Train gauge loadcells – The basics of use…
John Tyrrell, TTS Systems Ltd
Whether you are measuring load, weight or force you will be using a loadcell. It may be a foil or silicon strain gauge, aluminium, steel or exotic material, sealed or not, to name but a few design features. But do not forget the fundamentals – otherwise, the data will be worthless! Join John Tyrrell of TTS Systems Ltd as he discusses loadcells and the importance of their application within the industry.

Power challenges for the wireless sensor
Dr James Flint, senior lecturer in Wireless Systems Engineering
Join Dr James Flint, senior lecturer in Wireless Systems Engineering, for a presentation and associated case study on the challenges of powering wireless sensors and how energy harvesting can be used.

Topics covered will include:
– What is a wireless sensor?
– The radio spectrum and power transmission.
– Data processing and transmission strategy
– Energy generation and storage
– Case study: SlopeAlarms Lite

Accelerometers, the truth and more…
Jim Flanagan, Centrateq Ltd
An understanding of how a sensor works is critical to its correct selection and use. Jim Flanagan of Centrateq Ltd will give a fundamental overview of how a piezoelectric accelerometer operates and the key factors to ensure the correct use and data accuracy, remembering that a vibration environment is damaging and dynamic.

Excitation methods for experimental modal analysis: shakers and hammers
Marco Peres Msc
Marco Peres Msc will deliver a presentation on excitation techniques for experimental modal analysis that typically use hammers and (one or more) electrodynamic shakers for controlled force input, showcasing application examples and discussing the force and acceleration transducers used during testing.

Automation in environmental testing
Ben Haest, Quality Electronics Design S.A
Several challenges are hitting the test lab. For one, many test labs have a hard time to attract new people, test technicians and test engineers. Even, when new people can be hired, it takes 1 to 5 years before they can work completely independently and autonomously.

At the same time the test requirements are getting more and more complicated. A good example is the group of the test for the automotive batteries.

One way to handle the challenges is to automate the lab. This happens already at the logistic level. Companies install database solutions to handle the whole process from the first customer contact up to the planning of the test, reporting and invoicing after the test has been finished.

The underlying level is the automation of the test itself: to synchronise the vibration test with climatic test, to control the DUT, to monitor the DUT and to synchronise other measurement systems during the test.

Join Ben Haest of Quality Electronics Design S.A to address the challenges facing the test lab and find out how automation could e the solution – based on the GUS Standard Interface.