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Handheld Vibration Analyzers Enable Predicitive Maintenance

Datastick VSA Vibration Spectrum Analyzers now include a new member of the Datastick Spectrum software suite - Datastick InSpect route creation and execution software. VSA-series vibration collector/analyzers help prevent unexpected and costly equipment failures in rotating and reciprocating machinery by alerting users to the condition of their critical equipment so they can proactively schedule its maintenance, rather than being surprised by unplanned breakdowns.

Datastick InSpect software has two components: the desktop software and the handheld software. First, routes are defined in InSpect RouteMaker software on the PC and then moved to the handheld computer that is part of the portable VSA vibration analyzer.

A technician runs the route, collecting data with the handheld VSA, and then brings the VSA back to the PC for trending and analysis on the InSpect desktop software. During the course of running the route the technician can stop if he wishes and switch to Datastick Spectrum software for more detailed analysis on the portable unit, and more in-depth information for later analysis on the PC.

Datastick Spectrum displays waveform or FFT spectral information on the PDA's high-resolution, full color touchscreen. Data can be shown in terms of acceleration, velocity, displacement, or vibration decibels as well as overall vibration with alarm level display. VSA models are also available for dynamic pressure sensing and impact testing.

After the data is captured on the PDA, the user exports it to Datastick Reporting System software on a Windows XP or Windows Vista PC for analysis and trending in the Excel-based desktop software.

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