Monday, March 6, 2017

How can virtual instruments help me get my testing work done faster?


Key advantages of using virtual USB driven instrumentation combined with an easy to use software platform:
1. It allows you to standardize test procedures whilst minimizing human mistakes. Manual, repetitive tests are difficult to carry out without mistakes being picked up along the line. Having the ability to set and recall instruments as well as targets and tolerances will eliminate the risk of human error. Also, your measurements will be always consistent across the team. Your staff meetings will be less about stressing the need of adopting a uniform, standard approach to testing and more about praising performance and productivity.
 2. It saves you time. In many occasions the operator will need to take repetitive measurements across a wide range of values. Virtual instrumentation along with ABI's TestFlow (link for video) gives you the opportunity to automate the process and eliminate the need of having an operator spending time "triple" checking instructions before configuring the instrument to take the measurement thus avoid getting electrocuted. (pun intended)
 3. Creation of test rigs is made easy. Instruments can be customized and combined to solve common issues. Without having to know programming languages, the most used functionalities of the default instruments already available in the software can be merged into new, personalized designs, built for specific purposes. These designs can be recalled as often as required and easily shared with other members of the team in the building or on the other side of the world.
4. Results are logged in customized reports. At the end of each test, software generated reports will be available in HTML, CSV or Database formats. These will include a full result log along with product code, batch number and operator ID. Other options include time taken to complete each step as well as the full cycle.
5. Intelligent testing doesn't need to be complicated. Combine multiple instruments to perform more complex testing actions using basic programming skills. For example, signals can be output into the circuit using an AWG and, upon sensing the correct voltage value on the test point, the DMM will trigger the DSO to start acquiring the waveform at a different test point. All this can be transparent to the user who will just need to follow the instructions on the PC monitor and attach the colour coded probes to the corresponding test points and press Start. PASS/FAIL results will be displayed depending on the results found and whether or not they match the pre-set tolerances.
If you see value in the benefits above you should be seriously considering looking deeper into the ABI's SYSTEM 8 MIS4 module. With a price that works out at less than the price of the individual instruments the module brings under its case, the MIS 4 is supplied and supported in 60 countries by ABI global distributors. The SYSTEM 8 Ultimate Software along with with the popular TestFlow Manager is included in the package and it's free of any maintenance/plug-ins/service charges. You get software updates straight from the manufacturer's website without paying anything extra for it.
Check out a case study showing how a leading technology manufacturer achieved 50% reduction in their end of line measurement process with the MIS4 + TestFlow.

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