Why Use a Digital Impact Recorder?

If you actively use impact indicators or just researching the best solution to monitor impacts, consider a digital impact recorder. Of course the right impact device is determined by your specific requirements but read on, a digital impact recorder might be the right solution.

Digital Impact recorders are a significant step above one use shock indicators or re-usable shock indicators. For those of you that are not familiar, impact recorders will record impacts to the equipment being monitored over the duration of the transportation cycle. Generally if the requirement is to have detailed knowledge (data) about the g force impacts plus better data resolution for detecting damage, a digital recorder is the right device for monitoring.

Reasons Why to Use a Digital Impact Recorder

Typically companies that use digital recorders tend to ship expensive equipment that is sensitive to shock. The reason is engineers and technical staff want to know more information about directional impacts than a single impact indicator can offer. A recorder provides detailed data such as how extreme was the impact, which axis did the impact occur, how long did the impacts last, when did it happen, and how often. Having this kind of data can provide key information about potential damage to the equipment and if the equipment will need to be inspected. It also can potentially identify where the problem occurred in the transportation chain helping to correct future handling problems.

Another important aspect of impact recorders is low g force detection and impact duration. Large heavy equipment can sustain damage during transportation from low g force levels as little as 1g. An example of heavy equipment requiring detailed monitoring are transformers, which can weigh more than 20 tons. This equipment can be damaged from vertical g force in excess of 1g. Our Digi-Shock recorders are an excellent choice for this type of requirement.

If an impact recorder seems appropriate for your needs, look into the following:

Items to Consider:

  • Battery Life – make certain the power is adequate for the full journey.
  • Simplicity – device set-up and software should be easy to use.
  • Data Retrieval – the device should use a standard USB port to download data.
  • Recorder Memory – a recorder should be able to handle up to a million data points.
  • Operational Check – this allows you to know the device is actually running.
  • Tamper proof – a device is worthless if someone during the mission can change the settings.
  • Device Cost – make certain you are getting a competitive price.

Impactograph Digi-Shock Recorders can provide the right solution for your specific monitoring requirements. Our recorders are used by top industries and maintain an excellent reputation. For more information on the Digi-Shock view our models: Digi-Shock G, Digi-Shock GT and Digi-Shock XT.

You can also contact one of friendly experts to see if a digital impact recorder is the right solution or to ask a specific question.