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VirtualBench Wraps Test Instruments Into NextGen Package

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Nancy Golden
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Re: Software again
Nancy Golden   6/26/2014 8:49:27 PM
I'm not sure about that naperlou. As I was reading the article, I was wondering how the specs for each instrument would determined. In a traditional set up with multiple instruments, resolution and accuracy are often factors that are considered with any equipment purchase, and are weighed against the cost of the instrument and the basic parameters of the products that will be tested. What ever is inside that "box" will still have a certain amount of capability built in just from the inherent circuit design. While this sounds like a good idea in some ways, it could also be rather limiting. I wonder if they have a demo software package and published specs for each intrument available...and if you needed an instrument with more resolution for example (or current or voltage in the case of a power supply) would it be a matter of swapping out cards? This is really not a new idea - just looks like it is being packaged under the auspices of Labview to gain more of the T&M market share. Not sure how practical it is or how desirable...and sometimes I want to borrow a scope from a bench - or function generator - or whatever - to use in another part of the plant. That probably wouldn't work too well in this scenario.

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Software again
naperlou   6/26/2014 5:23:41 PM
Rob, again software allows further integration.  One of the real benefits is that the user interface can evolve and change without the physical instrument having to be changed. 

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