Newsletter ABtronix – 2015/3

Dear ,


You are about to read the 3rd edition of the ABtronix’ newsletter this year. While the sun is shining longer and the temperature is rising more and more, I would like to ask your attention for the following items in this edition, before we are all going to enjoy our spring holidays.


Enjoy reading.


Jos Luijten,

Office Manager









May 5, 2015
19:00 CET

Free Data Physics Webinar:
'3 Steps to FFT Measurements with a Dynamic Signal Analyzer''


May 19-21, 2015

Sensor + Test
ABtronix suppliers present:
CSM (Hall 11, booth 11-117)
Data Translation (Hall 11, booth 11-308)

DJB (Hall 11, booth 11-209)
Stiegele Datensysteme (Hall 11, booth 11-129 & 11-132)

Messe, Nürnberg (DE)

June 2-4, 2015

Electronics & Automation 2015

Jaarbeurs, Utrecht (NL)

June 9, 2015
19:00 CET

Free Webinar Data Physics ‘Advanced Techniques for Turbomachinery Vibration Analysis’   Register here for the Webinar


June 16-18, 2015

Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2015
ABtronix' suppliers present:
- CSM (booth 1728)
- Data Physics (booth 1754)
- PCB Electronics (booth 1131)

Landesmesse Stuttgart (DE)

June 23 – 25, 2015


Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo

RAI Amsterdam

July 6, 2015

'Messtechnik in Bewegung'
ABtronix suppliers present:
- Stiegele

Rothenburg o/d Tauber, Flugplatz (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)

Sept 19 – 21, 2016

ISMA Noise and Vibration Engineering Conference - ISMA2016
in conjuction with
'Uncertainty in Structural Dynamics 2016'

Leuven, Belgium


Knauer Engineering: Vibro Test Systems

KNAUER ENGINEERING is a company working in the field of engineering and development of special machines with its own production facilities.
Its wide range of products offers custom-made planning to all kinds of users in the field of vibration.

The VIBROTEST program consists of a numerous of reliable standard systems, as well of special systems, which have been developed due to requirements of our clientele. These customer specific solutions like designs for special or very big or difficult test specimens, electrical adjustment of the displacement or high accelerations over a big frequency range are our strength

The physical interdependence of some criterions makes it impossible to reach all shown limits at the same time. Being your competent partner in the field of vibration engineering, we offer qualified consultancy and extensive servicing in relation to our systems.


The VIBROTEST oscillating systems stand for practically oriented and consistent realization of

- Reliability- and fatigue testing

- Quality assurance

- Transport simulation

- Resonance analysis

- Environment simulations


However we are bound to the following physical limits:
Max. table size:        3000 x 4000 mm

Max. load:               15.000 kg

Frequency range:     10 -100 Hz

Max. acceleration:    20 g

Max. displacement:  25mm

Type of motion:       vertical, horizontal circular and combinations

VIBROCONTROL is the standard software for the VIBROTEST oscillating systems. This menu-guided and self-explaining software with intelligent functions for all your tasks will support you when dealing with measuring, signal handling, test preparation and with the online frequency control of the VIBROTEST system. The VIBROCONTROL software is a practice-oriented program for:

- Operation and control of the VIBROTEST-Systems.

- Calculation of the plausibility of test conditions as well as their graphic display.

- Calculation of the settings of the vibrator motors (adjustment of the unbalances) as well as a graphic display.


Kvaser released the Memorator Professional 5xHS

Kvaser AB announces the launch of the Kvaser Memorator Professional 5xHS.
This is the industry's first 5 channel high-speed controller area network (CAN) to USB interface and data logger. A special feature of the 5 channel Memorator Professional is its ability to run user-developed scripts catering for engineers who need customised features such as CAN protocol converters, CAN gateways and advanced CAN logging functionality.
Memorator Professional 5 x HS offers advanced features such as Message Filtering, Triggers, Error Detection and Generation, Silent Mode, an expandable SD Card slot, Galvanic Isolation, and much more. Configurable using Kvaser's Memorator Config Tool, it is also capable of running user-developed scripts, written in the Kvaser t programming language. Guidance in creating programs is supplied.


  • Monitor 5 CAN channels simultaneously using just one device, or connect the USB cable with a single 9 pin DSUB for single CAN channel monitoring.
  • Automatically time synchronises the data transmitted and received across all five buses.
  • Built-in Kvaser MagiSync technology time synchronises with other Kvaser interfaces connected to the same PC, resulting in simpler and more accurate multichannel data capture.
  • Script functionality allows users to develop customised t-script applications written in the Kvaser t programming language.
  • Plug and play installation, and a comprehensive user guide to help make t script development quick and easy.
  • Log data to an expandable SD card slot.
  • LED lights alert user to device status, including signalling a full SD card or card error.
  • Power derived from the USB connection, CAN or an in-built power supply.
  • CAN FD upgradeable via firmware.
  • Compatible with J1939, CANopen, NMEA 2000® and DeviceNet


DJB introduces a 9 Channel Charge/Voltage Amplifier

The CV9 rack mounted unit is the perfect partner for use in industrial or laboratory applications where signal conditioning and/or charge amplification is required. The CV9 is available in three versions offering maximum flexibility and return on investment

The unit uses standard rack dimensions in a compact 1U high 19” rack mountable chassis with an elegant brushed metal front, with front mounted BNC input and output sockets it offers quick and versatile set up.


Racks Available

CV9-C   – 9 Channel Charge Amplifier with variable gain per channel, x1, x10, x100.

CV9-V   – 9 Channel IEPE Signal Conditioner with variable gain per channel, x1, x10, x100 and user selectable 2-20mA supply.

CV9-CV – 9 Channel IEPE Signal Conditioner, individual channels are switchable to Charge Amplification, with variable gain per channel.



·        Short circuit/open circuit warning Indicator.

·        IEPE Constant Current Source user selectable via internal jumpers from 2 to 20mA

·        Individual channels have switchable Gain of x1, x10, and x100 for Charge and Voltage inputs.

·        Front panel BNC input/output connectors.

·        19" Rack Mountable Enclosure.



Data Translation: Vibration Measurement and Embedded ARM

The DT7837 combines 4-channel high accuracy dynamic signal data acquisition for noise, vibration, and acoustic applications with an embedded Cortex-A8 ARM processor. Four, 24-bit, IEPE (ICP®) sensor input data can be algorithmically processed in real time with the optional use of a 24-bit stimulus D/A generator and the results presented to a host for analysis.

Based on an Open-source Linux computing platform derived from the BeagleBone Black, you can build highly sophisticated applications using USB and Ethernet for host and client communication, microSD or serial UART interfaces. Complete source code is provided that can be modified and used without any restrictions. Further examples show how to develop an embedded application for any specific purpose using various open-source libraries and utilities.

The DT7837 software can be downloaded from the DT website. This file is a self-extracting compressed archive that will install the source code for the DT7837 kernel device drivers, device tree, and examples under the target directory on your Linux host computer when executed. Before executing this file, refer to the DT7837 Getting Started help file for detailed instructions on setting up a host for development.



·         Dynamic Signal Analyzer with embedded ARM

·         4 IEPE channels, 24-bit resolution, up to 105.4 kHz simultaneous sampling

·         Digital I/O (8 In/8 Out), Counter/Timers, Tachometer

·         High speed, 24-bit, stimulus analog output for dynamic waveform generation

·         TI AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 MPU with 2GB on-board NAND Flash memory

·         Open-source Linux computing platform using the TI AM335x SDK Essentials Version 7.0

·         microSD-Card interface for measurement results and raw data

·         USB-host port for additional SSD hard disk, Wireless LAN, or GSM communication stick

·         serial (3.3V) UART interface to communicate with PLC; I2C2, SPI

·         Ethernet and USB Client for host communication

·         Free source code provided


Warwick Control: X-Analyser3 available for Educational Institutions at drastically discounted rate.


Warwick Control Technologies is a world leader in Controller Area Network (CAN) and related technology. It specialises in CAN, DeviceNet, CANopen, J1939, NMEA2000, LIN and FlexRay network technologies. We can also help you on the new fast CAN protocol (CAN-FD). Warwick Control is currently working with the NMEA to develop a NMEA 2000 analysis/troubleshooting tool. Our flagship product, the X-Analyser is a powerful, low cost Windows based tool that uses Kvaser, Softing or Vector interfaces to test your CAN/CANopen/J1939/DeviceNet and LIN bus systems. The new NMEA 2000 tool is soon to follow.

Warwick Control is reminding the Education community that the X-Analyser 3 software can be obtained at half price. This is a special price we offer to Educational Institutions for their course work. Whether you are a college automotive technician course or a university research group, X-Analyser is essential for any application involving the CAN bus or LIN bus technology.  
X-Analyser is a proven tool utilised in many industries around the world. Warwick Control released its new version this past year that has exceptional features that make it a powerful analysis and test tool for CAN and LIN bus applications. We have recently developed OBD CAN support features within the X-Analyser.



SI-Kwadraat comes with the CAN Blackbox, SI2-CBB



The SI2-CBB is a system, which can be used stand-alone, but also as an interface for the PC or any other operating system. The module is built around the Microchip PIC32 MIPS controller, where all I/O and network interfaces are integrated. A very flexible CAN platform with numerous possibilities is made due to the standard open hardware and software structures.




·         Low-cost CAN analysing tool

·         CAN logger

·         CAN I/O module

·         CAN protocol analysis:

-       CANopen

-       J1939

·         Visual inspection

·         Graphical User Interface:

-       Browser technology

-       Local or remote server

·         Interfacing to:

-       USB

-       RS232

-       Bluetooth

-       I2C

-       SPI

-       CAN bridge


Hardware (Duinomite MEGA):


·         PIC32 controller

·         512 kb flask

·         128 kb RAM

·         2 CAN interfaces

·         USB

·         RS232-C

·         I2C

·         SPI

·         VGA / PS/2 keyboard

·         Sound

·         20 multipurpose I/O’s

·         Arduino compatible  connector

·         microSD Card

·         Multiple Supply




Data Physics: Understanding VI Curves and Their Significance

As each shaker is manufactured, Data Physics gathers Voltage vs. Current (VI) curves for that particular model.

The VI curves show the voltage and current output from the amplifier to the AC coil, typically recorded at full force bare table. The original VI curves can later be referred to and compared against current measurements as another health check of the shaker and amplifier assembly.

Figure 1 is a recently recorded VI curve for the LE-308/DSA10-20K shaker and amplifier system. You can see the Voltage starts at approximately 100V, which is right at the displacement limit of the shaker.

The voltage then gradually increases to approximately 105V, which is the velocity limit of 71 inches per second (1.8 m/s). Since Velocity is directly proportional to Voltage, this constant is maintained until you reach the Velocity to Force crossover frequency, which is approximately 80 Hz, at which point the Voltage drops and Current reaches its maximum.

You can see that the Current stays generally constant at approximately 125 Amperes through the entire frequency range of approximately 80-900 Hz, at which time the required current rolls off due to the “free energy” of the system dynamics.
Since we have tested this system at maximum force, the maximum current requirement should not change with payload except at the velocity crossover point. In other words, if you were to load a 150 lbs (68 kg) payload or a 250 lbs (113 kg) payload and operate the shaker to its full force output, the required current should remain a constant 125 Amperes.
The only exception to this rule would be at the Velocity to Acceleration cross over point which will shift down significantly due to the payload. However, the curve should look just the same as Figure 1; the only difference would be the point at which the Voltage and Current cross each other.



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.


IET Labs: Precision Resistance Temperature Detector Simulator

The RTD Series Precision RTD (Resistance Temperature Detector) Simulator provides a very broad range of absolute resistance values.

The RTD simulator effectively replaces an RTD to test, analyze, and calibrate RTD measuring systems. The RTD Series is ideal where applications of Resistance Temperature Detector (RTD) simulation require exact low value resistance without “zero” and contact resistance effects.



• 50 ppm absolute accuracy

• 1 resolution

• No “zero” resistance; direct setting

• Highest performance RTD simulator avail able

• Highest accuracy, highest stability, lowest TC

• Wide range - 10 Ω to 1111.110 Ω

• Virtually independent of contact resistance variation

• Ideal for DIN PT-100, PT-100 ANSI, PT-50 and NI-120 systems






ABtronix BV

Hazeldonk 6033

4836 LA   Breda

the Netherlands

T: +31 76 5968800

F: +31 76 5968888

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