Test & Measurement

Instrumentation

Explore a range of technical briefs and articles on advanced instrumentation. Find the latest applications that design engineers are using to meet their design challenges.

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Briefs: Test & Measurement
Researchers have developed a millimeter-thick accelerometer.
Q&A: Robotics, Automation & Control
New autonomous robotic devices can survey hazardous or difficult-to-reach sites faster than humans.
Briefs: Materials
The device uses load frames to test bonded structures in aerospace, automotive, defense, and energy storage applications.
Briefs: Aerospace
The software automatically checks mission operations logs.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The portable lab-on-a-chip detects many contaminants in water supplies.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Rutgers researcher Xiaoran Fan developed a "HeadFi" method that uses ordinary headphones as sensors.
Products: Data Acquisition
A smart temperature transmitter delivers measurements via Bluetooth.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Medical instruments equipped with a soft electronics system improve diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in minimally invasive surgeries.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This year's winners included industrial-automation software, simulation tech, and digital storage oscilloscopes.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Vision software, thermal sensors, ceramic pastes, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Equipment designers can simplify design efforts and adjust controller platforms as needed when they standardize on electronic input/output products.
Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Test & Measurement - February 2021

Sensors to search for ancient life on Mars...nano-thermometers that could revolutionize temperature measurement...a major advance in semiconductor testing. These are just a few of the technologies you'll...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
The method could be key to designing more efficient batteries for specific uses such as electric cars and airplanes.
Briefs: Materials
Applications include detection of explosives, navigation, and aerospace altitude sensing.
Question of the Week: Test & Measurement
Will We Make Vibration-Free Helicopters?

A Tech Briefs TV video features a test technology from the Army that’s informally known as a “Shaker.” The Multi-Degree of Freedom (MDOF) system will study the causes of vibrations in a helicopter’s many components and subcomponents. The Army researchers hope to use the conclusions of their study...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This simple and inexpensive design achieves high-quality ozone measurements.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The system enables measurement of active or passive microstrip line devices with DC probing capability.
Special Reports: Transportation
ADAS/Connected Car - December 2020

Today's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and connected cars are paving the way for tomorrow's automated vehicles. To help you keep pace with the latest technology developments, we present this...

Articles: Test & Measurement
We explore the major scientific breakthroughs achieved during 20 years of human presence on the ISS.
5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
A low-cost sensor enables at-home diagnosis of a COVID infection.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Robotic exoskeletons, a breath-test for cancer, and plastic-eating enzymes are Products of Tomorrow.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Once installed at Las Campanas Observatory in the Chilean Andes, the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will introduce incredible opportunities for astrophysics.
NASA Spinoff: Test & Measurement
A technique to assess astronauts’ balance recovery helps people assess their risk of falling.
Products: Imaging
Multi-sensor imaging systems, eyesafe laser finders, machine vision algorithms, and more.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A "TPSI" process makes it possible to distinguish between the front and back of optical surfaces, and to characterize the quality of both in a single measurement.
Products: Electronics & Computers
The SHFQA Quantum Analyzer from Zurich Instruments operates at up to 8.5 GHz and can perform direct readout of superconducting and spin qubits.
Blog: Test & Measurement
A reader asks, "For AV testing, what are the respective role of simulation, closed course, and public road testing?"
Q&A: Photonics/Optics
A nanoLED has up to 1,000 times the brightness of conventional submicron-sized LEDs.
Products: Motion Control
Accelerometers, actuators, hexapods, and more.

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