BroadScan Software GUI Update

Broadsens's ultrasonic devices such as BroadScan D110C, BroadScan D100 and BroadScan D200 have been using the same software GUI in the past seven years. This year, we decided to give it an upgrade. The upgrades includes the following:

  1. 80% faster data acquisition speed. The underlying ultrasonic program gets a huge performance boost. Structural scan is more than 80% faster than before. A scan of more than 30 steps with sampling points of 8,192 can be done in several seconds now.
  2. Automated temperature compensation and baseline selection. At algorithm side, temperature compensation is automated and the baseline is automatically based on the temperature. The software also incorporates intelligent algorithm to add new data with temperature value outside the current database into the baseline. The algorithm differentiates the variance caused by temperature change or structural change.
  3. Combined GUI for other sensors such as vibration sensors, distance sensors and strain sensors.
  4. Vibration trend analysis ability with selectable time span from "live data" to "one year". This enables user to quickly tell the vibration trend of the monitored structure/machines.
  5. Integrated time-series database. A new time-series database is used to save damage index, ultrasonic sensor status, vibration velocity, vibration RMS value, distance, strains and temperature measurements.


New ultrasonic scan GUI for SHM

New ultrasonic scan GUI

With the new GUI design, baseline data selection is much easier and faster than before. Data file can be selected quickly from the dropdown menu too. Moreover, user can adjust the analysis window intuitively and the variance is shown instantly with the analysis windows adjustment. In the old software, analysis window value has to be adjusted by editing a separate set up file.

User can start ultrasonic scan manually. Ultrasonic scan can be automated by using the combination of a timer, plus a scan interval.

Multiple projects can be created by an user for different structures/machines. Project can be toggled quickly from the dashboard too.

In the newly designed multi-sensor GUI, vibration analysis is added. Vibration analysis focus on easy usage, so that two most commonly used vibration parameters (vibration speed and vibration RMS) are selected. In the vibration trend analysis, the maximum value of vibration speed and vibration RMS is selected in each small interval, so that the worst case condition of the machines/structures can be identified by users. Other sensors such as distance sensor, strain sensors (up to 4 strain gauges can be used), and temperature sensor are also displayed in the unified GUI.

User can select to see the "live data", in which case sensor data updates quickly to show the live status. Then a user can select to view one day's data, or one week's trend, up to 1 year's trend. This helps identify machine or structure defects quickly.

Multisensor interface with vibration trend period selection

Multisensor interface with vibration trend period selection

Finally, the vibration sampling is boosted from the default 50Hz up to 400Hz. Moreover, the vibration data acquisition is continuous, compared to periodic with big gaps in the middle. The vibration analysis is performed automatically with thousands of times more data than before, which makes the vibration trend much more powerful than before. This improvement benefited from our expertise of ultra-low power wireless vibration sensors and vibration analysis algorithms.

4 thoughts on “BroadScan Software GUI Update

  1. sebastian - July 1, 2022

    The new interface looks very nice. It is terrific to have the vibration trend analysis feature in the train bogie and coupler health monitoring system.

  2. Dimitri - July 12, 2022

    The BroadScan GUI is based on Node-RED dashboard?
    Looks pretty nice.

  3. Dwyn Lathisa - July 16, 2022

    What is the lead time for BroadScan D200, vibration sensor, temperature sensor and ultrasonic sensors?

  4. Vincent - July 18, 2022

    @sebastian Thank you very much. We have been working on customized compact industrial accelerometers since 2015. @Dimitri Yes you are right @Dwyn The lead time of the whole D200 based SHM system is about two weeks typically.

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