I worked with Gardien a few years back and walked away very impressed not only with its people and the company but some of the very important things they are doing for the industry as well.
I have always been fascinated by this company, especially two particular services they offer. First, they embed their team into a facility and actually take over as the PCB company’s expert test center; second, they have a universal quality system to track problems and solutions from all over the world and then keep them in a universal database that can be shared by everyone. These are two services everyone in our business needs to know about, which is why I recently reached out to Niraj Patel, Gardien’s vice president in charge of North America.
Dan Beaulieu: Niraj, thank you for taking the time to talk with me today.
Niraj Patel: My pleasure Dan.
Beaulieu: Please tell me a little about the company’s history.
Patel: Gardien was founded in 1972 by Paul Mang, the inventor of the grid testing system. It was called Mania Technology at that time.
Beaulieu: Sure, I remember Mania.
Patel: In 1981, Gardien Services USA Inc., was founded in San Bernardino, California, as Testerion Laboratories, Inc. Over the years, there were more name changes. In 2009, we became Gardien Services USA. Our Canada operation changed its name to Gardien Services Canada. The current scope is to provide testing and inspection or, broadly speaking, quality assurance solutions to the printed circuit board arena and supporting markets. This includes standard ET, buried passives, HIPOT, and other methodologies for testing, and AOI and AVI for inspection.
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