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Instruments and devices used by engineers to determine the scope, quantity or extent of a particular item; to assess that it meets certain criteria; or investigate whether it is in proper working order. Includes environmental testing, vision, sound and vibration testing, position and proximity testing, force strain and speed testing, electrical testing, non-destructive testing and metrology systems.
Anton Paar and Nanoforce have organised the Instrumented Indentation course for users who want to gain the experience and knowledge required to extract useful data from challenging sample materials. It is set to take place on 15–17 April 2015 at Queen Mary University of London.
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Elektrosil is using the MKF240 environmental simulation chamber from BINDER for complex material load testing of active and passive electromechanical components and systems.
This article describes how Scorpion 3D Robot Inspection has been used to solve a challenging 3D measurement task in the automotive industry.
The Type JRG/A land thermometer from Land Instruments is accurate, rugged and reliable, with a fast response and reliable.
The CAP-V series from IRISS adds a visual viewing pane that allows visual and infrared (IR) inspections to be completed simultaneously.
The DP6060 series process meter combines two independently programmed analogue inputs with powerful math functions to make an advanced meter capable of handling complex math requirements common in the process industry.
Distance sensors of the series optoNCDT 1021/1101/1151 from Micro-Epsilon are designed for non-contact measurements against objects up to 250m.
The ICLAMP from Megger is designed for measurements of AC currents up to 1000 A with a 1000:1 step-down ratio.
Sensonics’ range of Senturion intrinsically safe eddy current probes are designed to be the most robust and reliable units available, and are ideally suited to potentially hazardous industrial areas.
GE Oil and Gas Florence has transformed the performance of a DEA Global CMM with a retrofit system direct from Renishaw.
Renishaw’s Dynascan M250 provides eye-safe, long-range laser-scanning solutions for use in a range of challenging land and marine environments.
Over the years, dispersive Raman spectroscopy has increasingly been implemented for material identification thanks to its portability and sampling flexibility. When choosing a Raman instrument, one of the primary concerns is the wavelength of the laser that is integrated into the Raman spectrometer system. Even though the Raman shift of any material is only related to the material’s specific chemical structure and is independent of the excitation wavelength, different wavelengths have ...
Aircraft corrosion is a never-ending challenge where prevention and control play the fundamental role of ensuring the airworthiness requested. As this paper from Envirotech explains, corrosion prevention involves design optimisation and proper material selection, as well as correct finish specification and effective maintenance, inspection and repair.
The amplified piezoelectric actuator (APA) integrating a mechanical amplifier can be interesting where the efficiency of the standard actuators is poor. In this paper from Cedrat Technologies, the electrical harvesting characteristics of the APA in a proof mass configuration is studied.
Gravity-referenced inertial inclinometers are in effect low-frequency response accelerometers and derive their angular information from the acceleration due to gravity, the output being proportional to the normal component of the gravity vector. It is perhaps surprising that some users do not appreciate that the inclinometer output is proportional to the sine of the angle and not the absolute angle in degrees.
Jim Wallace of Seaward Solar looks at the reasons why electrical testing and inspection of solar PV installations is a fundamental requirement for system safety and performance.
Monitoring water concentration is essential in maximising the efficiency of many process operations. Choosing the most appropriate technology and partner in making this measurement ensures reliability and instils confidence in the measurement. In this article, Narge J Sparages from GE Measurement & Control discusses the role of water, analytical methods and more.
With the ever-increasing pressures on electric motor manufacturers to develop smaller and more efficient electric motors, there is a trend to carry out more thermal analysis in parallel with traditional electromagnetic design. It has been found that attention to the thermal design can be rewarded by major improvements in the overall performance. This paper from Cedrat reviews some of these difficult issues.
Whether it’s process control, predictive maintenance, or commissioning, instrumentation specialists provide critical visibility into the causes and effects of industrial parameters so that infrastructures can be tuned to perform at optimal levels…assuming the right tools are on hand to do this important work. According to this article from GE Measurement & Control, the art and science of developing new tools for instrumentation technicians requires understanding (i.e. observing ...