamic hottest point hold", otherwise you cant hold your hand still enough to fix on the hottest place.

I expect you'll know the rest to order when you get given a job and realise you need the relevant tools.

ledtester:
First question: what's your budget?

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