An alternative to buying test equipment

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first_imgI’m constantly amazed by the wide range of people I meet through LinkedIn. Just the other day, for example, following a contact via LinkedIn, I ended up chatting with Robin Salter from KWIPPED.com (“Equipped,” get it?).From left-to-right: Robert Preville, KWIPPED founder and CEO; Charlie Dickinson, business development executive; Robin Salter, chief marketing officer; and Brian Robinson, director of business development, shown in KWIPPED's new office in downtown Wilmington, NC (Source: KWIPPED)From left-to-right: Robert Preville, KWIPPED founder and CEO; Charlie Dickinson, business development executive; Robin Salter, chief marketing officer; and Brian Robinson, director of business development, shown in KWIPPED’s new office in downtown Wilmington, NC (Source: KWIPPED) Now, if the truth be told, I’ve never really considered what I’d have to do if I were to find myself in need of high-end test equipment. These days, my hands-on engineering activities are limited to building my hobby projects, so my needs for test equipment are relatively rudimentary. I’m usually to be found playing with 16MHz Arduinos, so if I do find myself requiring something like a signal generator or an oscilloscope, I simply amble over into the next bay and look pitiful until they lend one to me.Back in the day, way back in the mists of time when I was a real, practicing engineer, I worked for large companies and everything we needed on the test equipment front was there for the asking. Of course, things were much simpler in those days of yore — much of the time you could get by with little more than a multimeter and a reasonably good oscilloscope or logic analyzer. These days, by comparison, you can end up requiring access to a mindboggling array of devices operating at frequencies and accuracies that make your hair stand up on end.There are several problems here, not least being the fact that the price-tag on some of these units will really make your eyes water. This is exacerbated by the fact that you may need access to a certain piece of test equipment for only a month or two every now and again — the rest of the time it can end up sitting on a shelf gathering dust, making you feel guilty, and causing the bean-counters to gnash their teeth and rend their garb.(Source: photodune.net)(Source: photodune.net) Even large companies can find the cost of purchasing myriad pieces of high-end test equipment to be a burden, while medium and small companies can be brought down to their metaphorical knees.This is where KWIPPED enters the picture….  Continue Reading Previous Prepare to network furiously at ESC Boston 2017Next Secure the off-site production programming of your embedded products Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Test & Measurement last_img read more