Newsletter ABtronix – 2015/2

Dear ,


You are about to read the second ABtronix’ newsletter this year. I hope you will find one or more interesting items.
I would like to ask your attention for the first item, about Actech, a new English company. Other items are highlighting existing products and some are recently released by our suppliers. In addition, you can read an interesting (partial) article about Leakage and Windowing Lab from Data Physics. The announcement of new vibration courses in autumn 2015 completes this newsletter.


Enjoy reading this newsletter and enjoy spring.


Jos Luijten,

Office Manager









March 17-19, 2015

Elektro Vakbeurs Venray  2015

Evenementenhal, Venray (NL)

March 17, 2015

'Instrumentation, Analysis and Testing Exhibition'
ABtronix suppliers present:
- Data Physics and DJB Instruments

Silverstone Race Track (UK)

March 25,2015

Telecom Infra Event 2015

De Kuip, Rotterdam (NL)

April 2, 2015

the Sense of Contact 17', where industry meets science.

Kontakt der Kontinenten, Soesterberg (NL)

April 8, 2015

Meeting (for the members of PLOT):
'Het testen van munitie'

Defensie Munitie Bedrijf, 't Harde (NL)

April 22, 2015
19:00 CET

Free Data Physics Webinar:
Modal testing with Shaker Excitation'


May 19-21, 2015

Sensor + Test
ABtronix suppliers present:
- Data Physics
- Stiegele Datensysteme

Messe, Nürnberg (DE)

June 2-4, 2015

Electronics & Automation 2015

Jaarbeurs, Utrecht (NL)

June 16-18, 2015

Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2015
ABtronix suppliers present:
- Data Physics

Landesmesse Stuttgart (DE)

Oct 14-15, 2015

Aero Space Days / Defense Security Days

Paris-Orly Airport (FR)

Nov 10-13, 2015

Productronica 2015

Messe, München (DE)

Nov 17-19, 2015

Aerospace Electrical Systems Expo Europe

Messe, Bremen (DE)

Actech: Electronic systems are becoming obsolete too quickly


In today’s climate there is an increasing need to extend the in-service life of electronic systems, however due to obsolescence issues this is becoming difficult, as spare electronic boards and modules become in short supply.
Maintaining, replacing and repairing electronic circuit boards is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive with aging equipment. The answer is to develop solid local capabilities, with good technicians and the required equipment to provide a repair service, however without OEM documentation such as circuit diagrams this still makes the task difficult. Circuit documentation is vital for a good electronic board repair service, and this is where Actech can help! 

From requests received, there seems to be a good demand for a low cost and effective schematic generation service, so Actech can offer this facility. If you require help with your own boards this is a great way to get those circuit diagrams! Actech is offering a flexible service for your particular needs.

From a sample board, Actech can provide:

·         Circuit Diagram – in Hard copy, Softcopy PDF or CAD format

·         PCB Layout as drawing or in CAD Layout format

·         Net List

·         Bill of Materials

·         Manufacturing data pack for you to reproduce the PCB locally (optional)







 All the above will be offered at competitive rates, fast turnaround, with the highest quality service and outputs provided.

Some example boards Actech has already completed for customers includes:

·         Industrial process control equipment

·         PLC systems

·         Motor Drives

·         Brake control systems

·         Information display boards

·         Radar



Data Translation: Completely Isolated High Accuracy Measurement


The DT9824 offers the highest stability and accuracy for measuring analog signals. Every signal input, both analog and digital, is fully isolated from each other. This technology, ISO-Channel™, guarantees that all signals are protected from any environmental or system noise.
The high stability design of the DT9824 with a temperature coefficient of ±0.05µV/° C, a CMRR of greater than 150dB, and 1.5 ppm maximum noise, delivers data acquisition results that are twenty times better than the results from a normal standard measurement system.

The DT9824 is ideally suited for chromatography, seismic, weigh scale, and medical applications where accuracy and stability are imperative. The rugged, compact module is fully powered by USB and can be used as a portable device or mounted in a rack. Use the free QuickDAQ data logger software to get up and running quickly.

·         4, simultaneous, 24-bit analog input channels

·         ISO-Channel technology provides ±500 V galvanic isolation channel-to-channel for all analog input signals and to the host computer ...guarantees noise immunity

·         Input ranges per channel: ±10V, ±1.25V, ±0.625V, ±0.3125V ...allows maximum flexibility for any signal input

·         Sampling rate up to 4800 Hz per channel

·         8 opto-isolated digital input lines synchronized with analog input

·         8 opto-isolated digital output lines; the outputs are solid-state relays that operate from ±30 V at currents up to 400 mA (peak) AC or DC


Kvaser: Ethercan Light HS

The Ethercan Light HS is a fully-equipped interface with a large on-board RAM buffer and full compatibility with J1939, CANopen, NMEA 2000 and DeviceNet. Simple to set up using the standard Kvaser API, in contrast to many of the CAN to Ethernet gateways on the market, this provides a simple, inexpensive one CAN-channel to Ethernet interface for Windows-based PCs.

Major features of the Ethercan Light HS

·         High-speed CAN connection (compliant with ISO 11898-2), up to 1 Mbit/s.

·         Ethernet connection has auto-MDIX, so it automatically detects and adjusts for Ethernet cable being used.

·         Built-in Power over Ethernet (PoE) - receives data and power over the Ethernet cable

·         Small, lightweight plastic housing with galvanic isolation

·         Fully compatible with J1939, CANopen, NMEA 2000R and DeviceNet.

·         100% compatible with applications written for other Kvaser CAN hardware with Kvaser CANlib.


Intelligent Instrumentation announces release of CTM280 data terminal

Intelligent Instrumentation announces the release of the environmentally rugged CTM280 data terminal for use in marginal operating environments. The CTM280 is the newest member of the “microterminal” line of compact, flexible, and low-cost serial data terminals.  Microterminals are frequently used as OEM operator terminals to interface with machines, and in other HMI functions where small size and environmental ruggedness is important. The new CTM280 is designed to be especially suited for low light and/or very cold operating environments. Featuring a large easy-to-read red LED character display, it is suitable for operation in temperatures as low as -20° C and in complete darkness. 

The compact CTM280 terminal has a 24-key alphanumeric keyboard with six lighted, host programmable function keys for easy operator input. The silicon rubber keys provide environmental sealing with tactile feedback and both key click and key repeat functions. Designed for either recess or panel mounting, the terminals are an ideal choice for applications where space is at a premium. Cases are available in beige or gray colors. Mounting clips and other installation accessories are available.
The CTM280 has a 16-character display with an 80-character buffer that is accessible by simply scrolling the character window. The host computer has full control of the terminal via a powerful set of command or Escape sequences, including screen format, the location of the visible display window, the programming of the function keys, and the communication with both the host and attached devices. The CTM280 terminal has two ports, one RS232C port for connecting to the host computer, and an auxiliary port that may be used for Digital IO and Serial Pass-Through.


Warwick has released v3.10 of their CANbus X-Analyser

Since the enhancement and release of the new version of X-Analyser (Version 3) last year, Warwick Control has gathered extensive feedback from customers and collaborators to ascertain what more the X-Analyser could do to become the leader in CAN analysis and testing.
The first release of X-Analyser 3 showcased many obvious enhancements such as:

·         Flexible multiple windows displays

·         Send and Receive CAN/LIN data in a much more efficient manner

·         Interpret data and engineering signals (e.g. Motor torque, engine speed etc.)

·         Mode dependent Signals/CANdb support

·         Graph and Gauges display from Signals

·         Compatible with industry standard CAN databases

·         Supports Local Interconnect Network (LIN)

·         PC Interfaces (PCI, USB, Ethernet, WiFi)

·         Unlimited CAN/LIN channels

·         Multiple vendor CAN/LIN interfaces

·         ISO 15765/UDS transmitters – giving OBD Tool functions.

·         Versatile multiple configuration projects with virtual unlimited displays


We have recently released the 3.10 version of X-Analyser 3. New additions include:

·         Interactive Generator for CANdb and J1939 signal oriented transmission.

·         Interactive Signal editing – Change signal parameters on the fly for reverse engineering.

·         J1939 CAN identifier interpretation.

·         Virtual CAN drivers for offline playback and simulation without a CAN interface.

·         Peak Systems CAN interface support

·         Save Log to give option to save raw data as Vector ASC

·         Signals view to the raw data trace messages – view Raw CAN data alongside the Signals info in the same display.

·         Real time playback - ability to pick where in the log you want to start from.

·         C# Scripting – versatile simulation project building.

The roadmap for the X-Analyser product range includes the complete phasing out of X-Analyser 2 by the end of 2015 at which point, X-Analyser 3 will have CANopen support. Warwick Control is offering a 14 day trial of X-Analyser 3 for customers with a CAN interface (Kvaser, Softing or Vector). This is a fully functional temporary licence that will allow you to try out the versatile features of X-Analyser 3. 
We also offer a Demo that will work without an interface that shows all features using a Virtual CAN bus. We supply you with a configuration that allows you to play back a car journey, and see all the great features of X-Analyser during the playback.


Data Physics: Leakage and Windowing Lab


This article will provide simple steps allowing the use of a signal generator to create and observe "leakage", and to apply windows and observe the effects on the frequency spectrum data.
What happens if you do not window a signal? If you have only been doing signal analysis for a short time, you may have accepted that you need to add a window to your signal processing, and understand that the amplitude accuracy is partially improved by turning on a window. However, it can be instructional (and not too difficult) to experiment with a

signal generator and an analyzer to see how this affects real world measurements, and why windowing is used to reduce "leakage", which you would likely observe with almost any signal you measure in a typical analysis application.

The first step would be to connect an output channel on your signal analyzer to one of the input channels. If there is no output channel available, you can use an external signal generator, though it is much easier to use the built in generator. Open up Data Physics SignalCalc software and choose the Auto Power Spectrum test. Make sure your input channel is not set to ICP, and units are set to Volts (not required, but more accurate for this demonstration). Click on the "Generator" tab, and make one of the generator channels active with a sine wave, level set below the maximum range you current have set for your input.


Generator Tab


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


In Autumn 2015 we will organise again 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 the third day for those who are interested in aspects of vibration technology which lays beyond the introduction course. This day is intended to be an 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.


Battery Ventures acquires Lansmont and Team Corporation

In January 2015 Battery Ventures, through its Noise and Vibration Technology Platform, reached an agreement to acquire a controlling stake in Lansmont Corporation and Team Corporation.
Together Lansmont Corporation (represented in the Benelux by Rycobel) and Team Corporation (represented in the Benelux by ABtronix) will join Data Physics to create a leading and comprehensive platform of shock and vibration testing equipment with global reach. Each company will remain independent, but the strengths of each will be enhanced and shared across the group. This acquisition brings additional resources to invest in R&D, quality systems and industry leading customer service. Our first priority is to provide world class products and services to our customers.


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