Sensors & Test

Test & Measurement

Learn what's trending in test, measurement, and monitoring technologies. Explore the latest products, applications, and technical briefs covering advanced measuring instruments, monitoring systems, devices, and instrumentation.

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
Products : Imaging
New Products: September 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology
New Products: September 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology

Embedded Imaging Platforms

Critical Link LLC (Syracuse, NY) recently introduced an Embedded Vision Development Kit (VDK) that integrates Basler's dart BCON camera with...

New Products: September 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Briefs : Imaging
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
Products : Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: September 2018
New on the Market: September 2018

Data Acquisition System

The SLICE IP68 data acquisition system from DTS, Seal Beach, CA, measures physical signals in extreme test environments. It can embed in most test articles, and the rugged...

New on the Market: September 2018
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Multifunctional, Integrated, Photonic Lab-on-a-Chip for Astronaut Health Monitoring
Multifunctional, Integrated, Photonic Lab-on-a-Chip for Astronaut Health Monitoring

While widely used for terrestrial medical applications, handheld blood analyzers are not suitable for space missions due to the short shelf-life of their...

Multifunctional, Integrated, Photonic Lab-on-a-Chip for Astronaut Health Monitoring
Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: September 2018 Sensor Technology
New Products: September 2018 Sensor Technology

Digital Variable Impedance Transducer

With its user-friendly new graphical user interface (GUI) for easier setup and connectivity, and cloud-based data access/monitoring, the digiVIT...

New Products: September 2018 Sensor Technology
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Electrical Contact to Molecules in Semiconductor Structures
Electrical Contact to Molecules in Semiconductor Structures

To further develop semiconductor technology, the field of molecular electronics is seeking to manufacture circuit components from individual molecules instead of silicon. Because of...

Electrical Contact to Molecules in Semiconductor Structures
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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 : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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 : Motion Control
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 : Medical
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 : Test & Measurement
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 : Energy
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 : Test & Measurement
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 : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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 : Software
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 : Test & Measurement
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 : Photonics/Optics
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 : Photonics/Optics
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 : Test & Measurement
Flexible Ultrasound Patch for Inspecting Damage in Odd-Shaped Structures
Flexible Ultrasound Patch for Inspecting Damage in Odd-Shaped Structures

A limitation of today's ultrasound devices is that they are difficult to use on objects that don't have perfectly flat surfaces. Conventional ultrasound probes have...

Flexible Ultrasound Patch for Inspecting Damage in Odd-Shaped Structures
Briefs : Software
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
Articles : Motion Control
Selecting a Force Measurement Solution to Minimize Variables and Protect Tensile Testing Data
Selecting a Force Measurement Solution to Minimize Variables and Protect Tensile Testing Data

Computers and software play a major role in force measurement and quality control. Whether in the engineering lab, quality control inspection area,...

Selecting a Force Measurement Solution to Minimize Variables and Protect Tensile Testing Data
Briefs : Communications
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 : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Nuclear Radiation-Detecting Device
Nuclear Radiation-Detecting Device

A material was developed for nuclear radiation detection that could provide a significantly less expensive alternative to the detectors now in commercial use. Specifically, the high-performance material is...

Nuclear Radiation-Detecting Device
Briefs : Materials
Constant-Pressure, High-Throughput Membrane Permeation Testing System

Membrane technologies have shown tremendous potential for a variety of separations, and new applications are constantly appearing. These new applications require exploration of materials, operational conditions, and membrane synthesis procedures, and demand accurate and timely...

Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
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