Integrated measurement software offers multiple measurements on one platform

Yokogawa Test & Measurement has introduced an integrated software platform that synchronises the data from several test instruments on the same screen. The aim is to give developers a clearer picture of the timing of control signals and switching events, and how products being tested react to them, and help in the development of products such as motors and inverters for the likes of vehicles, elevators, air conditioners and power generating equipment which often need several instruments to capture all the test data.

The IS8000 software platform integrates the timing, control and data collection from several instruments using an IEEE1588 PTP protocol, USB or ethernet, creating a comprehensive measurement suite. Allowing instruments to work together as a whole aids coherent measurements during product development, assisting debugging and analysis of data by viewing all measurements on a single display. It also allows data to be shared easily throughout an organisation, says Yokogawa. The software also provides scalability, offering optional software packages to achieve more in-depth data analysis as user needs evolve.

To capture rapidly changing waveforms, IS8000 can work with Yokogawa’s DL950 ScopeCorder to store up to eight channels of data in real time on a PC at a sampling rate of up to 10 MS/s, through the 10 Gigabit Ethernet. This means that longer recording times are now possible for high-speed, multi-channel inputs such as gate signals and switching waveforms of multi-phase inverters.

The IS8000 platform can be used to for remote operation of Yokogawa’s power analyser, high-speed recorder and oscilloscope, which can all be monitored and configured from the software. Additionally, third-party high-speed cameras can also be controlled, making it easier to operate and manage various instruments for measuring power, physical phenomena, video, and control signals.

The software allows users to run up to 16 independent FFT processes for calculation of frequency and integrated value and filter processing. Customised reports can be generated by dragging and dropping measurement data and waveforms onto the report sheet.

An IS8011/IS8012 software package is available, allowing harmonic and flicker tests to be performed in accordance with IEC61000-3-2, 3-3, 3-11 and 3-12 standards using the WT5000 precision power analyser.  No specialist knowledge is needed for users to set the conditions and output the test report, says Yokogawa.

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