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SDT Announces Software and Firmware Updates

Ultranalysis Suite (UAS)

In 2009, SDT, a pioneer in the ever evolving asset condition monitoring world, released UAS Version 1.001 Looking back over its 7-year history of upgrades and improvements, our bold decision to create the first fee based ultrasound software was the right one. There is a cost to be on the UAS platform; a cost that is surpassed by a value return that continues to exceed expectations.

A visionary organization with a reputation for listening to our users, SDT continues to incorporate countless customer suggestions into its releases. UAS is software written by the people, for the people.

This latest release of Ultranalysis Suite (UAS) software boasts impressive features, fixes, and enhancements that complement an already fantastic platform. Here is what you can look forward to in Release Version 1.1553.

Feature Updates

1. Flexibility to define the Y Axis Unit of Measurement for Acceleration and Velocity.

In UAS Options, System Setting with the General tab selected, users can set the Y-Axis for both Acceleration and Velocity to the unit they desire. These settings now impact the unit used on corresponding FFT graphs.

2. New and Improved Audio Compression for DYNAMIC data (Sound Files)

The SDT270 allows ultrasound inspectors to collect DYNAMIC data with up to 80 seconds of acquisition time. One can appreciate that a RAW sound file of 80 seconds needs some form of compression to make it manageable. 

Some ultrasound instruments use standard mp3 compression to reduce the size of sound files. In doing so they choose to compromise the integrity of their data.

SDT employs Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) technology. FLAC still compresses the audio file but it does it without any loss in quality or signal integrity. This UAS update includes an updated version of the FLAC2WAV utility. This fixes the potential for problems in the FLAC decoding process while applying bug fixes reported by FlacWriter software developer kit.

Benefits for our customers include:

  • Increased compression levels create more compact file sizes which means faster load times for complex analysis tasks. This improvement is all about enhanced productivity and time management.
  • Extends the ability to use newer versions of FLAC converted files with older versions of UAS

3. This update gives UAS faster performance over previous versions

During the export of DYNAMIC data some system resources are engaged during, and after the transfer. Those resources are now released back to "available" status once the wave file export is complete. This action is invisible to users; they just experience software with faster performance.

4. Improved communication for PCs running Windows OS 8, 8.1 and 10 with Updated

OSVersionInfo We created better communication scripts between UAS and Windows OS 8, 8.1, and 10. Information is passed from client PC to SDT server to improve stability during the updating process and assist our support team during technical trouble shooting sessions.

5. Improvements to "Copy Structure Only/Paste Structure Only" function

Copying and pasting a database structure from one data folder to another is now easier. Users notice greater flexibility when building trees.

6. We developed a smoother way to display measurement nodes in the database tree

In older versions of UAS users may encounter problems when the sensor list items settings were modified or when the order of the list was modified. Adding "New Measurement" nodes to the data tree are enhanced in this release. Flexibility to modify settings, or the order of measurement nodes on the fly, boosts productivity for UAS users by streamlining the data tree building and editing process.

7. Our most advanced Alarm capabilities ever… just got a little better

Alarm reporting utilities in UAS are already miles ahead of the competition. Now, more detailed alarm thresholds are visible. Target alarms are now indicated on static trends, even if the trend remains outside the defined alarm levels. Users quickly visualize when data is "close to" alarm, but still ranked as "ok". Think of it as an advance warning of an early alarm stage.

8. Copy Tree with Data; Cut/Paste function enhancement

We enhanced the user's ability to copy a tree structure that contains data. Moving data from one tree to another, in the same or different folder, is quick and painless.

9. Users can now backup/export DYNAMIC data to xml file

It was always possible to backup STATIC data to an xml file. Version release 1553 adds DYNAMIC data function to the mix. Now, as long as you are working within the original tree structure, both STATIC and DYNAMIC data backups can be exported and therefore restored.

Here is an example of how it works:

Imagine two colleagues are working with their own UAS installation but using a shared tree structure.

  • User 1 creates a UAS tree and shares it with User 2. 
  • User 2 then restores it to his workstation.

Both users can now gather data with their own SDT270 and share them via an xml backup/restore procedure. The only caveat is that neither of them make additional modifications to the tree without making an additional backup/restore. Here we see another example of SDT's emphasis on removing data silos within an organization and promoting communication and data sharing.

10. More control when creating backups

We added a date range filter to the backup process. Users who want to only backup for the month of September can set the filter to create an xml file of just September's data (see example)

11. Improvements to the UAS Base Setup and Installation File

Additional stability to the setup files streamlines the installation process for a more satisfactory customer experience with UAS

12. Improve performances for UAS launch UAS performance improvements extend to the initial application launch

The speed with which the tree and related data loads on startup benefits the users' already delighted experience.

13. New and future sensors are handled in Version 1.1553

SDT offers the widest range and highest quality ultrasound and vibration sensors available on the market. Ongoing enhancements to those sensors is already planned, and supported in this UAS release.


SDT270 and SDT200 Firmware Updates

The SDT270 has underwent so many transformations that today, it barely resembles the powerful condition monitoring instrument first introduced in 2010. At least on the inside where we've added multiple condition indicators that guide inspectors to more sound decisions. Acquisition time for both Static and Dynamic measurements allow data collectors to adjust the measurement sample to suit the rotational speed of the asset. And of course compatibility with standard accelerometers adds productivity to your day allowing inspectors to collect ultrasound and vibration data in one survey, with one instrument.

This year's firmware update arrives with less fanfare than previous years, addressing issues related to system function, performance, and maintenance.

Feature Updates :

1. Compatibility for SDT 2.0 Sensors

Never resting on your laurels means always be innovating. SDT built its reputation on its family of airborne and structure borne sensors. They are the most accurate and repeatable ultrasound sensors on the market. The dependability of the RS1N (needle) and RS1T (threaded) contact sensors helped establish ultrasound as the first line of defense in condition monitoring. If you cannot trust your data, you cannot make the right call.

As SDT gets set to release their next generation 2.0 sensors its necessary to prepare the SDT200/270 firmware to receive them. The RS2N and RS2T contact sensors contain advanced technology that adds more stability to the measurement and pushing low energy ultrasound signals over greater distances. The new firmware prepares the SDT270/200 to receive the sensors and map their serial number and their ID back to UAS software.

2. Adding frequency tuning capability to the SDT200

The SDT270 boasts the broadest range of frequency tuning of any portable ultrasound instrument on the market. This capability is now available in the SDT200SD ultrasound detector.

3. Sherlog mode capability for SDT270

The Sherlog mode is now available in all version platforms of the SDT270. Marine inspectors can now carry out hatch cover inspections in concert with other asset condition monitoring by simply toggling between Condition Monitoring Mode and Sherlog Mode.

4. Additional fixes and modifications Other maintenance issues covered by this release include:

  • Removal redundancy of clipping level indicator on irrelevant measurement screens (RPM)
  • Adding Contact Probe 170 (US/MEC) into SDT270 Red Sensor input
  • Additional system info menu displays the serial number of the connected external sensor
  • Removal of certain screens which slowed system performance
  • Resolved bugs that caused frozen screens when new sensors were connected
  • Acquisition Time set to default at 1 second in all dynamic surveys (still user configurable)
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