New Way to Test Body Armor

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new way to investigate the high-performance fibers used in modern body armor. The testing of soft body armor has been a big concern because the deployment of a new kind of fiber — believed to be superior to the previous material — unexpectedly failed in 2003, resulting in the death of a police officer. That and other incidents prompted a 2005 recall of some of the vests made with the new material.

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Automated Vehicle Technology; Impressive but Raises Many Questions

Autonomous vehicles are coming to a street near you; very soon. But are they ready?

There is a lot of technology available and many of the necessary sensor systems have found their way into vehicles we drive now such as interactive cruise control, pedestrian monitoring, collision avoidance and many more features. However, Autonomous cars are different than any other. They are decision makers. As such how we test them, introduce them to the marketplace, investigate accidents and manage maintenance will be very different. In this article we raise questions we have considered and make a case for the use of an independent black box in such vehicles to improve decision making and collect the data needed to understand the causes and consequences of an incident.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Test & Measurement

What is Measurement Risk?

Do you think your measurement is "In-Tolerance" if the measured value is within the manufacturer's accuracy specification? If the calibration provider is not considering the test uncertainty ratio, chances are your measurements are not what you think they are and it is very likely that you may be making bad measurements.

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Measuring Volcanic Emissions from Space

Before volcanoes erupt, there are often warning signs. Using remote sensing to detect rising carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide emissions without endangering people or equipment would greatly increase human understanding of volcanoes.

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Plugging the gaps: Improving your manufacturing leak test with data

Growing expectations for product quality and reliability are making accurate leak testing a challenging but essential requirement on the production line.

Posted in: White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Test & Measurement

6 Critical Errors to Avoid in Reusable Packaging Design

Designing a reusable, durable packaging solution for your product or service is much more than picking a type of package and a size. There are many things to consider about how your product will be used, where it will be used, and who will be using it. This list of six common errors will ensure your initial design decisions put you on the path to the most cost- effective case that combines the required protection with superior usability.

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Sound-Off: The Imaging Advantages of Blue Light vs. White Light

Digital Image Correlation (DIC) is a non-contact optical method of measuring deformation and strain on a given material. Measurement accuracy, however, depends on contrast, illumination, and light intensity.

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3D Digital Image Correlation: Everything You Need to Know About Full-Field Deformation and Strain Measurement

3D Digital Image Correlation (DIC) provides the ability to measure non-contact 3D coordinates, displacements and strains of materials and structures.

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A Balancing Act: How Months in Space Impact Astronauts' Performance

When you arrive back on Earth after a year in space, you’re going to feel it.

NASA and Jacob Bloomberg, senior scientist in the Houston, TX- headquartered Johnson Space Center, have been trying to quantify exactly what those effects will be — and how 12 months of microgravity impact an astronaut’s ability to perform simple operational tasks like opening a hatch or climbing a ladder.

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Mini Spectrometer Has Big Potential

Researchers have created a miniaturized, portable version of the mass spectrometer, which traditionally has been bulky, limiting its in-field potential. Other smaller spectrometers have been less sensitive and more likely to break down.

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