Control test instruments with Python
Martin Rowe, Senior Technical Editor- September 1, 2011Many engineers write code to automate instruments and collect data. While you can use commercially available programming languages, you can also use open-source software tools to write your automation code.
The function generator excites the mechanical system using a swept-frequency sine wave. When the mechanical system vibrates, the vibrometer converts mechanical motion into an electrical signal that the oscilloscope captures. After transferring the data to a PC, Goldberg’s Python application software converts the signals to the frequency domain for analysis.
You can read about the application in more detail and obtain the Python source code in Use Python to perform swept-sine analysis.