The Newnes Know It All Series takes the best of what our authors have written to create hard-working desk references that will be an engineer's first port of call for key information, design techniques and rules of thumb. Guaranteed not to gather dust on a shelf! Field Application engineers need to master a wide area of topics to excel. The Test and Measurement Know It All covers every angle including Machine Vision and Inspection, Communications Testing, Compliance Testing, along with Automotive, Aerospace, and Defense testing.

Key Features

A 360-degree view from our best-selling authors Topics include the Technology of Test and Measurement, Measurement System Types, and Instrumentation for Test and Measurement. The ultimate hard-working desk reference; all the essential information, techniques and tricks of the trade in one volume


Field Application Engineers; Electronics Engineers; Communications Engineers

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Fundamental of measurement 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Fundamental concepts Bibliography Chapter 2 Sensors and Transducers 2.1 Basic Sensor Technology 2.2 Sensor Systems 2.3 Application Considerations 2.4 Sensor Characteristics 2.5 System Characteristics 2.6 Instrument Selection 2.7 Data Acquisition and Readout 2.8 Installation 2.9 Measurement Issues and Criteria Chapter 3. Data acquisition hardware and software 3.1 ADCs 3.2 Types of ADCs 3.3 ADC Comparison 3.4 Sample and Hold 3.5 Real Parts 3.6 Microprocessor Interfacing 3.7 Clocked Interfaces 3.8 Serial Interfaces 3.9 Multichannel ADCs 3.10 Internal Microcontroller ADCs 3.11 Codecs 3.12 Interrupt Rates 3.13 Dual-Function Pins on Microcontrollers 3.14 Design Checklist Chapter 4. Overview of measurement systems 4.1 Transducers 4.2 Methods of measurement 4.3 Sensitivity 4.4 Zero, linearity and span 4.5 Resolution, hysteresis and error 4.6 Fourier analysis 4.7 Dynamic response 4.8 PID control 4.9 Accuracy and repeatability 4.10 Mechanical models Chapter 5 Acceleration, Shock and Vibration 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Technology Fundamentals 5.3 Selecting and Specifying Accelerometers 5.4 Applicable Standards 5.5 Interfacing and Designs 5.6 Machinery Vibration Monitoring Sensors Chapter 6 Flow 6.1 General 6.2 Differential pressure


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About the authors

Jon Wilson

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Consultant, The Dynamic Consultant, CA, USA

Stuart Ball

Senior Electrical Engineer who has worked for the past twenty years in the field of embedded control systems. He previously worked on Global Positioning Systems and secure communications equipment at Rockwell International, on document processing equipment at Banctec, and on medical electronics at Organon-Teknika. He has written several books and many articles for periodicals such as Circuit Cellar INK, and Modern Electronics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Embedded Systems consultant and author

Creed Huddleston

Affiliations and Expertise

Real-Time by Design, LLC, Raleigh, NC, USA

Edward Ramsden

Ed Ramsden is an electrical engineer who has been working with Hall effect sensors since 1988. His experience ranges from designing Hall effect integrated circuits to developing novel magnetic processing techniques. He has written over a dozen technical articles on sensor-related topics, and he holds four U.S patents in the area of magnetic sensor technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Engineer, Lattice Semiconductor, Hillsboro, OR, USA

Dogan Ibrahim

Prof Dogan Ibrahim graduated from the University of Salford with First Class Honours in Electronic Engineering. He then completed an MSc course in Automatic Control Engineering at the University of Manchester, and PhD in Digital Signal Processing at the City University in London. Prof Ibrahim worked at several companies before returning to the academic life. He is currently a lecturer at the Department of Computer Information Systems at the Near East University. Prof Ibrahim is a Fellow of the IET, and a Chartered Electrical Engineer. His interests are in the fields of microcontroller based automatic control, digital signal processing, and computer aided design.

Affiliations and Expertise

Traffic Control Systems Unit, South Bank University, UK, and lecturer at the Department of Computer Information Systems, Near East University, Lefkosa, Cyprus