Issues & Challenges in Test &  Measurement instruments.

Issues & Challenges in Test & Measurement instruments.

Accurate grounding in measurement fundamentals as undergraduates can be forgiven if they’ve forgotten some of the details. measurements are central to...

Accurate grounding in measurement fundamentals as undergraduates can be forgiven if they’ve forgotten some of the details. measurements are central to virtually all scientific and engineering discipline, but all too often measurement science gets a little attention in the undergraduate curriculum. Even those who received a thorough

But what exactly does “good quality measurement” means?

Although it can deliver a variety of things, one of the most important is the ability to create a test setup that is suitable for the purpose intended. Let’s start with a typical test scenario that involves measuring some characteristics of the device or material. This can range from a very simple setup, like using a bench top digital millimeters (DMM) to measure resistance values, to the more complex systems that involve featuring, special cabling etc. When determining the required performance of the system, which is, the required measurement accuracies, tolerances, speed, etc., one must include not only the performance of the measurement instrument but also the limitations imposed by and the results of the cabling, connectors, test fixture, and even the environment under which tests will be carried . When consider a specific measurement instrument for an application, the specification or data sheet is the first place to look for information on  performance and how that will limit the results. However, data sheets are not always easy to understand because they typically use specialized terminology. Also, one cannot always determine if a piece of test equipment will meet the requirements of the application simply by looking at its specifications. Like example, the characteristics of the material or device under test may have the significant impact on the measurement quality. The cabling, switching hardware, and the test fixture, if required, can also affect the test results.

Sometime perceived as a necessary evil, the test and measurement industry plays a critical role in the delivery of products and service qualities to one’s customers.

Virtually every industry, including aerospace and defense, telecommunications, automotive, energy, medical, consumer electronics, semiconductors and many more, uses test and measurement equipments for designing, manufacturing, deploying and ensuring the highest level of satisfaction of customers with products and services.

 Test & Measurement Key Issues

Increasing complexity of the devices to be designed produced and deployed by manufacturing companies is require an unprecedented level of the knowledge from the users of test equipments.

Increasing industry maturity in developed regions demands a change in customer reach strategies for the market participants

The economic downturn of 2016-2017 is still impacting the test strategies of customers, forcing companies to look beyond the selling capital equipment and consider alternative ways of acquiring test equipment.

Market research analysts predict that the global test and measurement (T&M) markets to grow at a moderate CAGR of more than 5% over the forecast period. Rapid growth of the communication sector is one of the key factors driving the growth of the test and measurements markets globally. The increasing adoption of T&M solutions by end-users like as telecommunication service providers, mobile device manufacturers, network equipments manufacturers, and telecommunications services  providers is expected to propel the growth prospects of this market in the upcoming years. Moreover, significant growth opportunities for communication T&M solutions as end-users like the mobile devices manufacturers rely heavily on communication T&M solutions to provide their customers with high-quality and high-performing level services. Furthermore, this is the fastest growing market in the global communication sectors, and there has been a considerable rise in the number of mobile Internet subscribers in developing nations like India Japan, and China.

In the market research report, analysts have estimated factors like the growing demands for T&M solutions from the automobile industry will accelerate the growth of market until the end of 2020. With the wired and wireless serial communications being widely implemented in vehicles, the market for T&M has a positive look in the coming years. Moreover, shortly the new entertainment systems to be installed in the vehicles will be capable of connecting more devices by using wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. For instance, In Europe, cars can automatically send an alert to the emergency centers in case of a serious accident with the help of the embedded cellular technology. Moreover, cars these days are equipped with advanced features like advanced GPS system, and a hotspot that converts 3G and 4G signals into Wi-Fi. Therefore, the rising the sales of technologically advanced cars equipped with more safety and advanced features such as MOST150, and Broad R-Reach will propel the growth prospects of the market in the predicted period.

Segmentation by end-user and analysis of the T&M market

  • Aerospace and defense
  • Telecommunications
  • Semiconductor and electronics

During 2016, the aerospace and defense segment dominated the global T&M market and accounted for close to 25% of the market share. The aerospace & defense is a vast and expansive industry and the electronics and technology employed in this industry need to run efficiently to prevent equipments malfunction. The electronic test equipment ensures that the high standards required in the industry are efficiently met. The global air traffic growing steady, which will translate into the growth of the T&M market in the aerospace and defense sector until the end of 2020.