PCMCIA Card to Cllect/Store Viration/Performance Data for Operating Machinery

Period of Performance: 05/07/1998 - 11/07/1998


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Orincon Corp.
4770 Eastgate Mall
San Diego, CA 92121
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


Vibration data collectors used for condition-based maintenance (CBM) programs are becoming standard practice in Navy and private industry. Current systems in use are based on proprietary hardware and software architectures. These proprietary systems are expensive to procure and support and are difficult to expand. Technical innovation is typically limited to the system supplier. Modern computer technology is enabling the development of nonproprietary open architecture vibration data collectors using a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) portable computer system and a simple Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) vibration data acquisition card. ORINCON proposes to develop a PCMCIA six-channel vibration acquisition system, vibration signal processing software, and suitable user interface for shipboard vibration acquisition, processing, storage, display, and communication. The proposed system utilizes state-of-the-art electronics found in modern audio equipment as a basis for the PCMCIA vibration acquisition card. A standard laptop computer running Window 95/NT provides the signal processing, data storage, and communication capabilities. Signal processing and display functions are implemented in RIPPEN*. RIPPEN* is ORINCON's unique open architecture signal processing middieware software that allows rapid development and portability of signal processing and diagnostic software. A MIMOSA compliant CBM database will be selected and interfaced with and a detailed specification of the system and signal processing demonstration will be conducted as part of the Phase I effort. A complete prototype will be developed in Phase 11.