What’s New in T&M Automation

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“Second, PXI separates the test hardware from software drivers. The benefit of this is that the same modules can be used for a variety of different applications. Manufacturers can run different programs on the same hardware and still have the advantage of optimising the test performance for the specific end product. As products change, new software can be developed in parallel—or if a production line needs to make several different variants of the product, multiple software applications can be used to quickly reconfigure a line to meet changing customer needs,” he adds.

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Test and measurement is much more aligned with mainstream technology than ever before. We can be sure that it will go hand in hand with the newest technologies and even play a part in defining them. Maybe we can expect voice-input-controlled instruments and 3D signal visualisation tools in the time to come”

— Navjodh Dhillon, Application Engineer, Agilent Technologies

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These benefits have enabled a huge number of equipment compatible with PXI platform. “Being an open PC-based platform, PXI offers a wide variety of real-time processor options including several high-performance multi-core processors. With more than 1200 products from more than 70 vendors, it is the platform of choice for thousands of companies worldwide,” adds Mohanram.

Coming up next…
Test automation has progressed by leaps and bounds over the years, giving users the option to choose from wireless portable and real-time automation solutions. Networking capabilities offered by T&M solutions are another factor helping in easier reporting. So where is test and measurement headed now?

“Test and measurement is much more aligned with mainstream technology than ever before. We can be sure that it will go hand in hand with the newest technologies and even play a part in defining them. Maybe we can expect voice-input-controlled instruments and 3D signal visualisation tools in the time to come,” answers Dhillon.


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