Fiber optic measurement methods come with the advantage of being insensitive to interference from the environment. We all know that. What we also know is that actually using them in test and monitoring projects was not so easy so far. Either because there were steep learning curves or simply no integrated DAQ solution available.
However, we have great news for you!
Gantner Instruments is launching a brand new Optical Gage Amplifier that offers all the benefits of fiber optic measurement, but without the hassle!
What is the F108?
The new F108 Optical Gage Amplifier combines unique fiber optic sensor technology with the modularity and versatility of the Q.series X product line. For quick and easy setup you can use GI.bench and even combine it with GI.cloud for cloud-based storage and monitoring.
The Q.series X F108 is designed for fiber optic π-phase-shifted Bragg grating (πFBG) for high resolution measurement. A laser with a narrow tuning range (~4 nm, nominally ~1548-1552 nm) is used to lock to the dip seen in a πFBG and to track that point as the sensor is subjected to changes in temperature or strain. Or in other words, smaller signal peaks can be measured and that is what makes the measurement more accurate and precise.
What do you have to do to use the unique optical sensor technology for your tasks in DAQ projects? You simply have to plug in… and you can start to measure!