FUTEK Insider / February 2013
The Next Generation of Digital Displays
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
 
Product News
Digital Displays + Software
Instruments Illustrated


IHH500
Handheld
Display
(IHH500)
IPM650
Panel Mount
Display
(IPM650)
SENSIT
SENSIT
Software

Digital Displays + Software
Test and measurement suites traditionally consist of a sensor and its accompanying instrument. Introducing software to this equation adds an entirely new element of efficiency and speed. This is why FUTEK developed SENSIT.
FUTEK’s SENSIT Test and Measurement Software is a software platform that supports multiple simultaneous inputs and provides remote monitoring, live graphing, data logging, as well as calibration options that work directly with our IHH500 and IPM650. When pairing SENSIT Software with either of these digital displays, your traditional testing system evolves into an allinclusive collection and interpretation setup that you can maintain and analyze from the comfort of your personal computer.
 
Feature Application
Bite Force Measurement Case Study
Bite Force Measurement Case Study


Products In Use
Miniature Load Button Load Cell (LLB Series) paired with FUTEK's Handheld Digital Display (IHH500).
Application Summary
Miniature Load Button Load Cells have been utilized in medical research studies by the University of Amsterdam to measure the bite strength of dementia patients.
LLB Series
Miniature Load Button
(LLB Series)
IHH500
Handheld Display
(IHH500)
Feature Video
FUTEK’s IPM650 vs. the IPM500
FUTEK’s IPM650 vs. the IPM500
When FUTEK’s Electrical Engineering team set out to design the latest Panel Mount Display, they needed to take a strong look at its previous model: the IPM500. With the IPM500’s features and benefits as a starting point, FUTEK developed a much more proficient display, increasing the sampling rate from 60 samples per second to 4,800. Watch this video to learn more about the new features of the IPM650.
This Month's Highlight
OEM Solutions
Choosing an OEM manufacturer for your test and measurement needs is an integral part of the success of your business. FUTEK’s Senior Application Engineer John Schnell understands this importance and is offering his insight on this topic on March 14 at 11 AM PST in a free online webinar hosted by GlobalSpec. We welcome you to join John during this presentation on OEM practices and solutions.