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Voyager 3, Wireless Condition Based Monitoring Platform


This document will give a high level explanation of the function and setup of Analog Devices’ Condition Based Monitoring (CBM) evaluation software and hardware. This includes a brief introduction to the software and how it is used with the CBM hardware. It also includes a step-by-step guide on the functionality of the CBM Graphical User Interface (GUI).

The function of the system is to provide an evaluation tool for a wireless signal chain for MEMS-accelerometer based vibration monitoring. The hardware can be directly attached to a motor or fixture via a stud.

Figure 1. SmartMesh System Overview

The CBM hardware signal chain consists of a tri-axis ADXL356 accelerometer mounted to the base of the module. The output of the ADXL356 is read into the AD7685 ADC, and then processed by the ADuCM4050 low power microcontroller. Here it is buffered, transformed to the frequency domain and streamed to the SmartMesh IP mote. From the SmartMesh chip it is wirelessly streamed to the SmartMesh IP Manager. The manager connects to a PC and visualization and saving of the data can take place.

Figure 2. CBM Mote Breakdown



  • 2.4 GHz multi-hop wireless mesh networking solution.
  • Automatic creation and maintenance of network, with 101 mote limit.
  • Scalability for networks to work in different configurations.
  • High data capacity with up to 7.2 kbps of payload data per node.


  • Low-power motes (wireless nodes) with >10 year battery life, suitable for tough RF environments.
  • Small form factor packages.
  • 3-axis accelleration data.


  • Supports real-time plotting of incoming data, tested for up to 3 motes
  • Options to update mote parameters on-the-fly.
  • Save incoming data to database.
  • Customise data plotting.
  • Available as both an executable or python file.

Getting Started


  • EV-CBM-VOYAGER3-1Z Hardware Module (referred to as “Mote”)
  • JTAG Cable (only needed for firmware upgrade)
  • Programming Board (Only needed for firmware upgrade)
  • Clamp

Figure 3. Mote, Manager, Programming Board and Clamp

Software Required

The software for this project is available as an executable, or as a python file. The executable only works on windows, but requires no installation of dependencies by the user, these are all packaged into the executable. If running the python file, a number of dependencies must first be installed. Please consult the CBM_setup guide for more detailed instructions on running the python program.

Executable (Windows Only)
  • CBM_app.exe
  • Python 2.7.15
  • Pip for Python (latest version)
  • Matplotlib (v2.2.3)
  • PySerial (v3.5)
  • Scipy (v1.2.2)
  • Pandas (v0.23.3)
  • openpyxl (v2.6.4)
  • (provided in software package)


  • Plug the manager into any available USB port on your PC
  • Place the 2xAA batteries in the mote.
  • Download the available software below in the software installation section.
  • Save the CBM_app executable anywhere on your PC and launch the program.
  • A window should pop up, prompting you for the COM port of your manager. Search for the manager port number in your computers device manager, under PORTS(COM & LPT). The correct COM port is the last of four consecutive COM ports
  • Click connect.
  • When the Mote's green LED starts blinking, data is plotted, with the default being time and fft plots.
  • While the mote is stationary, double click the remove adc offset checkbox.
  • Interact with the mote by shaking it, and observe the changes to the data plotted.

Figure 4. Initial Connection to Single Stationary Mote


A setup guide has been created for the Wireless CBM tool which is available on this wiki. This may be used if the quickstart provided here does not result in successful operation of the program, or for more information about this program and its setup.

Typical Measurements

If you have the program running, with a mote connected, simply shake the mote in any direction. This should update the plots with some meaningful vibration data.

This demo can be improved by using the mote in conjunction with a small motorized device (e.g. electric fan). Simply place the mote as close to the vibration source as possible and observe the results in the GUI.

Figure 5. Typical GUI Output

Figure 6. Fourier Transform graph explained

Mounting Information

The Voyager enclosure includes a ¼-28 threaded hole. To mount the mote, either a mounting stud or a magnetic mount can be used. Magnetic mounts are typically used in situations where the monitored equipment does not include a threaded hole. Several different scenarios for mounting are discussed below, with suggested parts for each scenario.

Mounting Studs

  1. If the monitored equipment includes a ¼-28 threaded hole, then a ¼-28 to ¼-28 attach stud can be used. Example Parts:
  2. If the monitored equipment includes an M6 threaded hole, then a ¼-28 to M6 attach stud can be used. Example Parts:
  3. If the monitored equipment includes an M8 threaded hole, then a 1/4 -28 to M8 attach stud can be used. Example Parts:

Magnetic Mounts

  1. IFM and PCB Piezotronics provide magnetic mounts with M8 or ¼-28 vibration sensor attach. Example Parts:
  2. PCB Piezotronics ¼-28. Example Parts:

LTspice Simulation

Figure 7 can be used to simulate the frequency response of a MEMS circuit. Figure 7 has two elements - firstly the response of the MEMS mechanical structure estimated using the LAPLACE equation, and secondly the signal chain op-amp filtering. Figure 8 presents the x-axis frequency response of the ADXL356, in good agreement with the ADXL356 data sheet Figure 8. This model assumes a nominal resonant frequency of 5500 Hz, a Q of 17, and the use of a single-pole, low-pass filter that has a cutoff frequency of 1500 Hz. This model does not include consideration of the manner in which the accelerometer is coupled to the platform that it is monitoring.

The simulation model shows good agreement with the data sheet typical performance, with resonant frequency of 5.5kHz. For AC analysis its best to use a LAPLACE circuit in LTspice, but for transient analysis discrete components or a simple voltage waveform input should be used for best simulation performance. This is a good rule of thumb when extending the analysis to the rest of the signal chain beyond the MEMS and op-amp. For example, Figure 9 shows an added ADC on the op-amp output.

Figure 7. LTspice Simulation circuit for ADXL356 MEMS Frequency Response

Figure 8. LTspice Frequency Response Simulation Output for ADXL356 (X-Axis)

Figure 8. Extending the analysis to the ADC)

LTSpice models are available here: click here to download

Further Reading

If you are a developer interested in contributing to this project, or looking at the SmartMesh library in greater detail, more information is available at the SmartMeshSDK space on Dustcloud . This gives links to a number of example programs which show the full capability of the SmartMesh library, and links to the source code for the whole project available on GitHub at SmartMesh GitHub.

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