Test engineers today want to download results from their electronic instruments directly to a PC or handheld datalogger.
But they face a problem. Their bench gauges and other instruments all use different methods to connect to the PC or logger.
The System Synergy suite of gauges from Bowers Metrology tackles the problem by having a common serial RS232 interface.
The neat bit is the chip produced by Swiss company Sylvac. Instead of an unwieldy, freestanding box, each instrument be it a micrometer or an expensive benchtop height gauge has a small chip inside it which handles the communications.
All the operator has to do is connect a cable between the gauge and the PC or datalogger.