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Partial Discharge Testing and Monitoring Make Good Sense

Partial Discharge Testing and Monitoring Make Good Sense
MATsolutions' insight:

Frequently measuring and monitoring partial discharge can be used to diagnose the condition of an asset's insulation and find any of its weak points. Doing this continuously can help you stay ahead of any damages so it can be addressed before getting worse and causing an unexpected outage. 



Article Excerpt:

Partial discharge measurement and monitoring detect defects in the insulation system of electrical assets before major damage or a breakdown occurs.

2019 LEAP Award winners announced

2019 LEAP Award winners announced
MATsolutions' insight:

 

The winners of the 2019 LEAP (Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program) Awards have been announced!

In the Test & Measurement category, the awards went to Tektronix for their patented Signal Separation software, Rohde & Schwarz for their FPC1500 spectrum analyzer and Rigol Technologies for their MSO8000 Series Oscilloscope.

 

 

Congratulations to them and all the winners of the event! 



Article Excerpt:

Winners in the second annual LEAP Awards, celebrating the best components and services across the mechanical and electrical engineering design space, were unveiled today. Across 13 categories, the judging panel awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze recognitions, as well as Honorable Mentions for certain submissions.

 


Temperature Impact on OCV of Lithium-Ion Cells

Temperature Impact on OCV of Lithium-Ion Cells
MATsolutions' insight:

 

When measuring the self-discharge levels of Lithium-Ion Cells, it is important to take the TCV, or temperature coefficient of voltage, into consideration. Unless the temperature is absolutely constant, the TCV can have a wide range of impact on the OCV, or open-circuit voltage, so it should always be understood and considered to ensure accuracy. 

 



Article Excerpt:

When making millivolt- and microvolt-level self-discharge measurements, engineers must take into account the cell’s temperature coefficient of voltage, or TCV, or accuracy may suffer.


11 Myths About Inductive Position Sensors

11 Myths About Inductive Position Sensors
MATsolutions' insight:

 

Inductive Position Sensors are a growing technology used to measure position - commonly used for AI automatic machines and vehicles. However, with most new and fast-growing technologies, come a number of myths - but don't believe everything you hear. This article disputes the myths and compares inductive position sensors to Hall-effect and magnetoresistive sensors.

 



Article Excerpt:

The inductive position sensor is a rapidly growing technology to measure position. Find out more about some of the most common misconceptions of inductive position sensors, along with how they compare to other sensor technologies.


Defining a 5G Coverage Map: Rohde & Schwarz and Ericsson Use Drones to Measure 5G Coverage Areas - News

Defining a 5G Coverage Map: Rohde & Schwarz and Ericsson Use Drones to Measure 5G Coverage Areas - News
MATsolutions' insight:

 

Ericsson developed a way to measure the active coverage areas for 5G. The system that they created uses a drone, mounted with mobile network testing scanners and smartphones from Rohde & Schwarz and is programmed to automatically execute tests. They found 19 live 5G networks across four continents - a number that will need to grow for 5G to really be used around the world. 

 



Article Excerpt:

Ericsson is measuring 5G coverage areas and verifying their performance using drone-borne solutions from Rohde & Schwarz.


Keysight Accelerates Market Introduction of 5G Devices in the US

Keysight Accelerates Market Introduction of 5G Devices in the US
MATsolutions' insight:

 

At a PTCRB meeting earlier this month, the certification forum confirmed that Keysight now supports the greatest number of 5G-NR test cases approved by PTCRB. Their 5G network emulation solutions, now equipped with their 5G Protocol Conformance Toolset, will make getting a 5G device certification much more efficient for mobile manufacturers and likely accelerate the production of 5G devices. 

 



Article Excerpt:

Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions now support the greatest number of 5G-NR test cases approved by PTCRB, enabling mobile device makers to efficiently accelerate 5G device certification.


Tektronix Showcases Optical Test Innovation for Datacenter Networking at ECOC 2019

Tektronix Showcases Optical Test Innovation for Datacenter Networking at ECOC 2019
MATsolutions' insight:

 

The 2019 ECOC (European Conference on Optical Communication) exhibition is going on this week in Dublin, Ireland. Tektronix will be discussing the trends and opportunities in the optical communication design with other industry experts. They will also be showcasing new dedicated applications solutions that apply to 400G Design and Validation, the cost of PAM 4 Testing, 200G Per Lane PAM4 Solutions and support for new standards. 

 



Article Excerpt:

BRACKNELL, UK – 23, Sept 2019 – Tektronix, will showcase the latest in optical test innovation for datacenter networking at ECOC 2019, the largest optical communications exhibition and conference in Europe. The event features more than 300 companies from nearly 80 countries around the world to help the more than 5,000 attendees leverage the latest …


Which oscilloscope to buy? Things to consider when choosing a scope | Tektronix

Which oscilloscope to buy? Things to consider when choosing a scope | Tektronix
MATsolutions' insight:

 

If you are looking into purchasing an oscilloscope, it's important to know what scope will you do everything you need it to do. Tektronix has put together 5 factors to be aware of when picking out your next scope. Take a look and shop our Tektronix products here: https://www.matsolutions.com/Tektronix-test-and-measurement-equipment?sra=191983

 



Article Excerpt:

System bandwidth determines an oscilloscope’s ability to measure an analogue signal. Specifically, it determines the maximum frequency that the instrument can accurately measure. Bandwidth is also a key determining factor in price

 


The difference between noise and jitter

The difference between noise and jitter
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Noise and jitter in electronics have a lot in common - but do you know their key differences? 

 



Article Excerpt:

Noise and jitter in electronics are closely related phenomena. Both are unwanted electrical energy that we mitigate where possible and otherwise work


Flying Probe Testing: The Fixtureless ICT that Must be Fixed

Flying Probe Testing: The Fixtureless ICT that Must be Fixed
MATsolutions' insight:

 

A lot of people have heard of flying probe testing, but often don't know much about it and feel that the application is too overwhelming to understand. If you have strayed away from learning about it before - take another chance! This article walks through what makes a flying probe tester complicated and how it works. Flying probe testing has a lot of benefits and may help you out in the long run. 

 



Article Excerpt:

A not-so-discussed topic, a trending technique, and an often-misunderstood concept. Let’s take down the monster named “Flying Probe Testing.”


Test and Measurement: The role of devices in user experience

Test and Measurement: The role of devices in user experience
MATsolutions' insight:

 

When measuring mobile network experiences, it's important to keep the capabilities of the mobile device being used in mind. For example, lower-tiered phones typically do not have the same network technology as the higher-tiered ones. To have an idea of the different networks and how they perform on each tier, OpenSignal did an analysis of device performance and focused on three largest manufacturers: Apple, Samsung, and Huawei for 3 months in 72 countries. This article details their findings - how do you think each manufacturer performed? 

 



Article Excerpt:

Devices play a crucial role in user experience of a mobile network. OpenSignal looks at differences in performance among Apple, Samsung and Huawei devices.


Simplifying and accelerating network application and security testing with extended test portfolio

Simplifying and accelerating network application and security testing with extended test portfolio
MATsolutions' insight:

 

Keysight Technologies has announced new platform additions to Ixia’s network, application and security test portfolio. The new additions are designed to simplify and accelerate testing for network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), service providers and enterprises.

 



Article Excerpt:

Ixia's network, application and security test portfolio that includes IxNetwork, IxLoad, and BreakingPoint. Designed to simplify and


Research Findings Reveal the Impact of Calibration Challenges | Keysight Blogs

Research Findings Reveal the Impact of Calibration Challenges | Keysight Blogs
MATsolutions' insight:

 

A recent study done by Frost & Sullivan identified the most pressing challenges for calibrating electronic products. The study is a reminder of the important role calibration plays in assuring test and measurement accuracy. 

 

 

Did you know that MATsolutions provides expert calibration, repair, and asset management solutions for not only the equipment we sell, but across your entire test & tooling inventory? Learn more about our calibration services here: 

https://www.matsolutions.com/test-equipment-calibration-and-repair?sra=192021



Article Excerpt:

Keysight helps our customers create some of the most amazing innovations in the world: 5G communications networks, self-driving cars, electric vehicles, and automotive entertainment and communications systems, clean energy solutions, technologies. Check out our latest blogs about the latest industry and technology trends, relevant standards, and latest research that is driving the state-of-the art in the top technology industries around the world.


Tektronix Simplifies Automotive Ethernet Testing with New Software - Jul 23, 2019

Tektronix Simplifies Automotive Ethernet Testing with New Software - Jul 23, 2019
MATsolutions' insight:

 

Tektronix has announced a way to simplify Automotive Ethernet testing solutions with 2 new software packages designed to deliver in-depth insights into signal characteristics at the system level and eliminating the disruption to the ECU systems or cutting cables. 

 



Article Excerpt:

"Tektronix, Inc. today 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)."

 


How to Select the Best Oscilloscope for Your Application

How to Select the Best Oscilloscope for Your Application
MATsolutions' insight:

 

Oscilloscopes are a very common and useful tool in the world of test and measurement. When choosing one to use, it's important to understand all the functions and specifications - not just the bandwidth - to ensure you make the right choice of scope for your application. 

 



Article Excerpt:

Concepts and factors to keep in mind when selecting an oscilloscope include bandwidth, sample rate, max memory depth, and waveform update rate.


Probing Methods that Boost Power-Conversion Measurement Accuracy

Probing Methods that Boost Power-Conversion Measurement Accuracy
MATsolutions' insight:

 

Even a few small improvements can add up to a large improvement! Take a look at these different probing methods that will you help choose the best probe per application and how you can make improvements with them, no matter how small. 

 



Article Excerpt:

Accurately evaluating and measuring power-conversion devices to find small performance increases means that highly accurate measurements are of utmost importance.


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