"Keep it simple" was the guiding principle in the development of the first market-ready
application for the iPhone for measuring and analyzing oscillations and vibrations. The
name of the new solution by ACE Controls Inc. is VibroChecker and it supports users in
determining the lowest dominant frequency up to 50 Hz. The app can then show which
product from the ACEolator product offering by ACE may effectively isolate the measured
interfering vibrations, e. g. from machines or other installations.
On behalf of the app's development team, André Wessling, Global Manager Marketing of ACE
Controls Inc., explains their primary task: "As many of our clients have an iPhone, we had the idea
to use the motion sensor integrated in the phone to perform extensive measurements and
analyses. Without providing a replacement for costly measuring devices, our aim with the ACE
VibroChecker was to enable users to familiarize themselves with the field of oscillations and
vibrations in a more playful manner than ever before. Even after the actual developmental phases
of devices and systems, test and optimization processes can be quickly performed onsite without
costs having to skyrocket.
The starting point for a measurement, and the respective subsequent selection of the appropriate
isolation products, may be a vibrating source of interference.
The ACE app can perform ideal
measurements if the iPhone can be fully placed on the surface to be measured. Once the app has
been started, four symbols appear on the display of the mobile phone. If the icon "Measure
Vibration" is pressed, a new window opens and the measurement can start. The result appears
within 15 seconds. The resulting values are the starting point for step two. Transferred to a
calculation interface, the most important key data is then entered. Machine weight, number of
contact surfaces and the desired degree of isolation are defined using the interactive and intuitive
fields. The program then recommends a vibration isolation product from ACE Controls Inc.
Launched in 2013 and christened ACEolator, this further addition to the product range consists of
extremely low-frequency isolating air spring elements, ready-to-mount rubber-metal isolators and
the tried-and-tested insulation slabs ACE-SLAB. The low-frequency air spring elements PLM and
PAL are also suitable for isolation measuring table, testing equipment and high-performance
machines. Ready-to-mount rubber-metal isolators are predominantly used for engines,
compressors and for example in transfer systems. And the standardized, custom-fit insulation
slabs are mainly used for tooling and textile machinery for full-surface mounting or for the reliable
use for individual, sensitive components, such as isolating elements, e. g. for the interim insulation
of work piece carriers, as impact buffers and universally for machines that require subsequent
protection. What they all have in common is that by reducing vibration, they not only increase
product quality and quantity, they also achieve a considerable degree of noise reduction.
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