RapiTrim Chip Resistor Trimming Systems

RapiTrim Chip Resistor Trimming Systems

Next Generation Probe Card Resistor Trimming Systems

PPI Systems designs and manufactures the most advanced turnkey laser resistor trimming solution for modern chip resistors, taking advantage of the developments found in next generation probe card trimming. Modern electronics, mechanics and software design advances produce trimmers that are faster, more accurate with greater flexibility than older systems designed over 40 years ago. Features include:

  • Designed for extremely complex and demanding chip resistor trimming applications.
  • PPI’s new cable free chipR probe cards:
    • Eliminate the large cable bundles that accompany traditional chipR probe cards, removing damage risk to the cables for easier handling and storage as well as easier repair
    • Allows faster probe card exchange
    • Lower cost than the old style cabled cards with shorter lead times

Traditional and cable free probe card.

  • Accuracy and performance to meet 0201 design and beyond
  • Handles up to 60 mm wide substrates
  • RapiTrim chipR trimming system customers benefit from:
    • Automatic alignment and planarization
    • High performance 4-axis prober with profiled motion trajectory control
    • Fast job changeover
    • Automatic probe card cleaning
    • Real-time measurements that enable output of trim profiles for process optimization
    • Four independent high-speed source-measure units, each capable of full Kelvin measurements
  • Optional temperature-controlled chuck.
  • PPI Systems offers a full selection of automation choices. For a complete guide to stack loader, magazine loader and custom options please see our optional features page.

Designed specifically for chip resistor manufacturers, RapiTrim systems have been used in major production facilities for years, providing customers with all the advances found in modern chip resistor trimmers.

RapiTrim-R Thick and Thin-Film Chip Resistor Trimming Systems

Turnkey IR thick-film chip resistor trimming systems include probe card assemblies for chip resistors with a standard linear arrangement of pins. Systems accept standard chip resistor format probe cards.


Thin-film chip resistor trimming systems offer all of the advanced features found in the thick film models usually with a smaller beam size. Green lasers are often used to provide small spots with larger working depths than IR, and also where there is a material interaction advantage over the IR wavelength such as stronger absorption, cleaner resistor removal or reduced substrate damage. 

All systems include:

  • Choice of IR or Green laser
    • IR (1064nm) air cooled laser with superior long-term stability and lifetime with choice of laser spot size for thick and thin film resistors.
    • Green (532nm) air cooled laser with superior long-term stability and smaller spot size (10-50um) for thin-film resistors.
  • Manual load, stack and magazine loader options or custom automation.
  • ProSys resistor trimming software with simple operator interface, easy job creation and process control, full system diagnostics and remote access through TeamViewer.
  • Programming is not required for normal job setup. Scripting is available directly within the job editor for custom sequencing.

Systems take advantage of the advances found in next generation RapiTrim probe card-based resistor trimming systems.

RapiTrim Optional Features

RapiTrim laser resistors have been designed from the ground up to meet modern specifications. Whether this involves third party handling systems, robotics, process sequence customization or other user specified needs, PPI trimmers are easily adapted to user applications.