Test & Measurement

Measuring Instruments

Explore a range of technical briefs and articles digging deep into advanced measuring instruments and devices. Find the latest developments that design engineers are using to meet their design challenges.

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Facility Focus: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Facility Focus: NASA John C. Stennis Space Center
Stennis now is testing RS-25 rocket engines for the Space Launch System (SLS) that will carry humans back to the Moon.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Laser Technology Assesses Cancer Cells
Laser light induces ultrasonic vibrations in a sample that can be used to image cells, blood vessels, and tissues.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Force/Torque Sensor Helps Rover Sample Mars
See how one company reached out to NASA with an offer to develop a custom sensor for the Mars 2020 mission rover.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Windows Self-Illuminate on Rainy Days
Self-powering, color-changing humidity sensors are applicable to various fields including smart windows, health care, and safety management.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Using the IoT for Predictive Maintenance
Predictive maintenance is poised to become much more widely adopted, and that will help to boost productivity in a time when we really need it.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Sensors for Hazardous Areas
Smart sensors for hazardous areas monitor essential assets, such as motors and pumps.
Safety-critical MEMS, absolute pressure sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and more.
Designed to assist in robotic surgeries, biomedical devices can be printed in and on the human body.
The COVID crisis is propelling the camera industry toward disruptive transformation.

Thin films and engineered surfaces are used in a myriad of applications including semiconductor electronics, data storage, and precision optics. In many cases, surface roughness and...

High-temp infrared emitter, single-frequency SWIR lasers, hazard testing systems, and more.

University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have made it possible to remotely determine the temperature beneath the surface of certain materials using a new technique they call depth...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: August 2020 Motion Design
Positioning devices, vibration transmitters, brushless DC motors, and more.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Venting for EV Battery Packs
Cell chemistries, thermal dynamics, vehicle packaging, and even weather present challenges for optimizing electric vehicle battery functional safety.
Power switches, battery pack adhesives, supercapacitor modules, and more...
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: August 2020
Data storage boards, modular plugs, equipment enclosures, and more.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Nanosensors for Real-Time Plant Health Monitoring
This approach allows scientists to study the communication within plants, providing valuable insights to improve crop yields.
This device could be used to find threats to ecosystems.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Products of Tomorrow: August 2020
A neural stimulator, a battery testing device, and a strain sensor.
This technology is useful for energy, industrial, and aerospace applications.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Tracking Lab-Grown Tissue with Light
A new proof-of-concept photonic pH sensor could advance studies of tissue regeneration.
This kiosk provides an accessible and affordable method for rapid, one-stop diagnostics to reduce time to treatment.
The system looks for chemical indicators found in sweat to give a real-time snapshot of what’s happening inside the body.
The sensor has applications in fields such as robotics, healthcare, and security.

Just as a meter stick with hundreds of tick marks can be used to measure distances with great precision, a device known as a laser frequency comb, with its...

Carolin Frueh is among only a handful of researchers who have persisted in using a complex technique that can diagnose a problem from thousands of miles away based on how a...

A reader asks our NASA expert: "What kind of redundancy is built into the Mars 2020 rover?"
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Optical In-Line VCSEL Testing
In-line testing of certain LEDs, using nanosecond pulses, will become more and more relevant with time-of-flight applications.
Sensors in the hand can actually detect forces being transmitted through the thickness of the robot.

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