Instrumentation, Analysis and Testing On Show

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Attendees have the opportunity to see the latest technology in the field and discuss innovation with industry experts

Four decades of technological innovation in Instrumentation and Analysis celebrated at anniversary event in March

The Engineering Integrity Society (EIS) once again brought its annual exhibition to the prestigious Silvertone venue earlier this year. It was the 40th year that the EIS has held the ā€œInstrumentation, Analysis and Testingā€ exhibition and they marked the occasion by celebrating four decades of innovation in the evolution of instrumentation, analysis and testing.

According to the EIS, the journey from its humble beginnings to the present day has been marked by technological advancements, evolving exhibition formats and a continuous commitment to enabling collaboration within the engineering community.

The first exhibition was held at the Park Hall Hotel in Wolverhampton and hosted around 20 exhibitors, some of whom still exhibit today. In those early years, the emphasis was on creating a warm, comfortable, informal setting for professionals to share insights and discuss advancements in instrumentation, analysis, and testing. As the event grew it spread into the car park of the hotel and soon it was time to move to a bigger venue. The National Motorcycle Museum & Heritage Motor Museum, both became future venues.

Despite the changes, some key elements have remained consistent. The exhibition has always provided a valuable networking opportunity for professionals in the field. Attendees from the early years, like those today, were keen on learning new skills, discussing the latest developments and sharing information about their experiences and challenges.

Technological Evolution

The equipment on display at the first exhibitions was primarily analogue, with data recorded initially on reel to reel magnetic tape, then cassette and analysed using computers. Datamyte’s introduction marked a transition from analogue to digital recordings, reflecting the broader trend of technological evolution within the instrumentation and testing sector. Over the years, the industry witnessed a significant shift towards digital technology, imaging technology, computer simulation and real-time testing.

The exhibition has played a crucial role in enabling collaboration, sharing knowledge and showcasing the evolution of instrumentation and testing technologies. Looking ahead, further advancements and innovations are anticipated that will shape the future of this ever-evolving industry.

Dr John Yates, Chairman of the society, emphasised the importance of the event in the engineering calendar, explaining, “The Instrumentation, Analysis & Testing Exhibition has become a key event for professionals across the UK, offering valuable insights into the latest trends in measurement and analysis.”

Exploring the Future of Engineering

Themed on ā€œExploring the Future of Engineeringā€, the event promises represented a hub of innovation and knowledge exchange, showcasing the latest developments in measurement and analysis technologies.

Looking into the future of the field and the progress of existing technology to adapt to new vehicle power units like battery power, hydrogen and alternative fuels, Yates believes it is important to overcome concerns about digitisation and AI, ensuring a harmonious integration of these technologies without overshadowing essential human expertise.

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