Friday, April 29, 2016

Forklift trucks need Picoscopes too!

Sometimes it's hard to convince folks about the value of investing in testgear to solve problems quicker.  Forklift truck maintenance is a case in point.

Oscilloscopes may be outside the experience of truck service technicians - but a Picscope can do everything a multimeter does but so much more.  It "makes electric signals - both voltage and current - visible".  You can see what's happening and save the files for later use.  Using a WPS600 pressure transducer allows you to test hydraulics too. High voltage testing can be done safely too with the right probes.  And all the software and video training is free!  Now you can test any sensor before you wastefully replace it.  

Here's a video of compression testing a Hyster S60FT Forklift Truck with a Picoscope 4425 oscilloscope.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Multiple port mobile charging and syncing

Do you need the capability of multiple port mobile charging and syncing technology and connectivity? Cambrionix' products allow multiple USB-based products to be intelligently and optimally charged based on stored product profiles, and software-synced at the same time, via an Ethernet connection if necessary .  This is ideal for manufacturers and retail stores who want to keep all their USB-based products updated to the same software revision – even when located remotely. More details here:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Jack Ganssle does thorough reviews!

Embedded system devevelopment guru Jack Ganssle Rigol has just done a great review of the amazing DSA815-TG Spectrum Analyzer.  Check it out here:

Monday, April 25, 2016

New PicoScope 2-channel, 4-channel and mixed-signal models released today!

The brand new PicoScope 2000 Series of low-cost, ultra-compact oscilloscopes give you better performance and more features than ever before – all in an extremely portable package. Now you can carry an oscilloscope, function generator, arbitrary waveform generator (AWG), spectrum analyzer, logic analyzer and serial protocol decoder with you wherever you go. PicoScope USB oscilloscopes run on practically any PC or laptop with Windows 7, 8 or 10 - or Mac or Linux.

PicoScope 2407B 70MHz 4-Ch Oscilloscope (PQ017)
 These oscilloscopes may be small, but take a look at the features that are included in the price:

* Up to 100 MHz bandwidth

* Up to 1 GS/s sampling on analog channels

* Mixed signal (MSO) models with 16 digital channels

* Up to 128 MS deep buffer memory

* Decode up to 15 serial protocols

* Up to 1 MHz function generator and AWG

* Free software updates

* Beta software for Linux and OS X

* Free Software Development Kit (SDK)

There are many models to choose from in the new PicoScope 2000 Series with varying channel counts, bandwidths and buffer memory depths. Here is just a selection of the models available in the PicoScope 2000 Series:

 PicoScope 2204A without probes   10 MHz   2ch       AWG  $129 

PicoScope 2206B                  50 MHz   2ch       AWG $379 

PicoScope 2408B                 100 MHz   4ch       AWG  $1235

PicoScope 2205A MSO              25 MHz   2ch+16D   AWG  $489 

PicoScope 2208B MSO             100 MHz   2ch+16D   AWG  $1075

Read about all 15 models in the new PicoScope 2000 Series here:

Thursday, April 21, 2016

ABI's System 8 PCB Repair System is keeping LEGO’s fun-making machines working. Case study here:

LEGO® Case study | Plastic Industry

ABI Electronics, proudly keeping LEGO’s fun-making machines working.
Picture: Entrance to LEGO’s manufacturing plant in Monterrey (Mexico) in 2013.
The world’s most famous toy manufacturer, LEGO®, is headquartered in Denmark and operates manufacturing sites in Hungary, Czech Republic and Mexico, producing a staggering 36 billion plastic bricks per year. The demand for LEGO® products has reached record levels in 2014-15, putting the existing manufacturing plants under pressure.
ABI BoardMaster 7Bay
ABI BoardMaster 7 Bay External case
ABI's BoardMaster was first acquired by the LEGO’s manufacturing plant in Monterrey (Mexico) in 2013, with the aim of taking control of their electronics maintenance of the plant’s 650 plastic injection and molding machines. The external repair services they used had been disappointing and slow. Following the implementation of the BoardMaster as well as other initiatives, the Monterrey plant jumped from 3rd to 1st place in productivity, achieving global recognition and setting a new standard within the LEGO® Group.
LEGO Engineer quote
LEGO machinery
LEGO’s moulding machines in Monterrey (Mexico).
ABI's TestFlow software helped them establish a systematic internal repair strategy for all their driver and controller cards used in multiple molding machines. The TestFlow sequences played an important role in drastically reducing repair turnaround and the stocking of new and expensive PCBs used as spare parts.
LEGO Engineer responsibility
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Call for volunteers: become a citizen seismologist!

With all the recent earthquake activity, it is becoming increasingly important to monitor seismic activity to see how (if?) earthquakes can be predicted. There is a grassroots network of amateur volunteers who are using a PC, a Nintendo Wii Nunchuck, or a Raspberry Pi on the Quake Catcher Network to gather wide area knowledge of seismic activity.  See this webpage for more details of how you can join - and even see the network results for previous quakes like the recent Berkeley CA and the massive 2010 Christchurch NZ quake.