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Data Loggers in Two-Wheelers

Data loggers have been in the industry for quite a while, and they have grown and evolved in many ways. From parameters ranging from how they function to how they seem today, the earlier versions may have felt impossible to work with. Today operating one is way more different, but working with one of them in the past must have felt like the most challenging task altogether. The dataloggers then were giants as compared to the ones we work with today. Technically speaking, they were huge, as an entire system had to be carried in a backpack with lots of wires that had to be connected between sensors and the system (data logger). The engineers used laptops to store the data collected as the logger's memory used to be very limited.

But with that size being the most significant concern and the arrangement in which the data logger worked with the vehicle lead to changes in the vehicle dynamics during test drives. Loose connections, broken cables, or any error in the wire arrangements lead to data losses, ruining the entire process. Also, its power consumption, expensive cost, and logistical issues made it impossible to test multiple vehicles for research and development, and such issues could not be overlooked.

God bless technology that this is not the case with the loggers today. They have not only become advanced and sophisticated in performance, but their sizes have reduced drastically. The compactness in size has enabled loggers to function longer without any backup batteries, resulting in reduced overall expenses. And with cost not being a concern, the vehicle fleet R&D has increased remarkably.

As a result, existing and prototype vehicles are sent to different parts of the country or outside the country to study vehicle usage patterns. To improve vehicle dynamics and performance, data is collected from various riders. The same activity is also performed when a persistent issue is reported from the same region that cannot be recreated at test centres. These data loggers offered at Influx enable engineers to

  • Log CAN network data and OBD data.

  • Use the inbuilt ADC input to connect various sensors to determine various vehicle dynamics.

  • The essential information can be streamed to the cloud server using the StreamLog system.

  • StreamLog enables one to monitor the incoming data on oscilloscopes.

  • All our dataloggers at Influx support 4G LTE.

  • The option to take out the data from the server and create daily reports is available to the customers using data loggers from Influx.

  • Files such as DBC, A2l, ODX, LDF, ROB and FIBEX can be easily imported.

  • Our data loggers have minimal power requirements.

  • All data loggers from Influx can be configured via USB.

Benefits of using compact data logger:

Today's data loggers are so compact that they can be easily fitted inside the under-seat storage of your bike. All the required parameters can be analysed by just connecting this tiny device. May it be a traditional fossil fuel operated vehicle that needs to monitor signals or an advanced electric bi-cycle, gearless scooter or motorbike that uses very advanced circuitry a data logger capable of analysing them all effectively. Here are some of the examples that engineers in the automotive industry can relate to their application.

  • Motorcycle dynamics: This can be defined as the study of motorcycles and their components due to the force acting on them. This includes acceleration, vibration, steering, balancing, and braking.

  • Performance: It can be defined as how a motorcycle performs in different conditions and terrain and its effects. Typically, power is equivalent to the product of force and speed.

  • Persistent issue: vehicular issues and mechanical system failure are hard to troubleshoot sometimes. This can be solved by monitoring the vehicle data consistently with the help of a data logger installed in the motorcycle.

Analysing your data.

The post-processing of the data is not much of a task for an engineer. The USB can be connected to one's PC, and the data can be extracted within few minutes. The dialogue plus software also allows the engineers to do a quick analysis using Histogram or Item data charts for detailed analysis. One can export the data in CSV, MDF, S3T, mf4, and Matlab.

Fleet monitoring system

At Influx, the StreamLog Fleet management system helps OEM engineers gain real-time visibility into vehicle performance, help perform predictive analytics and aids accurate reporting. 75% of fleet managers rely on fleet management software or vehicle telematics to help support their day-to-day operations.

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