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Test and Measurement Advancements for Industry 4.0 Devices

Smart sensors for industrial environments are among the most challenging devices to test, measure and monitor in the field. These technologies are helping device designers measure power and signal integrity before going to market.

Originally presented: June 23, 2021
Duration: 1 hour
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The sensors employed in a smart factory network are the heart of the Industry 4.0 concept, yet manufacturers face a few challenges when designing them.

These devices spend the majority of their time idle, drawing negligible battery power. The majority of battery life is spent during data transmission. Accurate voltage and current measurements are easily done in a lab, yet it is difficult to replicate real-world environments where the sensors can encounter any number of variables that may compromise battery life or signal quality. A poor or intermittent signal connection can draw precious more milliamps, and low power transmissions are sometimes more susceptible to noise, ripple and transients.

Device designers are increasingly turning to oscilloscopes, network analyzers, simulations and other technologies to fast track their smart technologies in a fast-evolving market.


Barry Manz, Technical Editorial Expert / Owner, Manz Communications, Inc.

Founded Manz Communications, Inc., in 1986 to provide editorial and media relations services for companies with a highly-technical message to convey. Since then, the company has provided these services for more than 120 companies and Barry Manz has written more than 1,000 technical, product-related, opinion, and application-type articles for more than 50 online and print trade publications. Other services include white papers, technical papers, ap notes, blogs, and Web content.

Yongyao Cai, Engineering Manager, Smart Devices, Rockwell Automation, Inc.

Yongyao Cai is currently engineering manager of smart devices in Rockwell Automation. He is involved in R&D of a variety of sensing and safety products for industrial automation market. Some examples are machine condition monitoring sensor, proximity and photoelectric sensor, 3D TOF vision sensor, machine and robot safety protection devices. Previously he worked as head of R&D in Memsic with responsibility of developing MEMS based accelerometers, magnetic sensors, flow sensors. Yongyao has 21 US and international patents in the field of sensor design, fabrication and application. He has a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University and a BS degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

David Lafferty, President, Scientific Technical Services

With over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, David provides business development, pre-sales support, advisory services, and digital transformation consulting for the oil and gas segment, emphasizing the energy sector's digitalization.

Before STS, David was at the BP Chief Technology Office (CTO), where he spearheaded a wide range of innovative projects, including:

• Developing the "Digital Umbrella" concept and the resulting ISA100.15 effort
• Wireless Measurements systems including WirelessHART, ISA100, corrosion and passive sensors
• Predictive Analytics
• Mobility projects

David serves on the Leadership Team for Global Energy Mentors - a volunteer organization that mentors startups in the energy sector to obtain their first formal funding round.

David has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Edgar Sotter, Senior Director of New Product Technology, CSA Group

Edgar Sotter is a Senior Director of New Product Technology in the CSA Group. His team looks to the technology horizon for new developments and applications that could present opportunities for CSA's Test, Inspection and Certification business.

Prior to joining CSA, Edgar worked as Senior Director, Product Strategies & Client Solutions at Systems with Intelligence Inc. (SWI), a manufacturer of monitoring products for the electrical sector.

Edgar has 20 years of combined academic, technical and business experience. He has a PhD in electronic engineering from Universidad Rovira I Virgili (Spain), an Executive MBA from the University of Toronto (Canada) and a Bachelor's of Science in electronic engineering from Universidad del Norte (Colombia).

Russ Waddell, Managing Director, MTConnect Institute

Russ Waddell is the Managing Director for the MTConnect Institute, the ANSI-accredited standards developer for the MTConnect standard with 400+ members. He is responsible for day-to-day business operations and standards development activity. Prior to this role, he worked at AMT as an Industry Economist where he provided statistical research for sales and marketing in the manufacturing technology industry. He holds a BA in Economics from The College of William and Mary.