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Power sector integral to T&M industry growth

Sadaf Siddiqui ,  Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 17:26 Hrs  [IST]

Sadaf SiddiquiWith its distinct needs, the power sector demands a solutions-approach for its T&M requirements.

Power sector provides a very distinct set of requirements for the test & measurement (T&M) instruments to debug some of the challenges/problems associated with industry. Problems such as the power transients, voltage sag, voltage spike, brownout, switching transients, harmonic distortions etc are associated with this segment and T&M providers have effective and efficient tools that deal with these issues.

T&M organizations has long been serving the power sector with various solutions such as oscilloscopes, harmonic analyzers, digital multimeters, power analysis software, electronic loads, power supplies, data-acquisition systems, solar array simulators etc. These solutions are very good test platforms for designing, debugging and commissioning of systems in the power sector. Some of these test setups are used to simulated the real-life scenarios to prevent costly mistakes.

Till 2008, before the economic meltdown started, the Indian T&M industry was growing at a rapid pace, with the increasing investments in design, R&D and manufacturing for all the major customer verticals including telecom, aerospace, defense, automotive, consumerelectronics, contract-manufacturing, semiconductors, etc.

In 2010 and beyond, the future of T&M in India looks bright as investments from government as well as private players are expected to grow. Agilent has all the plans of capturing this growth by serving our customers with the best-in-class products and services. Agilent plans to strengthen its relationships with existing customers and explore adjacent market space for its solutions.

Untitled - 48India is an emerging and one of the fastest growing markets in the world. Segments promising growth of T&M in India include telecom, aerospace & defense, R&D, automotive and consumer electronics, infrastructure and education. Power sector is an integral part of the infrastructure market and has seen a resurgent growth over the last many years. Agilent is well poised to serve this high capacity/demand build-up in this sector with its world-class and reliable test products.

Some of the key challenges faced by T&M players serving the power sector can be summarized below.

Awareness: Although the industry is being served by both local and global players, but the awareness about the best solutions that meets the industry needs is still limited. Some of it can be attributed to the fear of change as this industry has long been doing things in a particular way and has been slow in embracing new solutions or products.

Solution versus Product: Power sector has its distinct needs and demand a solutions approach for its T&M needs. T&M players and their partners have been working closely with this industry to develop commercial off-the-shelf products out of these customized solutions need of this industry.

Quality: Power sector has a very stringent need of the T&M solutions that meet their high standards of quality, reliability and repeatability. Simulation and quality of results are the most critical in this sector.

Role of Agilent in the power sector: In the power sector, Agilent supports OEMs, suppliers and service providers during design, development, and manufacturing of electronic subsystems. Agilent supplies a comprehensive portfolio of power test equipment, covering a wide range of domains and applications. Agilent products are known for its reliability and repeatability of results.

Agilent Technologies Inc is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, electronics and communications. The company's 18,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2010.

Agilent offers the widest range of application and customer support locally. Its local customer support centre holds an ISO 9002 certification and is an NABL-accredited calibration centre. Agilent also offers the very unique web-based customer interface to all our serviced installbase and a unique offering of onsite calibration called VOSCAL (Volume Onsite Calibration).

(Sadaf Siddiqui is Technical Marketing Specialist, Agilent Technologies India)
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