| Principles of DAS Training Day, November 15, 2018
Over 50 customers and industry partners joined DTS for a special training event Principles of Dynamic Data Collection on November 15 at DTS headquarters in Seal Beach, California. The training featured a variety of speakers and topics designed to share practical knowledge with anyone involved in dynamic testing. The day kicked off with a session presented by Mike Beckage, DTS CTO and co-founder, focused on data acquisition best practices. Fundamental topics including sensor theory, limitations, grounding & shielding and shunt & empirical checks kept the audience engaged and asking questions, whether they were seasoned test professionals or new to the industry.
The audience also included a select group of engineering and injury biomechanics students from Cal State Los Angeles (CSULA). “It was great to have students attend our training day . . . especially at a time when critical thinking, education and exposure to real-world solutions are so important,” said Beckage.
DTS developed this exclusive seminar based on sharing practical field knowledge and best practices learned over years of helping customers solve both common and unique challenges. “DTS decided to put our years of experience to work and share our knowledge. There’s no school that teaches this, even though mastering these skills are key to anyone who does test data collection,” added Steve Pruitt, DTS CEO and co-founder.
The afternoon sessions were divided into two different industry topics. Track A focused on Injury Biomechanics & Automotive Crash Safety and was led by Steve Moss, DTS Director of ATD Systems. With his extensive industry experience, Moss shared the history of crash test dummies, officially called anthropomorphic test devices (ATD), why in-dummy DAS is important and the development of WIAMan, the first instrumented blast test ATD developed by DTS for the U.S. Army. Track B focused on Aerospace & Industrial applications, new DTS data acquisition systems engineered to support time and synchronization, streaming capabilities, IEEE 1588 and more.
The day wrapped up with tours of the offices which showcased DTS’s in-house engineering, software, firmware, manufacturing and QA capabilities – all of which are based at the Seal Beach headquarters.