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Portable Data Recorders: TMX

INTRODUCING THE TMX HIGH-SPEED DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM

  • 17" LCD High-Resolution Touch Screen Display
  • Up to 96 Channels
  • Dedicated 1 TByte Removeable Hard Drive for Data Capture
  • 800 kHz Sample Rate/Channel
  • 100 kHz Bandwidth

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Astro-Med Recorders are the easiest to use
Data Acquisition Systems on the market


With the TMX, there's no need to fumble with those awkward buttons or knobs and complicated configurations! The TMX features a high resolution, 17" touch screen display, as well as pre-defined set up options, making test setup a breeze! With the TMX, you will be up and running in no time!

Whatever your test requirements are, the TMX offers a configuration to meet your needs.
The TMX accepts a wide variety of inputs in one system.

Do multiple users in your group require different setups? No problem. With the TMX, you can easily create and switch among multiple setup configurations.


Quick & Easy Setup With the Modular, Field-Configurable TMX


With the TMX's modular inputs, there's no need to purchase extra signal conditioners or struggle with unwieldy set-ups. The TMX accepts a variety of inputs and lets you mix and match different sensors within one test, so you can connect pressure sensors, strain gauges, thermocouples, high voltage and other signals to one system. Best of all, the TMX automatically converts data to Engineering units, giving you your data in units of pressure, strain, temperature, voltage, and more.

Should your requirements change later, the TMX allows for growth, allowing you to add more channels by simply installing input modules.

precisely synchronized data capture


Don't Miss a Glitch!


Whether your test runs for 100 milliseconds or 100 hours, the TMX won't miss a glitch. With its dedicated, 1 TByte hard drive for data capture, the TMX is ideal for long-term trending and high-speed event detection. Powerful Embedded Scope Capture and intelligent triggering provide low speed trending while simultaneously monitoring and storing highly sampled, time-synchronized events.

TMX Data Capture

Astro-Med's powerful BackChannel technology ensures precise synchronization of analog, audio, video and data bus inputs. We do not rely on Windows® to synchronize your data.


Embedded Scope Captures


Using the powerful embedded scope capture and intelligent triggering, the TMX provides low speed trending while simultaneously monitoring and storing highly sampled time synchronized transients or events. The TMX will time stamp and embed that important data into the trend recording, assuring that you capture details of critical data.


Multiple Sample Rates


Up to four sample rates can be used per TMX data capture. This allows you to manage file size by assigning higher sample rates to critical signals and lower sample rates to trending signals.


Triggering


The TMX contains advanced triggering capabilities that allow you to start and/or stop a recording based on changes in your input signals. The circular data buffer of the TMX allows you to set and record large amounts of pre-trigger data. Window, level and slew triggering allow you to set up trigger conditions precisely for your application, while logical AND and OR triggering ensure that you trigger only on events that are important to you.


Dedicated Hard Drive


Unlike Windows-based systems, the TMX features a 1 TByte hard drive dedicated solely for capturing data. Removable drives allow your data to be easily transferred and stored securely, leaving no proprietary data on the machine.

flexible inputs & data processing

The modular, field-configurable TMX accepts all of your inputs, including analog, video, audio, IRIG, GPS, CAN Bus, MIL-1553 and more, all in one system!

The TMX uses modular analog inputs allowing you to easily configure the system for any testing application. The TMX has many optional analog input modules including Voltage, High-Voltage, Thermocouple, Bridge, and others.

Astro-Med TMX Signal Modules


IRIG / GPS


The TMX-IR IRIG / GPS time option provides precise time-synchronization of data, video, and all TMX inputs with other devices.

TMX Display


Video


Why waste time and money on a video recording system for a video record of your important test? The TMX can record 30 frames per second video perfectly synchronized with your analog data. Each frame is linked to a sample point giving you amazing detail of any test.


Audio Notes


Save audio annotation into your data capture giving you a verbal account of your test. Why write notes down when you can speak them and save them with the data capture?


Bus Inputs


The TMX CAN Bus and MIL-1553 input options allow your critical bus data to be displayed and recorded with great precision along with your analog signals.


Hardware Counters


The TMX analog input modules all contain hardware counters that provide Frequency to Voltage (time and cycle based), Pulse Counter, Duty Cycle, Pulse Width, Quadrature and Period Detector measurements.


Filtering


The TMX provides the most flexible data filtering options available. The raw unfiltered data is stored to the hard drive, allowing you the choice of pre- or post- data acquisition, low pass, high pass, band pass, and band stop filtering using Bessel, Butterworth or Chebyshev topologies.

Display


Real-time Viewing & Setup


The TMX has a large 17" color display for viewing the data in real-time and post capture. Operation of the TMX is quick and easy with the intuitive touch-screen display. Interface icons and menus provide for straightforward setup and operation. There are no switches, push-buttons or other controls — complete operation is from the touch-screen. It can easily be customized to fit your exact needs. This means less setup time and more time for gathering data.

TMX Display


Meters/Gauges/Bar Graphs


The advanced channel meters provide a variety of ways to visually indicate channel activity. View your data numerically or in other visual representations such as a gauge or horizontal/vertical bar, needle and LED readouts.


Cursor Measurements


Placing cursors on the touch screen allows quick measurements of Time, Sample Point, Average, Min/Max & Peak-Peak Slope, RMS, Sum, Sum of Squares, Variance, Standard Deviation & Area.


Scope Mode


Scope mode acts like a digital storage oscilloscope, providing high time-base resolution for viewing high-frequency signals. Scope mode is useful for timing and synchronization analysis, transient capture, and high-speed testing. It can be used while continuously capturing data and monitoring signals on the display.


Compressed Capture


Compressed Capture is for long-term recording of data using a min/max method which keeps the file size small. It fully records the input signal amplitude at the full bandwidth of the system (glitch capture). Compressed Capture has real-time digitizing sample rates up to 800 kHz (input module dependent) and selectable capture rates for a wide variety of applications. It can be combined with Scope captures for capturing transient signals. Glitches are clearly seen when reviewing the data.


Alarms


Alarms provide a visual indicator when signals extend below or above specified boundaries. These boundaries are defined by setting up low and high alarm levels. The utility / DIO port provides an alarm output pin that can be used to trigger an external process when alarm conditions for selected signals occur.


Automation & Stimulation


Test stimulation and automation is possible with the analog outputs, digital outputs, relays and counters found on the DIOC-16 when coupled with a background program running on the TMX. Quick creation of temporary or unique test cells and even report files is possible with programs as simple as script files and as large as third party graphical programming packages.

review & post processing without the down time...


QuickLook


The innovative QuickLook feature calculates compression and expansion factors while recording data allowing you to review GB of data in seconds and scan through large data files quickly and easily.


LookBack


The TMX's unique LookBack feature allows you to review data during a capture and also allows the user to transfer previously recorded data without interruption to the active trend capture – truly a time saving benefit.


Exporting Data


The TMX offers a number of ways to archive and export captured data. Data can be exported in our packed binary format – minimizing file size – or a generic ASCII format, which is compatible with most analysis packages. For applications requiring transportable media, the TMX provides eight USB 2.0 ports that open up a world of possibilities. Connect an external hard drive or USB flash drive, and archive GBytes of data at once. You can also connect a USB 2.0 Windows printer for printing screen shots from the recorder.

The TMX has an integral 1000BaseT Ethernet port to make exporting data to your PC or network as easy as ever. Simply connect your TMX to a network and upload only the data of interest. The Ethernet connection also provides the capability to control a TMX from a remote location using a suite of host commands.

software


AstroVIEW® X


Each TMX includes free AstroVIEW X PC based data review and analysis program. AstroVIEW X runs on any Windows PC and lets you upload and review data captured on your recorder. AstroVIEW X has built-in analysis and easily converts data into ASCII, Excel®, Mathcad®, DADiSP® and other popular formats.


TMX Offline


With the TMX Offline software, working with the TMX has never been easier! This powerful software gives you the ability to create setups as well as review data on your PC. Running under Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, the TMX Offline software gives you all the tools necessary to quickly configure the system, transfer files, review and analyze your data.

hardware configurations

TMX Portable


TMX Portable Data Acquisition System


The TMX is designed to go anywhere your testing sends you. The tough, MIL-STD-810 tested industrial grade package gives you the freedom to bring it onto the production floor or out to a remote site.

 

 

TMX-E Expansion Box


TMX-E Expansion Box


The TMX-E Expansion box for the TMX adds up to three additional modules for increased channel count. The TMX-E requires the TMX base system for operation.

 

 

TMX-R Rackmount


TMX-R Rackmount


If you're looking for a high speed data acquisition system to integrate into your test stand, take a look at the TMX-R. The TMX-R is a rackmount version of the TMX data acquisition recorder with all the same features and capabilities. The TMX-R is configured for installation in a standard nineteen-inch rack, and features six module slots.

 

TMX-R Rackmount


AstroDock® PC Docking Station


The AstroDock is a two-drive docking station that accepts the removable hard drives from any TMX recorder. The AstroDock connects to your PC via USB 2.0 and provides immediate review capability as well as direct transfer of data capture files to your computer. Simply remove the 1 TByte capture drive from your TMX recorder, plug it into the AstroDock TMX and begin reviewing the data on your PC... all in seconds. Insert a new capture drive in your TMX recorder and continue to record data while you review and archive on your PC. Working with large data files has never been this fast and easy!

TMX Mainframe

Mainframe Chassis
Maximum Analog Modules 3 (6 with optional expansion unit)
Maximum Analog Waveforms 48 (96 with optional expansion unit)
Event Inputs (TTL) 16
Derived Channels +, -, x, ÷, Exponential, Sin, Cos, Tan, Asin, Acos, Atan,
Exp √, Absolute Value
Data Acquisition Recording
Operational Modes Scope, Review, Real-time (strip-chart)
Recording Method Internal removable 1 Tbyte SATA disk drive
Time Stamp Time and date automatically saved with data
Trigger Point Amount of pre and post trigger is user adjustable
Filtering Low pass, high pass, band pass, band stop, RMS,
integration & differentiation
Color Display
Type Active matrix color LCD (TFT)
Viewing Area 17" / 43.2 cm (diagonal)
Resolution 1280 x 1024
Touch Full screen, resistive
Compliance / Environmental
Operating Temp 32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C)
Operating Humidity 10 % to 90 % non condensing
Shock MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5, Procedure I
Vibration MIL-STD-810F Method 514.5, Procedure I
physical
Enclosure  Aluminum, with armored end caps
Dimensions 14.5” ( 36.8 cm) H x 19” ( 48.3 cm) W x 7.5” (19.1 cm) D (without handle)
Weight (including 3 modules) 37 lbs (15.28 kg)
interface
Ethernet  1000BaseT
VGA For displaying data on an external monitor
USB 2.0 (8 ports per unit) For external peripherals and file export
Expansion Port For connection of optional TMX-E
System Power
Input Voltage Range  102 to 264 VAC or 24 VDC at 11A
Frequency Range 47 Hz to 63 Hz

TMX OPTIONS — INPUT MODULE SPECIFICATIONS

UNIV-6 Universal Isolated Voltage Module with DC Bridge

UNIV-6 General Specifications
Channels (per module)  6
Maximum Sample Rate (per channel) 800 kHz (400 kHz with TMX-E)                                                                  
Isolation 250 VRMS or DC, Cat II
UNIV-6 Isolated Single Ended Voltage Input
Maximum Bandwidth Up to 100 kHz
Input Type  Isolated, AC/DC coupled
Specified Ranges 200 mVFS to 800 VFS
UNIV-6 Isolated Differential Voltage Input / Bridge Measurements
Maximum Bandwidth 50 kHz
Input Type Differential, DC coupled
Specified Ranges 5 mVFS to 2 VFS
Excitation Isolated 10 V at 30 mA


IHVM-6 Isolated High Voltage Module

Channels (per module)  6
Maximum Sample Rate (per channel) 800 kHz (400 kHz with TMX-E)                                                                  
Maximum Bandwidth  60 kHz
Input Type Isolated Differential
Isolation 600 Vrms or 1000 VDC, Cat IV


IHVM-6B Isolated High Voltage Module, 10 MΩ input impedance

Channels (per module)  6
Maximum Sample Rate (per channel) 800 kHz (400 kHz with TMX-E)                                                                  
Maximum Bandwidth  50 kHz
Input Type Isolated Differential
Isolation 600 Vrms or 1000 VDC, Cat IV


IBRM-6 Isolated Bridge Module

Channels (per module) 6
Maximum Sample Rate (per channel) 800 kHz (400 kHz with TMX‐E)                                                                  
Maximum Bandwidth 70 kHz
Input Type Isolated Differential
Isolation 250 Vrms or DC, Cat II
TEDS Capability Yes


IEPE-6 Isolated Piezoelectric Sensor Module

Channels (per module) 6
Maximum Sample Rate (per channel) 800 kHz (400 kHz with TMX-E)                                                                  
Maximum Bandwidth Up to 65 kHz
Input Type Isolated with constant current
Isolation 250 Vrms or DC, Cat II
TEDS Capability Yes


DIOC-16 Digital I/O, Analog Output, Counter and Relay Module

Channels (per module) 16 (Counters or digital inputs)
Analog Outputs 4, up to +/-10V, function & arbitrary waveform generation                         
Digital Outputs 16 (TTL)
Counters Up to 16, 32 bit


NIDV-16 Non-isolated Differential Voltage Module

Channels (per module)  16
Maximum Sample Rate (per channel) 200 kHz (100 kHz with TMX-E)                                                                  
Maximum Bandwidth 40 kHz
Input Type Differential, non-isolated DC coupled
Maximum Rated Input ± 50 VDC (35 Vrms)
Specified Ranges 80 mVFS to 100 VFS


ITCU-12 Isolated Thermocouple Module

Channels (per module) 12
Input Type Type U miniature thermocouple (12 connectors)
Isolation 250 VRMS or DC, Cat II
Maximum Bandwidth 6 Hz update rate (TC sampled 3 Hz)                                                          
Thermocouple Types J, K, E, T, N, B, R, S, C


IRTD-12 ISOLATED PRT TEMPERATURE/RESISTANCE MODULE

Channels (per module)  12
Isolation 150 Vrms or DC, Cat II
Input Types Pt100(385), Pt100(3916), Pt100(3926), resistance 0 to 450Ω                   

 

TMX OPTIONS — ADVANCED


TMX-R Rackmount Version (Fits Standard 19" Racks)

Maximum Analog Modules 6
Maximum Analog Waveforms 96
Dimensions 15.75" (40 cm) H x 18.97" (48.2 cm) W x 17.15" (43.6 cm) D                       
Weight (including 6 modules) 47 lbs (21.3 kg)


TMX-E Expansion Chassis (Requires Mainframe Chassis for Operation)

Maximum Analog Modules 3
Maximum Analog Waveforms 48
Dimensions 14.5" (36.8 cm) H x 19" (48.3 cm) W x 5" (12.8 cm)
Weight
(including 3 modules)
15 lbs (6.8 kg)


TMX-VA Video / Audio Acquisition

Synchronizes analog data with video and voice annotation
Analog Input Type /
Connector
Composite / BNC
Supported Video Formats NTSC, PAL
NTSC Capture Rate 30 frames per second (fps)
PAL Capture Rate 25 frames per second (fps)
Audio Capture Rate Up to 44.1 kHz                                                                                               


TMX-HSV High Speed Video

Maximum Frame Rate 1000 frames per second (fps)
Maximum Storage 2 GBytes                                                                                                        


Time Code / GPS Options

TMX-IR IRIG Time Code and GPS time code
Supported Time Codes IRIG A, B, E, G, NASA36, GPS
Time Code Type AM or TTL (DCLS)
Realtime Display Synchronized to selected time source                                                           
Data Capture Time Synchronized to selected time source
Scope Mode Time Latched to selected time source
TMX-TTLIRB IRIG B TTL
Data Capture Time Synchronized to IRIG B TTL source

 

 

* The DATA ACQUISITION RECORDING and COLOR DISPLAY sections above also apply to the TMX-R rackmount version.

**When more than three input boards are used for data acquisition or monitoring in the TMX-R rackmount system,
the maximum sample rate per channel will be one half the specified maximum sample rate for a specific input board.
Maximum bandwidth per channel is not impacted.

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*The weight information is for reference purpose.The actual weight will vary according to then options you choose,for example,the touch/glass option.
Note: All Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.


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