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Sorensen™ SGX Series Front Panel Simplifies Setup and Navigation

Posted by Jeff Brakley on Mar 13, 2020 9:17:18 AM

While today’s power supplies provide many advanced features, finding them and maximizing their capabilities can be challenging. That’s why when AMETEK Programmable Power designed the Sorensen™ SGX Series programmable DC power supplies, we paid a lot of attention to the user interface. The result? The SGX Series has an intuitive, easy-to-use front panel touchscreen display that allows you to quickly access output programming parameters, measurements, sequencing, and configuration and system settings.

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Managing Waveforms with the Asterion® AC Series

Posted by Jeff Brakley on Mar 10, 2020 12:18:55 PM

One feature that makes the California Instruments™ Asterion® AC Series power sources an ideal choice for sophisticated test applications is their ability to manage test waveforms. In addition to providing the three standard waveforms — sine wave, square wave, and clipped sine wave — the Asterion AC Series has an arbitrary waveform generator that allows you to create up to 200 different custom waveforms and download them into the power source memory.

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Sequence Looping Makes SGX Series Ideal for Repetitive Testing

Posted by Grady Keeton on Dec 23, 2019 2:00:00 PM
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Topics: Sorensen SGX Series, Sequence Looping

Transducer Electronic Data Sheets Simplify Sensor Setup

Posted by Chris Gibson on Dec 5, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Testing that requires the use of strain gages often consume large amounts of resources and effort to prepare for. One way to reduce the amount of time and energy spent configuring a test is to use sensors that support the Transducer Electronic Data Sheet (TEDS) interface. Many VTI measurement instruments support TEDS sensors including the EX1629 48-channel high-performance strain gage measurement instrument, EX1403 16-channel bridge/strain gage instrument, and the RX1024 24-channel bridge/strain gage instrument.

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Topics: VTI, Transducer Electronic Data Sheets, TEDs Sensors

Control Your SGX Series Power Supply via Ethernet

Posted by Grady Keeton on Dec 5, 2019 11:00:00 AM

One of the cool features of AMETEK Programmable Power's SGX Series of power supplies is that it supports an LXI Class C Ethernet interface. This allows you to connect the SGX Series to your network and control it remotely from any computer on the network.

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Topics: Sorensen SGX Series, LXI interface, LXI Class C Ethernet Interface

Measuring Temperature with Resistance Temperature Detectors

Posted by Chris Gibson on Nov 18, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Although thermocouples are the most commonly used temperature sensor in test applications, a close second is the resistance-temperature detector, or RTD. RTDs operate on the principle that the resistivity of a metal is proportional to its temperature. The higher the temperature, the higher the resistivity.

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Topics: RTDs

How To Select Thermocouples for Temperature Measurement Systems

Posted by Chris Gibson on Nov 4, 2019 12:00:00 PM

For many test applications, measuring the temperature is a necessity. For example, when testing an aircraft engine, you may need to measure manifold temperature or the exhaust gas temperature. To help you take those measurements, VTI Instruments offers a number of options, including the EX1000A series of precision voltage measurement instruments and the RX1032 rugged thermocouple measurement system.

Thermocouples are arguably the most common type of temperature sensor, although you can also use resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), or thermistors. The EX1000A series supports all three types of sensors, while the RX1032 supports only thermocouples.

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Topics: thermocouples

AMECare® Ensures Product Performance and Uptime

Posted by Sam Hughes on Oct 24, 2019 12:54:52 PM
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Topics: AMECare Reliability Assurance

How To Prevent an Inductive Load from Damaging Your Power Supply

Posted by Grady Keeton on Sep 27, 2019 9:55:43 AM

Resistive loads are easy on a DC power supply. When you turn off the power, the current quickly drops to zero and no damage is done.

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Topics: dc power supply, inductive loads

Switching Basics: Relay Types and Systems

Posted by Grady Keeton on Sep 17, 2019 10:44:02 AM

To maintain signal integrity in an automatic test system requires:

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Topics: relays

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