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.

Latest Briefs & News

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Selecting Pressure Sensors for Autoclaves
Find the right pressure sensors for your sterilization applications.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – The Anatomy of Perseverance
NASA's Mars 2020 rover looks virtually the same as Curiosity but there are a number of differences.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Mars 2020 – Looking for Life
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Ken Williford, Mars 2020 Deputy Project Scientist, to learn more about the science capabilities of Perseverance.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – The Science of Mars 2020
Learn about the four goals of the Mars 2020 mission.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – Perseverance to the Red Planet
Read our special series on the Mars 2020 mission, featuring interviews with NASA experts and designers of the Perseverance rover.
The K6PM provides continuous, remote thermal monitoring of critical components such as high-voltage control panels, transformers, and hydraulic equipment.

An empty airport tells you more than you might think.

Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Radiation-Hardened Gain Digitizer
This instrument has applications in medical equipment, robotics, and satellites.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: May 2020
Sealing connection tools, oscilloscopes, snap-action switches, and more...
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Foldable Mechanical Devices
These “developable mechanisms” are built into the surfaces of structures.
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
Engineers have developed a new scanning technique inspired by the natural world that can detect corroding metals in oil and gas pipelines.
Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
New Products: May 2020 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Photodetectors, ultrafast lasers, energy sensors, and more.
Products: Internet of Things
Product of the Month: May 2020 Tech Briefs
The ADISRA SmartView 4.0 HMI allows builders to see what's going on in their machines.
A Berkeley Lab system provides a much more sensitive probe of the chemical state of battery electrodes, especially when the battery is operated under high capacity mode.
This technology cancels out the vibrations of a satellite by vibrating the solar panels in the opposite direction.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Reimagining Robotics in a Connected World
Manufacturers are beginning to realize the same benefits by cloud-connecting their equipment and processes on the shop floor.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: April 2020
Vision-based 3D printing, network analyzers, particulate sensors, and more.
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
Technology used to search for extraterrestrial life can characterize radioactive material.
Applications include homeland security, vehicle anti-collision systems, telecommunications systems, and industrial instrumentation.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
3D Scanning Inspection
CT vs. structured light scanning — See which option is best for you.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
Vision-Based System Validates Driver Monitoring
Vision-based convolutional neural network system detects phone usage, eating, and drinking.
There are longwave, midwave, and shortwave camera systems—each with its own advantages for specific industries and uses.
In the middle ground between microwaves and visible light lies terahertz radiation, and the promise of “Tray vision.”
Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures.
Increase battery life and reduce data loads with an analog-first processing architecture.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: March 2020 Sensor Technology
This month: Sensors that measure weather, proximity, pH, and more.
Beta Technologies is putting their Electrical Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft (eVTOL) prototype through the wringer.

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