news


Update Regarding MB Dynamics and COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Company Remains Open for the Support of All “Essential Businesses” – Latest Update March 28, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

As first communicated to you on March 17, 2020, MB Dynamics remains committed to providing our valued customers, suppliers and stakeholders with timely, accurate information about any required changes to our operations arising from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

We are issuing this further update, in light of the State of Ohio’s “Stay at Home” order, issued by Governor DeWine on March 22, 2020. It remains in effect until at least April 6.

Following a thorough review of the details of that order, including its definitions of “Essential Businesses”, “Essential Infrastructure” and various approved exclusions, we have concluded that MB Dynamics, as an Ohio-based product and service provider to such defined entities, shall remain open, specifically for the manufacture of products for those entities, especially “national defense.”

Employees working to fulfill such contracts practice social distancing, frequent handwashing, and other CDC and Ohio recommendations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Other employees are working at home as their job responsibilities may allow.

For our customers, this means that MB Dynamics personnel will be immediately available to address sales, engineering and customer service matters, including new and existing quotes and orders, during normal business hours of Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am EST to 5:00 pm EST as much as possible under the “Stay at Home” directive.

As ever, we will continue to place the health and safety of our employees at the forefront of all business decision-making and will be operating in a socially responsible manner. All other details set forth in our previous electronic missive (see link, here) shall remain the same. Thank you.


news


Official Statement from MB Dynamics, Inc. about COVID-19 (Coronavirus):

The team at MB Dynamics shares in the growing health, safety, and economic concerns of our industry and country arising from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

As we continue to navigate this unprecedented situation, be assured that MB Dynamics plans to remain open, fully staffed, and operational. For us, it is “mostly business as usual”, in terms of the levels of uninterrupted customer service that we supply.  

What “mostly business as usual” means for our customers, prospects, and suppliers is that:

  • Our Cleveland, Ohio-based global corporate headquarters and R&D center shall remain open and fully operational. Where applicable, some staff are working remotely.
  • Our facility and staff are complying with CDC and Coronavirus Guidelines publicly available.
  • We will continue to fully and proactively comply with any and all local, state and federal mandates relating to our operations.
  • Our sales and customer service staff remain available to respond to your calls and emails expeditiously. Our applications engineers continue to handle our daily influx of technical and sales inquiries without delay.
  • We are not currently anticipating disruptions to our product shipments, payments or existing commitments.
  • As always, we’d kindly ask our suppliers to please notify us immediately of any supply chain disruptions or extended lead times which might arise, so that we may uphold our commitment to “mostly business as usual” and can plan accordingly.
  • Consistent with recommended guidelines, we are currently minimizing scheduled or unscheduled in-person visits, whether to our factory or in-field, for the foreseeable future. Any required conferencing will be happily accommodated via Skype or teleconference.

  • We will notify you immediately, should there be a need for any changes to this “mostly business as usual” policy. For further real-time updates, please visit our website at www.mbdynamics.com or our company LinkedIn page.

Should you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact us at sales@mbdynamics.com.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to supporting you throughout this time.

Best regards,

The Team at MB Dynamics, Inc.

news


MB Dynamics Announces Industry-Exclusive Test Engineering Services

Test Engineering, Field Service and Test Laboratory Support by Recognized 40-Year Industry Experts

December 5, 2019 – Cleveland, Ohio, USA  MB Dynamics, Inc. (www.mbdynamics.com)(MB), field-proven industry experts of nearly 40 years in the design, manufacture and supply of vibration test systems and equipment, including buzz, squeak and rattle (BSR), steering, and suspension component test systems; modal exciters and amplifiers; automated calibration systems; dynamic controllers; and transducer calibration systems, today announced the availability of its fully dedicated test engineering services.

MB has introduced these industry-exclusive services in direct response to a growing number of customer and industry requests for the unique skills, talents and trusted experience of MB’s own in-house design, test, software, and applications engineering teams. All MB engineering services are performed by world-renowned experts, each of whom offers a minimum of 25 years of field-proven industry experience in the diagnosis, troubleshooting and remediation of even the most demanding sound, noise and vibration testing, calibration, and related application challenges.

MB Dynamics engineering services can help customers to reduce measurement uncertainty; streamline and simplify test setups; cost-effectively perform non-routine tests, for which capital equipment purchases are otherwise non cost-justifiable; ensure conformance with industry test procedures and standards; reduce new engineering hire ‘learning curves’ and associated training time; design and implement effective predictive maintenance strategies to reduce equipment downtime; and extend the field service life of their MB equipment.

MB’s engineering services are divided into three main groups: test engineering services; field service; and test laboratory support. All are available under either an ad hoc or long-term flexible contractual arrangement, scopes of which may be custom-tailored to meet the unique needs of each customer and facility. Services are currently available to new and existing end-users of MB products as primary, though further capability exists to support certain other industry instrumentation troubleshooting needs as available engineering resources allow.

Under a typical service scope, MB engineers can help to develop best practice test methods and procedures; plan and acquire field and road data (including RLDA and other vehicle dynamics studies); facilitate joint test projects; perform full in-house or in-field dynamic testing; interpret test results; provide in-house training; plan and execute design and product verification testing; enhance calibration protocols to reduce measurement uncertainty; troubleshoot, identify and contain root causes of unwanted vibration and noise; recommend and implement corrective actions; formulate and document lessons learned and best practices; draft statements of work and test requirements; develop meaningful specifications; recommend test equipment predictive maintenance strategies; customize test software; and assist with related test engineering challenges.

Typical test engineering services include, though are not limited to, structural dynamics research; environmental testing; experimental dynamics; test procedure development, auditing, and implementation; modal testing; buzz squeak & rattle (S&R) evaluations; accelerometer and other vibration transducer calibrations; sound quality testing; and practical vibration troubleshooting. MB’s field services include onsite customer testing and data acquisition support, including the in-field diagnosis, troubleshooting, and remediation of vibration, noise and dynamics problems. In addition, as an extension of MB’s standard product warranty, three unique levels of test laboratory services are available. Each offers a certain scope of supporting benefits, whether a customer’s requirements call for factory repairs, onsite visits, on-call applications engineering support, or annual re-certifications of accelerometer calibrations and in-laboratory instrumentation.

For more information about engineering services available from MB Dynamics, please contact the company at +1-216-292-5850, via email at sales@mbdynamics.com, or visit www.mbdynamics.com.

PR Author/Editorial Inquiries:
Molly Bakewell Chamberlin
President / Industry Subject Matter Expert
Embassy Global, LLC
Tel: +1.800.309.6150
inquiries@embassyglobalpr.com

news


New Multi-DUT Automated Accelerometer Calibration System from MB Dynamics Increases Metrology Center Throughput and Reliability

Simultaneous Automated Calibrations of up to Eight Single Axis Piezoresistive Accelerometers and Single-DUT Vibration Sensors, Complying with SAEJ211 and SAE2570 Standards, for a Measurable 70% Time Savings

MB Dynamics, Inc. (www.mbdynamics.com)(MB), field-proven industry experts in the design, manufacture and supply of vibration test systems and equipment, including buzz, squeak and rattle (BSR), steering, and suspension component test systems; modal exciters and amplifiers; automated calibration systems; dynamic controllers; transducer calibration systems; and test engineering services, today announced the global market launch of its Win475 MULTI-DUT CRASH-CAL (MDCC) automated accelerometer calibration system.

The MB Dynamics Win475 MDCC increases metrology center throughput and productivity by facilitating the accurate, efficient, and simultaneous automated calibrations of up to eight (8) single axis piezoresistive accelerometers (DUT’s) of the same model and type, over a frequency range of 10 to 4000 Hz, complying with SAEJ211, SAE2570, and other global automotive industry test standards. Its versatile design further supports the automated single calibrations of non-piezoresistive DUT’s, including piezoelectric, IEPE, voltage and velocity sensors, over frequencies from 5 Hz to 15 kHz. These combined features can help calibration technicians to achieve a measurable 70%-time savings over single-DUT calibration methods with greater accuracy and repeatability.

As a complete turnkey system, the industry-exclusive design of the Win 475 MDCC automated accelerometer calibration system seamlessly integrates MB’s own Model CAL25AB air bearing exciter, together with its Model 407-8X multi-channel signal conditioner; MB 500VI power amplifier; and proprietary MB Win475 MDCC software, further supported by an industry standard NI DAQ card.

Other system components include an internal removable reference (REF) accelerometer with 100 mV/g sensitivity and usable frequency range to 15 kHz, further traceable to national standards and ISO 17025; an eight-DUT test instrument mounting fixture (TIMF) adaptor plate; a single-DUT TIMF; a 475PCM module; a Windows 10 PC, monitor, keyboard and printer; a calibration accessory kit; user manuals; and system installation, start-up and training support.

As a multi-DUT automated calibration system, the MB Win475 MDCC quickly and efficiently measures and saves relevant accelerometer characteristics, such as ZMO, Zin and Zout, as well as input & output impedance values. Its versatility and flexibility allow an end-user to choose from among seven (7) individual (six internal, one external) high-precision resistors for shunt calibration. The system also reads onboard sensor electronic identifications, such as 1-Wire Dallas ID memory chips or TEDS piezoelectric accelerometers (per IEEE 1451). The MB MDCC system may be further integrated into customer-specified databases for additional automation capabilities with reduced calibration data transference errors.

The automation afforded by the MB Win475 MDCC mitigates the risks of human errors inherent to manual accelerometer calibration systems, thereby freeing up technicians for other measurement tasks. The increased frequency of accelerometer calibrations afforded by system further helps technicians to improve in-laboratory test data quality and productivity while reducing documentation errors. The system has proven especially useful within crash test and automotive safety test laboratory environments, in applications where larger volumes of piezoresistive accelerometers are in use, therefore requiring more frequent recalibrations. In addition, the MB Win475 MDCC provides a number of value-added end-user benefits, including bottom-line cost savings, with its elimination of outsourced calibration service needs; implementations of more efficient and effective in-house calibration processes; and simplifications of internal record-keeping accuracy, further aiding in ISO audit compliance. The Win475 MDCC automated accelerometer calibration system is also accompanied by full technical support, with in-house customer training provided by the 40-year calibration experts at MB Dynamics. 

MB’s in-house calibration experts will be on hand to discuss the new Win475 MDCC and other automated accelerometer calibration systems, as well as its full line of modal exciters, steering systems test equipment, suspension component test systems, BSR test equipment, noise and vibration test systems, and test engineering services during the forthcoming Automotive Testing Expo North America, October 22-24, 2019 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. MB Dynamics will be exhibiting at Booth 15034.

For more information about the MB Win475 MDCC automated accelerometer calibration system or other products and services from MB Dynamics, please contact the company at +1-216-292-5850, via email at sales@mbdynamics.com, or visit www.mbdynamics.com.

About MB Dynamics, Inc:
Founded in 1939, the privately held, Cleveland, Ohio-based MB Dynamics has long distinguished itself as a total solutions provider for vibration test requirements. The company applies its vast wealth of experience in vibration testing and instrumentation to offer a truly one-of-a-kind innovative approach to customer problem-solving in automotive, aerospace, industrial, laboratory R&D, civil engineering, modal and structural testing, general test and measurement, academia, and other sectors. All solutions offered by MB Dynamics are further accompanied by the necessary hardware and software to ensure seamless integration, along with the value-added benefits of full engineering support, offered by one of the industry’s most experienced engineering teams. This expertise is made available to MB Dynamics customers locally in more than a dozen countries. Visit www.mbdynamics.com to learn more.

PR Author Advertising/Editorial Inquiries:
Molly Bakewell Chamberlin
President / Industry Subject Matter Expert
Embassy Global, LLC
Tel: +1.800.309.6150
inquiries@embassyglobalpr.com
www.embassyglobalpr.com

news


MB Announces 600th Successful Field Installation of Energizer™ extremely quiet vibration exciter systems for BSR Testing

May 18, 2020 – Cleveland, Ohio, USA  MB Dynamics, Inc. (www.mbdynamics.com) (MB), field-proven industry experts of nearly 40 years in the design, manufacture and supply of vibration test systems and equipment, including buzz, squeak and rattle (BSR) test systems, steering test systems, and suspension component test systems; modal exciters and amplifiers; single- and multi-DUT automated accelerometer calibration systems; dynamic controllers; transducer calibration systems; and test engineering services, today announced the 600th successful field installation of its Energizer™ Series, a family of extremely quiet vibration exciters for buzz, squeak and rattle (BSR) testing.

Offered in four unique sizes and models, and under the trade names of Energizer BLACK, BLUE, RED, and SILVER, respectively, each vibration exciter offers its own unique peak force and maximum payload specifications. The exceptionally low operating background noise of the MB Energizer Series actually fulfills Noise Rating Curve 18 requirements. When running a typical S&R random vibration profile, Energizer Series noise levels are consistently below 28 dB(A) and at less than 1 Sone N10 Stationary Zwicker Loudness. These features allow an end-user to effectively support a variety of demanding BSR testing and evaluation requirements while reducing risks of measurement uncertainty caused by the presence of unwanted vibration exciter noise within the BSR test environment.

Among Series models, the Energizer SILVER vibration exciter, in particular, has been formally designated for the support of automotive industry subjective and objective BSR evaluations as set forth within GMW14011, GM7293TP, BMW PR311-2 and PSA, “specification bruit parasites”, as well as within several Hyundai engineering standards, making the Energizer Series truly industry best-in-class among its peers for any such requirements.

The robust design of each MB Energizer Series vibration exciter incorporates a proprietary, permanent magnetic-based technology. That technology is combined with the patented, quiet and stiff frictionless suspension of the Energizer Series’ moving element, thereby eliminating the need for noisy cooling fans and blowers. Each Energizer Series vibration exciter system further includes 2:1 and 3:1 force-multiplying lever arms, thereby increasing exciter force output by 2X or 3X, respectively, along with air spring load support of up to 90 kg for vertical testing.

For non-BSR work, as such BSR aging and durability testing, the Energizer Series further offers forced air cooling. This feature helps an end-user to double uncooled vibration exciter force outputs. Thermal shutdown protection is also included to prevent the vibration exciter from overheating. Also offered is a chamber readiness kit, for proper use of the Energizer Series within environmental test chambers operating from -40°C to +65°C, including humidity.

The MB Energizer Series features trunnion bases for either vertical or horizontal operation. The vibration exciters are also available with end-user choices of multiple mounting table sizes. Each table is large enough for test items, yet small enough to minimize speaker effects which can otherwise radiate unwanted noise. Horizontal Moving Tables (HMT) are available for quiet horizontal testing using the same patented quiet flexures. They further incorporate quiet, no oil-film slip tables and guidance bearings for additional payload support during X- and Y-axis testing. A series of air casters and air lifter accessories are also available for moving the Energizer Series vibration exciter over smooth floors or the tops of a T-slot base plate. Other accessories and customization may be available, as well as test engineering service support. Please consult the team at MB Dynamics for application assistance.

For more information about the Energizer Series extremely quiet vibration exciters for BSR testing, or other products from MB Dynamics, please contact the company at +1-216-292-5850, via email at sales@mbdynamics.com, or visit www.mbdynamics.com.

-###-

About MB Dynamics, Inc:
Founded in 1939, the privately held, Cleveland, Ohio-based MB Dynamics has long distinguished itself as a total solutions provider for vibration test requirements. The company applies its vast wealth of experience in vibration testing and instrumentation to offer a truly one-of-a-kind innovative approach to customer problem-solving in automotive, aerospace, industrial, laboratory R&D, civil engineering, modal and structural testing, general test and measurement, academia, and other sectors. All solutions offered by MB Dynamics are further accompanied by the necessary hardware and software to ensure seamless integration, along with the value-added benefits of full engineering support, offered by one of the industry’s most experienced engineering teams. This expertise is made available to MB Dynamics customers locally in more than a dozen countries. Visit www.mbdynamics.com to learn more.

PR Author/Editorial Inquiries:
Molly Bakewell Chamberlin
President / Industry Subject Matter Expert
Embassy Global, LLC
Tel: +1.800.309.6150
inquiries@embassyglobalpr.com  

news


New “4-in-1” Multi-DUT Automated Calibration System Supports up to Four Accelerometers in a Single Protocol

November 20, 2019 – Cleveland, Ohio, USA – MB Dynamics, Inc. (www.mbdynamics.com), field-proven industry experts in the design, manufacture and supply of vibration test systems and equipment, including buzz, squeak and rattle (BSR), steering, and suspension component test systems; modal exciters and amplifiers; automated calibration systems; dynamic controllers; transducer calibration systems; and test engineering services, today announced the global market launch of its “4-in-1” multi device-under-test (DUT) automated accelerometer calibration system (“4-in-1” MDAC).

The “4-in-1” MDAC facilitates simultaneous and accurate calibrations of up to four piezoelectric (charge or PE), IEPE (low-impedance voltage mode), or variable capacitive (VC) accelerometers (DUT’s), of the same model and type, each weighing up to 20 grams, over frequencies from 1 Hz to 4000 Hz. The “4-in-1” MDAC can additionally perform automated single-DUT calibrations of PE, IEPE, velocity, piezoresistive and VC accelerometers, as well as vibration sensors and transducers, over frequencies from 1 Hz to 10 kHz, utilizing MB Dynamics’ own CAL50 calibration vibration exciter.

The automated multi-DUT capabilities afforded by the “4-in-1” MDAC helps calibration technicians to effectively enhance productivity, reduce measurement uncertainty, and mitigate risks of operator error, by significantly reducing the amount of time required to calibrate multiple accelerometers within a single protocol.

System automation afforded by the “4-in-1” MDAC is further supported by MB Dynamics’ own proprietary Win475 software, along with an industry standard NI DAQ card. The software facilitates both single- and multi-DUT accelerometer sine calibrations with full NIST traceability and FFT processing at specified frequencies. It further allows for automated storage and retrieval of accelerometer data, test specifications, and calibration results. The software control afforded by the “4-in-1” MDAC virtually eliminates operator error by ensuring repeatability, optimal signal-to-noise ratio and reduced measurement uncertainty. It further removes operator adjustment requirements for gain, vibration levels, or other parameters. End-users also have the option of utilizing MB Dynamics’ own highly experienced software engineering services team to integrate “4-in-1” MDAC data exports into a customer-specified database.

The associated hardware components of each “4-in-1” MDAC turnkey calibration system include five internal reference accelerometers (REFs), each with 100/mV sensitivity and weighing less than 20 grams, mounted inside of the CAL50. REFs are fully traceable to national standards and ISO 17025. The system also features both a single- and multi-DUT Expanded System Uncertainty (ESU) of ±1.2% at 100 Hz (minimum 3 mV signal), estimated in accordance with the ISO 16063-21 standard, and includes two Test Instrument Mounting Fixtures: one four-DUT and one single-DUT, each with a useable frequency range to 10 kHz.  Additional system hardware components include the PC-controlled Model 405/407 multi-channel signal conditioner with automatic gain adjustments for REF and DUT; MB Dynamics Model 500VI power amplifier; calibration accessory kit; Windows 10 PC, monitor, keyboard and printer; user manuals; and full onsite installation, start-up and training support.

The “4-in-1” MDAC marks the second in a series of recent automated accelerometer calibration systems by MB Dynamics, each launched in direct response to unique end-customer needs.  For more information about the “4-in-1” MDAC or other products and services from MB Dynamics, please contact the company at +1-216-292-5850, via email at sales@mbdynamics.com, or visit www.mbdynamics.com.

Click here to view product datasheet

About MB Dynamics, Inc:
Founded in 1939, the privately held, Cleveland, Ohio-based MB Dynamics has long distinguished itself as a total solutions provider for vibration test requirements. The company applies its vast wealth of experience in vibration testing and instrumentation to offer a truly one-of-a-kind innovative approach to customer problem-solving in automotive, aerospace, industrial, laboratory R&D, civil engineering, modal and structural testing, general test and measurement, academia, and other sectors. All solutions offered by MB Dynamics are further accompanied by the necessary hardware and software to ensure seamless integration, along with the value-added benefits of full engineering support, offered by one of the industry’s most experienced engineering teams. This expertise is made available to MB Dynamics customers locally in more than a dozen countries. Visit www.mbdynamics.com to learn more.