EDS “officially” ceased production of our test equipment line in 2014, while still offering engineering and manufacturing services to many other companies on an OEM basis. The last run of CapAnalyzers was March 2014, and the last run of LeakSeekers was August 2014.
I know many of you were wanting to get your own CapAnalyzer or LeakSeeker, and when the final “special” crowdfunding campaign never met the number available to make an official 400 piece run, I offered the information required to build your own, including the programmed mcus. Surprisingly, over a dozen people took me up on my offer and bought the mcus and received the data files for the pc boards, BOM, component layout and overlay image. One customer, Mike firstname.lastname@example.org in Mcalpin, Florida, ordered pc boards and built one CapAnalyzer 88A completely, but had some issues with his construction so he sent his in to me to correct the issues. I did that (parts work better when not installed backwards ; -) and I remarked that I had some real overlays that would look a lot better than his paper one; he countered with the fact that he had four spare pc boards because the board maker had a minimum requirement of five. So we swapped.
I had lots of spare parts to build four CapAnalyzers, and being semi-retired, the time to hand assemble them, so net result is that I made four complete CapAnalyzer 88A Series II units for four lucky people that didn’t wish to build their own. They are now sold out.
Since then, Chris email@example.com, Michigan, decided to make a couple of LeakSeeker 89 units and had a bunch of pc boards made. Arthur firstname.lastname@example.org in Australia took three boards and I received two from Chris as a favor, and I built two LeakSeeker 89 units that are now for sale to the first two people who want them. The overlays are made on photographic paper printed by a color laser and they look really good.
BTW it is officially 20 years ago that the very first CapAnalyzer 88 was designed by yours truly. It made its official debut at the CEDA/NASD trade show in St. Louis in late 1997.
Sincerely, Dave Miga, CET