EasyBalance 2.2 Software release notes

We listen to customer feedback and release new versions and features of our software quite often.
Software updates are free for existing customers

July 11, 2024

OPC tag for drill depth in 1-plane mode 

May 20, 2024

Increased file capacity for OPC tags 

May 02, 2024

We have added compatibility with 4.2 instrumentation system 

April 11, 2024

Minor improvements and adjustments

March 07, 2024

Mass spreading now with 2 or 3 masses.

February 15, 2024

Bug fix in Rotor-specific calibration mode

February 1, 2024

Automatic Software updates for 2-plane Horizontal software, 1-plane Vertical software and 2-plane Vertical software

January 18, 2024

Can now check for available software updates from within the application, and offers to download he installation file. The correct update for Horizontal 2-plane machines, Vertical 1-plane machines and vertical 2-plane machines is automatically selected. Requires internet connection.

Using outline font for results, increased readability.

Amount and Angle screen now offers a life Target display to easily locate the required correction position (requires Encoder)

Setup fields required for Rotor Setup are highlighted with a green frame. This lets the operator recognize which of the setup fields are required and which are optional.

Additional color themes. Color themes now also for Rotor Setup screen, Measurement screen (Live Polar screen) and Amount and Angle screen.

Option to calculate and display rotor vibration for hard-bearing balancing machines, based on rotor mass, unbalance values and rotor support stiffness.

In multi-monitor installation, software will remember last monitor position.

October 30, 2023

Angle measurements can now be displayed with 1 decimal point (option in Instrumentation Setup screen)

Initial results can now be recalled from log files also for Static-Couple measurements.

Drill correction: Avoid double drilling did not properly mark the previous drill locations for the right plane. Fixed

September 21, 2023

Drilling correction: actual correction radius and drill bit diameter can now be edited while in the Polar Diagram result screen. This can be done for both planes individually. Useful for rotors with varying correction radii, for example Roots Blowers.

Encoder mode: Dynamic Target Guide active only below 100 RPM.

June 16, 2023

Drilling correction method:

Encoder mode: Option to show Dynamic Target Guide without red colored band

Unbalance tolerances are now calculated individually for bearing planes (journals) and correction planes.
Option to apply ISO 21940-11:2016 or conventional rules for certain rotor configurations.

Minimize Box added to Rotor Setup Dialog

Data acquisition for Bode diagram cutoff early, fixed

April 24, 2023

New tags for Calibration Angle planes 1 and 2. See OPC Tag list.OPC Tag List

Some minor updates and performance improvements.

March 23, 2023

If a 2-plane measurement has been made, you can toggle between 2-plane, static/couple and 1-plane result by simply pressing a button on the Polar Diagram screen.

March 15, 2023

For soft-bearing machines, it is now optional to show transducer selection info in the Live Polar Diagram.

Bug fix in  Trialrun for 1-plane soft-bearing machines: Log did not show angle info.

March 08, 2023

A third Encoder Mode display is now available which will rotate the Polar Diagram in synch with the actual rotor position. The display will pin-point the correction location in a intuitive and easy-to-follow process. This method is called "Dynamic Target Guidance".

Multiple balancing stations can be linked together via software. Balancing stations will automatically communicate with each other so that each station knows what unbalance corrections the previous station has performed.

For certain correction methods like drilling, milling, clips and such, the operator can define a percentage of tolerance below which further unbalance corrections will be avoided. This will cut down on cycle time.

A wide range of vibration sensors and vibration display modes is available (soft-bearing only)
Sensor selection:
   IRD 544 velocity sensor
   IRD 546DP velocity sensor
   Balmac 158 velocity sensor
   Omron displacement sensor
   Shinkawa displacement sensor
   VV75 velocity sensor
   Schenck T81 velocity sensor
Display mode selection:
   mil peak-peak
   mm peak-peak
   µm peak-peak
   mm/s peak
   mm/s RMS
   in/s peak
   in/s RMS
   g (accel) peak

November 29, 2022

Plane nomenclature for AS8617 Initial Setup Response Test for 2-plane vertical balancing application fixed.

Layout in Multi-run Averaging spreadsheet adjusted to work with option "Show Upper plane on right" for 2-plane vertical balancing application.

November 09, 2022

Number of drill holes for 2-row drilling increased to 9

October 13, 2022

Bug fix Exclusion zones reset.

October 05, 2022

OPC Tag List, added tags for drill row (1 = upper row, 2 = lower row)

October 05, 2022

Bug fix: 1-plane vertical was showing 2-plane mode after Supervisor Lock activated.

September 29, 2022

Drill correction can now be defined to drill 2 holes on the same vector, at different radius (2nd row drilling).

If "Always gram" is selected for result display (independent of unit selection in Rotor Setup), "gram" will be shown and printed in Print Reports.

First URR test result did not show on screen, but test was not affected.

Offset Balancing has been added. This will allow bringing a rotor to an operator-defined unbalance level. 

August 18, 2022

Minor performance improvements and adjustments.

Tolerance Calculator can now use standard or alternate abc reference, same as in Rotor Setup.

July 18, 2022

Tolerance Calculator: Updated tolerance allocations for overhung rotors.

Combine Weights: If segments are selected, operator can enter segment number without need to calculate segment angle.

Key Compensation: When using DIN6885, key width, key height, t1 (for shafts) and t2 (for bores) are automatically populated based on shaft diameter.

Use of units and unit symbols updated to conform to NIST. If SI units and Imperial unit symbols are used in combination, for instance g·in, we now have the option to select "Show explicit units" instead of unit symbols. With this option selected, units will be shown explicitly, for instance gram·inch instead of g·in.

ARP Test: Couple Unbalance Influence Test : "Go Back" button added.

ARP Test: If Couple Unbalance Influence Test is the only test selected, software would loop through Repeatability Test at each run. 

June 21, 2022

Added Schenck T81 sensor to sensor selection for soft-bearing machines

Diagnostics mode improvements

June 6, 2022

OPC tag for activating/deactivating Blade Counting

OPC tag for setting averaging time in 1/10 s increments

Manually setting gain ranges now tied to connected hardware

May 21, 2022

French has been added to the language selection: English, German, Korean, Chinese, French

User can overwrite calculated key mass with manually entered key mass.

Added different windowing functions to FFT: Rectangle, Hann, Hamming, Blackman, Cosine, Blackman-Harris

Preference for Automatic Backup selection would not stay on.

December 30, 2021

Automatic calibration routine for hard-bearing machines

December 22, 2021

Calibration prompts have been expanded to cover multiple speed range calibration points  (hard-bearing machines only).

The software can now select several languages: English, German, Korean, Chinese.
Note: This is a work-in-progress, so far about 50% of the user interface has been translated.

December 11, 2021

Bug fix in Clip bin program for 1-plane applications.

November 03, 2021

Selecting "Auto-cycle" toggled Encoder setting.

September 22, 2021

Various cosmetic updates

September 14, 2021

Tooling compensation can now be used with Recalc and when abc dimensions or rotor radii are changed.

September 09, 2021

Graphical representation of mill cut for plunge and travel

Aim for percentage of Tolerance expanded to Clip Bin

August 23, 2021

Clean-up graphic elements in Multirun Averaging dialog

June 10, 2021

Vibration Analysis capability has been added. Fast Fourier Transform (Spectrum) and Waveform plotting and analysis can be done during balancing measurements.
(Requires additional hardware module inside Instrumentation)

Option to skip tooling compensation confirmation in Automatic mode.

SAE Standard AS8617 tests and reports updated.

Option to repeat AS8617 Compensator Test without starting from scratch

Added comment section for Multiple Run History Report

January 18, 2021

Option to aim for a percentage of tolerance when using special correction methods, like drilling, milling, clip bins and so on. This will save time and labor.
Example: Operator can set the value for "Aim for tolerance" to 80%. 
9 holes would required to balance a part, but 5 holes would be enough to bring the part within 80% of tolerance. 

SAE Standards ARP4048, ARP4050, ARP5323 and ARP6217 have been revised and consolidated in a new Aerospace Standard AS8617. 
AS8617 procedures and certification have been added in this release.

We added a new folder containing balancing log data in Excel format.

A customer requested the addition of a 156° degree drill point. Done.

Special corrections for 3 segments, fixed.

August 28, 2020

Did not save preference for automatic backup and for show upper plane on right (2-plane vertical machines)

August 27, 2020

Fixed Comment for ARP reports when adding to print queue

Several minor improvements

August 21, 2020

Last file path for PDF print reports now automatically part of Instrumentation Setup

Option to print Balancing Certificate in "Text only" format

August 14, 2020

Guided calibration process

Automatically stop balancing machine when centrifugal force exceeds a pre-set limit. Protect balancing equipment and personnel. (Requires BalanceMaster IO module)

Added interface for our new IO module (3 input and 3 output channels). Control balancing machine motor drive and other functions with EasyBalance software.

Optional manual encoder data acquisition when turning rotor by hand

Calibration steps for 2-plane vertical hard-bearing machines fixed

June 11, 2020

Calibration mass suggestion for soft-bearing machines fixed (PRO software only)

May 27, 2020

Increased A/D depth, faster data acquisition
Software update increases virtual A/D depth to 26 bit (requires instrumentation with firmware 408001 and up)

Data check
Automatic checking of Rotor setup data to catch data entry issues

Several performance improvements and enhancements

Simplified calibration for hard-bearing machines

January 11, 2020

Encoder-guided definition of exclusion areas (PRO software only):
Added Message Box to accept or dismiss newly defined exclusion area.

December 11, 2019

Encoder, visual aid for ARP tests:
Position indicator and visual aid for test mass position updated

November 26, 2019

Run History:
Added Measure time statistics with millisecond resolution. Helpful for cycle optimization in time-critical applications.

Heartbeat for OPC:
Heartbeat suspended if software is in DEMO mode, or if USB communication is interrupted.

Label Printer, Font size:
Font size for Correction Info printer is automatically selected based on label size.

November 09, 2019

Run History:
Average Vibration in Balancing Log now also available in Teach-mode, in addition to soft-bearing machines.

Label Printer, Font size:
Font size for label printer can be set by user.

November 06, 2019

Rotor name database:
Self-check and automatic correction added for rotor name files and folder

October 23, 2019

Run History:
Added Total Run Time and Average Vibration (for soft-bearing machines) in balancing Log.

Run Time:
Easier to read
Example: 02:11:37 changed to
02 hours, 11 minutes, 37 seconds

October 16, 2019

Print Reports:
Automatically adjust font size and page orientation.

October 7, 2019

OPC Tag:
Added OPC tag to signal that calibration is complete and valid. (PRO license required)

Added customizable filter and data acquisition timing for automatic machines. (PRO license required)

September 26, 2019

PDF Documents:
Option to open new PDF documents automatically after save. 

September 23, 2019

Tooling Averaging:
Updated nomenclature in Tooling Averaging Dialog and Print Report. (PRO license required)

Run History:
Added Total Run Time and Average Vibration (for soft-bearing machines) in Run History.

Expanded Data log:
For each balancing run, Date, RPM, Unbalance amount and phase are automatically logged. Expanded data log adds Time, Serial number and other data.  (PRO license required)

Version 11.23
September 10, 2019

User interface:
More modern look with rounded buttons

Tooling compensation:
More concise operator prompts, larger fonts.

Delayed Tooling compensation:
Delayed Tooling compensation allows interrupting the tooling compensation procedure after Step 1, and continuing with Step 2 at a later time. This is useful when tooling indexing requires more time; balancing machine can be used for other rotors while tooling and rotor are re-assembled after indexing.

Calibration Log print-out
A calibration log can be printed In soft-bearing mode. Formatting of decimal points depending on value has been added.

Version 11.22
August 31, 2019

PDF Documents:
All documents generated by the EasyBalance software (Balancing certificates, Calibration reports, ARP documents and so on) can be printed either on paper or saved as pdf documents. 3rd party apps or virtual pdf printer no longer required.

Barcode Reader:
Scan barcode and the software will automatically find and activate the correct rotor setup. Optional: Start balancing process automatically after barcode has been scanned (PRO license required)

Remote Data backup:
In addition of keeping an automatic log of all balancing operations on the local machine, we now can maintain a log of all raw data on a remote machine (optional).

July 15, 2019

Clip bin segmented rotors:
Bug fix

July 01, 2019

Data Backup on demand:
Complete backup of all rotor data, setup data, calibration data, history and reports, to user-selectable drive location (local or network), with click of a button.

June 21, 2019

Data Backup:
In addition to automatic data backup at program exit, we now can initiate a backup at any time with an OPC tag (OPC license required)

June 15, 2019

Password access:
Two-level password protection (PRO license required)
Level 1: Instrumentation Setup
Level 2: Hardware Setup, Calibration, SAE Test and Automation

For correction methods using a single or several discrete correction masses for segmented rotors, the software will now be able to utilize not only the two nearest segments, but will find the optimum combination of available segments.

Correction method:
Correction methods can now be selected independently for each plane (PRO license required)
For instance, for a motor with a blower wheel, drilling into aluminum could be selected for one plane, and clip correction in segments for the other plane.

May 26, 2019

Clip bin:
If number of clips is limited, software will now apply optimum combination of available clips while not exceeding clip limit

Encoder position did not properly update.

May 15, 2019

Clip bin program:
Operator can select “Avoid occupied segments”. If Rotor Segments are defined, previously used segments for clip bin correction can be excluded for subsequent corrections.

Proper use of units:
We have adjusted the display of units according to SI Unit rules and style conventions
g-mm, now displayed as g·mm
oz-in,now displayed as oz·in

April 26, 2019

Segments will now move on-screen with rotor movements, same as the actual correction location (requires encoder)

Added IPC (Interprocess Communication) option in addition to OPC and RS232.
IPC (Interprocess Communication) uses WM_COPYDATA and can very easily be implemented.
Remote application = _T("EasyBalance_IPC_controller");
EasyBalance application = _T("EasyBalance_IPC_interface");

August 21, 2018

Rotor name database:
Self-repairing rotor name data base. 
We developed a data base format which can error check and self-repair.

Software release notes