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Tips for Preventing Unnecessary Repairs of Your Signal Generator

A signal generator is an electronic test instrument used to create waveforms that may have varied amplitude, frequency, and wave shapes.[i] They are used for function tests to check performance levels of spectrum analyzers. Signal generators are most often used…

Network Analyzer Preventive Maintenance Tips

Best Practices to Avoid Costly Repairs of Your Network Analyzer By Nancy Brady, NSCA & Tra-Cal A network analyzer (NA) creates a signal and characterizes the devices that receive the signal. It is used to measure components, equipment, circuits, and…

Proper Calibration of Electronic Equipment: Techniques to Calibrate Essential Defense Tech

From Sea Technology Magazine February 2018 (pp. 18-23) Mission-critical signal analyzers that measure multiple aspects of a signal need to be accurate and consistently perform at optimal levels. Variations in temperature, humidity and the corrosive nature of the environment can…

The Weakest Link? Cable and Connector Care Tips

Before you send your test equipment to be calibrated or repaired, you may want to check the weakest link— the cables and connectors to make sure they are not affecting your test equipment’s performance. High quality cables are expensive and…

Tips for Preventing Unnecessary Repairs of Your Spectrum Analyzer

In a recent report by Aberdeen,[i] one hour of unplanned downtime costs organizations $260,000, on average.  The highest percentage of unplanned outages were attributed to not being able to deliver services to customers (46%) and losing production time on a…

Care and Maintenance of Calipers

Imagine this: You arrive at work to find your best customer has just returned $10,000 worth of precision metal blocks. They arrived with a nasty note saying that they are out of tolerance. You stand to lose one of your…

Proper Care of Torque Wrenches and Screwdrivers

In a recent post, someone mentioned, “We recently had our audit and something came out of it that we didn’t expect. Torque wrenches not calibrated. Now granted, we only use them to tighten machining fixtures on certain equipment but we…

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