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An alternative to buying test equipment

March 23, 2017

Max The Magnificent-March 23, 2017

I'm constantly amazed by the wide range of people I meet through LinkedIn. Just the other day, for example, following a contact via LinkedIn, I ended up chatting with Robin Salter from KWIPPED.com ("Equipped," get it?).

From left-to-right: Robert Preville, KWIPPED founder and CEO; Charlie Dickinson, business development executive; Robin Salter, chief marketing officer; and Brian Robinson, director of business development, shown in KWIPPED's new office in downtown Wilmington, NC (Source: KWIPPED)
From left-to-right: Robert Preville, KWIPPED founder and CEO; Charlie Dickinson, business development executive; Robin Salter, chief marketing officer; and Brian Robinson, director of business development, shown in KWIPPED's new office in downtown Wilmington, NC (Source: KWIPPED)

Now, if the truth be told, I've never really considered what I'd have to do if I were to find myself in need of high-end test equipment. These days, my hands-on engineering activities are limited to building my hobby projects, so my needs for test equipment are relatively rudimentary. I'm usually to be found playing with 16MHz Arduinos, so if I do find myself requiring something like a signal generator or an oscilloscope, I simply amble over into the next bay and look pitiful until they lend one to me.

Back in the day, way back in the mists of time when I was a real, practicing engineer, I worked for large companies and everything we needed on the test equipment front was there for the asking. Of course, things were much simpler in those days of yore -- much of the time you could get by with little more than a multimeter and a reasonably good oscilloscope or logic analyzer. These days, by comparison, you can end up requiring access to a mindboggling array of devices operating at frequencies and accuracies that make your hair stand up on end.

There are several problems here, not least being the fact that the price-tag on some of these units will really make your eyes water. This is exacerbated by the fact that you may need access to a certain piece of test equipment for only a month or two every now and again -- the rest of the time it can end up sitting on a shelf gathering dust, making you feel guilty, and causing the bean-counters to gnash their teeth and rend their garb.

(Source: photodune.net)
(Source: photodune.net)

Even large companies can find the cost of purchasing myriad pieces of high-end test equipment to be a burden, while medium and small companies can be brought down to their metaphorical knees.

This is where KWIPPED enters the picture.... 

Continue reading on Embedded's sister site, EE Times: "Renting/Leasing electronic test equipment."

 

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