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.

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...

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.
NASA needed help accurately measuring Earth-reflected sunlight.
Aircraft may have a huge amount of data available, but this doesn’t mean it’s the right data to troubleshoot a problem.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: July 2020
Photoelectric sensors, cable connectors, power monitors, and USB3 cameras.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Product of the Month: July 2020 Tech Briefs
Tektronix announced new digital storage oscilloscopes.
Taking a holistic approach to sealing systems in hydraulic systems using chrome alternatives helps engineers achieve optimum function.
An inexpensive gyroscope could help drones and autonomous cars stay on track without a GPS signal.
Products: Motion Control
New Products: June 2020 Motion Design
Positioning System

H2W Technologies (Santa Clarita, CA) offers the SRT-030/360-026-01 two-axis X-Theta positioning system for motion control applications that require coordinated linear and rotary...

Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Selecting Pressure Sensors for Autoclaves
Find the right pressure sensors for your sterilization applications.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: June 2020 Sensor Technology
Small Accurate Temperature Sensor

Würth Elektronik (Waldenburg, Germany) is introducing a 2.0 × 2.0 × 0.5 mm temperature sensor. Its accuracy in the measuring range of -40 to 125°C is...

Technology Leaders: Sensors/Data Acquisition
MEMS — Smart Sensors for the IoT
Tim Brosnihan, Executive Director of SEMI’s MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), talks about the current state of the MEMS industry and trends for the future,
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: Test & Measurement
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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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.

Products: Test & Measurement
New on the Market: May 2020
Sealing connection tools, oscilloscopes, snap-action switches, and more...
Landers to small bodies such as comets and asteroids can use this program to estimate the terrain richness of the previously unmapped small body.
The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
This diagnostic device allows doctors to detect cancer quickly from a droplet of blood or plasma.
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.

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