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Sponsor: National Instruments
NI Extends Portable Measurement Performance
National Instruments is expanding the measurements offered by portable instrumentation with new small, bus-powered performance devices. The USB-5132/5133 50 MS/s and 100 MS/s digitizers offer two simultaneously sampled channels with 8-bit resolution for high-speed measurements. For precision DC measurements, the USB-4065 digital multimeter offers 6Ĺ-digits of resolution at up to 10 readings per second and up to 3,000 readings per second at lower resolutions.
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Sponsor: Data Translation
Data Translationís TEMPpoint Series
Data Translationís TEMPpoint Series are easy-to-use temperature measurement instruments with the highest accuracy available on the market today. Each box is a 48-channel stand-alone instrument for connection to a PC via USB or Ethernet (LXI). Each sensor input, either a thermocouple or RTD, is plugged directly into a connector receptacle at the front panel.
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|Featured Articles |
Top Five Trends in Test and Measurement
By National Instruments
trends include increased use of multicore/parallel test systems; software-defined instrumentation; FPGA-enabled instrumentation; wireless standards; emulation-based ATE for System-on-a-Chip (SoC); and System-in-a-Package (SiP) testing.
Quality Control and the Art of Error Proofing
Sensors, February 2008
Because sensors are a fundamental part of a quality-control process, you need to know their strengths and weaknesses so that you can match the right sensing technology with your application.
Nuclear Myth Busters
Chem.Info, January 2008
By H. M. Schwartz and Dr. Dirk Moermann
High temperatures, pressures, and other difficult industrial processes usually pose no problem for a nuclear measurement gauge. Despite thousands of satisfied users of this technology worldwide, nuclear measurement gauges are sometimes a pariah to companies and their employees.
Striking at the heart of condition assessment
Power Engineering International, December 2007
By: Dave Randl, QinetiQ, UK
Remote visual inspections of machinery and pipework have always had limitations because of the inherent inflexibility of fibrescopes and videoscopes. The unique articulation of a guide now opens up the possibility of navigation through areas not previously possible, allowing a more comprehensive plant condition assessment.
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|Resources & Literature|
NI's LabVIEW Tools Network has 400 tools and add-Ons
LabVIEW Tools Network expanded by more than 100 new tools developed by NI and third-party vendors in 2007.
Technical Note: Data Synchronization for Process Analytical Technology
Note addresses the requirements and methods for ensuring optimum synchronization and alignment of process data for process analytical technology (PAT).
Keithley publishes 2008 Test and Measurement Product Guide
Product guide covers measurement products, data acquisition solutions, semiconductor test systems, and optoelectronics test hardware.
InterTech service helps reduce costs of helium leak detection
Free service helps identify applications where helium tests can be successfully handled with mass flow leak test methods without sacrificing accuracy.
Agilent publishes Test & Measurement Catalog
The on-line, interactive Test & Measurement Catalog can be viewed on the web.
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|Application Stories |
Selecting the Right Bus for Your Digitizer/Oscilloscope Application
By National Instruments
These instruments are available in a wide variety of form factors including USB, PCI, PXI, and PXI Express. Each bus has unique features and advantages, so determining the right bus for your application is important. This paper explores considerations when choosing a bus, such as cost constraints, performance, and future expandability.
Sensor film helps SB Electronics hold capacitor tolerances
SB Electronics uses pressure-sensitive film from Sensor Products to check tolerance of press plates that flatten the round capacitor profile.
PROFIBUS used in Chinese Wastewater Plant
By Nick Belardes, ProSoft Technology
The Changi Water Reclamation Plant in Singapore has 160 ProSoft Technology PROFIBUS DPV1 modules that handle flow meters, pressure and DP level transmitters, radar/ultrasonic transmitters, dissolved oxygen analyzers, temperature transmitters and electric actuators.
On-Line Viscometers measure resin in Hong Kong
Chem.Info, January 2008
A Hong Kong-based company that manufactures laminates for printed circuit boards uses epoxy resins. A Hydramotion XL7 process viscometer, unaffected by solid particles in the fluid, gives the company a reliable way of monitoring its impregnation process in real time.
Portable, Bus-Powered USB DMM and Digitizer
By National Instruments
Application note describes how to use USB-based digital multimeters and digitizers for data logging and data acquisition in portable, benchtop, and OEM applications.
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|Featured Training |
Establishing a Standards-Based Calibration Program
April 10-11, 2008 Philadelphia, PA
ISA course presents the whys and hows in organizing, modifying, improving, and understanding the operation of industrial calibration and repair. It also examines the standards and criteria for evaluating a present or proposed laboratory or shop. Price: $1195.
Smart Sensor Systems
April 21-24, 2008 Delft, The Netherlands
Recent developments in the field of smart sensor systems are reviewed, including: sensor principles, tandem transducers, smart analog interfaces, modifiers, A/D conversion, busses and digital interfaces, DSPs and microcontrollers. The lectures include case studies and hands-on demonstrations.
Endevco announces 2008 technical training seminars
Training includes four-hour seminars on location at customer sites and multi-day courses at Endevco headquarters.
Smart Sensors Systems Design Web course
The course focuses on measuring methods and techniques to build full intelligent sensor systems, digital sensors, data acquisition and measuring systems with self-adaptation and self-identification possibilities.
LUDECA opens Vibration Analysis Training Center
Facility provides training for machinery alignment, condition monitoring and balancing, with dedicated laser alignment, vibration analysis and balancing systems.
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|Product Announcements |
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|Company & Organizational News|
National Instruments acquires microLEX Systems
National Instruments acquired all of the outstanding shares of microLEX Systems A/S, a provider of virtual instrumentation-based video, audio and mixed-signal test solutions.
National Instruments Reports Record Revenue and Net Income
National Instruments reported record quarterly revenue of $205 million, up 13 percent and the company's best revenue growth quarter for 2007.
Setaram acquires HY-Energy LLC
Hy-Energy is a manufacturer of high performance gas sorption scientific instruments for clean renewable energy research.
ARC says Process Electrochemical Systems Market to grow
The worldwide market for PES is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 6.3% over the next five years.
Endevco licenses NASA technology for new silicon carbide pressure sensors
The NASA technologies licensed by Endevco include a packaging technique and chip fabrication methods developed by a team led by Dr. Robert Okojie at Glenn for use in aircraft engine combustion chambers.
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|Application News |
Emerson supplies flowmeters to Argosy for Sputnik
Micro Motion Coriolis flowmeters are used by Argosy for flow measurement and quality monitoring in Russian Sputnik oil separator systems.
Sensors check seat belts for safety
When building a replacement rig for a seatbelt manufacturer, Mindready Solutions Solutions used a transducer from Sensor Technology and found previously undetected large torque oscillations.
X-Ray Inspection System checks circuit boards
Plexus, uses Agilent's Medalist x6000 Automated X-ray Inspection system to finds defects in solder joints.
ABM chooses Krohne Optimass 1300 for dosing solution
Process and Control Today, January 2008
ABM, a manufacturer of mixing, distillation and fermentation systems to the drinks industry, has chosen the Krohne Optimass 1300 Coriolis mass flowmeter for a dosing solution it has supplied to a major UK drinks producer.
Siemens DCS selected by Dow R&D as lab standard
SIMATIC PCS 7 DCS has been adopted by Dow Chemical Company's research & development department as its new standard for Laboratory Process Control applications worldwide.
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|Featured Events |
Measurement Science Conference
March 10-14, 2008 Anaheim, CA
Conference covers dynamic measurement technologies as well as pertinent national and global measurement issues.
March 26-28, 2008 Philadelphia, PA
Covers leading-edge technology, education, and sourcing of the products and services that drive scientific innovation for Life Sciences manufacturing from drug development to market.
A&WMA Webinar on Environmental Careers
April 2, 2008 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST
“Environmental Careers: A Path to Your Future,” is an informational Webinar for those interested in pursuing careers in the environmental industry.
ISA International Instrumentation Symposium
May 5-8, 2008 Pensacola Beach, Florida
The 54th annual ISA International Instrumentation Symposium will include paper sessions, short courses, tutorials, and a student presentation competition.
May 06, 2008 - May 08, 2008 Nürnberg, Germany
Conference covers the entire spectrum of measuring and testing system solutions for all sensor, measuring and testing technology tasks - regardless of which parameter is to be measured, machine or material to be tested or system to be monitored.
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