Simple Measurement Using Dewesoft DAQ Hardware

Simple measurement with different sensors and Dewesoft hardware. Basic presentation for new users, that will show you how to connect different sensors to Dewesoft hardware and how to perform the measurement.

First, we need to install Dewesoft X on the computer. You have to download Dewesoft X software from our download page. Download and run the Installer. Dewesoft X supports the operating system Windows, Version 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), and newer.


  • The license for measuring with Dewesoft X is included in the device (usually PROF version). Once it is connected on the USB port, it acts as a dongle.
  • The license for analysing is free! Dewesoft X can be installed on any computer and the stored data files can be opened, recalculated, and exported.
  • Additional licenses can be required for plugins, these can then also be written into the Dewesoft® device. To test plugins, you can request a 30-days-Evaluation license.

More information about licensing can be found here. On the following link, you can also find the information about plug-in installation and registration.

In this simple measurement lesson, we will show a simple measurement of various sensors using Dewesoft SIRIUS system. One sensor after the other will be connected and a basic measurement will be done. It makes sense to work this through from the start to the end, as with each measurement more details and different instruments and functions are shown. In the picture below, you can see the demo equipment that was used.

Image 1: In following tutorial the Dewesoft Sirius device will be coupled together with an acceleration sensor, tuning fork and encoder 

The demo kit consists of the SIRIUS device, with its installation USB stick and the three sensors:

  • Acceleration sensor
  • Tuning fork
  • Encoder

Dewesoft X Launcher

When we connect the power and USB connector to the computer, Dewesoft X will pop out from the auto-detect the screen and show the devices with their serial number, the status of power supply, and the status of the synchronization cables in case we have more than one unit connected. Pressing Run Dewesoft will close the popup and start Dewesoft X software.

Image 2: Dewesoft will auto-detect connected Dewesoft Hardware 

Manual setup of hardware

In case you need to manually set up the hardware, please start Dewesoft X and go to Options - Settings.

Under Devices, set the operation mode to Real measurement. Then scan for the hardware with the refresh button. The SIRIUS will be found with the according to the serial number.

For more informations about Settings, visit the How to set up the Dewesoft tutorial.

When you confirm the Settings, you should get the Channel Setup screen in the Measure mode, showing the instrument with the built-in amplifiers.

Notice, the two buttons on the left upper corner Measure and Analyse. One mode is for storing the data, the other is for reloading data files and analyzing them. 

We connect an IEPE accelerometer on the first channel.

Image 3: Connected acceleration sensor to the Dewesoft SIRIUS device 

First, think about the required sampling rate. What is the highest input frequency we expect? In the drop-down ''Dynamic acquisition rate'' the default value is usually 20 kS/s, which is fine for now.

If not already set, activate the channel by setting it to Used.

As the SIRIUS-ACC amplifier supports two input modes, in the row of the first amplifier please set the ''Measurement'' from Voltage to ''IEPE'', so the amplifier will supply the sensor. If the ''Ampl. name'' (and the LED ring on the instrument around the BNC connector) gets green after a few seconds, we know that the sensor impedance is OK.

Then enter the Channel setup window by pressing the ''Setup'' button.

Image 4: Connected acceleration sensor is shown in a Channel setup under the 'Analog in' tab in the Measure mode of Dewesoft X software 

Channel setup

The Channel setup window splits up into left (Amplifier settings) and right (Sensor settings) side. Furthermore, you can change the name

  • Amplifier settings - With the Dual core option set (if you own a Dual-core SIRIUS), we don't have to care about the input range. On the bottom you see a quick preview of the sensor signal, knock on the accelerometer for testing.
  • Sensor settings - In our case the accelerometer has built-in TEDS (transducer electronic data sheet), so automatically all the calibration factor and calibration data (by the way: out of date, see red warning) is read from it. In any other case - Enter the Physical quantity (Acceleration) and the Unit (either g or m/s²) and the calibration factor below, or put the sensor on a reference shaker and press the Calibrate button.
Image 5: Channel setup window 


Before starting the measurement, please go to the Storing ribbon, and specify a file name. The Storing type is set to always fast, here you can specify trigger conditions later.

Then click the red Store button to start storing the measurement.

Image 6: In Storing tab set the file name and start storing 


Dewesoft X switches to Measure mode. For faster navigation on top, there are 2 screens - Recorder, and Custom... predefined. The screens contain instruments, and can be freely defined. The Recorder screen currently consists of one Recorder instrument.

Do a few hits on the accelerometer.

Image 7: Display preview in measurement mode 

The recorder y-axis automatically adapts to the currently visible minimum/maximum values, if the Recorder properties on the left ''Autoscale'' is enabled. On the right side is the channel list, showing the channel currently assigned to the Recorder instrument.

After you have done the measurement, please click Stop, then change to Analysis mode.


Let's take a look at the recorded data. You are now in "Analysis mode". The last recorded data file is automatically reloaded. Let's zoom into one of the peaks.

To zoom in, press the left mouse button, hold it down while moving to the right, then release. If you move the mouse between the two cursors, there is a small + attached to the mouse icon, and if you click between cursors, the area will be zoomed in.

To zoom out to the previous level again, simply click the right mouse button.

Image 8: Zoom in the area between cursors 

You can zoom in until you see the sampling points (20 kHz).

Image 9: Zoom in until you see the sampling points


Only the selected region (in the overview instrument on top) will be exported!

Image 10: Export the zoomed region

Go to the Export section -> File Export, chose the file type and properties, enable or disable channels from the right, then click the Export button.

Image 11: Export selected area 

The FlexPro and MSExcel Active X ribbons on top will export into a template, which you can adapt, in order to directly export in your finished report.

To learn more about acceleration sensors and vibration measurement, visit Vibration measurement tutorial.

We connect a strain gage on one of the STG inputs of our SIRIUS.

Tuning forks with strain gage coupled to the SIRIUS deviceImage 12: Tuning forks with strain gage coupled to the SIRIUS device 

A "tuning fork" is normally used for tuning the instruments of an orchestra. It is tuned to 440Hz, which is the standard pitch (note 'a'). In our demo tool, a quarter bridge strain gage with either 120 or 350 ohms resistance (is marked on the connector) is mounted on the steel, therefore we can measure the strain of the vibrations.

Image 13: Strain gage and tuning forks specification 

Open the Setup of the channel where the tuning fork is connected to.

Image 14: Tuning fork channel setup

In the left upper section, we find the amplifier settings. Set to "Bridge" and "Quarter bridge 3-wire", either 120 or 350 ohm (written on connector). You directly see the according circuitry, how to connect the quarter bridge on the 9pin DSUB connector.

Select an appropriate range, if you use the highest, you don't have to care about overload (input voltage exceeding amplifier range). We use a smaller range, e.g. 20mV/V. The higher ADC is now working in the 20mV/V input range, while the lower ADC input range is 5% of it, 1 mV/V simultaneously, so you get an amazing dynamic.

On the right side - Sensor settings, we select Physical quantity Strain or Stress and the unit. If you have a sensor with a TEDS chip, and all the settings are read from it automatically.

Balance sensor

Before starting the measurement, we need to balance the strain gage. Click ''Balance'', the output will go to 0 um/m, and the offset will be shown next to the button.

Image 15: Click on the Balance button to balance sensors before the measurement 

Sampling rate

Because the natural frequency of the tuning fork is 440Hz, we have to think of which sample rate we want to digitize the signal. In theory, a factor of 2 (=880Hz, Nyquist criteria) would be sufficient, in praxis however it depends very much how the signal looks like. We suggest a factor of 10 or even 20 to get a good result.

So, the sample rate is still fine with 20 kHz.

Go again to "Storing", specify a filename, e.g. "tuning_fork_measurement". Then click "Store".

Scope Widget

Now we switch to the Custom... display and add the Scope widget to it. Maximize it over the whole screen.

Image 16: Add a Scope widget 

Image 17: Scope display can be randomly adjusted

Switch to the Scope screen. Hit the tuning fork, that we have an oscillating signal, then click the y-axis label for min/max scaling.

Set the trigger to Auto, in the properties of the left. Move the trigger level up- or downwards with the mouse, until you get a triggered image.

With the +/- buttons on the x-axis , you can adjust the time window shown.

Customizing Displays

Now we want to add an FFT instrument, to measure the resonance frequency of the tuning fork. Usually the Custom... screens are always empty so you fill them with any widgets, but basically no matter what display is, every display can be adapted to your needs.

Design mode

Go to the ''Design mode'', either by clicking the ''Design'' tab on the top or just starting adding the Widgets by clicking on ''Widgets'' tab.

Image 18: Enable Design mode by clicking on a Design button or by adding widgets to the display 

In the Widget search window type in FFT and add an FFT widget on a display.

Automatically the channel ''AI 5'' is assigned to the instrument as it is the only ''Used'' channel we had.

As you are in ''Design mode'' you can now freely adapt the size of the FFT and move it to your favorite location on the screen. After you fit the FFT diagram to your needs, exit the Design mode by clicking on a Design button. 

FFT instrument

Following steps help to get your data displayed quickly with the FFT:

  • Y scale type set on ''Log''.
  • Adjust Y-axis according to the range you are measuring. In this case, it is set from 0.001 to 1000 um/m.
  • Click on the measured peak when the tuning for is vibrating. The values of the peak will be displayed, showing the maximum of 439,5 Hz with the according to amplitude.
Image 19: FFT widget 

Analysis folder View

After stopping the measurement, click on the Analysis button, and go to the Data files tab. You will see the Analysis folder view, which is like an Explorer. On the bottom, you get information about the channels and data header, and with the powerful search fields, you easily find the data file you are looking for.

Image 20: Measurement data properties 

To learn more about strain gages and how to measure strain and stress, visit our Strain measurement tutorial.

Now we connect the demo encoder to e.g. ACC+ or STG+ (with additional Lemo connector), or MULTI module.

Image 21: Encoder coupled with the SIRIUS device 

Per default the Counter inputs are not visible in Dewesoft X, we have to add them with the ''+ More'' button.

Image 22: Add Counters to the Dewesoft X software


Also, other software options can be added here, e.g. Power, Order tracking, Modal test... The Counters will appear now as a ribbon on top.

The buttons on top can be customized, click the ''+'' button again, go to ''New setup defaults'' and set the asterisk for the Counters. From now on they will appear as default each time when starting Dewesoft X.

Image 23: Add Counters module as favorite 

There are two typical counter techniques: 

  • the gated measurement (high-frequency range typical > 100 Hz), and 
  • pulse width measurement (low-frequency range typical < 100 Hz). 

Many applications need both, the counter information and the analog data. Traditional systems do not offer the counter information synchronized to the A/D converters because they get the counter information only either after the gate time or after the pulse time measured. In comparison to standard counting with software interpolation (value 1.5 shown on image 24), Dewesoft X real-time counting uses an additional counter on a 102 MHz time base to get the exact time of the rising edge of the signal. This unique feature allows the calculation of the exact counter value at the A/D sample point (value 1.87 on the image 24).

Image 24: Comparison of traditional counting and Dewesoft Counter, which bases on value interpolation 

When you turn on the encoder, you should already see the Counter value increasing. Each counter (CNT x) consists of 3 digital inputs (IN0, IN1, and IN2). Set the channels to Used and enter the Setup.

Image 25: Set the counter on Used and open Setup 

Counter setup

Image 26: Counter setup 


In our case, we have a 1024-pulses Encoder with A, B, and Z track. Set the basic application to Sensor (encoder... and the sensor type to ''Encoder-1024''. Enable the ''Encoder zero'', so the angle will be reset with the Z pulse once per revolution, also enable the Automatic angle wrap around.

The most important output channels below are Angle, Frequency, and Raw_Count.

Go to the Design mode and add Analog meter, Digital meter, and Recorders. Set the properties on the left for each instrument (min, max values, and resolution).To assign/unassign a channel to an instrument, click on the instrument first, then select/deselect the channel from the channel list on the right.

Image 27: Assign channels 

Analog and Digital meter

Below you see some example properties for the analog and digital meter. This should help you for displaying your RPM signal.

Image 28: Properties for Analog and Digital meter 

Save the Setup

After you have done all the sensor settings and created your own screen, you can save this setup/display configuration to a setup file (*.dxs). Therefore stop the measurement, or go back to Channel setup, then click the Dewesoft X icon button, and use ''Save setup as...''.

Image 30: Save the setup

The same way you can load any configurations.

To learn more about counters and angle sensors, visit our Digital counters training.

In Dewesoft X, we have extended Math library and several software modules for special applications. Let's only look to one of them as an example, you will find more. We will use the Power module to calculate active power and we will measure grid frequency. First, we must add the Power analysis module - under '+ More' button.

Image 31: Add Power analysis 

We have several settings and calculation options, but for basic measurement, we only need to assign the right channels. For U1, we select the voltage channel and for I1 we select the current channel.

Image 32: Select the proper channels to the voltage and current 

Go to measure screen, and you will have several predefined displays related to the power module displayed. You can also, of course, create your own display as a combination of power and other parameters.

Image 33: Predefined Power displays

After setting the input and math channels, we are prepared to perform a measurement. Let's store some data by pressing the Store button. Once the data is stored, we can press Stop to stop the recording.

By pressing Analyse, the file can be review for analysis. We can look on different screens and by pressing Play, we can replay the data.

Image 34: Widgets for Power analysis 

Image 35: Analysis of power measurement data 

For the analysis of data, Dewesoft X offers several possibilities. We can do Offline math inside the software, we can export data to other software packages or we can simply print the display which we would like to add to the report. Of course, all file operations like merging the files together, renaming, and deleting them are possible.

By selecting the print button, the selected display will be printed out.

Image 36: Print the report 

We can also export data in various formats (Excel, Matlab, Diadem, Flexpro, ...) by selecting Export function.

If we want to perform additional analysis on data already stored, it is very easy to do Offline math inside Dewesoft X. Here we will calculate vibration velocity out of an acceleration signal. To do that we must select the Offline math button:

Open Offline math in Analyse modeImage 37: Open Offline math in Analyse mode 

Choose '+ Add math' button and select a Time integration, derivation for our case.

Add Time integration, derivation math in offline modeImage 38: Add Time integration, derivation math in offline mode 

In the setup, we select the acceleration channel, on which we will perform integration. Please note that the system will already suggest the units of measurement to be mm/s and do automatic conversion. We can, of course, select an alternative unit, like 'ips'.

 Time integration of acceleration channelImage 39: Time integration of acceleration channel 

After we have done this, we go back to Review, add one Recorder display on which we will put acceleration signal and created math signal vibration velocity. To calculate this math signal, we must click on the Recalculate button. Now we can see both signals.

 Preview the acceleration and vibration velocities signalsImage 40: Preview the acceleration and vibration velocities signals 

There are many things to do in Dewesoft X and we invite you to visit further sessions on different topics How to measure signals, How to analyze the data, and How to use Dewesoft X.

Sine Wave on All Channels

In case you have set the Operation mode in Dewesoft X to ''Simulation'' mode, you will get a picture like below - sine waves with random amplitude and frequency on all channels.

Image 41: Sine waves with random amplitude and frequency on all channels as an output of Simulation mode

When you switch back to Ch. Setup, the amplifiers will show ''Demo-...''. In this case, please review the upper page - Manual setup of hardware.

Demo- prefix is defined only for simulated channelsImage 42: Demo- prefix is defined only for simulated channels