What characterizes a flexible tool for challenging tasks in a test and measurement environment?
"We studied the individual work steps of our customers, hunting for a way to boost efficiency. We wanted to bring about a paradigm change – away from the permanently installed tool and towards an efficient one.
The structure of the new system should be small and portable to access as many applications as possibl. It should be installed close to the sensor to allow for distributable use. There should be no need for conversion when changing tasks. It should be possible to integrate a completely new measurand and thus any sensor desired. To further optimize our customers' work steps, we paired the resulting demand for universal measurement channels with TEDS chip technology. The electronic data sheet in the sensor or plug, combined with universal channels, increases efficiency enormously. Of course QuantumX was intended to be a reference point in terms of accuracy and precision and in no way inferior to the larger MGCplus. Another factor of course was the growing demand for higher dynamics. Machines were becoming more dynamic and the signal bandwidths and sample rates should therefore fully encompass the vibro-acoustic range, allow for rotation analysis and be able to handle transient processes with high resolution.
It was already apparent at the time that more and more measurement tasks that accompany development would be running automatically – and thus reproducibly and repeatedly – to test real field applications as early and in as much depth as possible. Therefore, we needed to offer real-time integration into the emerging Ethernet-based fieldbuses. In parallel with automation, however, users were already asking to delve deeper into analysing the measured data of the test specimen. There were hundreds of proposed requirements that had to be classified and prioritized. And that is how the QuantumX modular system came to be, module by module, from one application to the next, and always taking into consideration the technical possibilities."