The assembly and setup of a sensor platform has vastly improved with the introduction of USB. The traditional assembly of a sensor platform involved a sensor, an amplifier, a power supply, a load cell data acquisition system and software, on occasion a filter, and then a PC to capture and store the data. Though traditional platforms are suitable for most test-measurement applications, they carry a laundry list of “side effects” with them. Cost, space, noise, accuracy, convenience, and temperature co-efficiency all become variables within that traditional setup. What the industry needed was a fast data exchange solution that wouldn’t be phased by such “side effects.” And there lied the answer, a single unit solution – the USB module.