The Next Generation of Digital Displays
There are test and measurement products, and then there are test and measurement solutions. At FUTEK, our main goal is to be a sensor solution source for our customer's test and measurement needs, and this includes instrumentation.
FUTEK's engineering team believes that high quality instrumentation not only closes the loop on your testing platform, but provides you with the most reliable results for your application.
Three key elements were taken into account when FUTEK’s engineering team set out to design and develop a new line of digital displays: performance, efficiency, and versatility. With these qualities in mind came the production of the IHH500
Handheld Digital Display and the IPM650
Panel Mount Display.
In terms of performance, sampling rate was a big priority. Both the IHH500 and IPM650 can
sample up to 4,800 per second, as well as provide an accuracy of 0.001%. Additionally, both displays have an internal resolution of 24 Bits.
To produce an efficient and versatile display, our electrical engineers designed the IHH500 and IPM650 with multiple output options including analog current, analog voltage, USB, and relays. Additionally, the IHH500 and IPM650 can accept a large range of inputs supporting both mV/V sensors as well as current and voltage amplified sensors and sensors with TEDS. The IHH500 has a rechargeable battery with 8-hour longevity, while the IPM650 has an option panel mount for desktop testing.
Needless to say, FUTEK’s digital displays were designed and manufactured with the intention to seamlessly fall into a sensor platform ready to support your application.
Mars Rover Collects First Sediment Samples
FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc. is beyond ecstatic with the latest news regarding the Mars Rover Curiosity. The success of this first ever interplanetary sample collection not only made history for NASA and the U.S. space program, but also for FUTEK as two of their test and measurement products were integral during this drilling mission.
Four years ago, FUTEK partnered with NASA JPL to aid in the development of the advanced drilling mechanism aboard the rover. Designing and
manufacturing two custom sensors for the rover's drilling arm, FUTEK's products are responsible for monitoring the force applied to the drill bit, as well as monitoring the torsion and load applied to the drilling arm. These custom load and multi-axial sensors sync directly to a continual feedback system, which notifies the rover when maximum force is being applied during these drilling expeditions.
On February 8, Curiosity finally tested this drilling mechanism. As the last of the instruments to be used since the rover's landing, the rover bore a 0.63-inch wide