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24 Posts authored by: rscasny element14 Team
Greetings.   Last week, I had a great conversation with one of our managers concerning a thermocouple test system bundle. It combines data acquisition hardware and software from National Instruments and thermocouples from Omega. I learned it's entry-level 4-channel USB thermocouple measurement system.   Here are a few features of the system:   NI quality data acquisition hardware for confidence in your test data FlexLogger data logging software to get you from sensor to data, ...
UPDATE Oct 1, 2021: I have concluded launching all the roadtests I can prior to our platform migration. No new roadtests will be launch until mid to late November.     Greetings.   During the month of November, element14 is migrating to a new platform. I have been told during this migration period that I cannot have any roadtests in enrollment.   Since roadtest enrollments last 1 month, I will not be launching any new roadtests after October 1st.   In the next two d ...
Several weeks ago, I asked for your help in selecting a motor of a roadtest. Here's the blog: Seeking Assistance in Selecting a Motor for a Single-Phase Inverter Roadtest   With your input and help, I went back to the sponsor and we selected a motor.   So, here is what each roadtester will receive:   one Fan motor https://www.yoycart.com/Product/567509041351/  (The sponsor selected this)   one RDK-872 - Reference Design Kit for BridgeSwitch (70 W Single-Phase Inver ...
I'm getting ready to launch a roadtest on a 70 W Single-Phase Inverter Using BridgeSwitch for Fan Application. I was sent the board, but I wanted to send a motor with the inverter board.   I'd like to get some help in selected a compatible motor. Here's the info on the board, as well as some relevant links.   Here are some key features:   • BridgeSwitch – High-voltage half-bridge motor driver • Integrated 600 V FREDFETs with ultra-soft, fast recovery diodes ...
Greetings!   I wanted to share with you a fun opportunity that any roadtester who is also a maker and project builder may enjoy.   Our agency has started a series called "Movers and Shakers in the Maker Space."  The series is broadcasted on a podcast called Fish Fry with Amelia Dalton (EEJournal).   Here's a link to a recent podcast that featured element14's very own Phil Hutchinson ( e14phil  ):   https://www.eejournal.com/fish_fry/better-than-a-human-driver-tr ...
I am getting ready to launch a MicroZed Roadtest. the carrier board for this roadtest contains connectors for Arduino Compatible Shields. I just wanted to get your feedback on shields to consider including.   So, here is the roadtest:   https://uk.farnell.com/avnet/aes-z7mb-7z020-som-g-rev-g/eval-board-zynq-7000-arm-cortex/dp/3491066?scope=partnumberlooka… https://uk.farnell.com/avnet/aes-arduino-cc-g/microzed-carrier-card-kit/dp/2915532?scope=partnumberlookahead&os ...
I plan on roadtesting thw Trinamic TMCM-0960-MotionPy Single Board Computer at the end of February. Before I launched the roadtest page, I have asked for some community feedback ( Top Members  Top Members ) and I also wanted to get a conversation going with members who would be interested in roadtesting this board.   So, what do you think of this board? What are your thoughts about roadtesting it? Besides the board, what other things do you think would be helpful to roadtest or build ...
I've been running a roadtest called AVNET Monarch LTE-M Development Kit -- EU   This dev kit is a cellular IoT kit featuring the NXP LPC55S69-EVK and the Monarch Go Arduino Shield. It's well-suited for LTE IoT application development.   I opened the roadtest to U.S. members only because it comes with a Verizon ThingSpace IoT SIM card. (Verizon is a U.S. based mobile operator.)   At the point in time, I have only a handful of applicants.   If you are a U.S. member, and ...
Early last year, element14 published a spotlight article ( Are You Ready To Use an IoT Enabled Power Circuit Breaker? ) on an interesting product by Eaton called the Power Defense Circuit Breaker. In the article, we said it was an IOT-enabled CB because it not only provides the typical functions of a molded case circuit breaker, it also has the ability of connecting to the Internet in order to report on "breaker health" or can be customized to transmit a variety of sensor data to the cloud. Give ...
I call a roadtest "a product review." That's how I describe it when I speak with our sponsors. And that's what the roadtest sponsors want: someone who can take a look at their product, experiment with it, and then write about those experiences and make some conclusions based on those experiences.   You don't need to be a genius to be a roadtester. Granted, some roadtests require specialized knowledge, such as FPGAs. But I always try to run roadtests on products that anyone with a basic ele ...
Part of my job at element14 is to manage the Roadtest program. That entails lots of every day activities such as speaking with suppliers about the products that they would like to roadtest or creating roadtest pages or even answering all kinds of questions. I also try to find ways to improve the program. To do this, I often create discussions and polls to get your feedback and your ideas on how to make things work better. With these things, I usually find out what I am doing right and sometimes ...
There are four days left in the enrollment for the IDT ZMOD4410 Indoor Air Quality Raspberry Pi HAT roadtest   You can submit an application today by going here: https://www.element14.com/community/create-roadTestApp!input.jspa?containerID=1069&containerType=700&roadTestID=2223&isR…   About the Renesas ZMOD4410 Indoor Air Quality Sensor Module Providing best-in-class stability and sensitivity, the Renesas ZMOD4410 gas sensor module is designed to detect trace gases ...
Hi All.   I wanted to make a brief announcement about something we are rolling out in November.   We will be adding a Reliable Roadtester Badge to all the other badges a member can earn on the element14 community.   The badge is our way of saying Thank You to the roadtesters. We wanted to officially recognize those member who have really put fantastic efforts into doing roadtests.   This badge will be automatically awarded when a member completes and publishes three road ...
There's six days to go for enrolling in the Hioki Battery Tester roadtest.   You can submit an application by going here: https://www.element14.com/community/create-roadTestApp!input.jspa?containerID=1069&containerType=700&roadTestID=2227&isRoadTestApp=true   About the Hioki Battery Tester The BT3554 battery internal resistance tester sets the standard for assessing the deterioration and remaining life of UPS and other lead-acid batteries by giving a complete diagnosis vi ...
There's ten days to go for enrolling in the Arduino Portenta H7 Development Board roadtest.   You can submit an application by going here: https://www.element14.com/community/create-roadTestApp!input.jspa?containerID=1069&containerType=700&roadTestID=2224&isRo   About the Arduino Portenta H7 Portenta H7 simultaneously runs high level code along with real time tasks. The design includes two processors that can run tasks in parallel. For example, is possible to execute Ar ...

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