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February 2, 2021 - Vista, California -
Axiom Test Equipment,
an electronic test equipment rental and sales company has published a new blog
post entitled "Setting up a Home Test System," that discusses the most
important equipment you will need when creating your home's test studio either
for hobby endeavors or for the need to outfit a work-from-home environment due
COVID-19 conditions. Cost of equipment is a significant factor when building
your home test studio. However, keeping costs reasonable is possible by either
renting equipment or purchasing quality used equipment at a fraction of the
price which can be found through Axiom's extensive inventory.
Setting up a Home Test System
Social distancing has become a new way of life due to the COVID-19 pandemic
and efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Instead of daily trips
to a test lab or electronic manufacturing facility, many engineers are being
asked to work remotely to minimize contact with others and the potential spread
of the virus. For many, home is the new office and workplace and for electronic
circuit designers, testing is a helpful if not essential part of working on
electronic designs at home. Most engineers would hardly turn down the opportunity
to have one or more racks of their favorite test instruments within arms reach
at home. Beyond dealing with the costs of acquiring test instruments for a
home system, engineers should consider many factors before creating the home
test studio of their dreams.
Cost, of course, is related to capabilities and the types of measurements
needed from a home test system. Some measurements are better left to a full-featured
test system within a manufacturer's facilities, such as on-wafer S-parameter
measurements of semiconductor devices. The measurement equipment needed for
such test applications includes wafer probes and RF/microwave vector network
analyzers (VNAs) representing major capital expenses. The cost of each measurement
and the equipment needed for it should be considered as part of the preparation
for setting up a home test system. In contrast to the purchase of new test
equipment, cost can be reduced by renting equipment, purchasing used equipment,
or acquiring factory-reconditioned test instruments, such as Tektronix Encore
and Keithley equipment, that has been calibrated to original factory specifications.
Combing Through Capabilities
Building a home test station usually starts from the ground up, with something
as basic as a portable, battery-powered voltmeter or multimeter, and adds measurement
capabilities as needed. Measuring voltage, current, inductance, capacitance,
and resistance are essential requirements for any circuit designer and a well-equipped
digital multimeter (DMM), once known as an inductance-capacitance-resistance
(LCR) meter, can provide useful test data, if it is specified for accurate,
repeatable measurements. Low-cost units are available, although providing levels
of accuracy that are typically proportional to price. More meaningful basic
electrical measurements, especially when required as inputs for computer-aided-design
(CAD) circuit design software, are worth the investment in a higher-performance
digital multimeter or LCR meter. In terms of sensitivity and accuracy, the
Keithley 6517B DMM measures current, voltage, and resistance at rates to 425
readings/s in a compact, half-rack enclosure.
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Whatever your project requires testing of, rent or buy quality test equipment
from Axiom Test Equipment. For over 15 years Axiom Test Equipment has rented,
sold, repaired and accepted trade-in of test equipment to support your test &
measurement needs. If you would like help selecting any type of test equipment
for your next project, contact Axiom Test Equipment's sales department at
firstname.lastname@example.org, call 760-806-6600, or browse Axiom Test Equipment's
inventory online at www.axiomtest.com.
About Axiom Test Equipment
Get Exactly What You Need. Rent
- Buy - Repair - Trade-In
Established in 2005, Axiom Test Equipment strives to continually improve
itself and offer the best value for its customers. We offer our customers several
practical, efficient and cost effective solutions for their business or projects'
test equipment needs. Whether you need to
buy test equipment, repair test equipment, sell or trade equipment, we are committed
to providing superior customer service and high quality electronic test equipment.
At Axiom Test Equipment we provide several services. We
electronic test and measurement equipment. We also sell test equipment.
If you have a piece of malfunctioning or broken test equipment we also have
an in-house repair lab. For anyone seeking a way to offload their surplus or
obsolete equipment, we offer a trade-in program or we can buy the equipment
We stock a comprehensive inventory of equipment and can use our extensive
network to find you those hard to get items. We believe in getting equipment
to you quickly and at a competitive price.
Axiom Test Equipment
2610 Commerce Way
Vista, CA 92081
Phone: (760) 806-6600
Posted February 9, 2021