: Data loging with performance monitoring and measuring devices



AJxtcman
08-18-07, 01:40 PM
I am looking at a new meter. I am looking at 3 manufactures.
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"The NITROD VPM, the only gauge with true performance testing, monitoring and diagnostic capabilities."
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DashHawk Vehicle Information Display
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G-TECH/Pro Performance Meter
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NITROD'S Product Comparison Chart
........................................Nitrod VPM-100G...G-tech Pro...MSD Dashhawk
Built-in accelerometers...........................X........ ..X........................
Measures ¼ mile time and speed..............X..........X...........see note 1
Measures 0-60mph time..........................X.........X......... ...see note 1
Measures acceleration G-force.................X........X.................. .......
Measures braking G-force .......................X........X................. .......
Measures lateral (cornering) G-force..........X.........X........................ .
Adjustable mount included.......................X........X......... ................
Compatible with t-slot mounts..................X......................... ...........
Measures maximum Horsepower.................X.........X........... .see note 1
Save multiple run results to memory...........X.........X...................... ....
Shift light alarms ...................................X..........X... ..............X........
Other alarms ........................................X......... ...................X........
OBDII interface .....................................X............ ................X........
Retrieves real-time data from ECU..............X............................X... .....
Read Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC).........X............................X...... ..
Turn off Check Engine Light......................X...................... .......X........
Clear Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC).........X.............................X..... ...
View sensor values in realtime on x-y graph.X.......................................
Pause and Scroll graph for data review.......X.................................... ....
Fuel consuption gauge (miles/gallon)..........X................................ ........
Metric and US units for all data ................X...........X..................... ......
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Vehicles Support.....................1996 to 2002,.........all.............some 2004
.......................................most 2003 and up......................and up only
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Note 1: Some products on the market use the speed sensor value acquired from the OBDII port to calculate horsepower, 0-60 mph, 1/4 mile etc. This method can work but can give results with limited accuracy. The problem is inconsistent latency times and update rate of the speed sensor value, which varies from car to car. Most of all, wheel spin will significantly affect results when using the vehicle’s speed sensor.
For performance measurement you need acceleration. This is why Nitrod equipped its gauges with onboard high accuracy accelerometer sensors. The Nitrod VPM-100G is the only gauge on the market that has OBDII capabilities and incorporates accelerometer sensors.

Note 2: Click Here to see if your vehicle is compatible with the VPM-100G ECU based functions. Note that all vehicles are compatible with the VPM-100G accelerometers based functions (g-force meter, horsepower, ¼ mile, 60 mph..).


Note 3: The fuel consumption gauge is not compatible with all diesel vehicles.

AJxtcman
08-18-07, 01:58 PM
Palmer Performance Engineering, Inc.

PCMSCAN


PCMSCAN is a fully featured OBD-II scanner and diagnostic tool. It allows viewing, charting, logging and playback of diagnostic data in real time via the vehicle's OBD-II diagnostic data port. It also allows viewing of vehicle Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC's), Freeze Frame data, and other vehicle information.

PCMSCAN supports 1996 and newer passenger vehicles whether it be US, Asian, or European.
Supported OBD-II protocols: SAE-J1850 (PWM and VPW), ISO-9141, ISO-14230 (KWP2000), and ISO-15765 (CAN).

Download the demo, then if you like it you can buy it and turn your demo into a fully-working version.


Visit the user forum for discussion and information about PCMSCAN, product features, and new releases.



PCMSCAN Features


Virtual Dashboards
Highly configurable realistic looking gauges.
Gauges can be moved, resized, and laid out to resemble your own dashboard.
Virtual dashboard layouts can be loaded and saved from pre-existing templates or your own custom creations.
Gauges can be configured to report the minimum, maximum, and average values of the parameter being monitored.
Highly configurable graphs allow simultaneous graphing of up to 8 parameters per graph.
Tables can be placed on virtual dashboards and customized to report any parameters you want.
Maps can be placed on virtual dashboards and customized to display a full 3D view of any desired parameters.
You can set up an unlimited number of gauges, graphs, tables, and maps on your virtual dashboard.
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Drag Strip and Dyno

The drag strip displays a countdown and timing light and measures your launch and reaction time. At the end of your run, you get a timeslip with the stats from the run.
Measures reaction time, 60' time, 330' time, 0-60 MPH, 1/8 mile ET, 1/8 mile speed, 1000' time, 1/4 mile ET, 1/4 mile speed.
If you use aftermarket performance parts, the new digital dyno feature will let you test horsepower and torque to measure their impact on your vehicle's performance-- just try out the dyno and see if those parts were worth the money!
Supports both Engligh and Metric units of measurement.


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Data Logging

Currently supports over 160 generic OBD-II parameters, including O2 sensors.
Also supports all aux. input parameters available from the Innovate Motorsports LM-1 Wide Band O2 meter.
Also supports the AEM UEGO wide band O2 meter as an aux. input.
Also supports the TechEdge wide band O2 meter as an aux. input.
You can record and playback log files in real time (1ms logging accuracy).
You can save and load your log files for offline analysis.
Playback speed can be adjusted to play faster or slower than real time.
There are no restrictions on how much data you can log, it is only limited by how fast your OBD-II interface cable can send the data and by how much memory you have in your computer.
English and Metric (SI) unit measurement systems supported.
Customizable log file data export to .CSV file for easy viewing in other programs like Excel.
Export with real-time stamps for easy correlation with external data logs.
PIDs can be assigned priorities to speed up the data capture rate.
Full support for data log file bookmarks - if you notice the engine misfiring or some other problem, using the log file bookmarks you can just reach over and press F6 to add a bookmark into the logged data that is being recorded. Then you can come back at any time and see exactly where the bookmark is and view the surrounding frames of data to analyze the problem.

AJxtcman
08-18-07, 02:04 PM
Palmer Performance Engineering, Inc.

DashCommand™

DashCommand™ is a touch screen friendly software application that delivers high quality dashboards on any screen size. The dashboards are fully customizable with both digital and analog gauges, and scale to fit any screen size from 320x240 to 1600x1200 and larger. It supports any display resolution and has a completely customizable skin-able interface!

DashCommand™ supports all OBD-II and EOBD compliant vehicles whether they be US, Asian, or European. It is designed to work on any desktop, laptop, or in-car computer that runs Windows. It supports Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2K, XP, & Vista.
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If you own an ELM compatible OBD-II interface and have a laptop or in-car computer, then DashCommand™ is for you!
Example at about 320x240:


Supports all OBD-II protocols: SAE-J1850 (PWM and VPW), ISO-9141, ISO-14230 (KWP2000), and ISO-15765 (CAN).

AJxtcman
08-18-07, 02:09 PM
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DIGITAL DASH OVERVIEW
The all new Digital Dash 5.0 In Car PC front end software is designed to run on any Windows XP/2000 car computer system and is included with every G-NET Car PC. Using a PC at home or in the office is an easy task, but imagine using the same Windows interface in the car while driving. Digital Dash increases safety, productivity and ease of use on any Windows based in car PC. Digital Dash combines a large array of powerful and integrated features that are sure to satisfy even the most savvy in-Car PC user.

The Digital Dash Car PC Menu System gives users one click access to the most popular applications on the car PC. Large easy to read buttons that link to the integrated Audio Player, Video Player, CD Player, DVD Player, Sirius Satellite Radio, Google Maps Navigation & Tracking, OBD2 Vehicle Diagnostics, Photo Viewer, Internet Browser, E-Mail Form, Calculator, Calendar, Memo Pad, File Browser, 3D Visualizations and configuration utility.

Digital Dash is completely user configurable, you can change the program links, add programs to the "My Programs" pop-up menu, you can even change the background wallpaper image. The buttons on the main menu are also customizable, you can choose which buttons are shown, and whether they link to an integrated feature of the software or an external third party software program (such as a GPS navigation or say a TV tuner application) on your vehicle computer. You can also create main menu buttons to link to your favorite web sites.

Digital Dash also features a unique top navigation bar that provides one touch access to going back to the main menu, from anywhere in the program. It also integrates a real-time system clock, 10 level based volume control bar, on-screen keyboard button, gamma/brightness control (for day and night driving), minimize button, close button and power button which can be configured to either shut the system down, put the system into sleep mode, or simply hibernate. Digital Dash loads with the Windows shell and offers one button access to the standard Windows user interface if required.

The Digital Dash In Car PC Software front-end supports all display resolutions from 640x480 up to 1024x768 including wide screen resolutions, making it an ideal solution for both 7" wide screen touch screen LCD's and larger 8" or 10" LCD displays. Digital Dash can be used with a mouse, touch screen or even a handheld remote control. A full color users guide is available for Digital Dash that will quickly get you up and running with the software, as well as explain how to configure and customize the program settings. You can download a copy of the Digital Dash Users Guide here.

CUSTOMIZED VERSIONS OF DIGITAL DASH & VOLUME LICENSING
G-NET Inc. offers full development services based on our Digital Dash Car PC software platform. We can configure every element of it (such as the interface, font type, logos and more) for your specific application. We offer re-branding and volume licensing packages to Car PC resellers. Please click here to visit the Digital Dash Custom Development section of our web site for more information. We also offer custom software development services for vehicle technology applications, for more information on custom software development please visit G-NET Interactive Media.

PURCHASING DIGITAL DASH FOR YOUR OWN WINDOWS BASED CAR COMPUTER
When you purchase Digital Dash Software for your own car based computer you are entitled to unlimited 5.0.X version updates. As new versions of Digital Dash 5.0 with new features come out you will be eligible to download them free of charge. Purchase Digital Dash Software Today For Only $49 USD

AJxtcman
08-18-07, 02:18 PM
Links I should have added

http://www.nitrod.com/product.html

http://www.dashhawk.com/

http://www.gtechpro.com/prod.html

http://www.palmerperformance.com/

http://www.gnetcanada.com/

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http://nitrod.com/articles/HorsepowerTA.pdf

http://nitrod.com/articles/FuelSystemTA.pdf
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msta293412
08-19-07, 08:08 AM
That stuff is sweet.

codewize
08-19-07, 11:45 PM
Well after an initial review I like the NITROD and PCMScan. Those are my top two choices

Cadillacboy
08-20-07, 05:40 AM
Digital Dash is a cool item .I may like to have it in my vehicles

AJxtcman
04-11-08, 01:25 PM
I think I am going with this one.

Key Features

Diagnostics:

Did you know the average cost of having your vehicle's Check Engine or Service Engine Soon indicator cleared is $80? What if the only thing wrong with your vehicle is that the gas cap is loose? Don't waste your time or money when AutoEnginuity's OBD2 scan tool can prevent needless trips to the dealer.

Tuning Your Vehicle:

Read live data from the onboard engine sensors such as wide-band O2 sensors, fuel adaption, MAF, ignition timing advance, and lambda readings. Observe detonation, fuel trim values and reset adaptives for fast PCM tuning. If your vehicle supports wide-band O2 sensors, the Scan Tool can show you real-time air/fuel mixtures. Finally, data log them all in CSV- and XML-formats with 1ms sampling accuracy to a spreadsheet.

Emissions:

Did you know that almost all states are using OBD2-based emission testing for all 1996 and newer passenger vehicles? If you have a Check Engine or Service Engine Soon indicator illuminated, or a specific inspection system monitor test fails, your vehicle will fail its emissions test. With AutoEnginuity's OBD2 scan tool you can inspect your vehicle’s compliance before you wait in line and pay for the test.

Performance Analyzer:

Don't buy into claims of increased horsepower or added torque; you can verify whether that new, expensive part really works. Do your own dynamometer and acceleration testing at your own convenience and without having to rent expensive dynamometer time.

The AutoEnginuity's SpeedTracer you can measure:



0-60ft time
0-60 MPH
1/8 mile time
1/8 mile speed
1/4 mile time
1/4 mile speed
G Forces
SAE Horsepower
Torque
SAE Horsepower and Torque vs RPM graphing
Speed vs Time graphing
Best of all, SpeedTracer is free with every diagnostics scan tool purchase.




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AJxtcman
05-25-09, 10:10 AM
This is another option. Highline is picking one of these up.

http://magden-auto.com/images/products/m1b-big.jpg

M.1b Performance Computer
This Performance Computer comes ready to show you a variety of data channels your vehicle has but which the factory doesn't show you. The M.1b connects to your vehicle's OBD-II connector inside the car (equipped on 1996 and later vehicles) and will deliver some critical data channels that aren’t available with standard gauges. For example; Ignition Timing, Throttle Position and Air Intake temperature are just a few seen on most vehicles. Use these gauges to validate your performance upgrades. The M.1b can datalog as well, saving the information you need to help analyze your vehicle's performance. Click on some of the thumbnails above to see some M.1b screen shots.

The M.1b is also equipped with Dynamic Horsepower and Torque gauges. By simply doing the Power Runs before and after you install upgrades, you will see the difference. It makes evaluating your performance upgrades easier than before.

Customization is key. Set the M.1b the way you want. Choose a gauge layout and then choose which five gauges to view. Continue customizing by choosing which skin, indicator colors and gauge text color you prefer. It is loaded with many options to pick from, so matching your interior or creating something totally unique is possible.

Installing gauges has never been easier. Simply connect the OBD-II, Video and power cables and you're ready to experience new gauges on your LCD screen. No more cluttered interior or difficult gauge installations.


Part Number: M1P1-0001

Contents:

M.1b Performance Computer.
OBD-II cable.
Cigarette Adapter Power Cable.
1GB USB Memory Stick (Owner’s Manual loaded on it).
Quick Start Guide


Features:

Loaded with 3 gauge layouts; Secants, Datalab and Traditional.
Choose any 5 gauges to view per layout.
10 different skins to choose from.
See various OEM data channels.
Unit of measure choice for selected gauges.
Delivers Gear Position, Dynamic Horsepower and Torque, and real time Fuel Mileage gauges.
Datalogs any 5 gauges at a time.
Replays the data-logged session on the screen.
Exports the session as a .CSV file for viewing on any computer.
Outputs your choice of VGA, S-Video or Composite video to accommodate various LCD screens. A DVI and LVDS video card upgrade is available.


Benefits:

Provides hard data to evaluate performance upgrades.
The M.1 eliminates a cluttered interior with standard gauges.
Provides access to vehicle efficiency and critical functions.
Quick connections and easy installation.
Compact size with expandability.
Minimal power consumption.
Graphics can match most interior color schemes.
Choose data channels to focus on your driving style.
Works with most common LCD video screens.


Specs:

Dimensions: (L) 7” x (W) 7.325” x (H) 2.30” / 177.8mm x 186mm x 58.42mm.
Exterior Case: ABS Plastic.
Weight: 2.0 lbs.
Amperage draw: 1.2 amp peak, .86 amp continuous.
Inputs: DB9M OBD-II, USBx2, Ethernet, DC power plug.
Outputs: VGA Female, Composite Video, S-Video. DVI/LVDS and Additional Sensor card optional.
Cigarette Power Adapter; 6-foot cable, Power LED indicator, DC 2.5 x 5.5 plug with locking collar and 3-amp fuse.
OBD-II cable, 6-foot length, 90 degree, right hand OBD-II connector, DB9F straight connector.


Now you all know I like the quality of the Zeitronix Monitoring system.
they have a setup with Zeitronix sensors also.
http://magden-auto.com/images/products/Zt2kit_small.jpg

M.1b + Zeitronix Zt-2 Package
This package now makes it easy for those looking to add a wideband lambda among other sensors to their vehicle. Take all the feature and benefits the M.1b Performance Computer offers, combine it with adding the necessary sensors and you have a powerful data acquisition system for an extremely economical price. The integration is simple. The package includes the USB dongle that connects the two items, so you can see the additional gauges on your LCD screen. Datalogging is the same and of course these new gauges are customizable.

This easily allows you to add additional sensors, click here for the connection diagram (http://magden-auto.com/dl/M.1b%20with%20Zeitronix%20diagram.pdf). Add gauges for turbo or supercharger Boost Pressure, Exhaust Gas Temperature, Wide-Band Lambda (Air Fuel Ratio), Intake Air Temperature, Oil Temperature, Fuel Pressure and more. The Zt-2 can also accept a digital input, such as RPM, Vehicle Speed or Wheel Speed.

It eliminates difficult gauge installations since the sensor wires only have to connect to the Zt-2 and then with one cable, connect it to the M.1b Performance Computer. There is no need for mounting standard gauges on your dash and wiring separate gauges.

http://magden-auto.com/dl/M.1b%20with%20Zeitronix%20diagram.pdf