30 November 2010
Welcome to our latest Newsletter about the Vibration & Environmental test world in addition to the latest information from m+p international.
The m+p international Newsletter is circulated exclusively to test engineers and managers involved in vibration test, data acquisition and signal analysis and hopes to bring you some useful technical snippets gleaned from around the world and from around the test and measurement industry. We always look forward to your inputs, send us your views to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is a U.S. space transport company which is developing a family of launch vehicles and spacecraft. The company designs, tests and fabricates the majority of their components in-house.
NASA selected SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle and the free-flying, reusable Dragon spacecraft to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). The $1.6 billion contract represents a minimum of 12 flights, with an option to order additional missions for a cumulative total contract value of up to $3.1 billion.
To meet the stringent reliability requirements of its customers, SpaceX has a full quality assurance program and an exhaustive acceptance test program. For the NASA order, SpaceX selected m+p international’s SO Analyzer for full modal testing. SO Analyzer is a dynamic data acquisition, analysis and reporting system with integrated analysis across a wide range of applications from structural testing to sound quality.
Dragon spacecraft, Courtesy: SpaceX
Jack Connor, Dynamics Engineer, says, “When NASA picked SpaceX to re-supply the space station, we realized that we would be required to perform a significant amount of modal testing if our analysis was to meet their strict standards. Instead of farming this work out to expensive consulting companies, we decided to bring modal testing completely in house using m+p international’s SO Analyzer as the cornerstone of our testing capability. The software has enabled us to perform two full modal tests in less than two months, and we are scheduled to complete 4 more in the next two months. The technical support has been superb, and we would recommend m+p to anyone looking to improve their dynamic testing capability.”
2. Coda Supports Data Acquisition Hardware from Agilent
Coda is m+p international’s easy-to-use data acquisition software that delivers precise, repeatable results. Complete turnkey operation provides quicker time to test by eliminating costly application programming and long learning curves. The Coda software has extensive built-in features and tools, thus offering a functionality that was previously available only in custom packages. The intuitive GUI provides easy and fast set-up, operation and analysis, leading to high-quality results quickly. For post-test analysis, data can be exported into applications such as Microsoft Excel and MATLAB.
Coda supports a wide range of powerful LXIbus, VXIbus and USB-based instruments from renowned manufacturers – for applications ranging from a few dozen to thousands of channels.
Now Coda also supports Agilent Technologies U series data acquisition hardware. Agilent’s data acquisition family gives the user the choice and flexibility to create solutions that evolve and expand to his changing measurement needs. The series includes multifunction measurement modules, simultaneous-sampling measurement modules and digital input/output (I/O) modules. These versatile, compact modules can be used standalone or plugged into a chassis. They provide high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity.
3. Network Based Licensing with Detach Option
Licensing options of the SO Analyzer for dynamic signal analysis include softcode, a hardware dongle key and now an advanced network based capability.
The new network based option provides concurrent user access anywhere on the user network with the added option of detachable licensing for portable PCs or measurement systems etc. This means that no dongle is needed for remote/portable use so increasing security and reliability whilst retaining maximum usage on a network in the office. Also detachable licenses can be obtained from the network or using simple text files so the license can be obtained or updated from anywhere in the world without a direct internet connection.
Other enhancements include comprehensive usage logging, the ability to mix and match different numbers of each software module and administrator control of logins across the network, e.g. to unload a user. Further protection has also been added to ensure a user can save critical data should the user be disconnected from the server for any reason during a session.
For further details or to arrange a demonstration of SO Analyzer or any of our products, please call us on (+1) 973 239 3005 or email email@example.com.
4. m+p international at IMAC Conference and Exposition
Please visit m+p international at the IMAC-XXIX Conference and Exposition from
February 1 to 3, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida to see the latest revision of our SO Analyzer for dynamic signal analysis with channel counts from 4 channels to thousands:
Application support independent of hardware front-end allows upgrading while preserving your investment.
We would be pleased to see you.
For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, that brings to a close this edition of the m+p international Newsletter. If there are items of info you would like to see here or if you have useful tips for the rest of the environmental test world, then please send us your pointers and we'll include them in the next edition.
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