Introduction to testing with the PAK – MKII Data Acquisition System

The following videos are intended to help you, the user, get introduced to using the PAK – MKII data acquisition and analysis system. The Quick Start videos are more detailed full instruction videos. The PAK Tip videos were part of the monthly PAK Video Tip series and while they were not necessarily tutorial introduction videos, their content has been deemed extremely useful for beginners. Once you have mastered the skills in these videos please view the rest of the PAK Video Tip Library for more detailed information regarding various useful aspects of PAK!

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Getting Started with PAK

Classic PAK Sound and Vibration Measurement and Analysis TutorialPAK Tutorial: Classic PAK Measurement Tutorial:

This tutorial is a introduction to the original PAK measurement software. Classic PAK, as we call it, is the measurement interface that gives you the most options for data measurement with triggering and analysis. In this video we break down the measurement setup process into easy to follow steps. Topics covered include:

              • Create a new Measurement Definition
              • Measurement descriptions
              • Easy hardware connection using Automatic Configurations
              • Test Naming and how it applies to data saving
              • Editing a Measurement Setup
              • Creating sampling groups
              • Editing channel settings
              • Calibrating channels
              • Turning on saved analyses
              • Choosing how to trigger and start your measurement
              • Setting up a Tacho channel (rotation channel)
              • Taking and verifying data


PAK Quickstart: Measurement Tutorial:

With this PAK Tutorial Video we explain how to quickly and easily record data using our PAK Easy Measurement Workflow. Following this step by step guide you will learn how to:

              • Connect to your MKII
              • Set up various sensor types include a tachometer channel
              • Calibrate your sensors
              • Plot some basic data in real-time
              • Record several tests
              • Quickly evaluate the data.


PAK Quickstart: Graphical Data Analysis:

With this PAK Quickstart Tutorial Video we explain how to set up a Graphic Definition for PAK data analysis. Some of the topics covered in this video:

              • Plot time histories (throughput data)
              • Setup and plot an FFT analysis
              • Plot Tacho Channels
              • Create diagram links
              • Compare several types of data in one plot
              • Save diagram settings for easy application
              • Create multiple pages in your graphic definition


PAK Video Tips

Setting Up Your MKII

Setting Up Your MKII Connection:

Whether it’s your first time or one hundredth, it’s easy to forget a step in connecting your MKII to a new computer. In this video we go through the steps to get you connected and testing with your MKII.

Arithmetic: Introduction Tutorial

Arithmetic: Introduction Tutorial:

This PAK Video Tip is a beginner tutorial for how to use the PAK Arithmetic. In the video we go through setting up an example analysis and examine how the arithmetic provides you more freedom to perform unique calculations.


FFT AnalysisFFT Analysis Settings and Strategies:

When performing an FFT analysis in PAK it is important to understand the how the FFT parameter settings will affect your data. This PAK Tip Video quickly explains and demonstrates the proper setting and strategies for an FFT analysis in PAK.

Digital Order Analysis

Digital Order Analysis Settings and Strategies:

With this 6 minute PAK Tip Video we explain the background for digital order analysis in data acquisition for a rotating system. We cover the advantages of a digital order analysis compared to a regular FFT order analysis, several rules of thumb for setting up an analysis properly, and how to set up an order analysis in Classic PAK Measurement.


Creating Graphical Layouts-fixedCreating Graphical Layouts: Fixed Layout:

PAK Graphical Layouts enable a user to create customized, repeatable report layouts. Easy to use tools allow you to link the layout to your data sets for automatic updating of test information. You can customize the layout to incorporate pictures, text, and other aesthetic features. In this PAK video tip you will learn how to create a PAK fixed graphical layout and apply it to any graphic definition you create

Impact Testing

Impact Testing with Moving Hammer and Accelerometers:

Follow this video guide to help you set-up, evaluate, and export data from the PAK Software Impact Module for a test with a moving hammer and accelerometers.


Transfer FilesTransfer Files, Settings, and Data to a New PAK Installation:

Whether you are installing a new version of PAK on the same computer or on a new computer, you will want to transfer all of your old files, settings, and data. This 4 minutes video tip shows where and how to correctly transfer the files and use them to setup PAK.

Navigating PAK Admin

Navigating PAK Administrative Tools and Folders:

With this video we try to where to find administrative information used in the operation and maintenance of PAK. We investigate license folders, configuration files, editable lists, system IDs, and much more.