Test and Measurement

What Are Considered Test and Measurement Products in the Semiconductor Space?

Testing the quality and veracity of electronic equipment and devices in the semiconductor space is vital. Environmental testing and testing for quality ensure that the items are working properly before they go into regular usage. Periodic testing throughout the life of the semiconductors and products can spot issues and problems before they fully present themselves. Some of the testing involves simulations, which put the device through simulations similar to what they would face in the real world. Another type of testing is burn-in, which is the traditional way of testing. They elevate the temperatures in order to achieve a premature failure, which will help to show the limits of the device.

The modern test and measurement equipment used with electronic circuitry and semiconductors is far more robust than the options from a few decades ago. Technology is making it much easier to test and measure all sorts of different equipment and devices.

What Are the Various Test and Measurement Products Available?

  • Air and Gas Measurement — many different types of measurement equipment are available for air and gas. Some of the most common include anemometers, gas detectors, and meters, as well as meters with digital displays, probes, and more. Some or these sorts of devices can measure the flow rates of gas in semiconductors. Others, such as optical particle counters and condensation nuclear counters, count particles. They can provide very precise measurements, while others can test the quality of the air.


  • Calibrators — in order for electronics components to work correctly, all of the parts and pieces it contains need to work together in harmony. Calibration can help to achieve this. A number of different types of calibrators are available including current loop calibrators and multifunction calibrators. They can measure voltage and simulate current, and many of the calibrators in the field today have easy to use controls and readable displays. The multifunction options can offer measurement for thermocouples, ohms, RTDs, and more.


  • Data Acquisition and Logging — these sorts of tools will help you to do more than merely measure your data when testing and working with semiconductors and electronics. Acquisition and logging tools will allow you to gather your date and info and keep a record of it. Chart controllers can allow users to record their data in a number of different ways, including visually and graphically. Logic analyzers that can help with circuit design and development, as well as debugging, are available as well.


  • Data Cable and Network Test Equipment — some of the different types of data cable and network test equipment include those for fiber optics, LAN testing , line monitoring, telecom testing, Wi-Fi testing, and video, data & voice wiring testing. The equipment tests to verify the connections in a variety of cables and wires. They can verify the intended connections and make sure unintended connections do not exist, which could render the unit inoperable.
  • Electrical Installation Testing and Accessories — when installing electronics, it is vital to test them at various stages in order to be sure they are working properly. Some of the different types of testing equipment include earth and ground resistance testers and kits, insulation testers, loop impedance testers and RCD testers. Combined loop impedance and RCD testers are available as well. Accessories, such as cables and insulated clips are available for the various types of testing equipment as well.
  • Electrical Test Equipmentelectrical test equipment can cover a wide range of different things, since there are so many different types of equipment and sorts of devices that need testing. Some of the most common types of equipment include cable tracers and fuse finders, clampmeters, continuity checkers, mains socket testers, testing screwdrivers, mains voltage disturbance analyzers, phase rotation testers, cable fault locators, and voltage indicator and proving units and kits. They can help to measure things such as faults in the cables, the current, and more.


  • Electronic Component Testing — testing the electronic components in devices is an essential part of the creation and manufacture of electronics. Having the right equipment for testing is important, as it can make the job of testing all of the various components faster and easier. Multimeters are a common tool for testing. Other types of tools and equipment that can help with the component testing include digital component and IC testers, as well as decade boxes, LCR meters, and ECD testers and auditor. LCR meters test the inductance, capacitance, and resistance of a component. ESD testers will test for electro static discharge.


  • Environmental Measurement — many different types of equipment is available for measuring the environment. Knowing the conditions of the environment is important for many different types of electronics and devices, which may need special conditions in order to run properly. Barometers and weather stations, thermo-hygrometers, and moisture meters are some of the most common devices for environmental measuring today. They can measure things such as the temperature and humidity. Some of the devices work in outdoor environments as well.


  • Laboratory Equipment — the items that fall under the umbrella of laboratory equipment are varied. The tools and equipment measure many things. Some of the most common types of equipment found in labs for measuring would be bottles, cylinders, dispensers, pipettes, beakers, stirrers, hot plates, scoops, and ultrasonic cleaning tanks. Any other testers kept in labs, regardless of what they are testing and measuring, could technically be considered lab equipment.


  • Level and Angular Measurement — this type of equipment helps to measure angles, as well as how level something is. These can be very simply devices, such as a combination square of an engineer’s square. However, they can be quite complex as well, such as laser levels and optical levels. Other types of measuring devices for level and angles include protractors, spirit levels, center and edge filters, and inclinometers.


  • Light and Electromagnetic Radiation Measurement — measuring light and electromagnetic radiation takes specialized equipment. A gauss meter, also called a magnetometer, measures the direction and the strength of a magnetic field. A light meter will measure the intensity of light. UV testers measure for ultraviolet light. Some of the other types of tools that call into this measurement category include solar power meters and microwave and emission detectors.


  • Linear Measurement — linear measurement is the measurement of a line. However, it can be far more complex than this depending on just what it is that one needs to measure. Many different types of tools are available for linear measurement. Some of the most commonly used devices include calipers, clearance gauges, feeler gauges, height measurement tools, micrometers, rulers, tape measures, radius and contour gauges, and distance meters.


  • Liquid Analysisliquid analysis devices can measure a host of different factors regarding liquids. Some can measure conductivity as well as temperature. A hydrometer will measure the density of liquids, also called the specific gravity. Refractometers measure the refractive index, which describes how light acts in different mediums, such as liquid. Some of the other types of tools used for analyzing liquids include pH and water analysis meters and kits, and calibrators.


  • Magnificationmagnification equipment and tools can help many different fields. One of the most common tools, and one found in many labs today, is a microscope. These scopes and their accessories have many uses, but they are just one type of magnification tool. Bench magnifiers, which you can attach to a work area can make it easier to work on circuits, solder, and much more. Handheld magnifiers can do the same.


  • Multimeters — this instrument is very helpful to those into electronics. The device can measure a number of different things including the electric current, voltage, and the resistance. These devices can do it over several ranges of value as well, and they are very common today. Many different types of multimeter are available today, including analog meters and digital meters. Accessories, such as test leads, application adapters, clamp adapters, and even cases and holders, are available.


  • Oscilloscopes — these instruments are useful for observing the changes in signal voltages. In addition to the voltage, they can measure the time and the frequency of an electric signal. Oscilloscopes generally do this by showing the values on a display, often a cathode ray tube monitor. By measuring the values, it is possible to keep electronic equipment and lab work safe. They display waveforms on an x and y-axis. They are useful for many fields, including engineering and telecommunications.


  • Portable Appliance Testers — this sort of testing is a process in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia. Portable appliance testing ensures various electrical appliances receive testing to make sure they are safe and working properly. Many different types of testers including simple pass/fail PAT testers, advanced testers that can test earth continuity resistance, insulation resistance, and more. Computerized testers are available as well.


  • Power Measurement — the tools in this category can measure and monitor energy. A power meter will measure the amount of electrical power used by a device or component. Energy monitors can measure the amount of electricity consumed in real time. Power quality analyzers measure the electric power signals in an effort to determine how well the load can handle the power and work properly.


  • Pressure Measurement — the tools in this category can measure and calibrate the pressure in many different types of devices. Some of the most commonly used tools include pressure calibrators, pressure pumps and gauges, and digital pressure meters. Analog pressure gauges are available as well.


  • RF Test Equipmentradio frequency testing equipment ensures that the RF in electrical devices is working properly. Many different types of components are necessary for proper testing of RF, including RF power meters, cables, adapters, amplifiers, detectors, dummy loads, and switches.


  • Rotational Measurement — common tools used for rotational measurement include stroboscopes and tachometers. A stroboscope is useful for measuring instruments and determining their cyclic speed, including the rotations per minute. The scopes use pulses of light to do this. A tachometer will measure the working speed of an engine or other type of machine. They measure the disk or shaft’s rotation to do this.


  • Signal Generators and Analyzers — a signal generator, sometimes called function generators or pitch generators, generate electronic signals. Those signals could be repeating or non-repeating. The generators are useful for deigning, testing, and troubleshooting electronics. A signal analyzer on the other hand will take information carried via electrical signals and then analyze the signal. Some tools in the category include function generators, frequency counters, spectrum analyzers, waveform generators, and TV and video test equipment.


  • Sound and Vibration Measurement — a number of different devices can help to measure sound and vibration. A sound level meter measures the sound pressure levels. Sound level calibrators, or acoustic calibrators, and they can help to ensure the levels are not changing. Vibration meters measure the electrical signals from vibration sensors on certain electronics.


  • Temperature Measurement — measuring temperature can be very important in the electronics field to ensure all of the components are working properly and the devices are not getting too hot. Some measurement instruments often used include digital thermometers, dial thermometers, IR thermometers, probes, calibrators, and imaging cameras.


  • Test Connectors — because of the variety of electronics and testing components and devices, a wide range of test connectors are available on the market today. Options include crocodile clips, dolphin clips, fused probes, hook clips, Kelvin clips, and miniature test clips. They are available in different sizes as well.


  • Test Leadstest leads are the probes that one uses on the electronic testing device. The probe actually connects to the device one is testing. These leads are available in many different styles, types, and sizes.


  • Weight and Force Measurement — a force gauge is a type of instrument that measures the force during some type of push or pull test. The force gauges can measure wires, weld force between electrodes, and much more. Weight measurement devices include scales of different styles and sizes. The most accurate of the weighing devices today will have digital readouts to give precise results.


  • Workshop Inspection — inspecting an entire workshop requires a wide range of different types of equipment. Some tools and devices in use include endoscopes, inspection mirrors and probes, leak detector spray, marking ink.