NEULOG force plate LOGGER SENSOR GUIDE

NEULOG force plate LOGGER SENSOR GUIDE
NEULOG FORCE PLATE LOGGER SENSOR GUIDE
NeuLog force plate logger sensor
NUL-225
Note: You can zero the scale with a constant force being applied to it to set that value
as your new “zero”. This is also used to eliminate the “Tare”.
The NeuLog force plate sensor can be used for any science experiment which
involves both constant and changing forces such as in the fields of Physics,
Physiology, Mechanics, Biomechanics, etc.
Quick start procedure:
The sensor comes pre-calibrated so you can start experimentation right out of the box
using this guide.
PC or Mac Computer
Materials needed:
 NUL-225 Force Plate Sensor
 USB-200 USB Module
 USB to mini USB cable (included with the USB-200 module)
The sensor can easily be reset to zero at any time.
Among hundreds of possible experimental subjects that can be performed with the
NUL-225 sensor are: Newton’s Laws of Motion, kinetic and potential energy,
gravitational force strength, impulse, elastic and inelastic collisions, and many more.
This sensor measures force in both the push and pull directions.
The force sensor's measurement unit is:
Newton (N): The SI unit of force.
1 N = 1 kg×m/s2
Your force sensor needs to be connected to a USB-200 module. The USB-200
module then connects to a computer via a USB to mini-USB cable. Please note that
you cannot plug the force sensor directly into the computer.
The browser based application can be downloaded for free at www.NeuLog.com as
well as a full application user guide.
Choose "Downloads" on the main menu and then choose "Software and Application".
Procedure:
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Reset to zero:
The force plate sensor comes pre-calibrated however, after use you may find that the
sensor is slightly off or you may want to run an experiment that requires zeroing the
sensor with a constant applied force to it.
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To zero the sensor:
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Connect the NUL-225 force plate sensor to a computer/tablet/smart device
following one of the guides below.
Open the NeuLog application.
When your sensor has been detected click on the force plate “Module setup”
button located in the module box (on the left side of your screen).
Remove all weight from the sensor and click reset to zero your force plate
sensor.
Your force plate sensor is now reset to zero.
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Install the NeuLog application.
Connect the USB-200 module to the PC or Mac.
Connect the force plate sensor to the USB-200 module (they directly plug
together).
Open the NeuLog application by clicking on the shortcut on the screen.
Once a force plate sensor module box appears on the left side of the screen the
probe has been automatically identified and you can begin experimentation.
If the force plate sensor is not automatically identified, click the “Search for
sensors” icon to find the sensor.
Click on the “On-line experiment” icon; this will open a graph below.
Click on the “Module setup” button located in the force plate sensor module box
to change the sensor's settings if need be.
Click on the "Experiment setup" icon to change the experiment settings if need
be (experiment duration for example).
The force plate sensor will give a live reading in the module box to the left of the
screen while plugged in.
To run an experiment and collect data click the “Run experiment” icon.
To end data collection early, click the “Stop experiment” icon.
NEULOG FORCE PLATE LOGGER SENSOR GUIDE
Tablet, smart phone device
11. The application will then load a new screen and begin to auto detect the
Materials needed:
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NUL-225 Force Plate Sensor
WIFI-201 WIFI Module
BAT-200 Battery Module
Your force plate sensor needs to be connected to a WIFI-201 module. The WIFI-201
module will create a closed NeuLog WiFi network which will stream the NeuLog data
to a device of your choosing. Once your device is wirelessly connected to the NeuLog
network, you can run experiments and collect data through a browser of your
choosing.
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Procedure:
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Connect the force plate sensor directly to the left side of a WIFI-201 module (no
wires required).
Connect a BAT-200 module to the right side of the WIFI-201 module.
Although not required, we recommend plugging the BAT-200 to an outlet using a
USB to mini USB charger (such as a typical cell phone charger). The WIFI-201
module will run for 60-90 minutes (depending on the sensor) without being
plugged in.
The WIFI-201 can be powered directly using a mini to USB cord and plugging it
into your computer or a wall charger. Please note this function is only available
on WIFI-201 modules with the USB icon on the cover.
For further WIFI-201 instructions or the WIFI-201 quick start guide please visit:
www.NeuLog.com; Choose "Products" on the main menu,
then choose "WiFi Communication module".
The WIFI-201 indicator lights will flash; take no action until the LED to the far left
turns blue; this can take up to one minute.
Take your tablet or smart phone, go to the WiFi settings and select the NeuLog
network (NeuLog0184 for example) which matches the ID found on the back of
the WIFI-201 module (0184 for example).
Give your device about 20 seconds to connect to the WIFI-201 module.
Once the device is connected, go to your browser and type the website
wifi201.com into the URL bar, then wait for 30-60 seconds.
You will see a “Control mode” icon in the application, click on it.
sensor(s); this can take a minute. (You can stop the search when the sensor is
found.)
If the application does not auto detect the sensor(s), select “Search for sensors”.
Once the sensor is found you will see a module box on the left side of the screen
for the force plate sensor. In this box, real time data will be displayed.
Click on the “Module setup” button located in the force plate sensor module box
to change the force plate probe settings if need be.
Click on the "Experiment setup" icon to change the experiment settings if need
be (Experiment duration for example).
To run an experiment and collect data, click the “On-Line experiment” icon, then
click the "Run experiment" icon.
If you have a newer generation WIFI-201 (with the USB icon on the cover) this
can be used as a USB-200, meaning you can tether the probes directly to the
computer using the WIFI-201. To engage operation in this fashion, press 3 times
on the panel button. Repeating this operation will return the module to WiFi
mode.
Operation with NeuLog Graphic Display Module (viewer)
Materials needed:
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NUL-225 Force Plate Sensor
VIEW-101 Graphic Display Module
BAT-200 Battery Module
Procedure:
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Connect the force plate sensor to the left side of the viewer.
Connect the BAT-200 module to the right side of the viewer.
The VIEW-101 will auto detect the sensor and you will see it appear on the left
side of the screen.
Once the sensor appears it will be monitoring data in real time.
To run an experiment and collect data press the run icon (little green person).
NEULOG FORCE PLATE LOGGER SENSOR GUIDE
Off-line experiments
Included with the sensor:
(Off-line experiments are when you do not have a sensor connected directly to a
computer, tablet, smartphone, or NeuLog viewer).
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Materials needed:
 NUL-225 Force Plate Sensor
 BAT-200 Battery Module
Sensor's specifications
Range and operation
modes
ADC resolution
Resolution
Materials needed to configure your offline experiment:
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USB-200 Module, WIFI-201 module or VIEW-101 Module
USB to mini USB cable (included with the USB-200 module).
Procedure:
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To determine the experiment settings, first connect to your chosen device (PC,
Mac, tablet, smart device) and click on the “Off-line experiment” icon after the
sensor search has ended. (For more information on how to change the
experiment settings, view the quick start procedure section for your chosen
device in this document.)
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Connect the force plate sensor directly to the left side of a charged BAT-200
module.
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When ready to collect data press the “Start/Stop” button on the force plate
sensor, a red light will turn on for the duration of the experiment.
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After the experiment has concluded (the “Start/Stop” button is pressed again or
the data collection period ends) connect the sensor to your chosen device (you
can find full instructions in each device’s quick start procedure section).
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Open the NeuLog application.
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Click the “Off-line experiment” icon.
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Click the “Load data from sensors” icon.
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Select which experimental data to upload (5 experimental runs can be stored at
one time on the NUL-225 force plate sensor).
Restoring sensor’s factory default settings:
Procedure:
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Connect the USB-200 to a PC, Mac, tablet, or smart device.
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Connect the force plate sensor to a USB-200 module (they directly plug
together).
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Open the NeuLog application.
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Click the “Tools” icon.
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Click “Restore sensor’s factory defaults” on the menu.
NeuLog NUL-225 Force Plate Sensor Guide (this document).
Force plate attached to the sensor by a durable rubber-coated wire.
-800 to +2000 N
Max sample rate (S/sec)
16 bit
1N
100
Experiment Duration: 1 second to 31 days.
Sensor's features:
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Fully digital data
Rugged plastic ergonomic case
Push button switch for Start/Stop experiments in off line mode
LED indicator of experiment status (blinks while collecting data)
Pre-calibrated sensing equipment
Strong metal force plate attached to the sensor by a durable rubber-coated wire
The force plate takes measurements in two directions for both pushing and pulling
experiments
Note: NeuLog products are intended for educational use.
Videos and experiment examples:
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Videos, literature and other probes can be found at www.NeuLog.com.
In order to access the force plate sensor's page, choose "Products" on the main
menu and then "Force plate logger sensor".
In order to find the science experiments, choose "Experiments" on the main
menu of the NeuLog website, then choose "Physics", "Chemistry", "Biology" or
"Environmental Science".
Physics Experiment:
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Impulse and Momentum (P-48)
NEULOG FORCE PLATE LOGGER SENSOR GUIDE
Technical background:
Thank you for using NeuLog!
The philosophy behind NeuLog’s plug and play technology is based on each sensor’s
ability to store its own data due to an internal flash memory chip and micro-controller
in each plastic NeuLog body. This technology allows the sensor to collect and then
store the digital data in the correct scientific units (oC, oF, Lux, %, ppm, for example).
The sensor is pre-calibrated at the factory. The built-in software in the logger can be
upgraded for free at any time using the provided firmware update.
When a weight is applied to the force plate, it does not move and therefore, you can
assume the normal force pushing up from the ground is equal to the force which is
being applied to it. This is how the force plate sensor accurately and quickly measures
applied forces. Several strain gauges inside the force plate’s body take readings which
are compared to one another to give a total force measurement.
Flexible, simple, fast, forward thinking.
W: www.neulog.com
E: info@neulog.com
A: 850 St Paul Street, Suite 15, Rochester, NY 14605
P: 1.866.553.8536
Maintenance and storage:
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Never submerge the NeuLog plastic body in any liquid.
Do not allow liquid into either the sensor’s or the force plate’s body.
After use, gently wipe away any foreign material from the force plate and sensor.
Store in a box at room temperature out of direct sunlight.
Avoid storing the force plate with direct weight on it.
Warranty:
We promise to deliver our sensor free of defects in materials and workmanship. The
warranty is for a period of 3 years from the date of purchase and does not cover
damage of the product caused by improper use, abuse, or incorrect storage. Sensors
with a shelf life such as ion selective probes have a warranty of 1 year. Should you
need to act upon the warranty, please contact your distributor. Your sensor will be
repaired or replaced.
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