Ralph Hutson

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Ralph Hutson | March 26, 2019

Preserving Signal Integrity Through High-Quality Measurements and Signal Conditioning

Often, the act of performing a measurement on a signal can alter the signal. For example, your measurement instrument could cause extra current to flow between the device under test (DUT) and measurement tool, resulting in a signal that is slightly different than the original output.

Ralph Hutson | August 02, 2018

How to Develop a Rugged, High-Speed Streaming Measurement System

16 Channels at 1 Million Samples per Second per Channel Simultaneously 

Fortis Testing in Lubbock, TX, contacted G Systems to develop a high-speed streaming system for capturing pressure waves generated by explosions during structural blast testing. Requirements included 16 channels, fast sampling and the ability to trigger high-speed cameras with configurable delays to record video documentation of the explosion.

G Systems’ solution is a rugged, high-speed streaming measurement system with the ability to collect 16 channels at 1 million samples per second simultaneously.

Ralph Hutson | October 30, 2017

5 RF Test Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make

The process of making accurate measurements in an RF test component system includes many variables as mistakes in the measurement process can cause inaccurate readings that devastate the overall testing processes. Here are five mistakes you may be making in your RF test measurements and key considerations to ensure your RF measurements are as accurate as possible:

Ralph Hutson | October 26, 2017

Accelerate Your Functional Test With These 5 Strategies

In general, most manufacturers focus on improving throughput while cutting test costs. But, there is usually a common misconception that the process to improve throughput is costly and time consuming. Manufacturers typically assume that to improve throughput, they need to completely overhaul their existing functional test system design and processes. But this does not have to be the case. Here are five simple ways to improve the efficiency of your existing functional test system design with minimal time and costs:

Ralph Hutson | February 20, 2017

Read Our Quick Checklist: Deciding to Create or Outsource Your Test System

One single decision can influence many future actions involving your company’s test systems: should you make your next test system internally or look to an outside company for turnkey test system designs? If you’re a test engineering manager, you know this is a challenging decision in today’s market and likely affects the future of your company’s test team. 

Our quick checklist may help make the decision to create in-house or outsource your next test and measurement system.