At Thomas Instrumentation, we understand the value of in-depth testing. Many of our customers’ projects require our designs to make extremely precise measurements and reliably communicate these results in noisy factory environments. In order to provide the best design, we always perform an in-house stress test under worst case conditions. Some of the equipment we utilize to perform these tests are:
Schaffner ESD Simulator
This device generates both air and contact electrostatic discharges between 2kV and 21kV. The test is performed to identify any ESD immunity failures in a design. One of the most predominant reasons for electronic failure is a lack of EMC/EMI immunity in a system’s design. Having the capability to perform this test in-house provides our customers with an added level of confidence in their product’s reliability and an advantage going into any required electrical product safety NRTL/MET Lab testing and certification.
Schaffner ProfLine Burst Generator
This device generates different forms of electromagnetic interference, such as Electrical Fast Transient pulses, on a device’s power line to identify any immunity failures in a design. Inconsistent or faulty power is another major cause of in-field electronic device failures. Having the capability to perform this test in-house provides our customers with an added level of confidence in their product’s reliability and an advantage going into any required electrical product safety NRTL/MET Lab testing and certification.
ATTEN AT5011A RF Spectrum Analyzer Tracking Generator
This analyzer has an observable frequency range of 0.15 MHz to 1050 MHz with a resolution of 0.1 MHz. Its amplitude range is from -100dBm to +13dBm and it has an output power range of +1dBm to -50dBm. This device allows us to perform some simple analysis on our RF systems in the sub-gigahertz range. It also allows us conduct simple electromagnetic interference testing which gives customers an advantage going into any required electrical product safety NRTL/MET Lab testing and certification. The AT5011A is only one of several types of spectrum analyzers at Thomas Instrumentation. Some of these other analyzers are for inspecting the 2.4 GHz frequency range.
Tektronix MSO2014 Mixed Signal Oscilloscope
The MSO2014 is only one of many Tektronix oscilloscopes used at Thomas Instrumentation to diagnose problems and verify designs. The MS02014 has a 1 GS/s sample rate, 4 analog channels, 16 digital channels, and over 125 different trigger combinations for capturing signal anomalies. It allows us to easily search, mark, and navigate long record lengths to identify anomalous patterns. It has parallel bus triggering and analysis features to quickly debug any parallel bus issues. It also has serial triggering and analysis for common serial busses such as I2C, SPI, CAN, LIN, and RS-232/422/485/UART. Having this scope allows us to diagnose and identify issues ranging from simple analog signals to complex communication protocols.
Precision Diagnostic Equipment
As one would expect of an electronic engineering design company, Thomas Instrumentation has a plethora of the following types of equipment: multi-meters, function generators, frequency counter/timers, logic analyzers, thermocouple calibrators, and precision voltage sources/power supplies.