Datastick Announces the First Instrument on Ruggedized PDAs to Display Vibration Spectrum Analysis Using ICPR Accelerometers

  • October 07, 2004
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Introducing the VSA-1227 and VSA-1247 Vibration Spectrum Analyzers and Datastick Spectrum software for ruggedized Palm Powered(TM) PDAsCAMPBELL, CA, OCTOBER 5, 2004--Two Datastick Vibration Spectrum Analyzers, the VSA-1227 and VSA-1247, are the first ruggedized PDA-based instruments for vibration analysis using Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) displays for ICPR accelerometers, announced Datastick Systems, Inc., the leader in test and measurement on handheld computers. The announcement was made at ISA Expo 2004 in Houston by Michael Scandling, Datastick VP Marketing, who also announced new Datastick Spectrum software for spectrum analysis with Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) displays.The VSA-1227 provides 2 analog input channels and the VSA-1247 provides 4 analog input channels. When combined with the appropriate Datastick software, they become complete PDA-based multipurpose instruments for vibration analysis and analog data acquisition using a variety of ICP sensors. The VSA-1227 and VSA-1247 come with Datastick Spectrum software for vibration analysis and Datastick Connection Lite software for general-purpose data acquisition.The VSA-1227 and VSA-1247, used with Datastick Spectrum software and ICP accelerometers, display Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) snapshots in thirteen selectable ranges up to 0-5 KHz, at a single-sided-spectrum resolution of up to 1024 points, with nine windowing options. In addition, the software provides tools for inspecting specific points in the display, as well as computing differences in amplitudes at recorded frequencies. The VSA instruments are used in applications in industrial automation, plant maintenance, field testing, machine health, and more."Datastick customers have asked for FFT displays for vibration analysis, and for ruggedized PDAs," said Steve Sabram, Datastick's CTO and President. "With these new products, we address both needs, in addition to providing general-purpose data acquisition. This is a major first in equipping customers with convenient, portable, reasonably priced PDA-based instruments."The VSA instruments run on the base unit, the rugged Meazura(TM) PalmPowered(TM) handheld from Aceeca, Ltd. Dustproof and water-resistant IP67 standards, the unit is designed and constructed to withstand a 4-foot drop onto a concrete floor. It has the full functionality of a handheld running Palm OS 4.1.2, including the ability to use business applications, keep addresses and phone numbers, take notes, etc.The VSA-1227 and VSA-1247 come with a choice of serial or USB cable for charging and syncing to a Windows pc. Recorded data is downloaded to a pc at the touch of a button by means of Palm's HotSync technology. Then, with the Datastick Reporting System(TM) software, included with Datastick Spectrum, measurement data loads into a special Excel spreadsheet with one mouse-click on the pc."Users of portable battery-powered instruments have struggled for years with proprietary systems that don't allow measurement data to be exported quickly and easily into a universally recognized format," said Scandling. "There is no software quite so universal as Microsoft Office."In addition to spectrum analysis, the VSA instruments provide general-purpose data acquisition with up to four single-ended analog inputs at 12-bit resolution. Four other Datastick software titles provide general-purpose data acquisition using a variety of ICP sensors. Datastick Connection Lite software is included.The VSA-1227 and VSA-1247 will ship in November. The VSA is being demonstrated at ISA Expo 2004 today through October 7.Datastick Systems, Inc., designs and develops cost-effective handheld spectrum analysis and data acquisition products for a broad range of industrial, scientific, governmental, environmental, and educational markets. Datastick developed the first general-purpose data acquisition hardware and software system for the Palm platform. Datastick is located at 51 E. Campbell Ave., Suite 130, Campbell, CA 95008. For more information, contact Datastick at 408 871-3300, fax 408 871-3313, email or visit the web site at

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