ITM Adds New Talent

We have had a busy summer at ITM coordinating multiple exciting projects, but among our biggest successes has been expanding our team.

I’m excited to announce that we’ve grown our engineering group by two with the addition of Ryan Matthews and Matt Satcher. Ryan is serving as a field engineer and a vibration analyst, and his main responsibilities include providing on-site installation and support, developing algorithms to process complex vibration data and designing custom control panel assemblies.

Matt is working as a system/component designer and field engineer for ITM, and he is also designing custom panel assemblies and rugged data acquisition systems along with providing on-site installation and support for customers.

You can read more about our entire team here, but here are some some additional details about Ryan and Matt:

  • Ryan Matthews is a recent graduate from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his time at UC, he completed 5 co-op semesters designing and testing high temperature vibration and temperature sensors for turbine engine environments. He conducted many small-scale vibration experiments and also performed modal analyses on military helicopters to investigate alternate positions of the Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) sensors.
  • Matt Satcher previously worked at a large aerospace company in Madrid, Spain, in the stress analysis department. While there, he was responsible for design work with CATIA, performing finite element analyses on the vertical tail of the A350XWB, and the structural design verification of a prototype jet engine. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Saint Louis University.

We welcome both of these talented men to ITM.

— ITM President Tim Carlier

ITM Returning to NI Week as Presenter

During NI Week every year, Austin, Texas, transforms into a mecca for top engineers and scientists worldwide who come by the thousands to absorb the very latest in tech.

This year ITM will once again be attending, but even more exciting is that our team will once again be presenting at the National Instruments sponsored conference.

Ryan Welker, ITM’s Lead Test Engineer, will be co-presenting with NI on “Best Practices for Powering, Mounting, and Enclosing Your CompactDAQ(cDAQ) System” during hour-long sessions on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m. (Room 12B), then again on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m. (Room 13A/B).

Ryan will be sharing details about the cDAQ hardware packaging that ITM uses to gather data in even the harshest environments as well as the proprietary iTestSystem software solution (now available as a free download) that ITM has developed to pair with NI’s equipment.

If you are at NI Week, hope you can check out the presentation or feel free to connect with us online.

— ITM President Tim Carlier

ITM Offers Free Version of iTestSystem Software

Integrated Test & Measurement has an exciting announcement. As of now, you can download a free version of our proprietary iTestSystem software. Anyone can download it and begin using it at no charge from our website.

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iTestSystem is a software platform that enables test engineers to organize, acquire and view important engineering data using National Instruments (NI) C-Series hardware.  iTestsystem was specifically designed for use with National Instruments (NI) cDAQ hardware.

The new free version offers the following new options:

  • Online Software Registration
  • Modern Software Interface Console
  • More cDAQ module choices
  • Customizable Real Time Data Views (Plots)
  • Updated data viewer (TestView +)

Download your copy now, and be sure to reach out and let us know how we can further assist you with this exciting new tool.

— ITM President Tim Carlier

ITM’s Custom Kits Simplify Vibration Testing

Whether you are diagnosing a mechanical failure in anything from trucks to trains or elevators to excavators, it seems vibration is often the key to tracking down the root cause.

At ITM, we have customized a Vibration Test Kit that is helping our clients isolate vibration levels no matter if they are collecting data for operating deflection shapes (ODS) or measuring overall vibration levels for ISO standards.

Depending on your needs, our rugged and portable Vibration Test Packages will be built with as few as 4 channels or as many as 32 channels and include National Instruments cDAQ chassis combined with NI-9234 accelerometer input cards, power supply, and industrial accelerometers.

In addition, you can use ITM’s iTestSystem software to stream the vibration and rotational speed data from the cDAQ chassis directly to your laptop.

Find out more about our Vibration Test Kit options, and let us know if we can assist your next project.

— ITM President Tim Carlier

Explore ITM’s Rugged Data Acquisition Systems for Rent

If the right tool doesn’t exist, build it.

For years that has been the approach ITM engineers have taken when it comes to gathering data and building tests for clients. And after decades of performing structural testing in aerospace, off-highway, automotive, industrial and many other environments, we’ve built up an impressive line of custom Rugged Data Acquisition (RAC) Systems that are now available for rent.

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Our RAC systems integrate NI hardware solutions with our proprietary iTestSystem data acquisition software, so you can be sure these units are technically sound.

At ITM we believe that our ability to make tough measurements for clients is often only limited by the availability of the ideal tool for gathering the right data. In other words, necessity really is the mother of invention.

So whether you need to do some long-term, high-speed in-vehicle data logging or you need a portable and rugged system that can withstand harsh environments while gathering high channel counts, our RAC systems will do the job — or we will customize one that will.

Check out our lineup of Rugged Data Acquisition Systems.

— ITM President Tim Carlier

ITM Recruiting at UC’s Technical Career Fair Feb. 19

Our firm is excited to take part in the Technical Career Fair at the University of Cincinnati on Feb. 19. We are even more excited to bring in qualified candidates from UC to help us lead innovative engineering projects worldwide.

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Integrated Test & Measurement is a growing firm on Cincinnati’s east side that specializes in performing structural testing and making tough measurements for clients around the globe.

Our group is seeking candidates to fill both full-time and co-op opportunities. We are particularly interested in candidates who are excited at the possibility of getting involved in hands-on engineering testing as well as development of ITM’s proprietary iTestSystem software.

Beyond seeking technical engineering candidates, we are also interested in a skilled marketing candidate who is able to process technical materials, think analytically and lead the promotion of ITM’s brand.

Interested candidates should stop by our booth inside the UC’s Campus Recreation Center from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 19 and/or email a resume and cover letter to: info@iTestSystem.com

I look forward to meeting you.

— ITM President Tim Carlier

Taking Engineering Communication Beyond Just Tech

Far too often in our field, we engineers get so completely focused on the technical side of our trade that we lose site of good communication and modern presentation.

As an engineering firm, ITM has been working toward taking our communication strategy beyond simply marketing our technical services. We see the importance of presenting our firm by telling our story and sharing real-world ways in which we solve engineering challenges.

That is the reason for this blog, and it is also a big part of why we redesigned our website last year at itestsystem.com.

On our site you will find plenty of products and services, but you will also find many case studies and blog posts that we hope will share not just what we can do, but also how we accomplish complex engineering tests and why we choose certain methods.

We believe these things work to deepen our relationship with our clients and even spur new ideas. But more than anything, it helps tell our story.

Speaking of improving communication, please update your email contacts for ITM. As of Feb. 1, 2015, we will be changing our e-mail addresses from @unyah.com to @iTestSystem.com.

I look forward to sharing more about ITM’s story with you.

— ITM President Tim Carlier

We Make Tough Measurements

When I think through the ways in which ITM sets itself apart as an engineering firm, there is one simple phrase that always comes to mind: “We make tough measurements.”

What do I mean by that? Quite simply, our engineers are adept at finding creative solutions for gathering data in the field and often despite adverse conditions.

So when a client contacts us looking for solutions to an equipment failure or hoping to validate a new design, our goal is to get to them quickly — generally in a matter of days — and begin instrumenting the equipment in the environment for which it needs to perform.

Plenty of companies can apply strain gauge in a climate-controlled lab or return with a customer’s part for testing in their shop, but we pride ourselves on our field installation. Considering that strain gauges are applied to measure stress at known hot spots during operation, we take every step possible to test in actual operating environments. And when it comes to the instrumentation itself, we thrive when a job requires strain gauges to be applied in challenging locations (either on the equipment or geographically speaking) and in extreme climate conditions.

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Once we begin gathering data, our team will ensure the integrity of the test, whether it spans hours or we need to remain on site for months, and ultimately provide a complete turnkey solution to collect and analyze the data.

Bottom line. We make tough measurements.

— ITM President Tim Carlier

Join ITM’s Nov. 20 MultiDAQ Plugin Webinar

Whether you are a seasoned user of Integrated Test & Measurement’s MultiDAQ plugin for iTestSystem software or if you have never used the product, our next Webinar will allow you to pick up some simple tricks as well as understand the latest features.

Join Chase Petzinger, an ITM software developer, and Todd Holtkamp, an ITM field test engineer, as they host the third in a series of free online demonstrations via GoTo meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20. The previous session focused on MultiDAQ configuration tips. View the archived video.

The Nov. 20 Webinar, titled “Running MultiDAQ,” will last 10 to 15 minutes with 15 minutes of Q&As to follow. Those interested in attending should email Petzinger.

— ITM President Tim Carlier

Webinar Video: ITM Shares MultiDAQ Configuration Tips

Our second monthly Webinar at ITM focused specifically on how to configure the MultiDAQ plugin for our iTestSystem software. Two of our engineers — Chase Petzinger, a software developer, and Todd Holtkamp, a field test engineer, hosted the free online demo on Oct. 2, 2014, to walk users through exactly how to configure ITM’s custom product when using National Instruments MAX hardware.

As you can see in the archived video, they also covered how to create a MultiDAQ session, how to create a task, how to enable synchronization, how to select specific hardware and channels to record data and, finally, they gave some tips for setting up file settings. As usual, we finished off the Webinar by allowing those who joined the GOTO Meeting session to pose specific questions.

Stay tuned for news of our next Webinar so you can join us live.

— ITM President Tim Carlier