The enDAQ and 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 enDAQ’s How-To Videos go into detail on how to use enDAQ’s free enDAQ Lab software to change the configuration settings on an enDAQ or Slam Stick recorder to best meet your testing needs.
To open up the configuration settings window in enDAQ Lab, a user will do the following with enDAQ Lab open on a computer and the Slam Stick plugged-in to the same computer:
1. From the “Device” menu in the enDAQ Lab's menu bar, select “Configure Device”
Alternatively, you may click the Configure a Recording Device button on the enDAQ Lab splash screen.
2. Select the Device
3. Configure your Device!
Set the various parameters and hit okay to apply to your device. Note that the specific items shown depend on the model of recorder being configured, so the contents of your configuration dialog may vary slightly from what is shown here.
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). As previously noted, the specific options shown may vary slightly, depending on the model of recorder being configured.
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.
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
If a recorder 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:
- Immediately stop recording and appear as
- Complete recording before appearing as
- Ignore: Stop recording when
- 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 recorder does when it is plugged into a computer and therefore requires a USB cable to be connected to the recorder to
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.
Import... and Export...
A device's configurations can be saved out as an .xcg file. This file can then be imported onto another recorder to create an identical setup, or onto the same recorder to restore a specific configuration. Note: options specific to an individual device, such as the name, description, or user-edited calibration polynomials, are not transferred via .xcg file.
Import and export of configuration is only supported for Slam Stick devices with firmware released after 2018.
Every enDAQ or 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.
enDAQ and 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.
All enDAQ and Slam Stick recorders 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.
Simulating a Recorder
If you don't physically have a recorder but want to do some configuration testing you can simulate one by complying the SYSTEM folder onto a USB drive. This will let the LAB "see" it as a recorder.