Spectrum 1.9 software for the VSA 1200 Vibration Spectrum Analyzers

Datastick Spectrum software is included with all Datastick VSA-series Vibration Spectrum Analyzer systems. Datastick Spectrum runs on the Palm TX handheld computers and makes it easy to collect and analyze vibration waveforms and spectra for condition monitoring, predictive maintenance and routine troubleshooting and machine diagnostics. Reloadable configurations let you change input and display parameters instantly and perform repeatable inspections easily.

  1. The display auto-scales to the highest peak. Manual scaling is also available.
  2. Green, yellow, orange, and red vibration severity alarms can be set according to ISO 10816-3 guidelines or any desired custom level.
  3. View the full spectrum or zoom in up to 64x for a close look.
  4. Fast access to on-screen tools for zooming and four cursor-position readout options.
  5. Quickly move among Acceleration, Velocity, Displacement, and Vibration dB transformations and Time and Frequency domains.
  6. Fast access to key setup and file management parameters.
  7. Automatic peak finder can show up to 15 of the highest peaks.
  8. File status is clearly visible. (You can choose between discretionary saves or automatic saves.)
  9. Time and Frequency domains and Acceleration, Velocity, Displacement, and Vibration dB transformations are all immediately available in one menu. You can change domains and transformations
    at any time.
  10. Current inspection point is shown on screen.

The versatile Add Note feature allows you to attach quick memos of on-site observations to your recorded data for export to a PC. Datastick Spectrum is included with the VSA-Series Vibration Spectrum Analyzer hardware module and also includes and smoothly integrates with Datastick Review software for comparing pat measurements, Datastick Manager software for file management on the handheld, and Datastick Reporting System for VSA software for analyzing, trending, and reporting waveform and spectral data on a Windows® desktop PC or laptop computer. See screen shots below.

Key Features
  • Datastick Spectrum is straightforward, easy-to-learn vibration
    analyzer / data collector software for use on a Palm TX MEZ-1500 handheld computer with a Datastick VSA hardware module attached
  • Simple, intuitive touch-screen operation.
  • Captures and saves waveform and/or FFT spectrum up to 3200 lines
  • Displays overall vibration alerts per ISO-10816-3 or user-definable custom alerts for any inspection point.
  • Displays wave or spectrum, peaks, overall vibration, and level alerts in a single view
  • Datastick Review software utility shows previous measurements, which can be instantly compared to current measurement
  • Easy setup and execution of inspection routes
  • A Supervisor/User Mode selection allows supervisors full access to all controls and settings while preventing unauthorized users from changing config settings. Access to Supervisor Mode is protected by a Personal Identification Number (PIN).
  • Attach on-site text notes to data for export to desktop PC or laptop
  • Easy data export from handheld computer to PC
  • No mandatory service contract
  • See screen shots below

Datastick Spectrum Features and Specifications
  • Display modes: 
    • Frequency domain in Hz or CPM
    • Time domain acceleration in milliseconds or seconds, displaying peak and RMS values
    • Acceleration, Velocity, Displacement Spectra, and Vibration dB Spectra
    • Vibration dB has user-selectable display optimization to make small peaks easy to see
    • Peak, Peak-Peak, or RMS measurements
    • Overall vibration with alert levels shown in color
    • English or metric units
  • Frequency range: 50 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 500 / 800 / 1k / 2k / 4k / 5k / 10k / 20k Hz (or equivalent CPM) selectable. (10 kHz maximum on VSA-1214)
  • FFT resolution: 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 lines, selectable. (1600 lines on VSA-1214)
  • FFT windowing: User selectable: Rectangular (Uniform), Hanning, Hamming, Flattop, Blackman, Bartlett.
  • Peak Hold: Peak hold of 2, 4, or 8 captures.
  • Averaging: Linear averaging of 2, 4, or 8 averages.
  • Low-frequency display cutoff: User selectable: No cutoff, 1, 2, 5, or 10 Hz (0, 60, 120, 300, 600 CPM).
  • Auto range: Yes, including optional auto-range on zoom; or manual range settings. It is also possible to auto-range any individual view on the display.
  • Cursor-position display tools:
    • Zoom tool: zoom in up to 64x and zoom out to full spectrum. Zoomed-in views can be panned left and right.
    • Inspector tool: select any data point and display its numerical value
    • Peak Inspector tool: cursor snaps to nearest peak.
    • Orders tool: select any two data points and numerically display the multiple of the second point in relation to the first.
    • Waveform Period tool: measures the period between any two peaks in a time-domain waveform.
    • Peak Orders tool: select any two peaks and numerically display the multiple of the second peak in relation to the first.
    • Difference tool: select any two data points and numerically display the difference in value between the two.
    • Peak Difference tool: select any two peaks and numerically display the difference in value between the two.
    • Display options: Individually selectable: Display drawn in histogram or continuous trace, Adjustable display color, Optional X and Y numerical labels.
  • Add Note feature: Add text notes of on-site observations, test conditions, etc., to a signal capture for output to PC.
  • Level Alerts / Judgment Criteria: Flexible dialog box allows you to select ISO-10816-3 alert levels or define custom alert levels according to your own criteria for machine condition levels.
  • Route-inspection capability: Reloadable configuration feature allows every inspection point to be named as an individual configuration. Datastick Reporting System PC software sorts by configuration by default to allow histories to be built for trending.
  • User and Supervisor modes: Password-protected supervisor mode allows full access to all controls. User mode reduces access to configuration settings to prevent unauthorized changing of settings and configurations.
  • Supported handhelds: Palm TX and MEZ-1500 handheld computers.
NEW! Spectrum 2.0 Upgrade includes three new touchscreen tools

for the VSA-1214, VSA-1215 and VSA-1217
Spectrum 2.0 adds three new touchscreen inspection tools to the popup menu on the main screen – for a total of 10 tools. These tools are popular with users who are troubleshooting and want to do fast analysis right at the machine site without going back to the desktop computer.

Segment Overall Tool – Select a band of frequencies and Spectrum shows you the overall vibration in that area, as well as minimum and maximum frequencies for  the band. You can eliminate peaks at frequencies that distort the overall vibration value that you want to see. This is especially helpful for eliminating the high peaks at very low frequencies (called a “ski slope”) – for slow speed equipment.

Segment Overall Peak Tool – Select a peak, and now see the frequencies around the peak highlighted symmetrically. Overall vibration that shows the overall energy in the peak and its sidebands is displayed.

Zoom Autorange Tool – Zoom Autorange makes it easy to distinguish the values in each area. When zooming, the vertical axis of the zoomed region expands or contracts to the highest value in the zoomed region.

Seg Overall
Select the Segment Overall Tool from the popup menu on the main screen. Notice that there are now 10 touchscreen tools.

Seg OV in use
Now you select the frequency range you want to see by dragging the cursor over it. Notice that the peak on the left is not included. This peak would previously have dramatically distorted the actual overall vibration. In addition to overall vibration, the minimum and maximum are shown.

Select the Segment Overall Peak Tool.

Now, as you select the frequency and drag your the stylus, the frequencies to the left and right are symmetrically selected. The overall vibration for the peak frequency and its sidebands is displayed.

Zoom Autorane is now conveniently available from the popup inspection tools on the main screen.

You can now zoom in using the cursor. The vertical axis will now automatically expand or contract to the highest value in the zoomed area, making it much easier to see what is actually occurring.