Mixed Signal/Analog

The USB strain module designed for speed

31st August 2017
Lanna Deamer


Manufacturers of strain gauge and load cell signal conditioners, wireless telemetry and high performance analogue to digital converters, Mantracourt Electronics has announced their latest sector-beating device: the FSU-SSB.

This innovative fast USB strain module was created by the Exeter-based company’s enviable team of hugely experienced in-house design and development engineers. 

Aimed at the precision-orientated test and measurement sector, the very competitively priced FSU-SSB is designed to thrive when coupled with dynamic, fast moving applications that require high speed measurements. The benefits of the device are certain to be invaluable in the areas of impact, drop, vibration, materials and non-rotational torque testing.

The FSU-SSB simply connects to a PC (via a USB port) and offers a host of features that are sure to make it the go-to product in the field. It’s seriously fast, taking 4800 samples per second, and hugely reliable with a temperature drift of only 5ppm/°C – a fraction of that demonstrated elsewhere in the sector. Accuracy is key with this speedy (and simple to setup) product. A non-linearity reading of 25ppm sets the FSU-SSB way ahead of the pack - providing unparalleled peace of mind (and value for money) to users. 

“Accuracy and precision are what we do best, here at Mantracourt,” said Kelly Voysey, Sales and Marketing Manager at Mantracourt. “We’re always pushing the envelope, and with the FSU-SSB we’ve redefined what exactitude can mean in this sector.”

The device is based on the popular USB strain module (the DSCUSB) which combines high stability and superior performance at a lower rate of 100 samples per second. The DSCUSB remains a perfect choice for lower speed applications. 

The FSU-SSB’s operating system builds on the strengths of its predecessors to offer superior functionality and user-friendliness. The Toolkit is also free to customers.  

The Toolkit has many elements. It gives real time data analysis, automatically calibrates and captures up to 30 minutes of data at 4,800 samples per second. Innovative Scope, FFT frequency analysis allows users to visualise data and establish patterns. The Toolkit’s intuitive navigation and features, combined with key functionality (such as the ability to highlight data of interest and delete unwanted data), confirm the FSU-SSB’s position as the one to beat.

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