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Portable Arbitrary Waveform Generator Allows Signal-Generation for Up To 16 Channels
Spectrum Instrumentation’s latest line of Arbitrary Waveform Generators (AWGs) is based on the LXI instrumentation standard and has been created for engineers and scientists that need to simultaneously generate up to 16 precise electronic signals. Small and compact, the units are ideal in automated testing or remote-control type applications. With six new instruments being released, users are offered a wide choice of configurations and performance levels. All the units feature the latest 16 bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) technology and combine this with low-noise flexible outputs, allowing them to generate almost any test signal in the dc to 60 MHz frequency range. Furthermore, full remote control is achieved through a simple Ethernet connection to any PC or local area network (LAN) making them easy to integrate into virtually every test system.
The new DN2.65x series of generatorNETBOX instruments are available with 4, 8 or 16 fully synchronous channels and offer output rates of 40 MS/s or 125 MS/s. Signals with a programmable output swing of up to ±6 V into high impedance or ±3 V into 50 Ω can be generated. The units also include large on-board memories of up to 2 x 512 MSamples that can be utilized in different operating modes to allow the generation of long and complex waveforms. This includes Single-Shot, Loop, FIFO, Gated and Sequence Replay modes. Signals can even be generated while new waveform data is being loaded to the on-board memory.
Weighing as little as 6.3 kg, the generatorNETBOX products are easily portable and can work almost anywhere: freestanding on a test bench, rack mounted with other equipment or even mobile (when powered by the optional 12 or 24 V dc sources).
The instruments are fully self-contained and come with all the tools necessary to generate an unlimited variety of waveforms. Simply connect them to a host computer (e.g., laptop or workstation) or anywhere on the corporate network and start up Spectrum's SBench 6 Professional software.
More information about Spectrum can be found at www.spectrum-instrumentation.com.
Handheld Indoor Air Quality Monitors
The Ace AI-IAQ-IoT-SP series is a smart handheld Air Quality Monitor which measures, displays and transmits temperature, humidity and CO2 levels. It can record temperature from 0 to 50 degrees Celsius with an accuracy of ±0.5 Degrees, humidity from 0 to 100% RH with accuracy of ±2% RH and CO2 from 0 to 5000 ppm with an accuracy of ±3% FS.
Assisted by high performance, fast and responsive NDIR sensors, it provides accurate readings in industrial conditions. It has a graphical large LED display with white backlight. Enabled with a smart cloud option using cutting edge IoT technology, you can push the recorded data directly to a web server and generate vital reports of historic data captured. Other options include data download through USB and a password protected Admin screen to view Device IMEI, Recorded data.
The RFID option helps record locations along with CO2, temperature and RH readings (useful for multiple Floors/Zones). The monitor is GSM enabled and supports any network SIM. The battery is rechargeable with a backup of 10-12 hours on full charge. Its IP65 enclosure makes this GSM based Monitor ready for tough Industrial environments. This device finds its acceptance well in applications like IT Facilities and Buildings, Workspace Management, Warehouse, Hospitals, R&D Labs and academic environments.
Find more information at http://acefirst.com.
16 GHz Sampler-extended Real-time Oscilloscope
Pico Technology has introduced the PicoScope 9404-16 SXRTO, a 16 GHz sampler-extended real-time oscilloscope. The new model joins the 5 GHz 9404-05 model launched earlier this year. Ideally suited to repetitive or clock-derived signals, both models feature four high-resolution 12-bit channels, each supported by real-time sampling to 500 MS/s per channel and up to 5 TS/s (0.2 ps) equivalent-time sampling. These are voltage and timing resolutions that match or exceed the best available among broadband real-time oscilloscopes today.
The wide-band inputs, and fine timing and voltage resolutions, display and accurately measure transitions as fast as 22 ps and pulses and impulses down to 45 ps wide, and allow clock performance and eye diagram analysis of up to 11 Gb/s gigabit signals (to third harmonic). Less than 2 ps RMS trigger jitter and 5 GHz trigger support margin analysis and characterization of today’s high-speed serial data systems, while integrated clock and data recovery to 11 Gb/s and an external prescaled trigger input extend the SXRTO trigger capability to the full bandwidth of the 16 GHz model. In addition, the real-time broadband sampling modes can support capture of carrier envelope, baseband modulation and other envelope tracking signals around amplify, route and transmit paths, including major wireless communication frequency bands such as 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz and 5.5 GHz and upwards.
In contrast to “sampling oscilloscopes,” the ETS technique supports trigger and pre-trigger capture and the familiarity, convenience and ease of real-time oscilloscope operation. Pico’s SXRTO technology seamlessly transitions to single-event waveform capture at sampling rates at and below 500 MS/s and both sampling modes capture to memory of 250,000 samples (single channel), particularly valuable for the capture of slower system signals, modulation envelopes and repeating pulse or data patterns, for example.
This USB-controlled instrument is supplied with PicoSample 4 software. The touch-compatible GUI controls the instrument and presents waveforms, measurements and statistics on your preferred size and format of display. There is full support for available Windows display resolutions, allowing the inspection of waveform detail or presentation of measurements, for example, on 4k monitors or projection, or across multiple monitors. Additionally, up to four independent zoomed trace views can fully reveal 12-bit, 250 kS waveform detail.
For further information, visit www.picotech.com.
Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) System
Seica's new desktop Dragonfly AOI inspection system utilizes leading-edge LED technology to perform conformal coat and through-hole-technology inspection, including presence checks of pins and solder, effectively combining two distinct inspection processes in a single machine.
The Dragonfly is easily able to detect UV trace elements in a variety of conformal coat chemistries but also allows for quick and accurate detection of contamination at the micron level, de-lamination of the conformal coat, air gaps/voids, and many other defects not detectable with the naked eye or traditional AOI systems.
The Dragonfly is available in two models: a low-cost, desktop version with a drawer that allows for easy manual PCB loading, and an in-line SMEMA-compliant system which is Factory 4.0 ready and can include additional options, such as side access inspection of conformal coat, as well as thickness measurements.
Find more information at www.seica.com.
Radio Frequency Vector Signal Generator
Keysight Technologies, Inc. has announced the new CXG X-Series Radio Frequency (RF) Vector Signal Generator (CXG), which delivers advanced performance, is standards-compliant, and meets the demands of engineers designing IoT and general-purpose devices at a reasonable price.
IoT and general-purpose R&D and design validation (DVT) engineers need to keep up with today's expanding consumer electronics market. They want an economic and versatile test and measurement system that can handle a diverse set of consumer electronic devices and deliver the performance required to generate receiver tests across different wireless standards.
Keysight's new CXG enables engineers designing IoT and general-purpose devices to:
- Accelerate the product development cycle,
- Gain greater confidence in design characterization with Keysight's PathWave Signal Generation software, and
- Meet budget constraints without sacrificing the ability to test with quality signals.
Key features provided by Keysight's CXG signal generator include:
- Frequency range of 9 kHz – 3/6 GHz and up to 120 MHz RF modulation bandwidth that cover most of consumer wireless application testing requirements,
- Basic parametric testing of components and functional verification of receivers,
- Testing of devices with multiple standards-compliant vector signals while reducing the time spent on signal creation,
- Troubleshooting of components within a wireless communication system using a reliable vector signal generator, and
- Minimizing downtime and expenses with self-maintenance solutions and low-cost repairs.
More information is available at www.keysight.com.
Family of Electrical Energy Meters
CAS DataLoggers has announced the WattNode family of power and electrical energy meters.
The WattNode meters are available in several styles, from simple devices that measure kWh with a pulse output, to multifunction device meters with a Modbus RTU interface that measure more than 90 parameters.
They work with single or three-phase service from 100-600 Vac. When coupled with a dataTaker or Delphin data logger/data acquisition system, they provide the base for a comprehensive monitoring system that can capture electrical parameters like ac voltage, current, power, energy and power factor along with other data like temperature, pressure, and flow.
These systems are used in applications including:
- Energy efficiency studies
- Pump, compressor and equipment monitoring
- Energy conservation projects
- Renewable energy systems
For more information, please visit http://DataLoggerInc.com.
PAC introduces OptiPMD, ISL's latest version of its robust and portable micro-distillation analyzer. OptiPMD combines 15 years of experience with the latest technology to offer a user-friendly solution that significantly reduces the need for training. OptiPMD follows ASTM D7345, which is approved in more than 10 fuel specifications, including gasoline with up to 20% ethanol, diesel, jet fuel, kerosene and bio-diesels.
OptiPMD performs a physical atmospheric distillation in just 10 minutes using only 10 ml of sample. This allows you to make faster decisions for process optimization and potentially save you millions in off-spec products.
OptiPMD is designed to be a true "one-push-button" solution, with a fully automated test sequence, allowing minimal operator attendance. Simply prepare the sample and load it into the analyzer. Type in a sample ID, select it from the pre-loaded options, or scan it with the barcode reader. Then, just press START to run the sample. The results can be stored, printed or shared via ethernet, LIMS or with a USB drive.
OptiPMD is the fastest way to perform a distillation of petroleum products. The analyzer saves between 25 to 35 minutes per distillation, compared to D86 analyzers.
OptiPMD's robust design and compact size makes it ideal for mobile lab applications. It also includes the highest safety standards including an optical flame detector, a built-in fire suppression system, and quality control functions, which allow users to enter specification limits by product.
OptiPMD is compliant with ASTM D7345, IP 596 and in perfect correlation to ASTM D86, D1160 (biodiesel B100), ISO 3405 and IP123.
Visit www.paclp.com for more information.
Automotive Ethernet Testing Software
Tektronix, Inc. has released two new software packages that greatly simplify Automotive Ethernet testing, debug and Protocol Decode for use with its 5 and 6 Series mixed signal oscilloscopes (MSO). Using the new Signal Separation software, automotive engineers can now perform Automotive Ethernet testing without disrupting the ECU system or cutting the Ethernet cable to install a directional coupler, while the PAM3 analysis package provides in-depth insight into signal characteristics at the system level.
As the move toward Automotive Ethernet or IEEE 802.3bw (formerly BroadR-Reach) technology in vehicles accelerates, comprehensive design validation is vital to ensure interoperability and reliable operation across multiple ECUs. Current Automotive Ethernet testing solutions require engineers install a directional coupler to separate the full duplex signal. This adds insertion and return loss and makes it difficult to determine if an error is a result of the system or the additional hardware.
To eliminate these problems, Tektronix' unique Signal Separation software separates the full duplex signal by looking at voltage and current waveforms from both master and slave test points and provides separated signals using a proprietary algorithm. This method displays true ECU signals without the need for a directional coupler and provides full protocol debug of master and slave ECUs simultaneously. Tektronix Signal Separation software is easy to use, reduces testing costs and improves measurement accuracy. Signal Separation supports full life-cycle Automotive Ethernet testing from design through service. Users can use this solution for in-car testing, as well as Signal integrity testing during cranking or other scenarios.
The three levels of PAM3 in Automotive Ethernet introduce additional complexity in signaling and place new demands on test methodology, in part because the three amplitudes produce two eye diagrams. The Tektronix PAM3 analysis package provides a comprehensive set of measurements with software clock recovery that offer greater insight into signal characteristics, speeding up validation and characterization of PAM3 designs with different cable lengths, noise conditions or ECU configurations. The solution also enables eye opening measurements, eye mask testing, jitter separation and Bit Error Rate (BER) plotting in a real ECU environment.
The PAM3 Analysis along with Signal Separation solutions have been tested and validated by leading automotive OEMs and T1 companies.
In addition to signal and protocol analysis, the Tektronix solution also includes Automotive Ethernet Physical layer compliance testing as per Open Alliance TC8 specification with full test automation and detailed pass/fail reporting.
More information is available at www.de.tek.com.
Universal O-Level Armament Tester for Smart and Legacy Systems
The MTS-3060A SmartCan™ Gen2 builds on the features and capabilities of the MTS-3060 SmartCan™, offering advanced flightline test capabilities for suspension and Alternate Mission Equipment (AME) including pylons, launchers, bomb racks, and pods. A high-performance, hand-held device with a shape of a “beercan,” the MTS-3060A offers advanced flightline test capabilities as well as providing test capabilities associated with traditional "beercan" test sets.
The state-of-the-art MTS-3060A SmartCan Gen2 is unlike any other beercan tester and provides measurement, loading and stimuli functions that are typically associated with large O-Level testers such as the SERD-75501 and the A/E241-199. With multiple measurement channels, dedicated and continuous squib circuit monitoring, multiple load channels, audio and video simulation, and MIL-STD-1760 support, the MTS-3060A can support any platform and any “smart” and legacy armament system, without updating the OFP.
The MTS-3060A SmartCan Gen2 delivers advanced flightline test capabilities and is an ideal O-Level tester for AME and other aircraft systems as well as providing comprehensive test capabilities for both legacy and 5th generation platforms.
An innovative power management system allows operation of the SmartCan Gen2 for over 24 hours without the need to replace the standard or rechargeable AA batteries.
The MTS-3060A is supplied with ATEasy® which provides the software development environment for creating test programs. The development of test programs can be done by the end user or MTS personnel.
For more information, visit www.marvintest.com.
Hexagon’s PC-DMIS (Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard) 2019 R2 introduces Home Page, a new way to interact with PC-DMIS that improves convenience, productivity and brings content to the user in an attractive, intuitive way, whether user focus is on the creation of measurement routines or executing them in the factory. Home Page is a significant enhancement of the traditional PC-DMIS main screen to make recent programs and favorites accessible directly from the home screen. Users can create folders and organize their measurement routines how they need them. Home Page also brings helpful content and support directly into PC-DMIS. Users now have seamless access to the latest product news, support contact, helpful videos, the PC-DMIS idea center and the regular PC-DMIS newsletter (SMA needed).
The already broad capabilities of PC-DMIS are extended further with new optional support for the skidless Breitmeier Messtechnik Roughness Sensor. Allowing users to measure roughness in PC-DMIS for the first time, the user-friendly interface enables the user to create a roughness scan command in one click, without needing extensive training or to learn new software.
The new Thickness Colormap function provides the user with clear, intuitive graphics showing the thickness of a component.
With the new Ring Light Migration feature, users can now move measurement programs from one machine to a machine that uses different ring light configurations faster and with fewer errors.
Learn more at http://hexagon.com.
High Mating Cycle (HMC) Enables Flexible Production and Simplified Installation
One of the core requirements of flexible production is the ability to quickly install machines and modules, reconfigure them at will and operate them without disruption. With its Han® ES Press HMC series, HARTING has developed an interface that can be installed quickly without tools and is robust enough to be connected and disconnected ten-thousand times.
This quick-connect technology is the Han® ES Press HMC, with the suffix ‘HMC’ standing for High Mating Cycles. The contact inserts are equipped with a pre-tensioned cage clamp that is triggered by an actuator. If the actuator is pushed into the contact chamber, the cage clamp returns to its original position and secures the conductor. Only a screwdriver is needed to release the connection.
The Han® ES Press HMC fits with Han® standard housing sizes 6 B to 24 B. The standard housings are already available in versions with locks and seals optimized for high mating cycles. Complementing this, contacts and grounding elements are now used that are extremely resistant to abrasion due to a special surface coating.
The Han® ES Press series is reliable in all types of harsh environments, including high vibration environments. This is due to how tightly the conductor sits as a result of the constant pressure of the cage clamp. Installation and connection times are reduced when compared to conventional cage clamps, screw connections or hard wiring techniques. As a result, on-site installation time is reduced, and fast detachability facilitates servicing.
Find more information at http://HARTING-usa.com.
Surge Protection Devices
Littelfuse, Inc. has announced the launch of its SPD2 series of Type 2 surge protection devices. Transient overvoltage, or power surges, can damage components and drive added costs to repair or replace as well as create unplanned downtime. To prevent these events, the SPD2 series, utilized at power distribution or branch circuits, safeguards components from surges by limiting the fault current to a load or the unit being protected.
The SPD2 series is DIN-rail mounted for electrical cabinets and comes in a wide range of operating voltages including DC power for solar applications. The product is ideal for power distribution, electrical loads, industrial controls, computers and communications as well as medical equipment.
The SPD2 features include:
- Capability to clamp and withstand high-energy transients to prevent disruption, downtime, and degradation or damage to equipment
- Thermal protection to eliminate catastrophic failure
- Each part is both UL Recognized and IEC-compliant to reduce inventory and support global usage
- A compact footprint to increase electrical panel design flexibility
- An interlocking tab mechanism to withstand vibration
- An SPD type and voltage-coded plug to prevent the module from being placed in the wrong base, eliminating the risk of improper protection
- A visual life indicator for quick determination of module replacement status.
For more product information, visit: www.littelfuse.com/SPD.