Automated production testing is critical in today’s competitive manufacturing environment. Companies can no longer rely on variable costs, non-uniformity, and potential health hazards that come with a laborer-based manufacturing line. This is no less true for sound and vibration tests, ranging from in-process burn-in tests to product validation and verification tests. The measurement tools and intelligence behind present day manufacturing include data acquisition equipment as well as closed-loop control. And while these systems may not take part in the assembly of any goods, they are just as important to ensure quality control for both components coming into an assembly line and products going out.
Crystal Instruments has evolved a synergistic solution to such testing involving custom hardware and application-focused software. Our Spider-80X module is a complete multi-channel analyzer/controller with IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) time Ethernet communication. It can be programmed to accomplish multiple complex measurement tasks using a workstation or PC and our Engineering Data Management (EDM) software. Thereafter, the PC can be (optionally) disconnected and tests run in “Black Box” mode without an attached computer. Control of the Spider may be accomplished through an Apple iPad™ tablet using our EDM App for iPad.
EDM serves as the standardized human interface to all of our Vibration Control Systems (VCS) and Dynamic Signal Analyzers (DSA). Regardless of the specific application, channel count or language (English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian) the user interface presents the same “look and feel”.