Magway has decided to use an MSO58 mixed signal oscilloscope from Tektronix to solve noise issues with components on its magnetic rail delivery system.
Based in Wembley, London, Magway is developing a system that would allow parcels and goods to be delivered through a network of underground pipes across the UK, using a series of small carriages running on rails.
Aanchal Mittal, an Innovation Engineer at Magway, says: “There are parts of the electrical system that we need to figure out. Our head project engineer and some of our other engineers have been using the Tektronix oscilloscope on every one of the motors and drives on the track and it has been an incredibly useful tool for this.
“With the Tektronix scope, we can apply a very systematic, methodical approach and find where these problems are and then find a solution to them. At Magway, everything we do is driven by data, so if we have the right tools to collect that data, it makes our job so much easier.”
Likewise, customers such as Magway provide a chance for Tektronix to support pioneering projects. Maria Heriz, Vice President of EMEA, Tektronix, comments, “At Tektronix, we pride ourselves on supporting innovation in engineering. It’s important to us that our customers deliver their innovation and that our products are enabling them to do so. We’re delighted that our ‘scopes, Motor Drive Analysis SW and current probes, as well as our high differential probes, are part of Magway’s innovation journey to create a zero-emissions delivery system.”
Initially, Tektronix provided intensive support to ensure Magway staff were able to use the oscilloscope to its full advantage. “Working with Tektronix has been useful, and their technical support has been great,” added Mittal. “They spent many hours helping us to set everything up and we all have a pretty good idea of how to use the ‘scope now. We received the assistance we needed to set it up, and now we can take all the measurements we need.”
Magway also used Tektronix Inverter Motor Drive Analysis (IMDA) software, which enabled an easier way of correlating control systems and power electronics with the performance of the overall system. In addition, Magway used 3x TCP0030A and 3x THDP0200 probes.