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Push Your Motorsports Team to the Limit with ITM’s Rod End Load Cell Expertise

Strain Gauged Shock Eyelet Overlayed on a Formula One Racecar

Strain Gauge installed on a Shock Eyelet which is Overlayed on a Formula One race car.

Turn our strain and torque load cell experts loose to gain performance on your test track

At ITM, your race car’s exact load and downforce can be precisely measured using rod end load cell and torque load cell technology. 

Putting our strain gauging expertise to work allows race teams from NASCAR, Formula 1, IndyCar and others to modify designs, decrease stress and gain a competitive advantage.

Putting our strain gauging expertise to work allows race teams from NASCAR, Formula 1, IndyCar and others to modify designs, decrease stress and gain a competitive advantage. 

A strain gauge, or load cell, is an instrument that is commonly affixed to the vehicle’s various components — including the rod end, suspension pushrods, gear lever, steering column, driveshaft, pedals and more. These instruments can then measure the wheel load, for example, as a car hugs a tight turn in real time. The in-vehicle data logger picks up every load change caused by high-speed acceleration, breaking and maneuvering. 

Ultimately, load cells and strain gauges are an irreplaceable tool for anyone looking to push the limits and fully understand racecar performance. 

Our engineers have installed load cells and strain gauges on structures and machinery around the globe for decades. We take pride in perfecting the art of strain gauge application, logging, measurement and analysis — whether on vehicles, medical devices or rocket components. 

We are also confident in our custom iTestSystem software, which allows us to stream and analyze load cells, strain signals and do real world fatigue data acquisition. Contact our strain lab and technicians to build a custom real time strain monitoring system or to design, build, calibrate and test strain-based load cells. 

Contact us for more information about our automotive, strain gauging and testing services.

ITM Engineers Strain Gauge in Shadow of Artemis I Rocket Launch

Engineers Test Orion Spacecraft

Engineers Test Artemis I Spacecraft Orion at Johnson Space Center

ITM strain gauge team witnesses powerful forces during two-week trip to Cape Canaveral

A group of engineers and aerospace engineering technicians from Integrated Test & Measurement just returned after an unforgettable experience in Cape Canaveral.

ITM’s team was there to assist an aerospace engineering partner with on-site strain gauging. The challenge was to assist in validating rocket components ahead of an upcoming launch, which required completing a massive strain gauge instrumentation project.

ITM’s team was there to assist an aerospace engineering partner with on-site strain gauging. The challenge was to assist in validating rocket components ahead of an upcoming launch, which required completing a massive strain gauge instrumentation project.

The team’s work was delayed due to Hurricane Nicole, so they waited out the storm just blocks from the beach, said Ryan “RJ” Matthews, ITM engineer. As powerful as it was seeing a storm with wind speeds exceeding 130 mph, the hurricane was still a distant second in the most memorable department to their up-close view of NASA’s Artemis I mission rocket launch.

Matthews said the team took a break from strain gauging a rocket booster, an intense project that required a significant amount of cable routing, to observe the launch from just a few miles away.

To accommodate their partner, ITM’s crew worked eight 12-hour shifts from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m., so perfect timing to watch NASA take a first step toward blazing a path back to the Moon in the early hours of Nov. 16.

About 45 minutes after the anticipated launch time, fireball from the SLS Rocket lit up the night sky.

Artemis I Rocket Launch Time Lapse

Artemis I SLS Rocket Launch Time Lapse

“It was incredible,” said Matthews, who witnessed the launch from a balcony. “It was super bright — kind of like a 1-minute sunrise. About 40 seconds later, it started rattling the building.”

Contact us for more information about our aerospace, strain gauging and testing services.

Q&A with ITM Co-op Marlo Bryant

Marlo Bryant

UC mechanical engineering student loved the variety at ITM 

Marlo Bryant is in her fifth year as a mechanical engineering student at the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science. She spent this summer as a co-op at ITM, helping the firm with interesting projects around the country. We caught up with Marlo during her last week, and here are some of her reflections. 

Q: What led you to ITM?  

A: I was looking for a smaller company for my last co-op rotation because I had worked at a huge conglomerate and also a larger company. I wanted to really utilize the co-op program to get a feel for different industries and different size companies. I’m also interested in data analysis kind of work, so that’s initially why ITM sounded so interesting.

Q: Was there anything about your experience that will influence your future? 

A: Yeah. I’ve been kind of struggling with what I want to do with an engineering degree once I graduate. But this co-op has definitely helped me narrow down that I’m

more interested and inclined toward test engineering as opposed to manufacturing or design. So, I think it has been really beneficial.  

Q: What is it about testing that’s intriguing to you? 

A: I like being able to see a project go from start to finish. Figure out what you are looking for, complete it and go through the results. You get a larger role in seeing the whole operation and having more responsibility instead of just having tunnel vision on one small role. 

Q: Any particular experience that stands out from your co-op? 

A: Going down and working on rockets and being able to go inside rockets and seeing the whole manufacturing center is super cool. And being trusted to work on what ITM is doing there is pretty awesome. 

Q: What might you say to a classmate considering a co-op at ITM?

A: From talking to my peers, a lot of co-ops that they’ve been on are just sitting at their desk or doing the same kind of boring thing. A lot of companies just want their engineers to do the work and only have their co-ops there as support. But at ITM you get to have a big role in projects.

For more information about co-op opportunities or employment at ITM, contact Josh Fishback via phone: (844) 837-8797 or email: josh.fishback@itestsystem.com.

ITM connects with future engineers at UC Career Fair

UC Career Fair from Above

ITM connects with future engineers at UC Career Fair 

Mixed among the buzz of voices inside the massive six-court gymnasium at the University of Cincinnati Technical Career Fair this week, ITM connected with a ton of impressive engineering students. 

Potential full-time employees and co-op students heard for the first time about our engineering firm in Milford, Ohio. It is always a joy to watch their eyes light up as we share the projects our team has the opportunity to deploy across the country and around the world. 

The aerospace students hear that we work on rockets. The mechanical engineering students learn of the rugged measurements we collect on massive machinery. And the computer programmers discover that we’ve spun up our own software products. 

The reaction is almost always the same: “Wow! I had no idea.”  

For our team, the day is equally as fulfilling as we connect with the next generation of engineers eager to get to work and apply their knowledge. 

Our firm is interested in filling full-time roles for students graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering, electrical engineering technology and aerospace engineering. 

Are you a current student or recent graduate who loves adventure, travel and has an entrepreneurial spirit? Discover a culture driven by innovation at ITM. Check out our job postings or fill out our co-op questionnaire (https://itestsystem.com/jobs/). 

Come Visit our Booth at the UC Career Fair

Looking for a new career?  Come visit us at the University of Cincinnati Career Fair!

Where: UC Rec Center, Booth G18
When: Sept. 15th, 2022  –  10AM – 2 PM

For more information about available jobs, contact Josh Fishback via email: josh.fishback@itestsystem.com or phone: (844) 837-8797.

What’s a Co-op Experience at ITM Like? 

Check out the Q&A with a recent UC grad who gained real-world experience doing hands-on learning

Brandon Walsh’s career came into focus in a powerful way during one of his co-op experiences with ITM. The 23-year-old recent University of Cincinnati graduate remembers the moment. He was watching a rocket launch from a distance while on an assignment with an ITM crew in Florida. 

“Just watching it go up into the sky and disappear while watching a livestream and hearing updates on the rocket was pretty incredible,” he said. “It was very neat to see. It was a good five seconds after the launch that I heard and felt the blast.” 

Walsh, who grew up in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, knew then that he wanted to learn all he could about aerospace. The mechanical engineering graduate is now pursuing his master’s degree in aerospace in a joint degree program that has him splitting time between UC and the University of Bordeaux. 

He credits his ITM experiences for helping him lock onto his dream. Walsh co-opped with ITM in the summer of 2021 and again in the summer of 2022, so we caught up with him to learn more about his adventures.

Q:What was it like when you first started at ITM?

A:I enjoyed it from the start. During the interview, they talked about all the projects they do and all the traveling. That piqued my interest. Near the end of the interview they took me down to the lab and showed me some of the projects they were working on and all the tools that they had. Being able to go out to different parts of the country to work on various projects and having a lot of in-house projects to work on really interested me.

Q:You had co-ops at a couple of larger companies before coming to ITM. How would you compare the experiences?

A:I definitely got to do a larger variety of things at ITM. At the two previous companies, I was more set in a certain department and had a certain thing I’d do every day, every week. But at ITM I got to do a lot more hands-on stuff as well as the digital/computer side of things.

Q:What types of projects did you work on at ITM?

A: We did a lot of aerospace work, so trips to a space flight company. We worked on different rocket parts and got to see the process and talk to the engineering teams. We worked at an electric vehicle battery factory up in Michigan doing strain gauging. I got to go to West Texas to work in the oil fields on a project. It was just neat to see different parts of the country that I hadn’t really seen before, too.

Q:How was it getting such a wide exposure?

A: It helped further my education and understanding of the topics and things that I was working on.

Q:What stood out from your time in the lab at ITM?

A: Just seeing how this small company was making all these very precise and nice looking panels for (a world renowned equipment company) was really impressive. I got to practice and work on my skills soldering and using a drill press and taps and other tools. 

Q: So, a lot of helpful hands-on work?

A: Yes. I’m definitely better at soldering now than when I started.

Q:Talk to me about the culture at ITM.

A:I enjoyed working with all the different levels of people there. It was easy to talk to all of them, and they had different amounts of knowledge and ways to relate to me. They were able to provide different pieces of advice and things that helped me along the way.

Q:Did the experience at ITM help shape where you wanted to head with your career?

A:Yeah. Definitely. It really confirmed that I want to go into aerospace. I hope to work in the field of aircraft or spacecraft. 

Q:So seeing a rocket launch in person ignited something in you?

A: Yeah. That helped open my eyes.

For more information about employment or co-op opportunities contact Josh Fishback via phone: (844) 837-8797 or email: josh.fishback@itestsystem.com.

ITM Recruiting Full-Time Engineers at UC’s Fall Career Fair

ITM Recruiting Full-Time Engineers at UC’s Fall Career Fair

University of Cincinnati students have an enormous opportunity to make a career-changing connection during the Professional and Technical Career Fair on Thursday, September 15.

Integrated Test & Measurement (ITM) will host a booth during Technical Day 2 of the event at UC’s Campus Recreation Center. Interested students can find ITM representatives from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Our firm is interested in filling full-time roles for students graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering, electrical engineering technology and aerospace engineering.

In addition to seeking full-time hires, we are searching for talented students who are interested in experiencing a dynamic and fulfilling co-op opportunity where you will have a chance to learn through exciting, hands-on engineering projects around the country.

ITM is a structural test & measurement engineering service and software company in Milford, Ohio,  that focuses on three vertical spaces: Industrial Monitoring, Testing Services, and our configuration based test software, iTestSystem.

ITM offers competitive compensation and benefits and a career filled with travel and new learning opportunities. ITM was founded by Tim Carlier in 2001 to help companies around the world reduce costs and improve efficiencies in their product development, manufacturing and production activities.

Interested candidates should stop by our booth inside UC’s Campus Recreation Center from10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 15 and/or email a resume and cover letter to: josh.fishback@itestsystem.com.

Our team will also be drawing for free hats and T-shirts, so be sure to find us during the event to learn more about ITM.

Printed Circuit Board Strain Testing – JEDEC-9704A

ITM Employs JEDEC-9704A to Test Strain on Printed Circuit Boards 

ITM Employs JEDEC-9704A to Test Strain on Printed Circuit Boards

ITM Employs JEDEC-9704A to Test Strain on Printed Circuit Boards 

Every modern electronic device includes at least one printed circuit board, so it stands to reason that these intricate parts fail at times due to stress and strain. 

When that happens, manufacturers know they can turn to ITM’s test engineers who can develop tests to help get to the bottom of their circuit board problems. For some, the failures are happening in the field, and for others, it’s the manufacturing process that’s overstressing the parts that make all our gadgets go. 

Engineer Ryan “RJ” Matthews said ITM has decades of experience with printed circuit boards (PCBs), including circuit board design and development. So, strain gauge testing on PCBs using JEDEC-9704A, the global standard for microelectronics, is a natural progression for the team. 

Matthews has led recent projects in which ITM helped companies determine how much strain and stress their PCB is experiencing both in the field and during the assembly process. Simulating the assembly process can be a daunting challenge, particularly if that process includes variables such as high heat, as it did in a recent example. 

Still, the team was able to instrument the circuit board effectively and replicate every assembly step while also gathering crucial strain data, which they reported back to the client. The challenging test environment isn’t unlike ITM’s typical rugged data acquisition projects, just on a much smaller scale. The firm specializes in strain gauge data collection on everything from behemoth off-road machinery to miniscule gadgetry. 

Matthews said the team often employs NI c-DAQ hardware combined with ITM’s proprietary iTestSystem software, which allows them to easily configure PCB tests to collect and analyze the data. iTestSystem’s Rosette Analysis tool is used to calculate the principal strain, principal strain angle, shear strain, principal stress, and other values from strain gauge rosette data. 

For more information on this work, our strain gauge testing services or iTestSystem, contact: Ryan Welker – Integrated Test & Measurement (ITM), LLC – ryan.welker@itestsystem.com 

Rockets, road trips and paper mills 

Why an ITM team trekked across Alabama several times in the same week 

Our team should be intimately familiar with the three-hour stretch of I-65 between Prattville and Decatur, Alabama. They drove it four times in about as many days during a recent work trip.  

The team had been on a troubleshooting assignment to a rocket-building NASA partner that needed help with what appeared to be failing sensors. They had no idea that what seemed like a fairly straightforward trip would soon become far more interesting and logistically challenging. One phone call later though, and they were dispatched 166 miles south to a paper mill client. 

Upon arrival, they began commissioning new Acosense technology on the plant’s process lines. Integrated Test & Measurement is an exclusive U.S. installer of the Swedish technology that can constantly monitor and analyze liquids inside a pipe with non-invasive clamp-on sensors. 

The small crew proved themselves both flexible and adaptable by pulling double duty as they served both clients for the better part of a week. Rocket work one day. Back in the car. Paper mill the next. Back in the car. And so on until both jobs were complete. The week could serve as a microcosm of the variety of work ITM engineers balance regularly. 

“That was a challenging week for this crew for sure,” said ITM President Tim Carlier. “But it was all interesting technology and gave the team a chance to troubleshoot newer equipment. So it was a good learning challenge for us and an example of our dedication to meet the needs of our clients.” 

ITM engineers and technicians experience a wide variety of projects and travel opportunities. For some, the real joy is working with their hands on site, while others prefer the more technical activities such as computer assisted design or relying on their social skills during customer interactions. 

Ultimately, we do what it takes to deliver — even when that means burning up the roads in Alabama to get the job done.

For more information about our strain gauging and testing services contact Ryan Welker @ (844) 837-8797.

ITM Using Acosense Tech to Analyze Industrial Process Fluids

ITM Using Acosense Tech to Analyze and Measure Industrial Process Fluids

Listening skills.

Most of us have been working on being better listeners since elementary school. ITM has entered into the trial phase of an exciting partnership with a Swedish engineering firm that is taking listening to the next level.  

The firm is called Acosense, and their breakthrough technology relies on Acospector Acoustic Chemometer, a clamp-on instrument that can measure complex fluids in the process industry, delivering analysis previously thought difficult or impossible to obtain. The innovative technique measures a multitude of properties such as density, viscosity and solid content moving through industrial pipes. The method is non-invasive and can even return results on opaque, viscous or corrosive fluids. Ultimately, the idea is to help reduce production costs, increase product quality and reduce environmental impact. 

For ITM, which works extensively with clients in the pulp and paper industry to improve processes and efficiences through various forms of industrial monitoring, the tech holds a great deal of potential and aligns with our expertise in vibration technology. If all goes as early trials indicate, ITM could be headed toward an exclusive distribution agreement in the U.S., said Ryan Welker, Vice President of Integrated Test & Measurement.  

Acosense officials said they turned to ITM to target the U.S. market because of the team’s “high vibro-acoustic competence and market knowledge.” 

“ITM is really easy to work with given the level of personal skills and hands-on experience from several types of industries,” said Karl Nilsson, Acosense CEO. 

Welker said ITM is currently in the middle of a months-long trial using Acosense tech at a global paper company, gathering data on supply lines within the plant, then comparing that data to actual samples collected by the mill’s lab to look for correlations between the chemical makeup and the acoustics profile of various fluids.  

“The big thing would be being able to measure these properties without breaking into the process lines,” said Welker. “It could be a very easy and clean way to give our clients continuous feedback. And it is a quick and easy installation.” 

For more information on this work, our testing services or iTestSystem, contact: Ryan Welker – Integrated Test & Measurement (ITM), LLC – ryan.welker@itestsystem.com