Newsletter ABtronix – 2014/1




Dear ,


Although it is the end of January, on behalf of the ABtronix team I wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year!

Apart from upcoming free Data Physics seminars, several new products are introduced. In addition we have been able to determine the exact dates for two courses about vibration technology.

Enjoy reading.


Jos Luijten,

Office Manager






















February 5, 2014

Free Data Physics webinar: 'Advanced Techniques for Turbomachinery Vibration Analysis'.

19:00 CET

February 13, 2014

Free Data Physics webinar: 'Underwater Acoustic Systems'

18:00 CET

March 18, 2014

Trade show: 'Instrumentation, Analysis and Testing Exhibition'.

Data Physics (UK) Ltd. will exhibit at this event which showcases innovations in measurement analysis and testing technology in aerospace, automotive, motor-sport, rail, off-highway, mechanical handling, industrial and power generation industries.

Silverstone Race Track (UK)

March 18-19, 2014

Two days course 'Introduction to Vibration'

Breda (NL)

March 20, 2014

Course  ‘Fixtures, Software and Specifications’

Breda (NL)

March 25-26, 2014

Exhibition 'MessTec & Sensor Masters 2014'

SI-Centrum, Stuttgart (DE)

April 1-4, 2014

European Conference on Spacecraft Structures, Materials & Environmental Testing

Steigenberger Parkhotel, Braunschweig (DE)

June 3-5, 2014

Exhibition 'Sensor + Test 2014'

Nürnberg (DE)

June 24-26, 2014

Exhibition: 'Automotive Testing Expo 2014'

Stuttgart (DE)

September 15-17, 2014

26th edition of the international ISMA Noise and Vibration Engineering Conference - ISMA2014 in conjunction with the 5th edition of the international Conference on Uncertainty in Structural Dynamics - USD2014

Division PMA, KU Leuven (BE)

Sep 30 to Oct 3, 2014

Trade Fair 'World of Technology & Science'

Jaarbeurs, Utrecht (NL)

Nov 25-27, 2014

Trade Fair ‘SPS IPC Drives

Exhibition Centre, Nürnberg (DE)









Upcoming: two free Data Physics webinars

‘Advanced Techniques for Turbo Machinery Vibration Analysis’
on Wednesday February 5 at 19:00 CET



Robert Bloomquist, Product Manager, SignalCalc Turbo, will present Advanced Techniques for Turbo Machinery Vibration Analysis. A comprehensive vibration data set captured on a large rotating machine still needs “smart” input from the user before results can be presented in the best format for analysis. In this web seminar, you will learn about techniques needed to extract the most value from the vibration measurements you make on turbo machinery.



In this session, we will cover best practice and application of:

  • Slow Roll Vector and Waveform Compensation
  • DC Gap Reference
  • Shaft Average Centerline analysis
  • Shaft Absolute computation
  • Full Spectrum analysis
  • Mode shape identification
  • High-spot and heavy spot relationships
  • Rotor unbalance response measurements



Rob Bloomquist has more than 25 years of experience providing condition monitoring, maintenance, and reliability consulting services to power and process industries, including over 16 years of experience in vibration analysis, troubleshooting, alignment, and balancing of large turbo machinery. Rob is currently Product Manager for Turbo machinery diagnostic products at Data Physics.



You can register here.






‘Underwater Acoustic Systems’
on Thursday February 13 at 18:00 CET



Wes Mayne, Product Manager, Acoustic Test Systems, will provide an overview of the Data Physics SignalSound products that are used to generate sound underwater. Applications for these products include sonar testing, training of sonar operators, proving weapon systems, mine detonation, and other uses. This seminar will not be highly technical; rather, it will provide a general overview of the equipment used for underwater noise generation. Those who are already using underwater projectors, tow fish, and arrays will find this seminar to be a good introduction to Data Physics’s products and a good review of the systems. Those who are not familiar with these systems, but who have a need for underwater acoustic equipment, should find this seminar to be an excellent introduction to the systems.



During this seminar, you will learn about topics such as:

  • Moving-coil projectors
  • Calibration arrays
  • Towed sources (tow fish and arrays)
  • Signal generation components and cabling
  • Storage and handling equipment



Wes Mayne has worked in the area of acoustics and special test facility development around the world for over 25 years. Wes is currently the Product Manager of SignalSound Acoustic Test Systems at Data Physics.



You can register here.






Data Translation introduces a new USB Multi-Sensor Measurement DAQ Module



The DT9829 is a portable data acquisition multi-sensor measurement module for USB. The DT9829 supports a universal array of sensor types: voltage inputs, current, thermocouples, RTD and NTC thermistors, resistance, bridge-based sensors, and strain gages.
The DT9829 DAQ Module represents mobile precision measurement:
24 bit resolution, galvanic isolation to PC, integrated alias-filtering, digital I/Os, integrated sensor supply, terminal block connections, powered by USB, free QuickDAQ data logger application, compatible with LabVIEW, DASYLab, .NET, ...



The DT9829 supports an universal array of sensor types:

  • Thermocouples of any type
  • RTDs (Pt100, Pt500, Pt1000)
  • NTC Thermistors (2.2 … 100 kOhm)
  • Strain gauges and bridge-based sensors (2-, 3-, and 4-wire)
  • Voltage (±200mV, ±2V, ±10V)
  • Current (±25 mA)
  • Resistance (0 … 200 kOhm)



Any sensor type can be connected to any of 8 screw terminal inputs and the QuickDAQ application software allows selection of the sensor. The software and hardware act seamlessly to make all measurements of the sensor without ANY other user interaction. The result is the ability to measure any sensor on any of up to 8 channels via software selection. All the messy details are taken care of by the software and the hardware inside the module. There is no interaction between channels, regardless of the sensor type for any channel.











Kvaser introduces the Blackbird v2




Kvaser AB is pleased to announce the BlackBird v2 HS CAN 2.0 to WLAN interface. A new radio chip that is Wi-Fi certified to CE and FCC standards gives it up to 75% better range, whilst its REST-based application programming interface (API) enables it to be accessed from any tablet PC or smartphone.



Hot on the heels of Kvaser's Leaf Light v2, announced in June 2013, come the much anticipated Kvaser Blackbird v2 and all new Kvaser Mini PCI Express board. Customer demand always shapes our product developments: in the first case, customers wanted a wireless to CAN interface with greater range and more resistance to network interruptions; in the second instance, there has been a greater call for add-on boards, reflecting an exponential increase in demand for embedded systems, particularly those with communications capabilities.



“The Blackbird name is synonymous with speed; with any wireless link, data throughput depends on the attributes of the network itself, but the Blackbird v2 allows customers to relay CAN messages further and faster than previously possible using a Blackbird, thanks to additional 802.11n compatibility,” commented Lars-Berno Fredriksson, president of Kvaser AB.











Courses ‘Introduction to Vibration’ and ‘Fixtures, Software and Specifications’



On March 18-19, 2014 we will organise the famous two-days course ‘Introduction to Vibration’ and it will take place in Breda (NL). This course aims to give more insight knowledge to the attendees in:
- testing with a shaker system
- dealing with several kind of tests
- reading the theoretical test and the implementation of the test
- designing a fixture
Here you can find the contents of this course.

A second course ‘Fixtures, Software and Specifications’ will be organised on March 20, 2014, for those who are interested in aspects of vibration technology which lays beyond the introduction course. This day is intended to be a interactive course, where you can discuss problems related to vibration technology with the host(s) and your co-participants. You can even bring your own fixture(s), if you have questions about it and want to discuss it.






If you or one or more of your colleagues are interested in one or both courses, please inform us by clicking on the Mail button below.











CSM announces new developments



AD-Scan MiniModule classic now with a measurement data rate up to 10 kHz per channel



Whether voltage, current, pressure or flow rate – the ADMM 4 classic HS can record a wide range of different analog signals. Compared to its predecessor, a five-fold measurement data rate up to 10 kHz per channel is now available. The high-precision, bipolar sensor excitation is a characteristic feature of this module.



AD-Scan MiniModule featuring galvanically isolated sensor excitation




The ADMM 8 pro2 is the latest measurement module of the AD-Scan MiniModule series. Due to the high-precision, galvanically isolated sensor excitation this module is excellently suited for use in combination with sensors having ground-referenced signal inputs and sensors with power supply voltages up to 30 V DC.



AD-Scan MiniModules are extremely compact and due to their aluminium housing complying with protection class IP67 they are also remarkably robust. These measurement modules are designed for an operating temperature range from -40 °C to +125 °C.




EtherCAT goes mobile




The protocol converter XCP-Gateway allows the connection of CSM EtherCAT measurement modules to the wide-spread protocol XCP on Ethernet. This enables CSM to connect ECAT MiniModules directly to common data acquisition systems (CANape, INCA, etc.). EtherCAT goes mobile! XCP-Gateway combines the flexibility of the protocol XCP on



Ethernet with the advantages of data acquisition via EtherCAT (extremely low cycle time periods (≤ 100 μs), low jitter for accurate synchronization (≤ 1 μs) and, last but not least, low costs. The smooth implementation of measurement tasks using more than 100 measurement channels with measurement data rates up to 10 kHz per channel is another distinctive feature. The configuration of XCP-Gateway and the ECAT Mini- Modules connected to can be done easily and quickly via the configuration tool xx-Scan Config. Only one A2L file is created per configuration.












ABtronix BV

Hazeldonk 6033

4836 LA   Breda

the Netherlands

T: +31 76 5968800

F: +31 76 5968888



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