Grant Maloy Smith
Grant Maloy Smith has been in the test and measurement industry for 40+ years, starting as a technician in 1980 and working his way up as an application engineer, where he put together hundreds of solutions for companies like NASA, Ford Motor Company, and many more. He eventually founded the North American division of Dewetron, running it for 20 years until he retired in 2016.
He has a broad range of experience with DAQ applications across the automotive, aerospace, power, and industrial sectors. Today, Grant applies his application knowledge and experience writing about data acquisition (DAQ) technology, both for clients and publications in the worlds of test and measurement and real-time controls.
In the 1990s, Grant wrote software for Ford Motor company that allowed them to remotely control all of their Graphtec DAQ systems, resulting in much greater efficiency for the carmaker. This software was rolled out to thousands of customers worldwide.
In 2000, he developed the DAQ subsystem tribo-electric testing system that was used by NASA's Kennedy Space Center to test the electrostatic effects on a variety of materials, crucial to preventing ESD (electro-static discharge) in an oxygen-rich environment. He wrote the acquisition and analysis software and hosted it on an off-the-shelf DAQ system.
Grant was one of the three inventors of the first version of DewesoftX software, winning a technology innovation award from Slovenia in 2000.
Grant created a completely integrated system for the cyclical testing of supermarket refrigerated cases for a major manufacturer in California, writing the software and integrating the precision temperature measurement hardware.
Grant invented the first PC-based battery-powered instrument that could run without external power indefinitely, using a hot-swap Lithium-Ion battery scheme. His invention of the DA-130 with its SideHand battery system was awarded Product Of The Year by NASA Tech Briefs in 2006. This technology is still in use today.
Grant started in the test and measurement industry in 1980, working as a technician for a maker of chart recorders. He became a sales and application engineer in 1983, an eastern regional sales manager in 1984, and was the company's first marketing manager in 1988. He was the director of marketing at Western Graphtec in California for five years before founding the US division of Dewetron in 1989. He was president and CEO of Dewetron, Inc. before selling the company and retiring.
In addition to his product development and application engineering activities, Grant ran the marketing departments at all of the companies mentioned above during some or all of his tenure there, creating ads, brochures, marketing materials, writing and presenting technical papers at trade shows and technical conferences, including the International Telemetering Conference, and more. He has written or been quoted in numerous industry magazines centered around test and measurement, metrology, scientific measuring instrumentation, and the test and measurement industry.
You can find Grant Maloy Smith on:
- Data Acquisition History - From Strip Chart Recorders to Digital DAQ
- What Is a Strain Gauge Sensor and How Does It Work?
- What Is Data Acquisition (DAQ or DAS)? The Ultimate Guide
- What Is ADC Converter (Analog-to-Digital Converter)?
- How to Measure Weight With Load Cell Sensors
- What Is A Sensor and What Does it Do?
- The Difference Between Data Logger and Data Acquisition (DAQ) System?
- What Is a Data Logger (Datalogger) - The Ultimate Guide
- Measuring Shock and Vibration with Accelerometer Sensors
- Types of A/D Converters - The Ultimate Guide
- Measuring RPM, Angle, and Speed Using Digital, Encoder and Counter Sensors
- What Is Thermocouple Sensor and How Does It Work?
- Voltage Measurement in Data Acquisition Applications
- How To Measure Current Using Current Sensors and Transducers
- What Is TEDS Sensor Technology IEEE 1451.4?
- What Is EtherCAT Protocol and How Does It Work?
- How To Measure Temperature with RTD Sensors [pt100, pt200, pt1000, ...]
- Measuring Position and Displacement With LVDT Sensors
- What is Power Analysis and Electrical Power Measurement With Power Analyzer
- What Is Condition Monitoring and Why Is Preventing Machinery Failures Important?
- How to Perform Condition Monitoring With Dewesoft Condition Monitoring Systems
- How to Interpret the Data From Your Machine Condition Monitoring Solution?
- Dewesoft Data Acquisition Technology Explained
- What Is CAN Bus (Controller Area Network) and How It Compares to Other Vehicle Bus Networks
- The Importance of Isolation in Data Acquisition Systems
- How To Choose the Right Data Acquisition System For Your Measurement Application?
- When and Why to Use Isolated Amplifiers?
- What Are the Types of Data Acquisition Systems?
- What Is Signal Conditioning or Signal Conditioner?
- Merging Data Acquisition and a Real-time Control Systems
- What is ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems)?
- Types of ADAS Sensors in Use Today
- ADAS Standards and ADAS Safety Protocols
- How Are ADAS Systems and Autonomous Vehicles Tested?
- What is a Signal Amplifier and How Does it Work?
- History of Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs)
- Data Acquisition Synchronisation and Timing Methods
- Sound and Noise Measurement with Microphone Sensors
- Strain Gauge Applications - Practical Uses of Strain Gage Sensors
- How To Measure Torque?
- What is Signal Processing?
- How To Replace Chart Recorders with a Dewesoft Digital DAQ System
- Correlating Power Measurements with Electromotor Vibration Data
- What is Inertial Navigation System?
- Data measurement applications (2011) Aerospace Testing International
- Full-Power Computers Run Indefinitely on Hot-Swappable Lithium-Ion Batteries (2004), Tech Briefs
- Networkable Telemetry Data Recorders Based on Cots Computer Technology (2002), ITC Proceedings Paper, The University of Arizona
- Visual Set Point Verification Methods Used at Seabrook Station on the DEWE-5000 (2005)
- Grant M. Smith (2010), Aerospace Testing International Magazine
- Developing Advanced EV Battery Test Solutions (2021), Evaluation Engineering
- Launching rockets securely by converging IT, OT and high-speed DAQ (2021), Control Engineering