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 Record, Measure and Analyze

Fast and Efficiently Using the VibraScout 6D™

Dytran's USB powered, digital, 6 degrees of freedom sensor combines a 3-axis MEMS accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, and onboard temperature sensor with a microcontroller to create a smart sensor. The VibraScout 6D™ is a plug-and-play, cost effective, portable data acquisition system. Measure X,Y,Z acceleration, roll, pitch, yaw and temperature using a laptop or tablet.

Uses for the VibraScout 6D Include:

  • Develop "Pass/Fail" criteria for vibration or shock-based end-of-line acceptance testing
  • Produce graphics, charts and data for reports and white papers
  • Document "before-and-after" condition to assess effectiveness of design changes
  • Perform ride quality and other whole-body human response studies
  • Complete university engineering degree coursework and thesis papers
  • Establish the basis for simplified machinery condition monitoring programs
  • Quickly quantify and pinpoint sources of unwanted vibration
  • Measure tilt angles on heavy equipment, construction sites, and structures
  • Survey anything to get a feel for what is happening - the first step toward fixing it!

Functions of the VibraScout 6D™:

The Dytran model 5346A2 is a unique and innovative solution for fast, portable and cost effective vibration surveys and data acquisition. Easy to install software allows for real time, three-directional vibration data acquisition (including static inclination), three-directional orientation data acquisition (gyroscope) along with real-time temperature monitoring. The system stores acceleration, gyro and temperature information, and the built-in firmware handles USB communication and provides a number of unique features including storage of device serial number and storage of accelerometer, gyro and temperature calibration data.

VibraScout 6D™ Software Features:

  • Real-time display of acceleration, gyro and temperature data with 5 seconds of buffer
  • Three-channel, multi-channel, scope (rotating machinery) and real-time waterfall plots available at runtime
  • Min, max, instant measurement values displayed for all 9 channels at runtime
  • User selectable frequency settings for windowing and frequency range settings
  • Imperial or standard engineering units for all channels; unit conversion is selectable by user
  • Embedded post processor for data export to ASCII, UFF58, Matlab compatible .MAT and JPEG files
  • Plots overlay for channel to channel comparison
  • API available as .NET dll for custom application development

How it Works:

The accelerometer contains a variable capacitance (VC) MEMS chip (200g range) with USB interface. Load the software onto your PC or laptop (see below for minimum computer system requirements). The standard USB protocol handles all the sensor communications with the PC; no external power is required for the sensor, simply plug it into the USB port. The sensor is hermetically sealed in a titanium housing weighing 13 grams, allowing it be used in harsh environments from test tracks to field monitoring. The frequency range of the VibraScout 6D™ accelerometer is 0 Hz (DC) to 1,100 Hz and the gyroscope is 0 to 250 Hz. Units can withstand 10,000g shock.

Typical Screen Displays:


    Autorun Menu for VibraScout 6D


   Multi Channel View: Displays all 9 channels of data on a single window. Each channel has its plot display with selection options between time or frequency domain data.


  Waterfall Plot (CSD): Displays the waterfall plot of FFT data from the 5-second buffered time data. User can select the channel to be displayed as well as scaling of Y-axis.

Model 5346A2 System Consists of:5346A

(1) Model 7546A2, USB powered triaxial accelerometer, 200g range

(1) Model 6330A15, 15-foot cable assembly, 4-pin to USB

(2) Model 6247 mounting screws (6-32)

(2) Model 6688 mounting screws (M3)

(1) Model 9006 Software Toolkit

Minimum Computer System Requirements:

  • Desktop or laptop x86 based personal computer
  • Operating Systems: Windows Vista/Seven/Win8 32- bit
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Hard disk space: 1 GB
  • USB 2.0
  • Display resolution 1280x780


Start your vibration adventures today with VibraScout 6D™. Contact our Sales Department to learn how you can take the first step toward a New Frontier of discovery in the exciting field of vibration analysis!