Modules

The range of VBOX input modules allows for data capture from test vehicles and increases the functionality of our data loggers. Analogue, frequency, CAN, and thermocouple signals are integrated into GPS data and a combination of module channels can be recorded simultaneously. Our Inertial Measurement module outputs pitch/roll and yaw data as well as providing a smoothed GPS velocity signal when used in unfavourable conditions.

VBOX output modules convert from one signal type to another for use by third party data loggers.
Input and output modules can be used in standalone form, for connection to equipment other than VBOX systems.

VBOX Inertial Measurement Unit

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IMU04-with-xyzRacelogic's Inertial Measurement Unit (RLVBIMU04) provides highly accurate measurements of pitch, roll, and yaw rate using three rate gyros, as well as x, y, z acceleration via three accelerometers. The CAN based unit is temperature compensated and has improved calibration and stability.

The RLVBIMU04 is designed for use either as a standalone sensor with simple connection and configuration via the CAN bus interface, or for use with VBOX GPS data loggers.

When used in conjunction with VBOX 3i, data from the IMU can be seamlessly integrated with GPS to produce pitch and roll angle accurate to 0.06˚ (RMS) as well as smoother velocity data. This ensures GPS data even when satellite reception is interrupted.

The IMU is constructed with a splash proof casing, which is rated to a limited ingress IP rating of IP67*, making it ideal for use on boats or in harsh environments, as well as automotive testing.

Using synchronous 16bit sampling for each of the internal sensors provides a high degree of accuracy, with yaw rate resolution typically 0.014 degrees per second and acceleration resolution down to 0.15 mg.

*providing unused connectors are fitted with Lemo bungs (RLACS080)

VBOX Frequency & Pulse Counter Input Module

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Frequency-input-moduleRacelogic's Frequency Input Module (RLVBFIM03) is a 4-channel frequency capture and pulse counter unit. It enables frequency based signals in the range of 1Hz to 20kHz to be recorded or logged by a VBOX.

The input circuit for each channel can accept a wide signal amplitude range from TTL output sensors up to the higher voltages created by inductive sensors.
This means that direct connection to ABS wheel speed sensors, RPM sensors or fuel flow sensors is possible. A dedicated fuel flow mode makes the monitoring of fuel consumption and flow rate very easy to set up and use.

The RLVBFIM03 can be configured through software to process the input frequency or pulse data to provide logged data in real units. By configuration of each channel the incoming frequency or pulse train can be easily configured into any of the following data formats:

  • Frequency (Hz)
  • RPM
  • Speed Km/h
  • Speed Mph
  • Pulse Count
  • Fuel Used (Lt/Gal)
  • Fuel Flow Rate (Lt/Hr-Gal/Hr)
  • Fuel Consumption (Lt/100Km)
  • Fuel Consumption (Km/Lt – MPG)

VBOX Analogue Input Module (16bit)

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Analogue-Input-ModuleThe VBOX Analogue Input Module (RLVBADC03) is an 8-channel 16bit analogue voltage interface designed for use with the Racelogic VBOX range of GPS data loggers.

Each channel is electrically isolated and provides bipolar voltage measurement up to ±50v with a DC accuracy of 400*V. Isolated, regulated 5v and 12v supplies are available on the main 25-way sub-d connector in addition to a supply voltage connection.

Configuration software supplied with the Analogue Input Module allows scale and offset of the voltage reading for conversion into real data.

Connection is via the VBOX CAN bus, which means the modules can be placed very close to the sensors. This technique reduces noise compared with having long analogue signal cables running from the sensors to a main logging system.

CAN connectivity also means you can have multiple modules daisy chained around the vehicle, all sharing the same Bus.

Each individual analogue channel can be separately configured for Units, Scale and Offset using the VBOX Tools Software. These values are stored inside the input module, which then transmits "real" values on the CAN bus to the VBOX. This means that VBOX Tools and the Multifunction Display can show these values in real-time.

VBOX CAN To Analogue Output Module

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CAN-Bus-Analogue-Output-Module DAC01The CAN to analogue output module is designed to convert CAN bus data into voltage and digital output. In this way it is possible to log data from a CAN bus with data logging equipment not incorporating a CAN interface.

Four analogue voltage outputs are available and these can be mapped using the configuration software to output virtually any CAN bus parameter. An example might be throttle position data read from CAN and converted into a 0 to 10v signal.

The module is also equipped with seven digital outputs, of which four can be set as frequency generators.

VBOX Vehicle CAN Interface

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CAN02-frontThe VBOX Vehicle CAN Interface is a CAN gateway which translates from one CAN Bus into another. The unit is designed to recognise 16 different variables being transmitted on a CAN bus, and then re-transmits them in a form that the VBOX can log along with the normal VBOX channels.

The CAN Interface can be programmed to read almost any format in a CAN message, and then assign a name, multiplier, and offset. This information is then re-transmitted onto the VBOX CAN bus and is recorded at 20Hz to the compact flash card.

Transfer of VBOX data to the vehicle bus is blocked to prevent unnecessary Bus loading.

Racelogic can also supply CAN sets for a number of manufacturers, allowing various parameters to be logged. For an application list please see our CAN Database.

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VBOX Mini Input Module

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The Mini Input Module (RLVBMIM01) is a general purpose input/output module designed for use by either the VBOX Mini or existing VBOX products.

The Mini Input Module allows data such as temperature, RPM, wheel speed, fuel flow, throttle angles and pedal forces to be easily measured along with the VBOX GPS data.

The module can accept 8 analogue inputs, 2 digital inputs, an additional digital state input for use as an event marker, and 2 K-type thermocouple inputs.

When used in conjunction with a VBOX Mini, the Mini Input Module can also output one digital and one analogue signal. Connections are via a removable screw terminal.

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VBOX Micro Input Module

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MICIN01-Micro-InputThe VBOX Micro Input Module (RLVBMICIN01) is a small, highly cost effective module ideal for use in applications that only require a minimum of additional signals to be recorded, with one RPM (digital) input and four analogue inputs.

A 5v output is available to power sensors that are not already powered by the vehicle loom, and the analogue sensor range is from 0v to 14v.

It outputs data in either CAN or RS232 format depending on which device it is being used with.

The Micro Input Module is compatible with every VBOX data logger except VBOX Sport. Each Micro Input Module comes with a cable suitable for use with specific products.

VBOX Strain Gauge Amplifier

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Stain Gauge Amplifier01-StrainGaugeAmplifierRacelogic's Strain Gauge Amplifier (RLVBSGA02) comes with two channels and is user adjustable.

Each channel is DC isolated and designed for full bridge operation, but can be adapted for use in half bridge and quarter bridge applications.

The output range of each channel is ±9v with input signal gain adjustable from approximately 25 to 1000.

Wire connection to the amplifier is via screw terminal contacts for simple fitting.

CAN Bus Speed Interface

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The CAN Bus Speed Interface (RLCSI-V2) is a convenient method of obtaining Engine Speed and Road Speed from almost any vehicle with a CAN bus.

No configuration is necessary as the CAN Bus Speed Interface is able to determine the vehicle make that it is fitted to and automatically extract the speed information from the CAN bus. RLCSI01v3Please check our Vehicle CAN database to see which vehicle models are covered.

An optional cable is available for use with a vehicle's OBD socket, for those that carry relevant CAN information on their diagnostic ports.

VBOX Thermocouple Interface

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VBTC8 V2 frontThe VBOX Thermocouple Interface (RLVBTC8-V2) measures 8 thermocouple inputs with 100 samples per second and provides a CAN output as a stand-alone or RACELOGIC based CAN module.

It is primarily designed to connect to a VBOX GPS data logger and allows the user to log thermocouple data along with the normal channels of VBOX data.

The range of the Thermocouple Interface is -269 to +1375 °C. The unit uses a 24 bit ADC.

The Thermocouple Interface works from any power supply from 6V up to 30V.

The unit can be used in stand-alone timed mode or in conjunction with other RACELOGIC modules such as the Analogue Input (ADC03) or Vehicle CAN interface (CAN02).

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