Sunday, July 7, 2019

The video below illustrates one of our installation at Mary Arms in France. We have performed there an "electronic upgrade" on existing mechanical devices that were still in good condition :

The video below illustrates a set of 20 shots on shotshell cal 12 cartridges at Nobel Sport - Anneyron plant :

Saturday, June 11, 2011

CIP Testing

It is perhaps a good idea to sometimes remind what is CIP Testing.

"CIP" stands for "Commission Internationale Permanente". It was created in 1914 by the Director of the Liege Proofhouse. More: read here.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Reliability record reached

Yesterday we got an e-mail at 15:25 from a customer in France. Their system, including computer, acquisition boards and instruments that we installed in 1999 was down for the very first time in nearly 10 years of good operation. A complete reinstall was needed.

We started to assist the maintenance people over Internet yesterday 10 minutes later, immediately uploading all the necessary software right into the exact version that was delivered 10 years ago. On the way we recompiled it with very minor changes with our updated development tools.

The system was up and running today at 14:25 pm precisely. That is less than 11 workhours downtime.

Such maintenance work would not have been possible just a few years ago. For the occasion we used all possible tools available over Internet.

Again, we thank all our customers for their trust throughout the years.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pressure transducers calibration - an innovative dynamic procedure

The picture above illustrate a custom program used to calibrate pressure transducers, more precisely to dynamically compare the behavior of a working transducer (daily used in production) against a reference transducer. Both are mounted on the assembly, measures take place just as usual but with both acquisition chains in parallel. Then the program computes the linear regression making it possible to apply correctors on the working transducer so that the highest accuracy is always achieved over the time. Calibrations can be compared from week to week (the frequency depends on the case). By doing this, we see when a transducer falls below limits and needs to be ditched.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Kistler instruments

We can provide our customers with all Kistler instruments available in the catalog.
If you have question or looking for a solution, please ask us.
We can assist you choosing the right equipment and incorporated it into a customized quality control system.

Our software includes a module to remotely control the Kistler amplifiers (especially the 5015A) through an RS232/USB connection.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ballistic system technical description

Software for use in ballistic laboratories in connection with timer modules, Kistler and HPI Instruments, National Instruments Data Acquisition and other various equipments.

Standard procedures :

The software complies fully with :
  • CIP decisions, text and tables, edition 2007.
  • ANSI/SAAMI Performance Standards books Z.299, edition 1992-1993 (most recent).
Target applications :
  • Proofhouses of any CIP member countries.
  • Schools & Research and Developments laboratories.
  • Ammunition manufacturing
  • Impact studies, helmets, waistcoat, etc.

Compatibility with existing equipments:

Our software is compatible with the following type of equipments :

Velocity cells :

HPI, Oehler Research, Drello, Microbase or any kind providing a standard 0-10 V triggering signal. Connections with RG-58 cables and BNC plugs.
Signals adaptation upon request.

Action time: Typically using a ring with a camera, pressure transducer or a laser system.

Transducers :

Any type, generally Kistler, HPI or PCB as long as they are connected to one of the charge amplifier listed below.

Charge amplifiers :

  • Kistler 5015A (recommended), 5011, 4643, 5041 5044A, 5058A
  • PCB 462A, 462B53, 400A21, 421A25
  • PM 2000
  • Bruel and Kjaer 2635.
  • Columbia Research 4601.
  • Endevco 2721A, 2721B.
Other types available upon request. We do sell Kistler instruments worldwide.

Acquisition electronics:

The electronics is based on state-of-the-art National Instruments acquisition boards and peripherals. Upgrade from older electronics is possible as long as the output signals are standard (please ask us for checking)

Signals conditioning :

National Instruments signal conditioner with built in electronics for :
  • Triggering on firing pin, pressure rise, muzzle flash or velocity1 start.
  • Velocities signals crop to TTL level.
  • Pressure channels connection and shielding.
  • Forwarding of "chain ready" signal for proper timeout operations.
  • Interfacing to acquisition board via USB to computer.
National Instruments acquisition board :

This board is mounted in the dedicated acquisition enclosure:
  • Pressure sampling up to 1.25 MSamples/sec. Can be set into one of the following configuration :
    • One channel 1.25 MSamples/sec for ultra high accuracy R&D measurements.
    • Two channel 500 KSamples/sec for normal compliance testing.
    • Two channels 500 KSamples/sec for analysis on secondary manometer (only for CIP laboratories).
    • Four channels 250 KSamples/sec for various studies with multiple transducers.
    • 8 to 12 channels - 250 KSamples/sec for various studies with multiple transducers ("flute mounting" 2 or 3 boards may be required required).
  • One timer for action time - resolution 80MHz - Quartz accuracy 50ppm.
  • Up to 3 velocity timers - resolution 80MHz - Quartz accuracy 50ppm. (up to 3 boards - 12 velocity channels for specific trajectories-velocities analysis).
  • The board is delivered standard with National Instruments NI-DAQmx drivers compatible with Microsoft Windows 7 or above.
Note : For fast maintenance and service, the entire electronic equipments described above are available from stock in any countries where National Instruments is present or represented : United States, Canada, all of European Communities, Switzerland, Russia, Slovenia, Romania, Israel, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Australia, China, Hong-Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New-Zeeland, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, South Africa, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru and Uruguay.

Base computer characteristics:

The electronics described above and the measurement software are installed on robust industrial computers :
  • CPU Intel or AMD 2 GHz or above.
  • 1 Gb RAM memory or above.
  • At least one USB 2.0 ports for connecting acquisition electronics.
  • One Ethernet connection for LAN/Internet connection
  • 80 GB Hard disk or above.
  • Windows 7 or above in the local language but with the possibility to switch to English for maintenance by us.
  • Anti-virus/Anti-spyware, Microsoft Essentials recommended (other anti-virus are causing to heavy load on the CPU and must be avoided)
  • One main monitor 24 inches 1920x1080
  • One repeat monitor 19 inches at least
  • Standard french keyboard and mouse.
  • A permanent Internet connection
    (compulsory for installation, automatic security update by Microsoft and remote maintenance).
Specific hardware and software installed :
  • Acquisition electronics as described above.
  • Own database system.
  • Own Standard executable.
  • Own ballistic software executable.
  • Teamviewer version 9 for remote maintenance by us.
  • Any custom application upon request.
Note : Subject to our approval, any other useful software of good brand can be installed on the same computer without risk of interfering with the measurement application. Such application can include word processing, spreadsheets, ERP front end, electronic mail, internet navigators, etc.

Detailed software description:

Upon request, provided to customers only.

Notice :
  • The description above has no contractual value and is subject to changes without notice.
  • Pricing and quotation upon request.
  • All sales are subject to our terms and conditions provided with our first quotation to a new customer.

Monday, March 12, 2007

First Pilot software project

Here are some details on the first pilot project we are on currently :

* Customer : First manufacturer in Europe of airbags for the automotive industry
* Equipment : Quality control system.
* Technology : National Instruments Multifunction DAQ
* Acquisition platform : Labview
* Application platform : Ecma/Cli
* Database : mySQL
* ERP Connectivity : Adonix

This realisation is unique in France.

It comprises the complete acquisition, including the electronics, the design of the specific quality control application software, taking into account the parts list and manufacturing orders under the Adonix ERP system through an ADSL/VPN link over a distance of more than 700 km. The reports archiving is made on a Windows 2003 server in PDF file format.