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Di-440 More than an analyser !

Diagnostic Instruments has announced the launch of the Di-440, a new concept in vibration analysis instrumentation. The Di-440 re-defines traditional approaches to vibration analysis, simplifying the process for those involved in industrial maintenance, servicing and inspection or the manufacture of rotating and reciprocating machinery.

DI has combined the latest rugged handheld computing technology with a flexible range of analysis modules to create a multi-functional tool for use by anyone, no matter what their level of experience.

The Concept
The Di-440 was created to provide a simple, easy to use instrument for a wide range of maintenance, inspection and analysis applications. It is in effect, several instruments combined into one fully ruggedised, handheld device. The Di-440 gives the users the flexibility to choose from a range of test and analysis applications. These modular tools include a user configurable conformance checker that utilises either existing ISO/BS/ANSI standards or can be customised by the user, allowing them to create their own standards. Further applications include a spectrum analyser with an easy to use phase vector readout, dual plane static and dynamic balancing and a recorder/data logger module.

The key to the Di-440's flexibility lies in its modular approach to analysis. Users can select just the applications they require, creating an instrument tailored to their requirements. Further modules can be installed at a later date if requirements change, ensuring a flexible upgrade path without the need to invest in new hardware.

Unique Features
The key to the success of the Di-440 is its ease of use. As such DI has incorporated some key features to assist the user. Each application features on screen help and provides a set of step by step instructions. Images or engineering drawings of actual machinery and transducer drawings can be downloaded onto the Di-440 to ensure that measurements are taken correctly.

To meet the needs of the consultant, the Di-440 allows a hardcopy to be sent direct to a portable printer while still in the field. Data can also be imported directly into Excel for reporting and graphical representations without the need for additional software.

The Hardware
At the core of the Di-440 lies a cutting edge mobile computer. This handheld PC incorporates the same technologies as the leading commercial PDA devices currently available, including a 400 MHz Xscale processor and large internal flash memory. The result is a powerful device with rapid processing power capable of taking high resolution measurements. The Di-440's large colour display is readable in all lighting conditions. The instrument also utilises Microsoft's Windows CE.net operating system thus gives seamless connectivity into the PC environment.

Data is easily transferred using ActiveSync and high speed USB comms. The large 64 megabyte internal memory and the choice of SD/MMC, CF or PCMICA external storage options ensure that there are no problems with data storage.

Diagnostic Instruments have been designing rugged devices since 1987, as such they understand the need for an instrument to withstand the daily knocks and abuse associated with industrial environments. The Di-440 embodies this philosophy with a multiple 2 meter drop test rating and IP 65 sealing to protect against dust and water ingress.

October 2004

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