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The Datastick VSA-1214 Vibration Spectrum Analyzer is Datastick's low-cost tool for vibration analysis and data collection. Paired with the Palm® TX handheld computer, it offers large storage capacity and security, long battery life, large display, and very good performance.

The VSA-1214 hardware module attaches to a high-performance Palm TX handheld computer and has a standard BNC connector and low-noise input that accommodates and powers almost any ICP®-type piezoelectric accelerometer. The VSA-1214 includes Datastick Spectrum handheld software and Datastick Reporting SystemT PC software.

The VSA-1214 records and displays vibration FFT spectra in acceleration, velocity, and displacement, as well as acceleration waveforms. It also records and displays overall vibration with color-coded ISO (or custom) alert levels. For a full description of the display capabilities, see the description of Datastick Spectrum handheld software.

More Power

The VSA-1214 hardware module contains its own rechargeable Li-ion battery, which in normal use will last up to twice as long as the VSA-1212 on a single charge. An optional 5200 mAh rechargeable external battery pack is available if you need more power, and it gives you the added benefit of powering BOTH the VSA-1214 module and the Palm TX handheld computer.

Low Noise

A highly optimized design allows the VSA-1214 to find low-level, low-frequency peaks that can't be seen on equipment that costs three or four times as much. For more information, please see the full description of the VSA-1214 module.

Sharp Color Display and Secure Storage

The Palm TX has a unique rotating display which allows you to to view data in either vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape) orientations on its bright, razor-sharp 480 x 320 pixel screen. The Palm TX also features 100 MB of nonvolatile memory which keeps your data safe even if the battery drains all the way (which is highly unlikely, due to its efficient power management).

Virtually Unlimited Storage

The VSA-1214 provides virtually unlimited, extremely secure storage capacity. In addition to the Palm TX handheld's 100 MB of nonvolatile memory - which will hold approximately 3000 spectra or waveforms - the VSA-1214 also lets you record data directly to a Secure Digital (SD) memory card, which you can insert into the handheld computer. The VSA-1214 supports SD cards of up to 2 GB capacity, and you can use as many cards as you like - you'll never run out of space.

At the end of the day, simply insert the SD card into a card reader on your PC to export the handheld data to your PC, or you can use the Palm handheld's HotSync® feature single to export data to your PC with a touch of a button. With another couple of mouse-clicks, your data is imported into Datastick Reporting System software on the PC for analysis, trending, reporting, and archiving.

Compact size and the straightforward operation of the Datastick Spectrum software make the VSA-1214 an excellent vibration analyzer / data collector for route-based inspections, troubleshooting, and field service.

The VSA-1214's affordable price and ease of use make it possible for even the smallest facility to enjoy increased productivity resulting from monitoring and analyzing machine vibration in predictive maintenance.

Rugged Enclosure Option

For added protection from rough handling and the environment, the optional RC-4 Rugged Enclosure provides a splash-resistant, dustproof, impact-resistant shell that still allows access to the touch-screen controls for full operation.

Key Features

  • Uses and powers standard ICP-type piezoelectric accelerometers
  • Attaches to high-performance Palm TX handheld computer
  • Includes Datastick Spectrum handheld software and Datastick Reporting System PC software for analysis and trending
  • Provides vibration waveforms and FFTs, as well as overall vibration with color-coded ISO (or custom) alert levels
  • Palm TX handheld stores approximately 3000 individual signal captures, and SD memory cards provide virtually unlimited storage
  • Self-powered or optional external power
  • Weighs 10 oz with Palm TX handheld computer

Key Specifications

  • Sensor input: Standard BNC connector
  • Sensor excitation: 20 VDC, 10 mA
  • Sensor sensitivity: Nominal 100 mV/g, accepts 10 mV/g – 1000 mV/g ICP® -type piezoelectric accelerometers
  • Sensor input ranges: with 100mV/g accelerometer: 0-5 g or 0-20 g. NOTE: With a 10 mV/g accelerometer, the input ranges would be 0-50 g or 0-200 g. With a 1,000 mV/g accelerometer, the input ranges would be 0-0.5 g or 0-2 g.
  • Antialiasing filter: 10th order hardware low-pass individual signal captures, and SD memory cards provide virtually unlimited storage
  • A-to-D resolution: 12 bits in two ranges
  • Dynamic range : 90 dB overall, 65 db per input range
  • A-to-D internal sample rate: 20 KHz max
  • Frequency range: 50 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 500 / 800 / 1K / 2K / 4K / 5K / 10K Hz, selectable
  • FFT resolution: 400 / 800 / 1600 lines, selectable
  • Supported handheld computer: Palm TX
  • Data storage: 100 MB nonvolatile storage available on the Palm TX handheld, with support for an unlimited number of SD flash memory memory cards with up to 2 GB capacity each
  • Power: Internal rechargeable 800 mAh Li-Ion battery (Optional external 5200 mAh 5 V rechargeable Li-ion battery)
  • Dimensions and weight with Palm TX handheld computer: Approx. 5.75 x 3.125 x 1.875 inches (146 x 79 x 48 mm); 10 ounces (283 g)
  • Included in the VSA-1214 Basic Package: VSA-1214 hardware module, 128 MB or larger Secure Digital (SD) flash memory card for memory expansion on the handheld computer, Datastick Spectrum software for Palm OS handhelds, Datastick Manager software for Palm OS handhelds, Datastick Review software for Palm OS handhelds, Datastick Reporting System software for Windows® PCs, Documentation and five QuickStart instructional videos
  • PC system requirements: Microsoft® Windows XP or Windows Vista, and Microsoft Office® 2003 or 2007 or Microsoft Excel® 2003 or 2007
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