Welcome to the Test & Measurement Designline, the latest addition to the EE Times Group's 'heads down' communities designed to help engineers tackle practical, technical and software challenges to bring product specifications to reality.
Our charter is to provide online information and a community resource for engineers involved in the testing of electrical and electronic signals and systems. This will range from the testing of components and boards through to systems and networks both in development and production.
T&M is continually changing. Extra processing power, improved display technologies and more accurate components are being increasingly married with greater use of software to provide engineers with more choice and options. Stand-alone instruments are trying to hold their own, often by taking a modular approach, to resist the move towards PC-based equipment.
On the business side consolidation continues to be a major force. The automatic test equipment (ATE) market has gone through this in a big way in the last decade and increasingly it is a focus in the portable and benchtop product sector. The recent move by Danaher Corp. to acquire Keithley is another brink in the empire being built that already include Fluke and Tektronix. A similar path is being forged by Spectris plc which includes Brüel & Kjær, Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH, Servomex in its stable of more than a dozen thoroughbreds.
But there is still room for smaller niche players to make an impact and this is being seen around the world while there is the emergence of Chinese equipment makers as a force outside the Far East.
The emergence of many new applications such as consumer medical, alternative energy, robotics plus the ever changing communications market demands a new breed of testing methods.
Underlying many of the challenges facing the T&M sector is the on-going development and introduction of industry specific specifications and regulations.
The Test & Measurement Designline is here to help you understanding this changing environment but much more importantly we are here to help you, the engineer, do your job more efficiently and provide a platform that will also enable you to share information for the mutual benefit of the community.
Please let me know what you would like to see us cover and how we can make your professional life easier.
Editor - T&M Designline