An oscilloscope is a laboratory instrument commonly used to display and analyse the waveform of electronic signals. In effect, the device draws a graph of the instantaneous signal voltage as a function of time.
Oscilloscopes are extremely useful for any profession that needs to capture and record an electronic signal. There are a number of jobs which rely on oscilloscopes so we are taking you through just a selection.
Electronic, sound and computer design engineers are just a few professions that use oscilloscopes in their daily work. Scopes are used for a huge variety of things in engineering, from performing complicated measurements to monitoring sound and engine vibrations.
Electronic technicians are employed to service and repair household and business electronics such as televisions, computers, and audio video systems. Oscilloscopes are useful in the testing of equipment, components, and assemblies.
Due to their versatility, it’s common for oscilloscopes to be used as a medical measuring instrument. Doctors often use oscilloscopes to detect heart irregularities, which you may recognise as the machines that ‘flat-line.’ These oscilloscopes are often seen by patient’s bedsides in hospitals, responding to their heartbeat.
Oscilloscopes are an important diagnostic tool in the scientific community, and physicists regularly rely on their use for a number of different applications. Oscilloscopes are often one of the first tools physics students learn to use.
Modern vehicles require the use of oscilloscopes for many diagnostic situations. A mechanic may rely on an oscilloscope to test fuel injectors or diagnose a car in a no-start condition. Oscilloscopes not only make for a speedy diagnosis but they ensure a proper repair.
We carry a huge variety of different scopes, all of which can be used for a range of applications. To find out more, take a look in our online shop.