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'[EE:] Vibration sensor?'
2004\03\07@071547 by Denny Esterline

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Hey guys and gals,
I need some sensors to pick up vibration. Needs to be sensitive in two
axis, and capable of detecting being bumped with less than 1/8 inch
movement. It'll feed a PIC so I can work with most any output, but I only
need a single pulse when it's bumped.

Right now I need about a dozen, but eventually I might need several
hundred. And yes I could do it with an accelerometer from analog, but I was
hoping for something simpler/cheaper.

Ideas?

-Denny

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2004\03\07@072206 by Jinx

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> I need some sensors to pick up vibration. Needs to be sensitive
> in two axis, and capable of detecting being bumped with less
> than 1/8 inch movement. It'll feed a PIC so I can work with most
> any output, but I only need a single pulse when it's bumped

Can you define "bump" any better ?

What frequency/repetition rate ?

Can the sensor use anything else apart from its own state as
a reference ?

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2004\03\07@074244 by Jay Nugent

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Greetings,

On Tue, 2 Mar 2004, Denny Esterline wrote:

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  Back in my alarm system days, we had a sensor that was simply a small
weight attached to a thin strip of flexible metal.  The metal strip rested
on a contact, completing a Normally Closed ciruit.

  When there was vibration (i.e. pounding fist on a glass window or door,
busting through a cinderblock wall with a drill, hammer, chisle, sledge)
the contact would vibrate open.  The circuit was monitored for any brief
"opens" and would then latch the alarm.

  I believe that Radio Shack carries these devices in their stores.
Would guess that they are only a couple dollars.  BTW - The sensitivity
was adjustable with a screw that would change the tension of the metal
strip.  You can mount them in various orientations to get greater
sensitivity in each axis, though with intense vibration they may all go
off simultaniously.

  Enjoy!
     --- Jay

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2004\03\07@112546 by A.J. Tufgar

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Try these from digikey, pretty cheap.  Hook them up to a non-inverting
amp and play with the gain.  You would need two for 2 axis.

MSP1006-ND
MSP1007-ND

Hope this helps,
Aaron

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2004\03\07@123717 by Robert Young

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From: "Denny Esterline" <spam_OUTfirmwareTakeThisOuTspamTDS.NET>
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Subject: [EE:] Vibration sensor?


> Hey guys and gals,
> I need some sensors to pick up vibration. Needs to be sensitive in two
> axis, and capable of detecting being bumped with less than 1/8 inch
> movement. It'll feed a PIC so I can work with most any output, but I only
> need a single pulse when it's bumped.
>
> Right now I need about a dozen, but eventually I might need several
> hundred. And yes I could do it with an accelerometer from analog, but I
was
> hoping for something simpler/cheaper.
>
> Ideas?
>
> -Denny
>

I bought a cat toy that is a little ball, smaller than a golfball that has
two flashing LEDs.  There is a small "vertical" wire soldered to the circuit
board and around it is a coil of wire.  Normally the two don't touch but if
you tap the ball they touch.  This triggers the flashing of the LEDs for the
next 30 seconds.

This may not be sensitive enough for you because you can pick up the ball
and wave it around and it won't start to flash.  It seems to take a sharp
movement to flex the coil.  With the ball on the floor I can tap it with my
finger and it starts to flash.

I play with it more than the cat does...  Her favorite toy is a length of
1/4" dowel rod.

Rob Young

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2004\03\07@125757 by Mike W

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On 7 Mar 04, at 11:26, Robert Young wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Denny Esterline" <firmwarespamKILLspamTDS.NET>

> > I need some sensors to pick up vibration. Needs to be sensitive in
> > two axis, and capable of detecting being bumped with less than 1/8
> > inch movement. It'll feed a PIC so I can work with most any output,
> > but I only need a single pulse when it's bumped.

>
> I bought a cat toy that is a little ball, smaller than a golfball that
> has two flashing LEDs.  There is a small "vertical" wire soldered to
> the circuit board and around it is a coil of wire.  Normally the two
> don't touch but if you tap the ball they touch.  This triggers the
> flashing of the LEDs for the next 30 seconds.
>
> This may not be sensitive enough for you because you can pick up the
> ball and wave it around and it won't start to flash.  It seems to take
> a sharp movement to flex the coil.  With the ball on the floor I can
> tap it with my finger and it starts to flash.
>
I have seen a Piezo transducer, with a weight attached to its
centre, used to produce a movement detector.
Two would give your 2 axis sensing. It might be worth a try.. the
ones I saw used were the very thin slivers of a transducer
commonly found in small telephone handsets and "musical"
greetings cards. The weight was a nut, about 0BA size, glued to
the centre of the Piezo disk.
hth, Mike

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2004\03\07@161333 by John Tserkezis

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Mike W wrote:

> I have seen a Piezo transducer, with a weight attached to its
> centre, used to produce a movement detector.
>  Two would give your 2 axis sensing. It might be worth a try.. the
> ones I saw used were the very thin slivers of a transducer
> commonly found in small telephone handsets and "musical"
> greetings cards. The weight was a nut, about 0BA size, glued to
> the centre of the Piezo disk.

 I've seen similar, with one edge of the piezo disk soldered to the board, the
other edge had a longish bolt (at least the diameter of the piezo element),
soldered perpendicular to the disk surface.

 Works in three axis because piezo twist will register as well.

 Probably works out the cheapest option, but not the easiest (or cheapest
timewise) to manufacture if you need to make many, because human assembly is
required.

 It also could require a relatively subsantial amount of space depending on
how small the case needs to be and how the piezo element is mounted.  (the end
of the bolt can't be resting against anything of course)

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2004\03\07@164904 by Denny Esterline

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> Try these from digikey, pretty cheap.  Hook them up to a non-inverting
> amp and play with the gain.  You would need two for 2 axis.
>
> MSP1006-ND
> MSP1007-ND
>
> Hope this helps,
> Aaron
>
I came across these a couple days ago, they look intriguing, but the
problem I see is the analog output. I'd have to set the pic up to do
continuous A?D conversions and pick it out in software. That's not so much
a problem, but I was hoping to put the pic to sleep and get by without a
on-off switch.

-Denny

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2004\03\07@173929 by Jinx

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> problem I see is the analog output. I'd have to set the pic up to
> do continuous A?D conversions and pick it out in software. That's
> not so much a problem, but I was hoping to put the pic to sleep
> and get by without a on-off switch

At rest the output of the accelerometer would be steady, constant
or slow movements would have a gentle slope. A bump would be
a higher slew rate. A basic high pass filter with a comparator or
op-amp would turn this into a PIC-waking edge or level

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2004\03\07@181527 by A.J. Tufgar

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> I came across these a couple days ago, they look intriguing, but the
> problem I see is the analog output. I'd have to set the pic up to do
> continuous A?D conversions and pick it out in software. That's not so
> much a problem, but I was hoping to put the pic to sleep and get by
> without a on-off switch.
>
> -Denny

Use a pic with a comparator module and wake from sleep with that.  I've
ordered these sensors before, they are piezo's with a weight attached
to the top, similar to what someone else had mentioned on the list.

Aaron

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2004\03\08@044520 by Alan B. Pearce

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> I need some sensors to pick up vibration. Needs to be sensitive in two
> axis, and capable of detecting being bumped with less than 1/8 inch
> movement. It'll feed a PIC so I can work with most any output, but I only
> need a single pulse when it's bumped.
>
> Right now I need about a dozen, but eventually I might need several
> hundred. And yes I could do it with an accelerometer from analog, but I
was
> hoping for something simpler/cheaper.

Well I doubt that you will get anything simpler than the Analog Designs
ones, as they will direct connect to the CCP on a PIC without any extra
hardware. However the guys in out vibration facility use piezo
accelerometers for doing their measurements, but I don't know that these
would be any cheaper by the time you do the analog electronics to go with
them.

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2004\03\08@131904 by Hopkins

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Google the robotic sites - alot of them use bumps sensing.
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2004\03\08@162213 by Denny Esterline

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>   Back in my alarm system days, we had a sensor that was simply a small
> weight attached to a thin strip of flexible metal.  The metal strip
rested
> on a contact, completing a Normally Closed ciruit.
>
>    When there was vibration (i.e. pounding fist on a glass window or
door,
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Are they small enough? This entire device should fit inside a 1 inch ID
tube. The tube will lie horizontal and the  sensitive axis should be
perpendicular to the length of the tube.

I'd like some kind of commercial sensor like this, but I thought about
building my own ball-in-cage type. If I used 2 pieces of PCB held parallel
about 1/2 inch apart with cross wires between them and a ball inside....
Problem I see is reliability, a little corrosion would make the sensor less
reliable, then I'd have to look into gold plating on the wires and ball.

-Denny

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2004\03\08@182652 by Denny Esterline

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> Can you define "bump" any better ?
>
> What frequency/repetition rate ?
>
> Can the sensor use anything else apart from its own state as
> a reference ?
>

We'll see if my ISP has fixed my delay problem yet (note the original
message took 3 days to get to the list).

I don't have any hard numbers for G force and duration on the bump, but
were talking about a ~2 lbs object being hit hard enough to move it 1/8
inch or so.

As to frequency, one impact will set off a led blink routine lasting 5-10
sec, then the system resets and waits for another. Ignoring any/all impacts
during that time.

It would be best if this could be self contained.

-Denny

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2004\03\08@184146 by Jonathan Johnson

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google for nessensor, it is a vibration sensor used in some alarm systems. I
cant remember what principle they work on but they are pretty cheap and
should be easily available wherever you are. If you have any probs getting
them give me a yell, I'm not far from the main sales office in sydney.

Cheers,

JJ

P.S save googling here is a link

www.ness.com.au/catalogue/public/pages/Ness2003-4_catalogue_page_15.p
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2004\03\08@184600 by Jonathan Johnson

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just in case your like me and usually only check out the bit in the preview
pane here is the link again

www.ness.com.au/catalogue/public/pages/Ness2003-4_catalogue_page_15.p
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2004\03\08@185151 by Denny Esterline

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>
> I bought a cat toy that is a little ball, smaller than a golfball that
has
> two flashing LEDs.  There is a small "vertical" wire soldered to the
circuit
> board and around it is a coil of wire.  Normally the two don't touch but
if
> you tap the ball they touch.  This triggers the flashing of the LEDs for
the
> next 30 seconds.
>
> This may not be sensitive enough for you because you can pick up the ball
> and wave it around and it won't start to flash.  It seems to take a sharp
> movement to flex the coil.  With the ball on the floor I can tap it with
my
> finger and it starts to flash.
>
> I play with it more than the cat does...  Her favorite toy is a length of
> 1/4" dowel rod.
>
> Rob Young

I've seen these and thought about unsung something similar. But I was
hoping to not have to build the little parts myself. Seems like a pain
trying to get reliable behavior out of hand made springs. And I'd need at
least a dozen and a couple hundred is possible.

BTW.. My cat steals pens and pencils.
-Denny

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