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VibGuy~5

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Hypothetical question-if you had a blank cheque book and were asked to buy a 2140, software and accessories for a best in class vibration program, what would you get?

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full pakage for a 4 channel + peakvue, don't buy the balancing kit

A different triax accelerometer

A Bunch of ctc cables.

the patinium packege of software
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I agree with fburgos. 4 Channel with the advanced options, ODS/IMPACT, Transient, FastBal, get it all. Don't forget the 4 channel brick adapter. I also use the CTC cables, check out their 2 channel cable assemblies for ACCEL and VOLTS inputs.  I also agree, don't use the CSI balance kit. I would add a SPEEDVUE and a Monarch PTL200 laser tach, for the price it is versatile, has about a 25 foot range, will run almost all day on fresh batteries, and the SPEEDVUE is great when you can't shut it down to place tape. 

On the 2140, add the BLUETOOTH option, this would allow headphones to be used, since there is no plug-in jack for them. 
I favor the CTC AC115 triax and the CTC triax cable assembly, don't have a big preference for the single channel sensor for route work, have good performance from the IMI sensors for that. 

I have 4 2140's at the plant, with 2 (2) channel boxes used by Operators for Routes with Advanced options, FastBal, ODS/Impact, but I screwed up and did not get transient on them. I have 2 (4) channel boxes with all the advanced options. I have set them up with 4 channels of transient capture for 24 hours and it worked flawlessly. I did not have a multi-channel monitor available at the time , and the 2140 captured what i needed. 


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Thanks for the replies.
I don't see a balance kit as an option-do you mean the 404 photo tach accessory? (or is there a balance weight kit that I can't find)
You would take the software balance option on the 2140?

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Thanks for the replies.
I don't see a balance kit as an option-do you mean the 404 photo tach accessory? (or is there a balance weight kit that I can't find)
You would take the software balance option on the 2140?



Balance kit is photo tach plus the 4 channel thing and 4 single channel accelerometers with cables.

But you are getting the a lot better speedvue you don't need this bulky 404 tach.

the 4 channel thing and accessories also come with the 4 channel version of the unit, unless you want spare I don't think you need it.

Get the channel D cable, this would be handy for ods/modal and two plane balancing.

If a volts input cable exist get one.
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I would get a laser tach as a backup, but the SpeedVue also works as a normal tach -- I'd get a longer cable for it from CTC (15 - 20 ft ?).  You'll want a Noga CineArm and a large magnetic base to use as a tach holder.

You definitely want the Bluetooth option -- using headphones with the 2140 is a total game changer.  It seems expensive, but I couldn't function without the headphones now that I've used it.  You'll want some noise-rated earbuds... I use these but ISOtunes has other models, and there are a few more out there.

I never thought I'd like it, but I am using the CSI triax a lot (where it makes sense to).  You'll want to get a coiled data collector cable for it (from CTC) if you use it for route data collection (the straight cable it comes with will just trip you up).

A selection of impact hammers would be good, but if you only get one, get the PCB 086D20 "short sledge" for general run-of-the mill equipment.  For testing components (fan wheels, etc) get the 086D05 as well. (I have all 5 sizes and duplicates of all but the smallest)

I also suggest a strobe light (use the 'Search' button in the menu bar to find discussions on this forum).  Not sure if they even offer it any more, but the CSI 444 strobe light really comes in handy at times. (I have a bunch of them that I need to get rid of)

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Thanks Rusty,

For the noise rated earbuds, is this only for working in very noisy environments because the blue tooth headphones are not classified as ear defenders? Do they dampen down what you hear with the headphones as well?

Have you compared what you hear with contact ultrasonics? I’m imagining they will be similar, but with ultrasonics you can change the sensitivity (gain) to cut out the background noise.

A selection of impact hammers would be good, but then there is open chequebooks and very open chequebooks. I might have the former.

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