Castle produce a well known range of high class data-logging instruments for measuring Vibration,
many of which have a built in PC communication facility via USB interface. To make full use
of this feature, a new range of PC software has been developed which will provide the user with
the ability to manipulate and use data in the most flexible way using the full potential of Windows
98, NT, ME, XP, 2000 or Vista.
The particular instruments that
can be used with the software
from the Castle range are the
the Pro-DX Excieo meters and
the GA2001 HARM meters.
The Concept - Simplicity is the key to the
flexibility that this software offers.
Once the program is
open, one mouse click is all it
takes to start acquiring data
from the instrument. Options
are then presented to the user
about how much data and
which types of data to acquire
thus giving control to the operator.
There is also the option
to ‘group’ data by various categories
for the purpose of daily
exposure calculations. Once the data is in the PC, displaying the information in either graphical or
tabular form could not be simpler. The ‘explorer’ pane on the left of the window shows the structure
of the data and simply clicking on a data item will display a graph in the right hand pane.
Flexibility is Power - Getting the data to the screen of your PC is only the beginning and this is where the power of VIBdataPRO
really starts to come into its own. Within the program itself there are a number of options
for manipulating data, for example. The Multi-view system allows you to tailor the data-view to exactly
what you want to see. You can merge data taken with different instruments or on different
occasions. You can also print out a report, which has your own company logo and name on it.
You can change the exposure time and re-calculate daily exposures for any combination of tasks
and the action values can also be changed to apply any future changes in the legislation. What is
more, all of this is available at the click of your mouse.
Windows Integration - Possibly one of the most powerful features
of this software is the fact that you
can use the tables and graphs in any of
your other Windows software packages
such as word processors or spreadsheets.
The process is once again incredibly
simple, as all you have to do is
click on ‘copy’, go into your other software,
open a document and ‘paste’ the
data straight in Modular Software. You
can even have the option of pasting a table
of data, an editable picture or a bitmap,
so you can tailor your reports to the
way you want them!
Trend Analysis - If you are using the Excieo in it’s single axis
mode for monitoring machinery or bearings,
then the trend analysis mode is designed to
make this task simple and results meaningful.
This display can also be used to compare environmental
measurements taken in singe-axis
mode over multiple measurements.
This means that measurements can be compared
no matter when they were taken, providing
they are in the same measurement mode
and can be compared. A trend analysis like this
one can show the deterioration in a component,
and will indicate that maintenance is required
Dose Calculator - For conducting Vibration at Work risk assessments,
it can often be necessary to combine vibration
exposure from various tasks carried out
by an employee. This involves calculating the
exposure Ai(8) for each task with one formula
and then combining them with another formula.
This can be time-consuming and there is potential