Microtest’s extensive test and measurement portfolio is now available in the UK from Telonic Instruments. Founded in 1993, Microtest has established itself as a supplier of high precision and automatic measuring equipment for customers in the electronics, information and communications industries. The ISO-9001-certified company holds many patents and has received R&D and innovation awards for their products. Microtest’s extensive portfolio includes component testers – including LCR meters, impedance analysers and DC bias current test systems; safety testers, including Hipot testers; transformer testers, cable and motor testers and automatic test equipment, together with a wide selection of fixtures and accessories. Telonic Instruments’ managing director, Doug Lovell, commented on the Microtest signing:


Welcome to the October issue of Instrumentation Monthly. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has introduced a three tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England. In our continued fight against the virus, can instrumentation be used to help businesses stay safe? Ventilation is increasingly being lauded as a means of controlling virus transmission in light of findings that ejected aerosols from COVID infected people can contain intact virus particles. But as we enter the winter months, ensuring the correct amount of ventilation whilst still providing a comfortable indoor environment can be tricky.

Enter carbon dioxide (CO2) detection devices. CO2 concentration is an important indicator of when and how much fresh air is needed in an indoor space. It has been shown that a lack of fresh air can quickly lead to an increased

risk of infection with a virus since CO2 concentration is typically correlated with the amount of exhaled particles in a room. Companies like Sensirion have already reported interest in CO2 sensors for ventilation purposes.

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“We are pleased to be teaming up with such a prestigious company, which is a leader in its field,” he said. Partnering with Telonic Instruments will

develop the business, agreed Mike Chou, CEO of Microtest. “It’s been a great start,” he observed. “Working with Telonic Instruments is going to increase Microtest competitiveness in the UK electronics measurement market.” There is a special promotion running until the end of 2020: a 15 per cent discount on the price of two Microtest LCR meters, the LCR Meter 6365 and LCR Meter 6366. The LCR Meter 6365 and LCR Meter 6366 are suitable for synchronous tests in production lines, automated testing, quality assurance and incoming quality control. Both have multi-step functions, USB storage and basic accuracy of ±0.05 per cent.

The LCR Meter 6363 operates at 10-200kHz and the LCR Meter 6366 operates at a frequency range of 10-500kHz.


ISIS IC has selected Sensirion’s SCD30 CO2 sensor for its CO2 signal lights for classrooms, thus enabling reliable and accurate measurements in schools. Scientists have proven that SARS-CoV-2 and other

viruses are mainly spread by aerosols exhaled by infected people. In enclosed indoor spaces, the main source of

aerosols and CO2 is the human body itself. High CO2 concentrations in rooms are therefore accompanied by high aerosol levels, which in turn indicate inadequate ventilation and also increase the risk of infection. Measuring

CO2 is therefore a useful method for assessing air quality with respect to CO2 and aerosol concentration, and enables simple, clear, and feasible ventilation recommendations to be made. In the cold season in particular, it is possible to achieve a balance between preventing the building becoming too cold through ventilation, and reducing the risk of viral infection. “While larger respiratory droplets sink quickly to the ground, aerosols can float in the air for a long time. It is therefore especially important to monitor and

optimise air quality in classrooms. We are convinced that the CO2 signal light with its reliable measurement and instructive traffic light colours can help to monitor air quality and thus minimise the risk of infection and improve students’ concentration,” said Pascal Gerner, director product management at Sensirion. MAJORITY OF UK FIRMS NOW LOOKING TO AI TO BOLSTER THEIR BUSINESS

The coronavirus pandemic is set to trigger greater investment into artificial intelligence (AI) from UK businesses, new research by has revealed. The AI think tank commissioned an independent

survey among 430 senior decision-makers in UK businesses. It found that only 16 per cent of business leaders are aware of AI being used within their organisation at present. The majority (53 per cent) of companies admitted they have a very limited understanding of AI and how it can be used. Only 15 per cent of businesses are confident that they have the skills needed internally to implement or take advantage

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of AI, with this figure standing at just five per cent among small companies. Over two-fifths of businesses believe that AI is over-

hyped and would not deliver much value to their organisation. Meanwhile, half of UK business leaders think AI would be too expensive for them to use. However, COVID-19 is prompting a change in

attitude. Since the start of the pandemic, 55 per cent of UK businesses have begun exploring how AI could improve the product or service they deliver. This figure is highest among small and medium-sized businesses. 5

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