Easy as Childs Play Measuring Power with the LMG640July 01, 2015 by EE Power Editorial
Applications for power analysis are as varied as the uses of electricity itself, and the utilized instruments need to take this variety into account. The
Applications for power analysis are as varied as the uses of electricity itself, and the utilized instruments need to take this variety into account. The resulting multitude of features challenges the user to quickly single out the desired settings and results among an abundance of available information. Clarity, simplicity and flat menu hierarchies were top priorities when conceiving the user interface of the new LMG640 from ZES Zimmer– without compromises regarding the feature set and the precision of the results. The goal was to drastically shorten the time to familiarize oneself with the unit, to reduce training effort and minimize the risk of operating errors. To make navigating easier, a touchscreen has been introduced in order to evoke the corresponding configuration menu for any displayed item simply by touching it. Leafing through different views is equally simple, slightly tapping the tabs at the upper edge of the screen will do. In case the touchscreen is not used, a mouse can be connected via USB port, in addition the built-in display of the LMG640 can be complemented or even replaced by an external screen.
In order to better focus on selected values or even highlight them, individual views (“custom menus”) can easily be defined. The desired values are displayed in the preferred form, and all irrelevant data gets suppressed. The layout can be adapted exactly in accordance with the requirements of the application at hand and individual preferences. To this end, tables, graphs and bar charts can be freely combined and enhanced e.g. with depictions of the unit under test and wiring diagrams. Custom views can quickly and easily be put together via drag-and-drop, in line with most familiar PC software tools.