Signal Conditioning and Amplification
Signal conditioning and amplification greatly improves the performance and reliability of your measurement system. From multi-pin signal conditioners for microphones, CCLD conditioners, and charge conditioners, our signal conditioning systems provide quality benefits to your setup.What is Signal Conditioning
CCLD Signal Conditioners
CCLD Signal Conditioners and amplifiers ranging from small battery powered conditioners to full-scale systems providing 16 channels with multiplexer output.
Charge Signal Conditioners
Charge Signal Conditioners / charge amplifiers by Brüel & Kjær deliver enhanced signal quality for field and laboratory measurement systems, and is ideal for industrial measurement applications.
Multi-Pin Signal Conditioners
Multi‐pin signal conditioners for measurement microphones provide robust operation and enhanced quality whether in the field, laboratory, or industrial measuring systems.
A typical signal conditioning system includes the signal conditioning hardware, which works as an interface between the raw signals and transducer outputs and the measurement device.
In turn, a signal conditioning unit supplies functions such as signal amplification, attenuation, electrical isolation, filtering, powering, overload detection and Transducer Electronic Data Sheet (TEDS) support.
Why Is Signal Conditioning Needed?
When deciding which conditioner to use, you should consider the type of transducer as well as the conditioner's benefits to the measurement system, including the following critical features and characteristics.
Number of Channels: For multi-channel tests, having more channels in the signal conditioner makes for a simpler system (for example, one power supply or battery for all the conditioned channels).
Channel Control:For units with adjustable settings, manual control is the easiest way to change configuration. In automated or multi-channel systems, computer control offers big time savings.
For very large systems, it is desirable to control as many channels as possible from a single PC.
Adjustable Filters: Maximum and Minimum Frequency
Besides needing to cover the measurement's frequency range, the analog filter of a signal conditioner can remove portions of the signal outside the range of interest.
For example, in-vehicle measurements of sound often have very strong low-frequency content below 20 Hz. A 20 Hz high-pass filter will attenuate the signal below the audio range which may improve the measurement system's noise floor at mid to high frequencies.
Minimum and Maximum Gain
When using data acquisition equipment with adjustable input ranges, the noise floor of the complete measurement system (from transducer through conditioning to data acquisition) can be improved by adding gain in the conditioner.
Uni (Fine) Gain Adjustment
The sensitivity of a transducer in engineering units or volts typically varies significantly between individual transducers. Compensating for the individual sensitivities using fine gain control in the conditioner removes this error.
Transducer Electronic Data Sheet (TEDS)
Significant measurement errors can be automatically avoided when the fine gain adjustment of the conditioner is read from the transducer's built-in Transducer Electronic Data Sheets (TEDS).
Rack mounting is a convenient way of organising laboratory- based measurement systems where all the conditioning and data acquisition can be combined into one frame. For most signal conditioners, you can order an optional 19-inch rack and/ or a multi-unit frame, with which a single or more conditioner can be mounted together.
Signal Conditioning for Acoustic Transducers
For acoustic transducers, signal conditioning adds many useful features.
The working principle of the condenser microphone is based on a fixed charge. This charge is established, either with a very stable external polarization voltage, typically 200 V, via a large resistor, or by an electret layer deposited on the microphone's backplate, in which case the external polarization voltage should be set to 0 V.
Charge Injection Calibration (CIC) is a technique for on-line verification of the integrity of the entire measurement chain, for example, microphone, preamplifier and cabling. Even microphones remote from the input stage/conditioning amplifier can be verified.
The basic philosophy behind CIC is that if we have a known condition (for example, a properly calibrated microphone) and establish a reference measurement, then as long as the reference value does not change, nothing has changed, for example, the microphone calibration will still be valid.
The acoustic A-, B-, C-, and D-weighting filters:
Sound measurements often specify A-weighting to reflect the acuity of the human ear, which does not respond equally to all frequencies. Using analogue A-weighting filters can also have the same benefit of improving the measurement system's noise floor at mid to high frequencies for in-vehicle measurements.
B‐, C‐, and D‐weighting Filters
Sound measurements can also specify B‐, C‐ or D‐weighting instead of the more common A‐weighting. These additional weightings also reflect the acuity of the human ear, which does not respond equally to all frequencies,but also has a different response at different sound pressure levels.
For further specifications, please review the product data of the individual signal conditioner. For help selecting a signal conditioner, contact your local Brüel & Kjær sales representative.