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Software for Microwave Engineering and Production
Microwave Inc. is the source for software as advanced as your
applications and the latest test equipment. Why collect data on paper
or within flat files when SQL databases are so powerful and easy to
use, use the power of SQL-based data collection and management instead.
benefits from SQL-based data collection and management:
goes farther – no more limits on instrument states or cal kits. Faster
switching from one product to another, fewer calibrations.
interface – train with one VNA, work on them all.
Control has more data to identify trends.
testing – quicker delivery – lower costs.
How valuable is your data?
Most of us started measuring data with scaler network
analyzers, the oldest among us with phase bridges and standing wave
detectors, the youngest amongest us have known only fully-automated
VNAs. Data recording started with engineering notebooks,
progressed to plotted results and then to flat files.
Data analysis has consisted mainly of compiling our old data
into spreadsheets, manually sorting through hand written notes,
extracting information from plots or tedious searchs through
(sometimes) years of files and equally tedious compilations into
spreadsheets. Often, that has been sufficient, when things go
well, things are good -- that's the way it is, about half the time!
Vendors come and go, specifications change, people change and
we then are forced to compile and analyze our data. New
specs and design require re-programming, this data we collect has
become very valuable indeed -- for what it provides and for the
equipment, programming and test-taking costs.
Make your data more valuable!
It doesn't take much -- really not a big deal and not much money.
You can use Performance Microwave's Test Management
suite with the SQL database you have now or install a free or low-cost
server. You'll have a data set where you can sort on most any
parameter or swept data you've ever measured and recorded -- data
taking and programming become less obtrusive. As valuable as your
data has been to date, it's more so when indexed and available
through a central SQL server. Find out more here.