The importance of Drivers
USB devices all have their own Driver software in order to function. This can sometimes lead to communication problems with the device you are trying to use. When a device arrives with software to use, install this before plugging in the device. Once installed, it is good practice to give the computer a restart before plugging in the device. Ensure you are connected to the internet, then plug in your device. Computers installed with Windows XP or later should begin to look for the driver software on the internet automatically. If not, then it is likely it has already been installed with the software. It should now be ready to communicate with the computer.
Software and Communication cable is provide with the Vibrating Wire readout. It is important to install this software before plugging the readout into the computer. If possible, ensure you are connected to the internet when this installation is carried out. A restart of the computer may also be worth doing after the software is installed. Once this is done, plug the readout in and allow Windows to install the drivers it needs to run communicate with the device. You should be connected to the internet as well to allow this to complete correctly. Upon completion of this process the readout should now be ready to communicate with the computer and you can now open the software which should begin to recognise the readout. From here you are able to do any memory location programming needed for the project. The software has an “Auto-Update” function which when connected to the internet will ask if you would like to download the latest version of the software if it is out of date. It is recommended to keep this software up to date at all times.
Activating the audible function
Press and hold the UP and DOWN arrows for 2 seconds. A speaker symbol should appear on the screen.
NOTE - this function only lasts for 2 minutes and therefore you will need to hold down the buttons again to activate for a further 2 minutes.
Will the VW2106 work with other manufacturers vibrating wire sensors?
Yes – the VW2106 covers all frequency ranges from 400 to 6000Hz and so can read any vibrating wire sensor. There are several sweep settings which can be selected for the type of instrument being read:
|Sweep||Frequency range||Typical instruments|
|A||450 to 6000 Hz||Wide sweep|
|B||1200 to 3550 Hz||Piezometer, jointmeter, crack meter, load cell|
|C||450 to 1200 Hz||Strain gauge – arc weldable|
|D||450 to 1200 Hz||Strain gauge - embedment|
|E||1000 to 3600 Hz||Strain gauge – spot weldable|
|F||2500 to 6000 Hz||Borehole stress meter|
|U (user set)||Variable 1200 to 3550 Hz||Any|
Select the sweep range that matches the sensor you are going to read.