MEscope VES FAQ's

  • We strongly recommend Windows 10/11 with the latest Service Pack installed. 
  • A hard disk with at least 50 Gigabytes (GB) of available space
  • Microsoft DirectX 11 compatible graphics hardware

For a new installation or when updating MEscope (vt######.vtl) license, copy the vt######.vtl license file into the same folder as the MEscope installation program (MEscope-Installer.exe).

Run the MEscope installation program (MEscope-Installer.exe). It will update the license and your copy of MEscope.

If you will be installing MEscope on a computer not connected to the Internet or if an error occurs while installing the prerequisites automatically, download and install the following prerequisites:

Windows 7 Users

Windows is no longer supported by Microsoft. As a result. MEscope is no longer supporting Windows 7. We recommend upgrading to Windows 10 for optimum performance.  

Download and install Console, then connect to our Cloud Database for a demonstration of MEscopeMSS Machine Surveillance Series:

If it looks like one of these: Install HASP Driver

If it looks like of these: Install Sentinel Driver 

  • Download NetworkServer.zip
  • Extract the files in NetworkServer.zip
  • Follow the instructions in the PDF file to install the Vibrant License Server

NOTE: A MEscopeVES Software License can only be activated on one computer.

  • Run MEscopeVES by executing All Programs | Vibrant Technology, Inc. | MEscopeVESfrom the Start Menu.
  • MEscopeVES will attempt Internet Activation automatically and show a success message if no problems were encountered.
  • If you are not connected to the Internet or Internet Activation fails, email your License ID and Activation ID to activate@vibetech.com. When you receive your activated license file (vt#######.vtl, where ####### is your license number), follow the instructions above to install the activated license.

NOTE: To use a cloud license, MEscope must be installed on a computer that has access to the Internet.

When prompted for a license server, cloud license users should enter 27000@vtis.vibetech.com as the license server.

The Acquisition Window and Time Waveforms use the Transmissibility and Input Auto Power Spectrum. This method does not exactly match the previous method, so the magnitude of the Output APS will no longer be the same as the magnitude of the ODS-FRF. The Output APS should be slightly higher in value due to the noise contained within the signal.

Springs, Dampers, and Masses are simple elements and only require a stiffness, damping, or mass value to be entered for them when they are added into the spreadsheet in the FEA Properties window.

Rods, Bars, Plates, and Solid elements require material properties. When they are added to the spreadsheet in the FEA Properties window, they must also reference a material property from the FEA Materials window.

All FEA elements that are added to a test article model are listed in the Structure (STR) window, in a separate spreadsheet for each type of FEA element. The spreadsheet for each FEA element must also contain a reference to one of the FEA properties in the FEA Properties window.

Download this Word document for info on writing scripts in MEscope.

Help Writing Scripts

The Vibrant approach to modal parameter estimation is to use several curve-fitters on the raw
data and compare the answers, rather than rely on only one curve-fitter. If the modal parameter
estimates from two or more curve-fitters are in close agreement, you will have more confidence
that your curve-fitting has yielded correct estimates.
All four different curve-fitting methods in MEscope are based on a Least-Squared-Error (LSE)
formulation between the raw data and an analytical curve-fitting model. Curve-fitting is used to
estimate the unknown modal parameters of the curve-fitting model, (frequency, damping, and
mode shape) for each resonance represented in the raw data.
The Polynomial curve-fitting method used in VT-570 was developed at Vibrant Technology and
works best in small bands surrounding each resonance peak. This algorithm relies on a Modal
Peaks Function (MPF) to determine the number of modes in a frequency band surrounding each
resonance peak in the MPF.
VT-550 has three additional curve-fitting methods which use a Stability Diagram instead of an
MPF to determine the number of modes represented in the raw data. These methods curve-fit the
raw data over a wide frequency range multiple times, using a different number of modes each
time. The modal frequency & damping estimates from all the curve-fitting solutions are
displayed on the Stability Diagram. Those estimates that are repeated in each solution are called
“stable poles” and are saved as the correct frequency & damping solutions.
Then the stable poles (or frequency & damping estimates from the Polynomial method) are used
by a second LSE curve-fitting algorithm to estimate the modal residue (mode shape component)
for each mode in each measurement of raw data.
The AF Polynomial method used with a Stability Diagram in VT-550 is most like the least
squares complex frequency domain (LSCF) method in Siemens’s TestLab. But all three curve-
fitting methods used with a Stability Diagram in VT-550 function in the same way.
The MultiRef-Polynomial and MultiRef-AF Polynomial methods weight the data from each
reference of multiple-reference raw data based on the magnitude of the resonance peaks in the
raw data.

MEscope ODS Videos FAQ's

Yes, you can use your own high speed camera or even a cell phone. A couple things to keep in mind.

  1. The FPS (Frames Per Second) of the camera must be at least twice the maximum frequency you expect to extract from the video.
  2. Said differently, the maximum RPM of the machine you expect to extract from the video should be less than 30 times the FPS of the camera

Software updates for the Chronos camera are free with the one year warranty. If there are any questions about how to upgrade software or if there are any concerns about the Chronos, email support@krontech.ca

  • Our ODS Videos software extracts sampled time waveforms (TWFs) from successive frames of a video just like TWFs are extracted from analog accelerometer signals using a multi-channel digital acquisition system
  • Each pixel in each frame of a video can be considered the same as a 2D accelerometer mounted on the surface captured in the video
  • All the pixel motions are simultaneously sampled in each frame, just like motions are simultaneously sampled from multiple accelerometer signals with a multi-channel digital acquisition system
  • One difference between the two methods of extracting TWFs is that videos do not have an anti-aliasing filter in front of them
  • Without an anti-aliasing filter, frequencies higher than the Nyquist frequency, or one half of the recording frequency (also called the FPS or frames per second), will “fold back” into the lower frequency band of the spectra
  • For modal testing, using a camera that can record at a higher FPS, and/or using a shaker with a band-limited excitation signal, can help overcome the anti-aliasing problem
  • TWFs extracted from a video can be processed in MEscope using signal processing methods, just like TWFs sampled from accelerometer signals are processed
  • Since only outputs (structural responses) are acquired with a video, we recommend that either ODS-FRFs or Cross power spectra (XPSs) be calculated from the TWFs
  • Both ODS-FRFs and Cross XPSs can be curve fit in MEscope to extract modal frequency, modal damping, and mode shapes
  • But when they are displayed in animation, the mode shapes will only show deformation of the structure in the 2D plane of view of the video

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