Remote working is a new normal but it can be challenging without proper equipment required for design and testing. To harness remote connectivity Keysight brings lab to home by introducing remote access solutions for engineers that support manufacturing and R&D. The complete portfolio of Smart Bench Essentials (SBE) lab bench products provides complete ecosystem to design, test, analyze and troubleshoot products in a remote environment.
An Interview with Christopher Cain, vice president of Electronic Industrial Products at Keysight Technologies
How have university teaching labs embraced remote learning in response to the Pandemic?
Remote learning technology is becoming the new norm accelerated by the recent Covid-19 pandemic. Most universities struggle to adapt to this new environment, seeking blended learning experience with the right technologies.
University teaching labs and general test labs need test instruments that are smart and connected to each other, connected to the lab, connected to the cloud and connected to innovation. These differentiated connections enable customers to accelerate connected insights, whether in learning, teaching or troubleshooting.
Keysight enables educators or lab administrators to simplify centralized lab configuration and asset management, as well as mass firmware updates for instruments. This allows up to 50 students, lecturers and lab admins to remotely access lab instruments simultaneously, anytime and anywhere. They can perform collaborative lab work through a web browser – to execute measurements, analyze data and share results across the room or across the world. This cloud solution also provides central storage of test data for uploading and downloading to local computers.
How are small manufacturers managing through disruption by leverage remote connectivity?
Manufacturing engineers are relying remote connectivity solutions to design, test, analyze and troubleshoot products in a remote environment.
Keysight’s SBE series instruments are general-purpose instruments that are used to help engineers manage through this disruption with remote access solutions that support manufacturing and R&D. The new SBE series provide basic, reliable and capable bench instruments that are affordable for small manufacturing businesses. Workspace in many labs is valuable requiring instruments that are compact and stackable.
How does Keysight support remote connectivity for product design and testing?
Keysight just introduced a complete portfolio of Smart Bench Essentials (SBE) lab bench products including the triple-output power supply, an arbitrary function generator, a digital multimeter, and an oscilloscope.
The Smart Bench Essentials series harnesses the power of four unique instruments through one powerful graphical interface with integrated data management and analysis, providing the following key benefits:
• Elegantly integrated, enabling customers to focus on innovation
• Configure, control and monitor multiple instruments from a single screen
• Test, analyze, and share lab instruments and data remotely with peers
• Automate common tasks from test set up to report generation
• Centrally manage an entire lab of instruments and configuration
Keysight’s PathWave BenchVue application software complements the Smart Bench Essentials series to configure instruments quickly, while operating on the same PC screen to test device under test. It stores data on a PC and exports it in standard readable formats for post-analysis work and report generation.
The Smart Bench Essentials series includes the optional PathWave Remote Access Lab software and the PathWave Lab Manager software to enhance the lab experience and productivity. Keysight’s PathWave Remote Access Lab software enables university teaching labs to transition to online learning seamlessly. It allows students to remotely access the lab setup and perform lab work through the web browser. Keysight’s PathWave Lab Manager software works seamlessly with the Smart Bench Essential series instruments to manage lab assets effectively and productively.
Describe the user interface of Keysight’s Smart Bench Essential Series.
All Keysight SBE series instruments include a signature large 7″ LCD display enabling customers to view information clearly, even from a distance. The graphical user interface, buttons and dial knobs are also designed to be consistent across the platform for ease of use. In addition, Keysight SBE series instruments include USB and LAN interfaces that can be remotely detected by the dedicated Keysight PathWave BenchVue application software which offers a graphical user interface that easy and intuitive to use, as well as consistent across the SBE series instruments.
How does Keysight keep educators and small manufacturers connected to the lab?
Keysight PathWave Lab Manager software provides customers with simplified centralized lab configuration and asset management capabilities. Lab managers and teaching lab educators can manage and configure lab instruments for multi-bench setup with ease. Customers can seamlessly connect to, manage, monitor and troubleshoot the instruments within a lab.
Keysight PathWave Lab Manager software provides customers with simplified centralized lab configuration and asset management capabilities. Keysight PathWave Lab Manager software easily keeps track of a long list of assets in the lab, including but not limited to instruments, equipment and accessories. It also tracks calibration due dates for instruments and enables customers to perform a mass firmware update on connected Smart Bench Essential series instruments in the lab.
How does Keysight leverage cloud technology for remote connectivity?
Keysight’s industry-ready remote access lab solution delivers a convenient way to make the switch to online access of lab instruments. This end-to-end solution offers a complete remote setup of a basic instrument lab. It covers web-based lab management and scheduling administration to instrument control, as well as remote access for measurement and analysis. Customers can continue working with industry-grade test and measurement instruments and software, gain similar practical skills and application knowledge as industry engineers conducting work in the lab today. Keysight’s industry-ready remote access lab solution delivers a convenient way to make the switch to online access of lab instruments. This end-to-end solution offers a complete remote setup of a basic instrument lab.
Describe how Keysight supports connectivity throughout products in the lab.
Keysight’s SBE series is a combination of hardware and software. The industrial-grade quality hardware is complemented with Keysight PathWave BenchVue software which eliminates bench testing issues. When measuring device under test, customers can store test results in the instrument hardware or PC using Keysight’s PathWave software. The test results can then be exported into different output formats for post-analysis work and report generation. Customers can capture the abnormal signals from faulty circuits, perform daily test monitoring processes, and quickly visualize measurements.