In 2018 Martin Büchs, Managing Director of JOPP, a German-based automotive supplier with global footprint, thought about how to save test costs for its own electronic shift-by-wire gear shifters.
He gave his team the challenge to eliminate the in-circuit board test to save costs in the value chain of the gear shifter. The basic idea was that the optical inspection and the functional test of the gear shifter system should do the job.
However the in-circuit test survived, but with lower costs than before. And even more important, the overall test coverage and first-pass yield increased. LED test and in-system programming are also included now.
This finally led to the decision to set up the "ICT Institute" in 2020 to offer service to other companies in similar situations.