Hardware and Software Options Overview

Hardware and Software Options Overview

GPS Option

The GPS connection allows the position measurements from almost every commercial GPS (Global Positioning System) sensor to be acquired by the MATCH-II and MICRO-II recorder series. The GPS data are time stamped and stored, allowing subsequent correlation with other recorded time series of data (e.g. TM, SQMS). Through the use of highly efficient coding techniques, long duration data sets can be recorded with high accuracy. For example, the data from a 10,000 km route requires less than 300 kBytes of storage space. These data can be exported in either NME0183 compatible files or as tabulated ASCII files.

CAN-Bus Support

The CAN-BUS connection acquires transmitted measurement data from a MICRO-II recorder and facilitates the on-line analysis and recording of such data in the same manner as other analogue signals. Naturally, all standard evaluation methods described above (such as RF, TM, TaL, TaLnD, SQTMS, etc.) can be used on such data. Further processing of data using virtual channels is also possible. The CAN-BUS connection allows the use of over 50 analogue channels.

CAN Data Bank Link

The parametrisation of CAN Bus channels is rather complex and difficult to understand by the inexperienced user. Moreover, the setting of numerous parameters is intricate and error-prone. For this reason most of the automakers provide the parameters for the various CAN signals in the form of data bank files. Such a CAN data bank file contains all descriptions required for setting the channel parameters for all (“public”) signals.

Network Option

With this hardware and software upgrade for our MATCH-II and MICRO-II series, up to 15 devices can be connected together in a single network. Each device in this network can then be controlled and read-out from one terminal. The network can cover distances of up to 100 m.

Remote Link Option

Remote Link allows the remote control of one or more recorders over a GSM network, including the transfer of data.

Fast Data Transfer

This Option uses a special USB-Converter to increase the data transfer speed of MICRO-II and MATCH-II products by a factor of five. An upgrade of older recorders of these two types is also possible.

Date Records

The directly classifying methods implemented in the MAS Recorder line enable to highly compress the complex stress events. Therefore, they are particularly suitable for long-term testing applications. Unfortunately, these methods, like Rainflow or Time at Level counting, implicate the loss of any reference to time. The upgrade “Data Records” enables the Recorder to gather the classified data, automatically save them at a defined time, and continue the measurement in a new array.

Tower Foot Monitoring

The tubular pole of a wind power plant is subject to substantial bending loads. In order to register the stress on that safety-relevant part in service, a proven method is the recording of Rainflow collectives.

Automatic Data Transfer

The ADT software is a stand-alone software package that permits the data transfer from MATCH or MICRO recorders to a client PC. The programme is started from the command line, and all special functions (e.g. Start, Stop, Delete, etc.) are controlled through the command line parameter. This software allows the Stop, Read-Out, Delete and Re-Start of a recorder to be completely automatic. Through the use of the standard Windows service “Scheduled Tasks”, the regular Read-Out of one or more recorder can be performed. Together with the Remote Link (RL) option, this can naturally be extended to remote systems.

Virtual Analog Channels

Optional virtual channels perform certain mathematical calculations between signals from digital or analogue real channels. The virtual channel has the full functionality of an actual channel but are not directly connected with an actual sensor.

VPOV (Virtual Power Off) for RF

Some applications are known that after being stopped by executing “power-off”, the measurement adapts itself to a certain constant value (e.g. engine speed = 0). However, this value cannot be recorded, since it appears only after the power was off, and upon executing “power-on” the value = 0 has already disappeared. In order to still consider the value with the RF measurement, the VPOV function inserts for each “power-on” command a virtual measurement value to the RF data stream which corresponds to the real power-off value.
The power-off value can be set for each individual channel and the function activated or deactivated for each channel.

RF-HS / TaL – HS - High Speed for RF & Tal

Unless all 20 available analogue channels of the MICRO-II Recorder are used, the methods RF and TaL can be executed with increased sampling rate. The maximum sampling rate is obtained by applying the empirical formula: 40kHz / number of used channels. For more details you are kindly requested to contact us.

DS - Data Sets

The option Data Sets enables the division of a single measurement into several partial results, so-called data sets. The change of a data set can be triggered by an external digital signal or by means of the Terminal Programme. The data sets are saved either on the inserted FLASH Memory Card (Micro-II only) or in an unused array of the internal data memory of the Recorder.


The n-adjust-all function allows the simultaneous offset adjustment of several or all analogue channels. The function is helpful in simplifying the procedure of channel adjustment when offsets for several channels need to be repeatedly adjusted within short time periods.

Hardware options for MICRO-II-Recorder

  • Alternative filter frequency for analogue channels
  • Adapter cable for analogue outputs
  • Low pass filter Butterwort 5 Hz

PCMCIA cards

  • ATA-Flashcard for extended temperature range 512 MB
  • 2 GB Compact ATA-Flashcard


Track View

This add-on to the MAS Terminal programme enables the display of the covered distance by means of the recorded GPS data. Together with other time-correlated recording methods, e.g. TM or DE, the geographical position of the recorded signal can easily be determined at any desired point of time and displayed under Track View.

DAM CALC – Damage Calculation (based on Rainflow matrices)

The Damage Calculator is an addition to the MAS Terminal Programme for the subsequent (offline) damage calculation based on recorded Rainflow matrices. The result is the damage value which allows for the evaluation of the charged load cycles as to their effect of the damage on the tested part. The method used by the Damage Calculator is based on the “linear damage accumulation hypothesis” (Pilgrem-Miner). This hypothesis assumes that discrete damages of different load cycles can be added straight proportionally to calculate the total damage.
The basis of the damage calculation is the Wöhler curve and characteristic operating load curve, respectively. The parameters of this curve are stored in the so-called damage file that can be customised to the user’s requirements by any editor. Optionally, the parameters of the Damage Evolution Method (DE) may be used.
DAMCALC requires the existence of Rain Flow Method (RF).

CAN Database support

This Option for the Terminal Programme supports the parameterisation of CAN-Bus channels for the Recorder by means of CAN data base files (.DBC-format).

ADT – Automatic Data Transfer

The ADT software is a stand-alone software package that performs the data transfer from MATCH or MICRO Recorder to a PC. The programme is started from the command line. All special functions (e.g. Start, Stop, Clear, etc.) are controlled by command line parameters. Thus, the basic commands such as Stop, Data-Read-Out, Clear and Re-Start for the Recorder can be automatically carried out. Through the use of the standard Windows service “Scheduled Tasks” the regular Data-Read-Out of one or more Recorder(s) can be performed automatically. Combined with the Remote-Link Option (RL), the ADT software can be used for automatic remote enquiries.

OLE Offline-Evaluation

  • Offline evaluation of: TM according to RF, LC, RP and TaL.
  • Offline evaluation of: SQTMS according to RF, LC, RP

Export to Diadem

This option allows the export of the following software to Diadem:

  • RF - Rainflow  (incl. Level Crossing und Range Pair)
  • TM - Transient Mode
  • TaL - Time at Level
  • SQTMS - Sequential Peaks and Troughs with Time and Master/Slave concept
  • DE - Damage Evolution