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.

Application Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Coating Erosion Tests Help Keep Mars 2020 Rover Safe
Coating Erosion Tests Help Keep Mars 2020 Rover Safe
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH
www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl

Mars rovers are sophisticated, multi-instrumented pieces of equipment that...

Coating Erosion Tests Help Keep Mars 2020 Rover Safe
Briefs : Transportation
Active Measurement Cancellation
Active Measurement Cancellation

A battery pack is only as strong as its weakest cell. As battery packs become larger and more integral to the stable operation of devices and systems, the need to monitor battery dependability and performance...

Active Measurement Cancellation
5 Ws : Imaging
5 Ws of a Simple Nerve Gas Detector
5 Ws of a Simple Nerve Gas Detector

Who

First responders, soldiers, and scientists in the field.

5 Ws of a Simple Nerve Gas Detector
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Flexible, Compliant, Multiline Microprobes for Measuring Material Electrical Properties
Flexible, Compliant, Multiline Microprobes for Measuring Material Electrical Properties

The ability to measure the electronic conductivity of battery film coatings is a pressing need in the battery industry; however, these measurements can...

Flexible, Compliant, Multiline Microprobes for Measuring Material Electrical Properties
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Direct-Current Detector for Emergency Responder Safety
Direct-Current Detector for Emergency Responder Safety

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a direct-current detector technology to help emergency responders safely detect high voltages, which they have...

Direct-Current Detector for Emergency Responder Safety
Articles : Test & Measurement
Solar PV and Lithium-Ion Battery Hybrids for the IIoT — A User's Guide
Solar PV and Lithium-Ion Battery Hybrids for the IIoT — A User's Guide

Hybrid solutions that combine small photovoltaic (PV) panels with industrial grade rechargeable Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries provide long-term power for remote...

Solar PV and Lithium-Ion Battery Hybrids for the IIoT — A User's Guide
Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
How to Specify Intrinsically Safe Remote Monitoring Sensor Systems
How to Specify Intrinsically Safe Remote Monitoring Sensor Systems

Wireless sensor networks frequently operate in hazardous areas where explosive atmospheres pose a safety risk to equipment and operators. The design of these systems must...

How to Specify Intrinsically Safe Remote Monitoring Sensor Systems
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Nanotech Sensor Turns Molecular Fingerprints into Bar Codes
A Nanotech Sensor Turns Molecular Fingerprints into Bar Codes

Infrared spectroscopy is the benchmark method for detecting and analyzing organic compounds. However, that requires complicated procedures and large, expensive instruments, making...

A Nanotech Sensor Turns Molecular Fingerprints into Bar Codes
Briefs : Test & Measurement
COSMIC Impact: Next-Gen X-Ray Microscopy Platform
COSMIC Impact: Next-Gen X-Ray Microscopy Platform

A next-generation X-ray beamline now operating at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) brings together a unique set of capabilities to measure the...

COSMIC Impact: Next-Gen X-Ray Microscopy Platform
Products : Test & Measurement
Product of the Month: September 2018 Tech Briefs
Product of the Month: September 2018 Tech Briefs

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, North Kingstown, RI, announced a new release of HxGN SMART Quality software that combines connectivity, statistical evaluation, and resource management...

Product of the Month: September 2018 Tech Briefs
Articles : Lighting
Machine Vision Can Do More Than You Think
Machine Vision Can Do More Than You Think

The ability to automatically extract information from digital images opens many doors for manufacturers striving to cut costs, improve quality, and streamline their processes overall. The primary...

Machine Vision Can Do More Than You Think
Articles : Motion Control
IMTS2018 Preview
IMTS2018 Preview

Presented by the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) has been the premier manufacturing technology show in the Northern Hemisphere. IMTS is held every even...

IMTS2018 Preview
Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: August 2018 Motion Design
New Products: August 2018 Motion Design

Servo Controller IC

TRINAMIC Motion Control (Hamburg, Germany) announced the TMC-4671 fully integrated servo controller IC that provides field-oriented control for BLDC/PMSM and 2-phase...

New Products: August 2018 Motion Design
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Self-Powered Paper Patch Measures Glucose
Self-Powered Paper Patch Measures Glucose

The most common methods for glucose self-testing involve monitoring glucose levels in blood. These conventional measurements are not suitable for preventing hypoglycemia during exercise. The...

Self-Powered Paper Patch Measures Glucose
Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Key Technologies Needed to Advance Mission-Critical IoT
Key Technologies Needed to Advance Mission-Critical IoT

By 2028, virtually all major sensing and feedback systems benefiting from continuous monitoring will connect to devices currently known as the Internet of Things (IoT). As that...

Key Technologies Needed to Advance Mission-Critical IoT
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Ingestible Sensors Powered by Stomach Acid
Ingestible Sensors Powered by Stomach Acid

A small voltaic cell was developed that is sustained by the acidic fluids in the stomach. The system can generate enough power to run small sensors or drug delivery devices that can reside in the...

Ingestible Sensors Powered by Stomach Acid
Application Briefs : Test & Measurement
Reducing Weight and Design Time for Dream Chaser Spacecraft
Reducing Weight and Design Time for Dream Chaser Spacecraft
Collier Research Corporation
Newport News, VA
www.hypersizer.com

With the go-ahead from NASA for a first mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the...

Reducing Weight and Design Time for Dream Chaser Spacecraft
Products : Photonics/Optics
New on the Market: August 2018
New on the Market: August 2018

DC Current Transducers

NK Technologies, San Jose, CA, introduced DT-FD Series DC current transducers that provide a large sensing window and the ability to safely monitor circuits with voltages up to...

New on the Market: August 2018
Application Briefs : Aerospace
System Tests Dream Chaser's Atmospheric Flight Control System
System Tests Dream Chaser's Atmospheric Flight Control System
SAKOR Technologies
Owosso, MI
www.sakor.com

SAKOR Technologies supplied a test system to Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI) to be used to test the...

System Tests Dream Chaser's Atmospheric Flight Control System
Products : Photonics/Optics
Product of the Month: August 2018
Product of the Month: August 2018

Pepperl+Fuchs, Twinsburg, OH, introduced the R200 and R201 photoelectric sensors in a design that is suitable for specific mounting situations. Standardized IO-Link connection via smart sensor profiles...

Product of the Month: August 2018
Products : Electronics & Computers
IMTS Product Preview 2018
IMTS Product Preview 2018

Cable Carrier

igus, East Providence, RI, offers the E4.1L general-purpose energy chain (e-chain) cable carrier with high dynamics that includes a honeycomb strain relief block. It also includes separators...

IMTS Product Preview 2018
Question of the Week : Test & Measurement
A Role for Cell-Sized Robots?

Today's lead INSIDER story highlighted cell-sized robots developed by a team at MIT. The researchers say the nanobots could someday support oil-pipeline inspection or medical diagnostics.

Blog : Defense
Engineers Teach Computers to Detect Radiation Damage
Engineers Teach Computers to Detect Radiation Damage
Engineers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are teaching computers to quickly detect microscopic radiation damage.
Engineers Teach Computers to Detect Radiation Damage
Blog : Data Acquisition
Researchers Ready Cell-Sized Robots for Inspection Tasks
Researchers Ready Cell-Sized Robots for Inspection Tasks

Researchers at MIT have created cell-sized robots that may someday be used to inspect and analyze hard-to-reach locations, from oil pipelines to the human body.

Researchers Ready Cell-Sized Robots for Inspection Tasks
Briefs : Materials
Real-Time Airborne Particle Analyzer
Real-Time Airborne Particle Analyzer

Particle analysis is useful for determining chemical compositions in a wide range of disciplines, from ascertaining the source of a petroleum sample to duplicating a fragrance. The technique is appealing...

Real-Time Airborne Particle Analyzer
Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Simple, Accurate Method for Contact Angle Measurement
Simple, Accurate Method for Contact Angle Measurement

The wetting behavior of a liquid on a solid surface is a phenomenon of significant practical importance. The angle of liquid-to-solid contact is important in areas such as adhesion,...

Simple, Accurate Method for Contact Angle Measurement
Briefs : Aerospace
Multi-Layer Wireless Sensor Construct for Use at Electrically Conductive Material Surfaces
Multi-Layer Wireless Sensor Construct for Use at Electrically Conductive Material Surfaces

NASA's Langley Research Center has developed a SansEC Sensor technology for use with aerospace fuel delivery systems. The SansEC technology is a...

Multi-Layer Wireless Sensor Construct for Use at Electrically Conductive Material Surfaces
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Integrated Ultra-Wideband Tracking and Carbon Dioxide Sensing System
Integrated Ultra-Wideband Tracking and Carbon Dioxide Sensing System

Recent findings indicate that frequent, short-term crew exposure to elevated CO2 levels, combined with other physiological impacts of microgravity, may lead to a...

Integrated Ultra-Wideband Tracking and Carbon Dioxide Sensing System
5 Ws : Test & Measurement
5 Ws of the Injectable Alcohol Monitoring Sensor
5 Ws of the Injectable Alcohol Monitoring Sensor

Who

Patients in substance abuse treatment programs.

5 Ws of the Injectable Alcohol Monitoring Sensor
Products : Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: July 2018
New on the Market: July 2018

Coupled Inductors

Coilcraft, Cary, IL, offers LPD8035V Series miniature, high-voltage, 1:1 coupled inductors that provide 1500 Vrms and one-minute isolation (hipot) between windings. The inductors are...

New on the Market: July 2018

Webcasts

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Metal 3D Printing

On-Demand Webinars: Aerospace

Update on Civil Certification of Multicore Processing Systems in Commercial...

On-Demand Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

Collaborative Robot Applications in the Automotive Industry

On-Demand Webinars: Materials

Enhance Product Design and Dependability with Advanced Coating Technologies

On-Demand Webinars: Green Design & Manufacturing

Rapid, Selective Volatile Emissions Testing for Vehicles and Components

On-Demand Webinars: Medical

New Developments in Catheter Shaft Components – Part 2