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Design Improvement for Laboratory Instrumentation OEM Manufacturer



Parr Instrument Company in Moline Illinois USA manufactures laboratory instruments and apparatus for testing fuels. Their worldwide customers include oil and gas companies, coal burning facilities and pharmaceutical laboratories. Like so many commercial and industrial devices, Parr’s instruments were originally designed to connect through a serial port.But, because the Universal Serial Bus (USB) has become the most common connector for PCs and laptops, Parr incorporated a USB-to-serial converter into their newer designs. Yet, the converter that they chose was failing at a rate that did not meet Parr’s standards for quality and performance in their customers’  tough environments. Parr needed a rugged converter that met required standards and could be incorporated as a permanent component into their instruments.


Parr’s instrumentation design engineers consulted with Advantech and found that standard Model BB-485USB9F-2W miniature converter would meet their requirements and could be built into Parr’s devices without modification, allowing the serial-equipped controller and connected PC to communicate successfully via the USB port.

Why Advantech

With Advantech, Parr Instrument Company found the engineering support they needed to solve the problem. Their design engineers needed a high-quality converter at a reasonable cost to ensure the quality of their OEM product for their customers. Model BB-485USB9F-2W USB to serial miniature converter provided a solution in a space saving, USB port-powered package. Its rugged construction provided the reliability Parr Instruments needed and its small size made it easy to incorporate into their own product design.