Configuration Overview

The Slam Stick products are capable of being configured to specific measurement settings based on user application or preference. As such, there are a large number of different configuration options available to the user.

In this Article


Getting Started with Configuration

This manual as well as Video 1 of Midé’s Slam Stick: How-To Videos go into detail on how to use Midé’s free Slam Stick Lab software to change the configuration settings on a Slam Stick to best meet your testing needs.

To open up the configuration settings window in the Slam Stick Lab, a user will do the following with the Slam Stick Lab open on a computer and the Slam Stick plugged-in to the same computer:

1. Select “Device” in Slam Stick Lab

2. Select “Configure Device”

3. Select the Device

4. Configure your Device!

Set the various parameters and hit okay to apply to your device.

Note

Please note that the button still needs to be pressed to initiate the recording or triggering sequence after configuration.


General Configuration Settings

In the general configuration tab, there are a number of options that apply to the overall operation of the device (not sensor/channel specific).

Device Name

A custom name for the device, this does not change the volume label but would appear in the configuration screen. This is limited to 64 characters.

Device Notes

A 256 character field open to describe the location of the device or anything else helpful for future reference.

File Name Style

This allows you to select between:

  • Time Based
  • Serialized

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Plug-in Action

If a Slam Stick is being used in an application where direct access to the device during use is not possible, setting the plug-in action configuration will allow a user to end a recording remotely or switch the device to USB power. This configuration setting currently has three (3) available options:

  1. Immediately stop recording and appear as  USB  drive
  2. Complete recording before appearing as  drive
  3. Ignore: Stop recording when  button  is pressed
  4. Start recording when USB connected (USB Download mode can still be selected by using the button to cancel the recording)

These settings will determine what the Slam Stick does when it is plugged into a computer and therefore requires a USB cable to be connected to the Slam Stick to  using  this setting.

Button Mode

This allows you to select between:

  • Immediate Start/Stop
  • One Second Button Press for Start/Stop

Some applications may prefer a button press to be counted immediately while others will prefer a one-second hold being required to start/stop recordings and trigger sequences and prevent accidental "presses." 

Local UTC Offset

The UTC offset refers to the time offset between the user’s time zone and the Coordinated Universal Time UTC). Selecting “Get Local UTC Offset” will automatically set the time offset between the user and the UTC.

Check Clock Drift

This references the internal clock to the computer's clock and outputs the delta. This can be useful for longer tests and the engineer wants to understand if any drift occurred to potentially compensate in post-processing.


Advanced Settings

Setting Triggers

Every Slam Stick recorder is capable of being configured to initiate a recording from a trigger condition. These triggers include simple time-based ones (record every 10 minutes for 1 minute or wake up at 08:00) or sensor-based ones (record once a 5g shock event has occurred). For more information visit the setting triggers article.

Measurement Settings

Slam Stick recorders contain a variety of sensors, each with user selectable sample rates. Certain sensors can also be completely disabled to preserve battery life and/or reduce storage and processing needs.  For more information,  visit the measurement settings article.

User Calibration

All Slam Sticks are calibrated before leaving the facility, but this calibration is fully exposed to the user and can be adjusted.  To understand more how this calibration is determined and to adjust it, visit the user calibration configuration article.

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