Germany), has announces the availability of version V.01.02.00 of its IPEmotion measurement-data acquisition software for download. The version features several highlights and improvements.
Among the added features are flexible limit-value monitoring with visualization in the display elements and free definition of clear-text messages; new file formats for direct data storage and export; an undo/redo function; absolute or relative time-channel management and creation of runtime versions.
The new limit-value monitoring function permits flexible definition of limits, displaying them both in color and in clear-text messages. Thus the user can not only proactively monitor a measurement, but also determine the limits in a formula editor. The new file formats include the customer-specific PD5 and GPX (GPS Exchange Format), a data format for GPS data. The undo/redo function allows the user to cancel and reactivate instructions, as in typical Windows programs. The enhanced time-channel management allows the user to measure in absolute or relative time. It offers a choice between synchronizing one time channel per measurement channel or one time channel for all measurement channels with the same sampling rate.
Creation of runtime versions is possible with the Developer Edition. A runtime version is a pre-defined configuration in which signals, visualization, channels, etc. are preconfigured and cannot be changed. They are particularly useful for repetitive measuring tasks. The runtime version has the advantage that the measurement technician only has to define it once, and can then use it on different test rigs, for example. And the user incurs no further license fees.
There are also new hardware drivers (so-called M.A.L.-PlugIns) for IPEmotion available for download. These include the Ipetronik Logger M.A.L.-PlugIn, which allows the complete configuration of the Ipetronik data logger and parallel measurement and storage with XCP service, and the GPS M.A.L.-PlugIn for connection of GPS receivers and synchronous acquisition of GPS data. The video M.A.L.-PlugIn (beta status) was written by a student, Dennis Boeing, as part of his diploma thesis on the topic of "Design and development of software for acquisition and synchronous integration of video data in a tool for the acquisition and evaluation of measurement data." This M.A.L.-PlugIn provides a connection for web-cams, allowing video data to be recorded by IPEmotion. Further new drivers are the Ipetronik CAN M.A.L.-PlugIn to support the Mc-Thermo measurement module and complete configuration of Ipetronik CAN modules, and the CAN M.A.L.-PlugIn for connection to all frequently-used CAN interfaces and direct measurement of the CANbus.
"With IPEmotion, we have really caught the users' imagination. Numerous hardware manufacturers have become aware of this fact, and already support IPEmotion officially as configuration and measurement software, planning to publish their M.A.L.s before the end of 2009. First certification activities have also begun," adds Andreas Geh, Sales & Marketing Director at Ipetronik.