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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

delabs Electronic Engineering Resources

These pages of mine and other sections of delabs, follow that old tradition and lists thousands of firms and EE design resources around the globe, related to Professional and Hobby Electronics. This work of mine started in 1999 on netscape, geocities and tripod homepages. Now it is distributed over few domains and tech blogs that i own and manage.

Electronics Engineering and Technologies

Electronics Engineering and Technologies

Some Electrical and Mechanical pages closely related to Electronic Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering are also listed here. delabs lists more than 10K EE Companies & Resources in the Web.

Categories of EE Websites of Firms and Resources

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Multi Zone Process Monitor

Here is an ancestor of the product in the earlier post. It is a Process Scanner and Indicator. There was no control, but there were individual alarms for each channel.

This is a original design of mine, obsolete now due to size and technology. The inspiration of the product concept was from a Omega Catalog Item. Even today i use the Omega catalog for inspiration, but i do not design complete products, only circuit sections.

I manufactured such things in my firm called "Sigma Technologies". I became an entrepreneur as i did not get the encouragement and opportunities, even though i liked to be in R&D alone.

Multi Zone Process Monitor

The Omega catalog was introduced to me by the MD of a firm i worked in as a R&D Engineer in my young engineer like days. He used to call me and show a catalog product and ask me if i could build something like that. I would then design it working both at home and office, sometimes even in the night, it was just the enthusiasm or creating something new.

I even built the first Pneumatic Tyre Inflater with the help of the CNC director for that firm, this product won a national award in the nineties. I left the firm on a trivial issue which i never disclosed. It was Exhibition time, many new products were not complete, they asked me to make Mockup Dummy Instruments for demonstration only, overnight. I ran away.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Reliable Robust Electronic Products

Use a Servo Stabilizer or CVT Constant Voltage Transformer or at least an Isolation Transformer. The First Defense form HV Surges, Spikes.

High Voltage Polyester & Polypropylene Metallized Capacitors in Stepdown Supplies should be Fire Retardant & Self Healing with a MOV too.

EE Design Library - Electronic Product Design Resource

Tropicalized means immunity or resistance of an equipment in conditions of varied Temperature, RH, Insects, Fungus, Brine, small life form.

Reliable Robust Electronic Products

Reliability by Simplicity

Vital controls should be Simple Electromechanical. Supervisory and Fine Automatic controls are in Embedded Computing. Mechanical Overrides!  

<< More Reliable - Mechanical, Electrical, Analog, Digital, Embedded System (Firmware), Computing System (OS+Software) - Less Reliable >>  

For a given quality level, more the components or parameters, may reduce reliability. Simpler the solution, more reliable it could be. 

Electronic Product Design is not only about Aesthetics and Affordable Price, but also Reliability, Safety, Longevity & Maintainability.

A Product's Life

If a product gives three years life with minimum service support it can save itself from building a bad reputation. six years will establish the brand on a long term basis, twelve years of product life you will have the user of the product selling for you.

Connectors and Interconnects

"Never Mix Electrical and Mechanical Connections" (probably from tektronix) this is a rule, more so for power connectors. Strain relief prevents mechanical stress from reaching the connector joints/spring metal. The wire terminations are also cushioned by strain relief.

The PCB and Product Engineering should ensure that the mechanical stress or load is not a job/function/role of the connector. At higher currents a small contact resistance can generate a lot of heat, worsening the contact further, similar to thermal runaway of Power Transistors.

Ananth - 1999 - updated 2002 - 2010

Friday, March 06, 2015

Keysight BenchVue Mobile Interface

Keysight Oscilloscope Mobile is FREE software that lets you view and control your Keysight oscilloscope from your mobile device.

Keysight BenchVue Mobile Interface

BenchVue Mobile supports Keysight function generators, spectrum analyzers, power supplies, digital multimeters and oscilloscopes that are supported and connected by the BenchVue PC software.

Keysight Oscilloscope Mobile

The functionality in this app has been incorporated into a newer, free app named BenchVue Mobile that supports oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, function generators, DMMs, and power supplies.

Supports up to 4 analog channels, Simulation mode available, Save screen captures from your instrument onto your mobile device, Your scope can be connected via LAN, GPIB, USB or RS232.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Educational Function Generator Demo

This app from keuwlsoft puts a waveform on the audio output at 44.1 kHz and with a resolution of 16-bit. Two separate waveforms can be output to the left and right audio output channels respectively.

Dual channel function/waveform/signal generator for the speaker/headphone audio output. Educational use, for critical applications use a real calibrated function generator.

Educational Function Generator Demo

Educational Function Generator Demo

Output will depend on your device hardware. Some device hardware may may filter out the DC bias and low frequency signals. At high frequencies, the waveforms will be distorted due to limited number of samples for each waveform (for example at 4.41kHz, a sine waveform will be approximated by only 10 points).

Either sine, square or triangular waveforms can be selected with the 3 buttons on the left of this section.

This is a single screen app with two displays at the top showing the waveforms for channels 1 and 2 respectively. The output can be turned on with the blue button at the bottom right. The left and right audio outputs can be assigned to either channel 1 or 2 and turned on or off in this output box.

(This app has not been tested completely by me, looks interesting and useful for learning)

Monday, March 02, 2015

SpecScope from NFX Development

This is an interesting attempt in the right direction. The bandwidth may be only the audio range, but the first instruments with touch interface for tablets are being built for tablets even by DIY Enthusiasts.

SpecScope from NFX Development

SpecScope is a spectrum analyzer and is the second in the line of engineer applications from NFX Development. The SpecScope incorporates the speed and ease of use to access FFT frequency measurements in a hurry.

SpecScope Spectrum Analyzer

Some of the Features
  • Logarithmic/Linear measurements
  • Pinch to zoom in both X and Y axis
  • Selectable No. bin for accuracy versus speed
  • Three settings of spectrum averaging
  • Threshold trigger to hold the peak value
  • Tap to pause and resume measurements (graph is still navigational in this mode)
  • A adjustable sample rate allow analysis from 10 Hz to 22KHz