ITM adds NI-9205 compatibility to iTestSystem

 

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NI-9205 C-Series Module

We are excited to announce that the NI-9205 general purpose analog input module can now be used with iTestSystem and NI CompactDAQ.  Adding this module allows engineers to expand the use of iTestSystem from structural testing and analysis where signal phase relationship is important, into data logging where phase isn’t as high a priority.  The NI-9205 features 32 single-ended or 16 differential analog inputs, 16-bit resolution, and a maximum sampling rate of 250 kS/s.

Our customers really wanted this module added and I can see why.  If the NI-9205 module is combined with iTestSystem’s free feature set, they could build a flexible and cost effective data logger.  With the extended feature set of iTestSystem, they could also build a standalone logger, with triggering and CAN support.

For more information, visit http://www.itestsystem.com

Marquette University’s “Smart Building” Provides a Real-World Look at Concepts in Action

MILFORD, OH– Integrated Test & Measurement (ITM) announces a “Smart Building” program in partnership with Marquette University. This unique initiative allows next generation structural engineers to perform large-scale experiments and obtain real-time results using data collected on the very building in which they are learning. ITM was selected to provide the technology and services for the program.

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Powerful Software – Powerful Results

The system is powered by ITM’s configurable iTestSystem software platform. The software allows users to organize, acquire and view important engineering data using National Instruments (NI) hardware. Using iTestSystem, a building monitoring system was created to collect data from a weather station together with more than 120 strain gauge sensors installed along beams, braces and columns inside the Engineering Hall at Marquette University.

The system not only measures wind speed on the five story structure; it can actually “feel” the wind load during gusts and record its impact on the facility. Data is broadcast in real time to anyone plugged into the servers through their mobile device. Observing the data allows students to understand how a building’s systems “share lateral load” during wind events. In addition, instruments along support beams in the Engineering Materials and Structural Testing lab allow students to analyze moving loads as the crane moves around the bay. At the same time floor sensors measure the impact of people moving through the building. This information will impact future building design and potential building code modifications.

For more information, visit http://www.itestsystem.com

Engineering on the fringe of big data

As test engineers, we are driven by data. It motivates everything we do. The faster we can gather, manage and analyze vast amounts of data, the more effective and efficient we become at understanding the stresses that tax modern machinery.

That is why I’m excited to share some of the recent advances Integrated Test & Measurement (ITM) has made as it relates to our large channel synchronized count monitoring systems.

In many ways, we are hitting the extreme fringes in terms of gathering big data, and these developments have all been made possible by our proprietary iTestSystem software. (Download a free version of our base software.)

Test Engineering Extremes using iTestSystem and NI cDAQ

  • Collecting and managing terabytes of data during month’s long test
  • Synchronizing 25 NI 9188 cDAQ chassis to collect more than a thousand (1000) channels of strain, acceleration, temperature, voltage and current data
  • Gathering data from on-board systems such as CAN, CCP and customized machine PLC protocols in the same data file as analog data
  • Collecting high voltage and contact temperature data using isolated amplifiers at one megahertz (1MHz)

Driven by the opportunity to engineer tests for both the rail industry and heavy machinery manufacturers, our team has been able to collect, manage and monitor terabytes of synchronized data during month’s long tests.

The process includes designing and installing data acquisition (DAQ) systems to gather more than a thousand channels of strain, acceleration, temperature, voltage and current data — all at once. Where before we had gathered a couple hundred channels of synced data, we’ve now passed the thousand-count mark. (Incidentally, the manufacturer of our C-DAQ hardware platform informed us that our high-channel-count tests are more than double any other application of which they are aware.)

Beyond the volume of channels, we’ve also been able to harvest data from high voltage sources at extreme data rates. One of our colleagues even used iTestSystem to collect 16 channels of data from high voltage sources at 500kHz.

In addition, our engineers have been able to run these tests while at the same time gathering data from on-board systems such as CAN, CCP and customized machine PLC protocols — an advance that allows our clients to gain an even more complete picture of the precise environment at work in their machinery.

— ITM President Tim Carlier

ITM Adds New Talent

We have had a busy summer at ITM coordinating multiple exciting projects, but among our biggest successes has been expanding our team.

I’m excited to announce that we’ve grown our engineering group by two with the addition of Ryan Matthews and Matt Satcher. Ryan is serving as a field engineer and a vibration analyst, and his main responsibilities include providing on-site installation and support, developing algorithms to process complex vibration data and designing custom control panel assemblies.

Matt is working as a system/component designer and field engineer for ITM, and he is also designing custom panel assemblies and rugged data acquisition systems along with providing on-site installation and support for customers.

You can read more about our entire team here, but here are some some additional details about Ryan and Matt:

  • Ryan Matthews is a recent graduate from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his time at UC, he completed 5 co-op semesters designing and testing high temperature vibration and temperature sensors for turbine engine environments. He conducted many small-scale vibration experiments and also performed modal analyses on military helicopters to investigate alternate positions of the Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) sensors.
  • Matt Satcher previously worked at a large aerospace company in Madrid, Spain, in the stress analysis department. While there, he was responsible for design work with CATIA, performing finite element analyses on the vertical tail of the A350XWB, and the structural design verification of a prototype jet engine. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Saint Louis University.

We welcome both of these talented men to ITM.

— ITM President Tim Carlier

ITM Returning to NI Week as Presenter

During NI Week every year, Austin, Texas, transforms into a mecca for top engineers and scientists worldwide who come by the thousands to absorb the very latest in tech.

This year ITM will once again be attending, but even more exciting is that our team will once again be presenting at the National Instruments sponsored conference.

Ryan Welker, ITM’s Lead Test Engineer, will be co-presenting with NI on “Best Practices for Powering, Mounting, and Enclosing Your CompactDAQ(cDAQ) System” during hour-long sessions on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m. (Room 12B), then again on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m. (Room 13A/B).

Ryan will be sharing details about the cDAQ hardware packaging that ITM uses to gather data in even the harshest environments as well as the proprietary iTestSystem software solution (now available as a free download) that ITM has developed to pair with NI’s equipment.

If you are at NI Week, hope you can check out the presentation or feel free to connect with us online.

— ITM President Tim Carlier

ITM Offers Free Version of iTestSystem Software

Integrated Test & Measurement has an exciting announcement. As of now, you can download a free version of our proprietary iTestSystem software. Anyone can download it and begin using it at no charge from our website.

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iTestSystem is a software platform that enables test engineers to organize, acquire and view important engineering data using National Instruments (NI) C-Series hardware.  iTestsystem was specifically designed for use with National Instruments (NI) cDAQ hardware.

The new free version offers the following new options:

  • Online Software Registration
  • Modern Software Interface Console
  • More cDAQ module choices
  • Customizable Real Time Data Views (Plots)
  • Updated data viewer (TestView +)

Download your copy now, and be sure to reach out and let us know how we can further assist you with this exciting new tool.

— ITM President Tim Carlier

ITM’s Custom Kits Simplify Vibration Testing

Whether you are diagnosing a mechanical failure in anything from trucks to trains or elevators to excavators, it seems vibration is often the key to tracking down the root cause.

At ITM, we have customized a Vibration Test Kit that is helping our clients isolate vibration levels no matter if they are collecting data for operating deflection shapes (ODS) or measuring overall vibration levels for ISO standards.

Depending on your needs, our rugged and portable Vibration Test Packages will be built with as few as 4 channels or as many as 32 channels and include National Instruments cDAQ chassis combined with NI-9234 accelerometer input cards, power supply, and industrial accelerometers.

In addition, you can use ITM’s iTestSystem software to stream the vibration and rotational speed data from the cDAQ chassis directly to your laptop.

Find out more about our Vibration Test Kit options, and let us know if we can assist your next project.

— ITM President Tim Carlier

Explore ITM’s Rugged Data Acquisition Systems for Rent

If the right tool doesn’t exist, build it.

For years that has been the approach ITM engineers have taken when it comes to gathering data and building tests for clients. And after decades of performing structural testing in aerospace, off-highway, automotive, industrial and many other environments, we’ve built up an impressive line of custom Rugged Data Acquisition (RAC) Systems that are now available for rent.

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Our RAC systems integrate NI hardware solutions with our proprietary iTestSystem data acquisition software, so you can be sure these units are technically sound.

At ITM we believe that our ability to make tough measurements for clients is often only limited by the availability of the ideal tool for gathering the right data. In other words, necessity really is the mother of invention.

So whether you need to do some long-term, high-speed in-vehicle data logging or you need a portable and rugged system that can withstand harsh environments while gathering high channel counts, our RAC systems will do the job — or we will customize one that will.

Check out our lineup of Rugged Data Acquisition Systems.

— ITM President Tim Carlier