the LED should be red. Watch the clock, and when it reaches the proper
minute, press switch 1 and release. The LED should flash green, indicating
the micro’s clock has been set to the time you programmed on the SD card.
Press the switch; the LED should flash red and go dark, indicating that it
is collecting data. I turned the LED off to save battery power. To stop
recording, press the switch again. The LED should turn red. Turn the power
switch off and remove the SD card. The g ranges can be changed to 2 g,
4 g, 8 g, or 16 g using the spreadsheet. Note: When the unit is used for
continuous monitoring, the SRAM card becomes a power hog pulling
25 mA constantly, whereas the seismic mode or tripping mode only pulls
In the Excel file, type in an x next to Tripping Monitor. You’ll need to
type in the trip point you want the unit to start recording at. This can be
0 .1-15 g. Follow the instructions for loading the Notebook file in the
Load the card and turn on the unit. The LED should be red. Watch the
clock, and when it reaches the proper minute, press the pushbutton switch
and release. The LED should flash green, indicating the micro’s clock has
been set to the time you programmed on the SD card.
Once you have decided where you are going to place the shipping
monitor, you can activate it by pushing the button. The LED will turn on
steady red for one minute. This will allow you to put the lens on and secure
it with the knurled nuts. When the red LED goes out, it indicates that it is
When the unit is dropped, jarred, or thrown, and exceeds its trip point,
it will record for five seconds (this can be changed) when an event happens.
The data will then be written to the SD card. Once the unit has made a
measurement, the LED will flash red about every four seconds indicating the
trip point has been exceeded. NOTE: Only one mode can be used at a time.
Viewing the Data
Using Excel for Downloading Data
Excel can be used for short runs, but can only hold 1,048,576 readings
and will only graph 32K. The Dataq Waveform can hold a lot more.
However, the Excel is easy for reading one minute seismic data.
1. Open Excel.
2. Click on the Office Button (very upper left corner) and then Open.
3. Change the All Excel Files to All Files in the bottom right corner.
4. Locate the SD card and click on one of the Accelx.txt files.
5. Make sure the Delimited box is checked, then click Finish.
6. The file will load.
7. Put the cursor on A8 and hold down the shift and Ctrl; use the down
arrow and it will highlight column A. Press the right arrow button and
it will highlight all the cells. You don’t have to use the whole file.
8. Click on Insert, then Line, and the top middle chart. The chart will
display the data.
I hope you’ll be able to shake things up with this unit. Happy egg
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