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.

Latest Briefs & News

This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
This fast, flexible tool allows researchers to quickly compare and prioritize strategies for converting biomass to fuels and products.
Engineers have developed a new scanning technique inspired by the natural world that can detect corroding metals in oil and gas pipelines.
Photodetectors, ultrafast lasers, energy sensors, and more.
A team is exploring new materials for telecommunications and LIDAR applications.
Products: Test & Measurement
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 team used to making pollutant-detection systems is adapting their technologies to spot coronavirus.
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.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Resolution, Accuracy, and Precision of Encoders
Here's what you'll need to know when you’re choosing an encoder for a motion control system.
Articles: Test & Measurement
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Would You Use a CurveBoard?

MIT researchers have invented a way to integrate “breadboards” — flat platforms widely used for electronics prototyping — directly onto physical products.

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and their collaborators have developed a way to retrofit the transmission...

Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
3D Scanning Inspection
CT vs. structured light scanning — See which option is best for you.
Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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.
A wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain could help clinicians evaluate the healing of aneurysms.
Increase battery life and reduce data loads with an analog-first processing architecture.
This month: Sensors that measure weather, proximity, pH, and more.
A mobile, wearable device the size of a Band-Aid could allow babies to leave the hospital and be monitored from home.
Beta Technologies is putting their Electrical Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft (eVTOL) prototype through the wringer.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wireless System Powers Devices Inside the Body
The technology could enable remote control of drug delivery, sensing, and other medical applications.
Briefs: Medical
Blood Test Detects Multiple Types of Cancer
The test can screen for numerous types of cancer with a high degree of accuracy.
This vibrometer has uses in analyzing spasms in humans, as a breath analyzer for diagnosis of cancer and other diseases, and as a preventative healthcare sensor.

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