Questions tagged [test-equipment]

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How do I shield PLB signals?

I am trying to refurbish an electronic personal locator beacon (for rescue callouts for stranded hikers/sailors/pilots). To do so to spec most devices require a GPS signal test (activation). There is ...
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How to test a capacitor?

I've got a big 560 uF, 400 V capacitor and I've tested it with a meter and the capacitance is within spec, same the ESR and it has a vloss of 0.8%. So all seems fine but then I came across this video ...
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Equipment to measure strong constant (in time) and slowly changing electric fields

I would like to measure the electric field in the vicinity of an object of interest. I would like to have decent spatial resolution (i.e. be able to pinpoint a measurement to a point in space within ...
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Easy way to probe signals on a multi-conductor cable?

I have a device that I need to reverse-engineer. This device has a large multi-conductor cable -- over 20 wires that are jacketed into two circular bundles. I'll need to look at all these signals with ...
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What test points to do for a switching system measurements?

I am working on a high-performance switching system. I the old ones there was no big issue in just touching a gate with an oscilloscope probe, but this time I have high voltage and very short (5nsec) ...
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Voltage tester pens

This is my first post here so please have patience with me: I understand, there are at least two kinds: a direct contact tester which basically is a neonnlight, and a resistor a non contact AC meter ...
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2x GPIB via USB Adapter

I have 2 of the normal Agilent E3646A power supplies and an Agilent GPIB/USB adapter. All 3 devices have different GPIB addresses and the two supplies are connected together with a GPIB cable. ...
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How to maintain the zero potential at the connector end?

I am developing Automated Test Equipment (ATE), from the ATE, on the output connector there will be a some potential exists. How to maintain the zero potential at the connector end, which goes to ...
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Viewing phase difference between two signals

I need the SPI clock and the device clock to be synchronized. I am using an Arduino (ATMega 2560) to communicate with the device. The device clock is being generated from using a timer on the Arduino (...
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Why is there need for both functional validation and LBIST during Post-Silicon?

In Post-silicon testing, we have a functional validation testing where C tests are developed to verify the functionality of the SoC, through a JTAG interface connected to the PCB TAP and controlled ...
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Common rectifier (or source) to power testing equipments

I was thinking of a design of an all-in-one box that contains a DIY Oscilloscope, a DIY frequency generator, a DIY bench-top power supply (by a buck converter), and a multimeter (broken out from the ...
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Design approach for small, portable non-contact thermal measurements

I'm looking for ideas and suggestions for putting together a small, non-contact thermal measuring device for finding hot spots on a circuit board. It needs to be small enough that I can toss it into ...
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Designing a high frequency amplifier and needing an oscilloscope

I need an oscilloscope to bench test an amplifier I've building. I haven't got any. I thought If I limit it to 20kHz, it can be used as a sound amplifier. Would simply judging by the sound be enough ...
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MEMS or other modern component electroscopes

I was looking for a component-style electroscope. I thought, "Surely there must be some MEMS-based electroscopes capable of 2- or 3-significant-figure potential measurements." But the only thing ...
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60335-1 27.5 Test - Am I doing this right?

I work at company producing household appliances, and I'm looking into a way to test compliance with part 27.5 of the NEN-EN-IEC 60335-1 standard (which is derived from IEC 60335-1). It states (...
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Reduce amount of I/O required for automated switching

I got a device with a 16-pin connector. One of the functionality tests consists of shorting every pair of pins (the first with the second, the third with the fourth, etc.) and measuring the voltage ...
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How can I power a device under test in a way that is safe for an oscilloscope?

Is it possible to power a circuit in such a way that makes it impossible to fry my oscilloscope with a ground loop? I've heard using a battery is a good way to prevent this. Is there a other way I ...