PCB Piezotronics, Inc. a designer, manufacturer, and global supplier of accelerometers, microphones, force, torque, load, and strain sensors has announced a new firmware upgrade for The Modal Shop’s (TMS) range of portable vibration calibrators that delivers semi-automatic generation of test points to make calibration routines a breeze.

The new CALROUTE firmware upgrade is available on all 9100 and 9110D series calibrators enabling repetitive calibration routines to be generated and run semi-automatically with the 9110D offering instant notification of pass or fail and automatic generation of calibration certificates. This highly convenient upgrade is ideal for installations that have many vibration sensors of the same model. The firmware also enables up to six routines to be programmed via a USB stick so that different sensors can be calibrated without having to reload.

CALROUTE uses version 3.0.7 of the TMS Report Generation Microsoft Excel Workbook with a new tab added. Test routines can be set up on a laptop or desktop computer then the route files are saved onto a USB memory stick. Running routines on multiple vibration sensors is then straightforward with test results being recorded onto the same USB memory stick for later transfer back to the computer where ISO 17025 compliant calibration certificates can be printed out.

PCB Piezotronics, commented, “CALROUTE offers customers a simple way to generate test routines for all kinds of vibration sensors including charge mode and 4-20mA vibration transmitter devices. Its development is part of PCB’s ongoing commitment to customers and is backed by a support team of Customer Service Representatives and Application Engineers. PCB® proudly stands behind their products with the services you value most, including 24-hour technical support, a global distribution network, and the industry’s only commitment to Total Customer Satisfaction (TCS).”

The CALROUTE upgrade is complemented by two additional firmware improvements for model 9110D calibrators which are the 9100-LF5 that extends low frequency range from 7Hz to 5Hz and 9110-MC that adds “modulated current” sensor calibration capability and displays sensitivity in µA or mA per engineering unit (g’s, ips, etc.). More information is available here http://www.modalshop.com/Model 9110D Portable Calibrator?ID=784

PCB® has also introduced a new low frequency portable vibration calibrator – TMS Model 9210D – that is ideal for industrial and seismic accelerometers, eddy current probes (proximity probes), moving coil vibration sensors and high temperature charge-mode vibration systems.

Offering the best low frequency (slow speed) performance of any portable vibration calibrator, the new 9210D’s rugged design and payload capability simulates vibration speeds as low as 42 cycles per minute (0.7Hz) and supports creation of ISO 17025 compliant calibration certificates. The lightweight and portable design also supports in-situ verification of 4-20mA loop velocity vibration transmitters, condition monitoring systems, PLC, DCS and SCADA system alarms and portable vibration meters and analysers.

Features include vibration sensitivity display indicating instant pass/fail result; up to 800-gram payload to support testing of heavy industrial sensors used in applications such as hydropower; optional eddy current probe mounting kit; acceleration, velocity and displacement scales in metric and imperial units; up to 14-hour battery life and closed loop control to reduce calibration time.

ISO 17025 accredited and NIST traceable, the Model 9210D is housed in a Pelican® Storm case with an armature lock to provide superior durability.