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Test & Measurement Equipment
Innovative e-drive testing shows motor efficiencies and losses
Instrumentation : 06 November, 2016
HBM is exhibiting its powerful new eDrive testing system, together with a range of data acquisition systems and sensors at the 2016 Automotive Testing Show on the 8 and 9 December.
 
Test instruments play key role in development of electric bike
Instrumentation : 28 December, 2014
Test instruments supplied by Yokogawa are playing a key role in the final testing of motors for electric bikes manufactured by Heinzmann in the village of Schönau in Germany’s Black Forest region. Heinzmann has been developing and manufacturing electric drives for over 30 years. The company’s drives are used in a range of industrial applications as well as in various types of electric vehicles.
 
Power monitoring measurements boost development of cost-effective electric vehicles
Power Monitoring and Management : 09 November, 2014
Test instruments from Yokogawa are playing a key part in the development of a new family of cost-effective electric vehicles being developed jointly by two German companies.
 
More power to the PAT
Instrumentation : 24 October, 2014
A powerful new mobile app packed with special features helps to convert manual portable appliance testers (PATs) into semi-automatic testers complete with test results recording capabilities. Seaward’s PATMobile app is available from the Google Play and Apple App Stores.
 
Vapour transmission meter exposes leaks in O-rings and seals
Environmental Testing : 24 October, 2014
Versaperm's latest generation of Seal and O-Ring permeability testers offers a simple way to test and check products, samples and components with its fast and simple-to-use equipment.
 
DC calibrator combines precision with intuitive operation
Instrumentation : 21 September, 2014
The Yokogawa 2553A is a precision DC calibrator combining precision performance and ease of use for the calibration of measuring instruments, including analogue meters, thermometers, temperature transmitters and data loggers. The new unit features high accuracy, high stability, low noise, and high resolution. Intuitive operation is aided by the provision of dials for each digit and switch and a clear display using traditional 7-segment LEDs.
 
Software-based, five-in-one benchtop instrumentation
Instrumentation : 16 June, 2014
National Instrument's VirtualBench offers five essential instruments in a single device with innovative software, creating new possibilities for engineers using benchtop test equipment.
 
App enables electrical power management from smart device
Power Monitoring and Management : 29 May, 2014
Power management company Eaton has launched a new App enabling its electrical power management tools to be reviewed, selected and customised directly from a smart device.
 
Digital microscope permits measurements of between 10 and 80 microns on seals
Microscopy : 08 May, 2014
Created through a partnership between CEA and Technetics Group, the Maestral laboratory is using Keyence's VHX-1000 digital microscope to analyse seal surfaces quickly, simply and accurately. The Technetics Group's seals are designed for demanding sealing applications. They are used in many industries, including nuclear power, aeronautics, aerospace, semiconductors, oil and gas and pharmaceuticals.
 
Measuring light grid provides measurement output data in millimetres
Metrology Instruments : 23 March, 2014
The new LGM Series measuring light grid is the latest member in the Pepperl+Fuchs family of automation light grids. The values are digitally transmitted at extremely fast cycle times, even with beam crossover activated, using IO-Link, which enables convenient commissioning and maintenance from the control level. Parameterisation and configuration are completed via a PC–no external programmer, no additional software.
 
Portable appliance testers have powerful auto test capability
Instrumentation : 05 February, 2014
Fluke has introduced two new portable appliance tester models, the Fluke 6200-2 and Fluke 6500-2 PAT Testers, to verify the electrical safety and operation of portable appliances in accordance with the latest relevant guidelines and regulations.
 
Multi-gas area monitor survives company takeover
Environmental Testing : 31 January, 2014
Oldham confirms that its popular multi-gas area monitor, the BM 25, remains in its product range after the sale of Oldham to Industrial Safety Technologies (IST) on 31 October 2013. The BM 25 was originally designed and manufactured by Oldham, and will continue in the Oldham business under IST ownership.
 
Light measurement software now supports wider range of instruments
Light Measurement Software : 27 January, 2014
Labsphere’s Integral Light Measurement Software collects, analyses and accesses data from Labsphere systems and hardware as well as components from other manufacturers used for solid state light testing. The next generation, Integral 1.2, now supports a wider range of instruments common in photometry laboratories, including Instrument Systems’ CAS 140* spectrometer.
 
Precision power scope combines power measurement and oscilloscope
Instrumentation : 18 January, 2014
Traditional power measurement instruments cannot provide accurate time measurements; oscilloscopes are not designed to measure power. The PX8000 from Yokogawa is the first precision power scope, bringing together power measurement and oscilloscope design.
 
Versatile open board temperature controllers with easy-to-use software
: 20 December, 2013
The 5R7-570(A) RoHS compliant open board electronic temperature controllers are specifically designed with a proportional integral control algorithm to provide the most precise control to thermoelectric modules (Peltier) at the most economical price.
 
Accredited calibration service for electric field strength meters
Calibration & Inspection : 02 December, 2013
Link Microtek, the supplier of EMF safety equipment, is now able to offer an accredited calibration service for instruments measuring electric field strength. This follows the recent accreditation by DAkkS, the German national accreditation body, of the Pfullingen-based calibration laboratory operated by Narda Safety Test Solutions, for whom Link Microtek acts as representative in the UK and Ireland.
 
Massive MIMO Visible Light Communication Networks to Advance 5G
Instrumentation : 24 November, 2013
National Instruments and the University of Edinburgh have partnered to develop a test bed to dramatically improve indoor wireless communications capacity. Professor Harald Haas, lead researcher at Edinburgh and featured NIDays UK speaker, has pioneered a next-generation massive multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) technique, referred to as spatial modulation, to power a highly energy efficient capacity increase in another step on the path toward fifth-generation (5G) wireless communications.
 
Portable photometer and field kit for on-site water testing
Meters, Timers & Counters : 19 November, 2013
The upgraded Photometer 8000 Field Kit from Palintest has now been launched for use in the drinking water, wastewater, surface water and process water markets.
 
Multi-channel measurement system connects to PC or company network
Instrumentation : 24 October, 2013
Spectrum has launched the DigitizerNetbox, aimed at industrial users, research and development departments, and engineers, that need a high-precision, multi-channel measurement system. The DigitizerNetbox comes with software and can be connected to a PC or company network.
 
Remote I/O modules support Profinet, Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP/IP
Data Acquisition : 23 September, 2013
Acromag's BusWorks XT Series discrete I/O Ethernet modules now interface signal devices on Profinet, Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP/IP networks. Rugged construction, high density design, and easy USB-to-PC/Windows setup combine into very effective I/O. These units are ideal for remote monitoring, distributed control, or SCADA applications.
 
Eight-channel mixed-signal oscilloscope with additional channels and enhanced firmware
Instrumentation : 20 May, 2013
A number of new enhancements have been introduced to the Yokogawa DLM4000 Series of 8-channel mixed-signal oscilloscopes. These include the L16 option, which adds 16 extra channels of logic, plus upgraded firmware for power measurements and serial-bus testing.
 
Power meters key to Eco Design test programmes for LED lighting
Environmental Testing : 06 May, 2013
Yokogawa power meters and analysers are the key elements in tests being carried out by LUX-TSI: an independent UK test house specialising in the testing of energy efficient lighting and electronic products, including LEDs, to ensure compatibility with international standards governing energy efficiency.
 
How to split a 4-20mA signal to multiple devices
Instrumentation : 18 March, 2013
Acromag 600T series signal splitters receive a 4-20mA current input and provide two identical isolated 4-20mA output signals. Each channel operates independently to prevent interaction between channels. Galvanic isolation eliminates ground loops, reduces noise, and blocks transient signals.
 
High performance encoder interface for NI CompactRIO platform enables direct access to position data
Data Acquisition : 19 February, 2013
SEA Datentechnik, a long-term Alliance Partner of National Instruments (NI), is presenting the SEA 9521 BiSS interface module for the NI CompactRIO platform at this year’s Embedded World. The interface module allows developers of control and test systems to link position encoders directly to CompactRIO measurement devices. This opens up new applications in plant engineering and creates opportunities for implementing more efficient and leaner solutions in instrumentation and control systems.
 
Non-contact infrared thermometer accurate to +/-2C
Thermometers : 23 January, 2013
The Mini RayTemp infrared thermometer is a compact, lightweight and low cost non-contact infrared thermometer. Simply aim and pull the trigger to display the temperature of the item being measured.
 
Signal conditioners feature DIN rail power bus for redundant/primary power
Data Acquisition : 23 January, 2013
Acromag’s new TT330 series of DC-powered isolated transmitters help reduce wiring requirements. All TT330 signal isolators and converters are ready to receive primary or redundant 12-32V DC power from a DIN rail bus. The power bus simplifies power distribution to multiple units without wiring. Just snap the units together using the plug-in DIN rail connector terminal blocks to conveniently share a single power source. The bus power connection also provides an easy method to implement backup power.
 
High tech RF test and measurement company completes spin-out phase
RF and Microwave Testing : 19 January, 2013
Following the completion of a £700k funding round to expand its overseas sales and device characterisation capabilities during the second half of 2012, Mesuro is announces enhanced services and capabilities.
 
Visual infrared thermometer fills the gap between thermometers and thermal imagers
Instrumentation : 13 January, 2013
Fluke has introduced the Fluke VT02 Visual IR Thermometer, a troubleshooting tool with an infrared heat map. Until now, electricians and industrial, HVAC and automotive technicians have had to choose between single-point infrared thermometers and high-resolution thermal imagers (infrared or "IR’ cameras). The Fluke VT02 Visual IR Thermometer fills the gap for when a single-spot temperature reading is not enough and a high-resolution thermal image is more than users need. This one tool combines the visual insight of a thermal imager, the visual images of a digital camera, and the point-and-shoot convenience of an IR thermometer.
 
Two-pole voltage and continuity testers provide instant readings under any working condition
Meters, Timers & Counters : 03 January, 2013
Fluke has introduced the Fluke T90, T110, T130 and T150 Voltage and Continuity Testers. The new family of rugged two pole voltage/continuity testers offers a combination of light, sound, vibration and digital display to provide instant answers under any working condition.
 
Instantaneous imaging, without the need for a computer
Microscopy : 15 December, 2012
Olympus has released a new standalone controller for the 5 megapixel DP26 camera. Using the controller, it is possible to view samples and capture images directly on a monitor screen with no need for a dedicated computer. This means the system can be used to capture images in mere seconds, rather than having to start a PC.
 
Low cost motorised positioning range targets research and industrial applications
Instrumentation : 15 December, 2012
Heason Technology has released a new range of economically priced stepper motor driven miniature positioning stages for low-cost applications in laboratory and research as well as automated alignment for production and test. The comprehensive and modular range, from Heason Technology's distribution partner GMT Global, suits medium precision use and includes linear, rotary, goniometer, and vertical elevation stages together with DSP controlled high performance microstepping drives.
 
Up to 10 simultaneous electrical and temperature measurements - wirelessly
Meters, Timers & Counters : 21 November, 2012
Fluke has introduced the Fluke CNX Wireless System, test tools that wirelessly connect multiple measurement modules and sends simultaneous readings to a master device up to 20m away, allowing users to troubleshoot problems quickly and efficiently.
 
Yokogawa joins Friends of the Supergrid
Meters, Timers & Counters : 16 November, 2012
Yokogawa has joined Friends of the Supergrid (FOSG), a group of companies and organisations with a mutual interest in promoting and influencing policy and establishing a regulatory framework that will enable the large-scale interconnection of renewable energy systems in Europe.
 
Correctly understanding and comparing instrument specifications
Meters, Timers & Counters : 12 November, 2012
Since specifications are based on the performance statistics of a sufficiently large sample of instruments, they describe group behaviour rather than that for a single, specific instrument. Fluke has provided an application note to explain the implications.
 
Mobile computer reads the most challenging 2-D DPM codes
Instrumentation : 12 November, 2012
This industrial-grade mobile computer is for reading DPM (direct part mark) codes in applications where operators need to view the code data on an integrated handheld device, including subassembly rework, repair/maintenance, inventory management and process tracking.
 
What does Windows 8 mean for test and measurement?
Data Acquisition : 07 November, 2012
Windows 8, the newest version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Increasing its focus on mobile applications, Microsoft has created a version of the OS to run specifically on the ARM architecture. Windows 8 also introduces a new look and feel that mimics a tablet experience on the desktop environment. This article highlights a few of the high-level features of the new OS and how they affect measurement and control systems.
 
4-wire transmitters offer USB-configuration for precise input/output ranges, filtering, and calibration
Data Acquisition : 05 November, 2012
Acromag releases versatile signal conditioning transmitters that are PC/Windows-programmable via USB to quickly select from many I/O ranges, pick filtering levels and finely adjust zero/full scale calibration.
 
PAT testing after the IET Code of Practice - keep calm and carry on?
Instrumentation : 29 October, 2012
It would be easy to see the new IET Code of Practice as bad news for those who provide PAT testing services, but it isn’t necessarily so, says Simon Wood of Megger.
 
New models in thermal imager range
Instrumentation : 23 October, 2012
Fluke has introduced two new thermal imagers to its latest range of Ti1xx and TiR1xx Series of thermal imagers which have been specifically designed to help professional users do more in less time, in the harshest of environments.
 
8-channel mixed-signal oscilloscope offers comprehensive measurement capabilities
Meters, Timers & Counters : 23 October, 2012
The new Yokogawa DLM4000 is the industry’s first mixed-signal oscilloscope to feature eight channels. Combining the large screen and 8-channel capability of Yokogawa’s earlier 8-channel DL7480 oscilloscope with the mixed-signal technology of the company’s pioneering DLM2000 Series, the new instrument is ideally suited to test and debugging applications in the embedded systems, power electronics, mechatronics and automotive sectors.
 
Hand-held tester for accurately verifying crimp quality in the field
Meters, Timers & Counters : 13 October, 2012
Ideal for contract manufacturers and harness houses, Molex announces its Hand-Held Wire Crimp Pull-Force Tester, a manual, hand-operated digital pull tester that delivers accurate pull-force readings required to verify crimp quality.
 
Android user interface for power quality analyser
Instrumentation : 06 October, 2012
Outram Research Ltd - manufacturer of leading-edge power quality monitors and analysers - announces that its Bluetooth-enabled power quality range now interacts with Android devices, enabling flexible remote control using the latest tablets and mobile phones. Power engineers can now control the entire range of Outram’s power quality analysers with one application running on either an Android or Windows device.
 
Inverted microscope systems have flexible "open-access" light path
Microscopy : 24 September, 2012
Olympus has released the innovative IX3 series of inverted research microscope systems for live cell imaging and clinical analysis.
 
Updated software allows users to capture high res images faster
Instrumentation : 11 September, 2012
Olympus has released an updated version of its LEXT OLS4000 confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM) software. Compatible with Windows 7, 64 bit operation, the LEXT software version 2.2 allows users to capture high resolution images up to 10 times faster than the previous version.
 
Long-lasting clamps deliver reliable results for high-demand electrical applications
Meters, Timers & Counters : 10 September, 2012
Fluke has introduced the new Fluke 320 Series true-rms Clamp Meters, a complete line of tools engineered to produce noise-free, reliable measurements in the toughest environments.
 
High-speed differential probe for high-voltage oscilloscope measurements
Instrumentation : 07 September, 2012
The Yokogawa Model 701927 is a new high-speed differential probe for high-voltage floating signal measurements using the company’s DLM2000 Series of mixed-signal oscilloscopes and other instruments equipped with the Yokogawa probe interface.
 
 
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