Power-off Test for Electronic Circuit Boards

Huntron® Tracker® 2800 and 2800S

The Huntron Tracker 2000 for the 21st Century

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Tracker 2800 (left) and Tracker 2800S (right)

The 2800 series of Huntron Tracker are designed to complement conventional test instruments in the debug and troubleshooting process. Using the proven power-off test method known as Analog Signature Analysis it eliminates the risk of further circuit damage, which often occurs when power is applied. The Huntron Trackers are suited for todays varied signal circuit cards where Analog and Digital are mixed together.

The Tracker 2800's features variable range parameters resulting in over 100 combinations of voltage, source resistance and frequency. The 2800 series is a great off-line support tool for the automated Huntron Access Prober diagnostic systems.
The Tracker works by applying a current-limited AC signal across two points of a component. The current flow causes a vertical signature deflection, while the applied voltage causes a horizontal deflection. Together they form a unique V/I signature that represents the overall health of the device under test. Analyzing the signature can quickly determine whether the component is good, bad, or marginal.

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Tracker 2800 and 2800S Features

  • Optional Software Control using Huntron Workstation
  • Enhanced Range Selections
  • Full Screen Signature Zoom
  • Color Touch Screen controls
  • Huntron SigAssist® built-in
  • Built-in DC Voltage Source for testing gated devices (i.e. SCRs, relays, etc.)
  • Up to 40 pin scanning with the Tracker 2800S
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Tracker Specification Tracker 2800  image Tracker 2800S  image
Part Numbers 99-0401; 99-0422 with Workstation software 99-0402; 99-0423 with Workstation software
Number of Voltages plus values 6 voltages: 200mV, 3V, 5V, 10V, 15V, 20V 6 voltages: 200mV, 3V, 5V, 10V, 15V, 20V
Number of Resitances plus values 9 resistances: 10Ω, 50Ω, 100Ω, 500Ω, 1kΩ, 5kΩ, 10kΩ, 50kΩ and 100kΩ 9 resistances: 10Ω, 50Ω, 100Ω, 500Ω, 1kΩ, 5kΩ, 10kΩ, 50kΩ and 100kΩ
Number of Frequencies plus values 6 frequencies: 20Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 200Hz, 500Hz and 2kHz 6 frequencies: 20Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 200Hz, 500Hz and 2kHz
Range Selection Manual or use Auto Scan; Optional Software control Manual or use Auto Scan; Optional Software control
Front Panel Connections Banana jacks for A/B Test channels and Common Banana jacks for A/B Test channels and Common; A and B 40 pin IDC connectors for cable based scanning (i.e. DIP clips)

Included Accessories

Included Accessory Part Number Buy Now from Huntron Online Store?
MP20 Microprobes Part number 98-0249 Buy Now
Manual on CD Part number 06-5217 Buy Now
2 Common leads Part number 98-0043 Buy Now
Shrouded test lead (blue) Part number 98-0284 -
Power cord Part number 98-0015 -
20 pin DIP clip (2800S only) Part number 07-1234 -
40 pin DIP clip (2800S only) Part number 07-1230 -
20 pin DIP Clip cable (2800S only) Part number 98-0290 -
40 pin DIP clip cable (2800S only) Part number 98-0026 -

Tracker 2800/2800S FAQ

Q: What are the primary differences between the Tracker 2800 and the 2800S?
2800S with clips A: The Tracker 2800 and the 2800S are identical in function except the 2800S has a built-in scanner function that allows you to connect ribbon cables to two 40 pin IDC-style connectors on the front panel. These cables can be connected to ICs on a circuit board using IC clips (see image) or connected to other connections on a PCB using easily constructed custom cables. The scanning function allows you to step through the pins on a device much faster than probing by hand.

Q: Can the Tracker 2800 and 2800S be used with the Workstation software?
A: Yes. The Tracker 2800 and 2800S can be used with the Huntron Workstation software. The Tracker connects to the PC through a USB port on the back panel. The software is optional and needs to be purchased in addition to the Tracker.
The Workstation software lets you capture and store Tracker signatures on a circuit board so they can be used for comparison when troubleshooting bad boards. Go to the Workstation software web page for more information.

Q: What are the primary differences between the Tracker 2800 and the Tracker Model 30?
A: The Tracker 2800/2800S and the Tracker Model 30 are very similar in overall function but their purposes are different.
The Tracker Model 30 is designed to be connected to optional automation hardware such as the Scanner II and Access Probers.
The Tracker 2800/2800S is intended for benchtop use where additional automation is not needed.
Since the Tracker 2800/2800S has a built-in display, it can be used in a stand-alone mode without a PC.
The Tracker Model 30 requires a PC and Workstation software for use.
The Tracker Model 30 includes the Workstation software where it is optional with the Tracker 2800/2800S.
The Tracker 2800/2800s has a scaled down selection of ranges since front panel push buttons are used for setting range combinations.
The Tracker Model 30 has the full compliment of ranges available with Huntron Workstation.

Q: Can the Tracker 2800 or 2800S be used with an Access Prober?
A: No. The Tracker 2800 and 2800S can be used with the Huntron Workstation software but otherwise are stand alone instruments.
The Access Probers can be connected to the Tracker 3200S, the Tracker Model 30 or the TrackerPXI.

Q: My Tracker 2800 or 2800S does not have a USB port. Can it be upgraded?
A: Yes. There is an upgrade kit available. The part number is 98-0606 and includes all of the parts necessary add a USB port to your Tracker 2800 or 2800S. The kit also includes the Huntron Workstation software. Go to Shop Huntron using this link: Tracker 2800/2800S USB Upgrade Kit

Q: I love my Huntron Microprobes. Can I get them directly from Huntron?
A: Yes. The part numbers to use for ordering Huntron MP10 or M20 Microprobes are 98-0078 (MP10 standard banana jack) and 98-0249 (MP20 shrouded banana jack). Huntron Microprobes can be purchased through the Huntron Online Store