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: June 21, 2017
   Alan Lowne, President, Saelig Company, Inc.
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San Francisco Muni Metro Chooses ABI’s Electronic Repair Systems From Saelig
- versatile, easy-use all-in-one board tester suits all transport electronics technologies.

Fairport, NY, USA:  Saelig Company, Inc. ( has announced that, as part of an ongoing modernization of the company’s electronics support shop, the San Francisco Municipal Railway (SFMTA) has awarded Saelig Company, Inc. a contract for the supply of ABI Electronics equipment for satisfying their PCB repair, maintenance and schematic generation needs.  The SFMTA is the public transit system for the city and county of San Francisco and its network includes seven light rail lines that operate both above ground and in the city's subway tube (called Muni Metro), as well as three cable car lines, and two heritage streetcar lines.

ABI Boardmaster System chosen by SFMTA Following the acquisition of 260 new Siemens’ S200 SF Light Rail Vehicles, the SFMTA was challenged with restructuring the electronic support shop in order to continue to repair and maintain the modern electronic systems installed in the new trains. The test solutions and simulators developed over the years to support the previous Breda LVR2/3 series would no longer be suitable. Furthermore, the distribution of essential maintenance documentation for the new trains made it difficult for the team of experts at the SFMTA to develop customized test solutions. This situation prompted the management to procure alternative solutions.

ABI Electronics, a European company which specializes in the design and manufacturing of electronic test, fault-finding and maintenance equipment, was approached by the SFMTA in September 2016 to provide a suitable configuration solution for the electronic repair center in San Francisco. ABI recommended their own products which are also in use by more than 35 leading rail organizations around the world.  The BoardMaster Rack Solution, a universal PCB and component level tester, delivers over 25 different test types through a state-of-the art, easy to use hardware and software platform.  The BoardMaster is a very versatile and cost effective solution for rail electronics repair and maintenance.  The proposed package also included the JTAGMaster, a boundary scan tester and in-system programmer delivering the means to learn pin status and test FPGA devices that are found on most modern PCB designs.  Also included was RevEng, a powerful and unique schematic learning system capable of generating circuit diagrams from an existing PCB. The equipment’s 2048 channels allow technicians to quickly and precisely learn how components are interconnected, generate a netlist through a software guided process, and export it to a professional CAD software program.  Following a public tender process completed in March 2017, ABI emerged as the winner and Saelig Company Inc., ABI’s master distributor in the USA, received a contract for US$180,000 for the supply of multiple packages featuring the solutions proposed.

Railcar, locomotive, and transportation vehicle PCB repair is often one of the biggest headaches for equipment manufacturers and repair shops.  Sometimes the manufacturer’s documentation is not even available, and circuit boards need to be repaired quickly so rolling stock can return to service promptly. Transport systems have begun to realize that it is more cost effective to repair than replace.  Providing on-site repair avoids time-consuming returns to distant specialist repair facilities.  To learn more about ABI’s solutions for electronic test and maintenance, visit or send an email to Made in Europe by ABI Electronics Ltd., a leading embedded test equipment manufacturer, the ABI PCB Test Solutions are available from ABI’s technical distributor Saelig Company, Inc., Fairport, NY.  

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