Schaltungsdruck Storz GmbH & Co. KG praises Gardien’s Universal Tester

Schaltungsdruck Storz GmbH + Co. KG opts for Gardien’s Automatic Universal Tester

Schaltungsdruck Storz GmbH in Kenzingen, Germany, is pleased to report that they achieved significant increase in productivity with the installation of  Gardien’s KAIMA GUDAA.

This automatic Universal Grid Tester, with a grid pitch of 70mil (Double Density), achieves an efficient test throughput of 500 – 600 boards per hour.

The state-of-the-art Gardien’s KAIMA test system can be easily adapted to accommodate different PCB formats and thicknesses. Due to the fine density of 200 grid points per square inch and in combination with 3.75 inch fixture, even complex printed circuit boards can be accurately tested. Higher grid densities with a pitch down to 35 mil (Octo-Density, 800 features per square inch) are available for this tester type as well. (For more in-depth technical details please visit

The automation will sort the boards, based on the test results in different locations and can create an offset of the stack at pre-set numbers to allow for easy and fast counting.

The lower pressure unit minimizes risk of pad damage and has an alignment function to respond to even a slight top-to-bottom misalignment, thus improving the overall yield.

Storz put particular focus on the possibility to use already existing single density (SD) fixtures on a new installation. As a solutions partner, Gardien also helped Storz to upgrade the work environment by adding the latest FixGenius fixture software from UCAMCO (our sister company) which works seamlessly and also has an optional full automatic with the UCAM Cam system already in place. The latest Fault Station repair seats finalized the upgrade.

Mr. Torsten Bachmann, Managing Director of Schaltungsdruck Storz GmbH, particularly appreciates that a German-language support service is provided through the Gardien branch in Limburg, Germany. “As one of the leading PCB manufacturers in Germany, we always strive to keep our technologies up-to-date in order to ensure our product quality and delivery performance is on par with the best, even with evolving customer requirements.”

Gardien Europe Director Holger Kern expressed his satisfaction with the introduction of this new generation test system for Storz circuit printing. “Both companies have been working together intensively for many years and we see ourselves determined in our strategy to secure and maintain our market leadership with innovative solutions. It will become more and more crucial in the future to design cost conscious test processes for highly complex PCBs. Gardien works today on the solutions for tomorrow.”

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The Gardien Group is the world’s largest independent provider of test and quality assurance solutions to the electronic industry. From testing small batches in one of 19 locations across Asia, North America and Europe to fully integrated PCB inspection as an on-site department, the Gardien Group’s over 450 employees serve customers worldwide in the automotive, defense, telecommunications and aerospace

industries, medical, computer and industrial sectors.


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Mr. Syvret joined Gardien Services Canada as Financial Controller in 2001 and assumed the role of Finance Director North America in 2007. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Syvret has held senior finance and accounting roles, including with Canadian Pacific Ltd and Sprint Inc.



Mr. Niraj Patel joined the company on a part time basis in 1993 while attending college full time. He worked in various positions until he graduated from the Centennial College Computer Systems Technology program, whereupon he was hired full time. He progressed through several testing and CAM department positions and was appointed North American CAM Manager in 1998. After 18 years with the company, Mr. Patel was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations, Gardien Services Canada Inc. in 2011. In January, 2015 Mr. Patel became Vice President NA of the newly combined organizational unit North America which includes the Canada and USA.



Mr. Todd Kolmodin, a native to the Pacific Northwest was born in Seattle Washington. At a young age he moved to the Portland Oregon area. In March of 1986 he graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Todd began his tenure in the Electrical Test field that same year.  Todd spent eight years working in an independent testing facility in Wilsonville Oregon where he built skills in all aspects of Electrical Test and Quality Assurance. 

Todd then spent a short term with Yamamoto Corporation on their Engineering staff covering PCB drill, finishing and Electrical Test before joining Probe Test Fixtures in 1995. His charge was CAM and Fixuring Manager.  Todd joined the Gardien Group in September 1998 continuing the same roll and taking on the responsibilities of Quality Manager for Oregon operations. In 2008 Mr. Kolmodin was promoted to Vice President Quality USA. In this position Mr. Kolmodin oversees and maintains the Gardien ITAR registration, ISO Multi-Site registration and multiple site Lab Suitability with the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime. Now also maintaining the Gardien QMS system Todd now serves as Vice President Quality North America.

Mr. Kolmodin is also a published columnist and Technical Presenter with multiple appearances at the IPC Apex Expo Conferences in both San Diego and Las Vegas. 



Mr. Valentini was appointed COO in July 2010 after successfully serving as head of North American operations since 2005.

Roland has over ten years’ experience in the PCB industry, including sales, service, and project management at Atotech GmbH, Germany mainly relating to PCB plating equipment.
He has significant sales experience from his tenure at Mack Rides GmbH and headed up worldwide installations for Lurgi Bischoff GmbH.

Mr. Valentini received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mannheim, Germany.



Prior to Richard joining Gardien in September 2014, he was Chairman/CEO of tool chain vendor Atego Group Systems Limited which was sold to PTC Inc.

Prior to joining Atego, Richard held a number of Executive and Non-Executive roles including Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Plethora Solutions, an AIM listed Pharmaceutical Company and CEO of AIM listed Cybit Holdings plc. where he grew the company from inception to revenues of over 25 million and took the company through multiple acquisitions before managing a sale of the business to Francisco Partners.

Richard previously held a number of senior roles in the Software industry.



Mr. Meraw was appointed Group Vice President of Quality in Jan 2015 after successfully  serving as Senior Vice President of USA operations since 2011.  Prior to being responsible for USA operations Mr Meraw was responsible for Canadian operations since 2001.

Rick has over twenty years’ experience with Gardien Group and has various roles including, service technician, customer liaison, Quality manager, technical support, project management, and software design/ implementation.

In June 1992 he graduated with an Electronic Engineering Technologist degree, with honors from a local community college.

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