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PCA-2000 Combustion Analyser & Logger

PLEX PCA-2000 COMBUSTION ANALYSIS SYSTEM

PLEX PCA-2000®

Versatile Combustion Analysis & Data Logging
ultra-compact | high-accuracy | rugged

Introducing PLEX PCA-2000®, our new ultra-compact, high-precision and rugged combustion analysis system that replaces the recently discontinued PCM-1000® System and is a leap forward in every respect. With a lightweight & rigid IP67 aluminium enclosure is becomes instantly suitable for any kind of application: automotive, motorcycle, marine, aviation, industrial, education/research. The new PCA-2000® come with up to 16 high-speed inputs, 8 multi-purpose inputs, 4 speed inputs, VR & Hall Engine Position inputs, dual CAN BUS, Serial and Lin BUS. It also Includes a built-in 50HZ GPS/100Hz IMU module. Supports OEM crank triggers & dedicated encoders, has up to 4GB built-in high-speed memory, Gigabit Ethernet and can easily perform real-time combustion analysis calculations. It is offered bundled with new revamped PCA-WIN® Combustion Analysis SW and begins from a 4 high-speed pressure channels configuration.

Availability: built-to-order | Lead Time:  4-8 weeks
Price (ex. VAT & Sensors): from €8.500

Key HW Features

High-Speed Analog Inputs

Up to 16x 200kHz analog inputs for combustion, intake, exhaust pressure, accelerometer and vibration sensors

Real-time Calculation

Max. pressure & position, IMEP, knock intensity, MFB50 calculated for each cylinder and event

Multi-purpose Inputs

8x additional inputs with selectable function: analog, digital and frequency

Rugged Ergonomic Enclosure

High quality CNC Aluminium case with IP67 sealing that protects it against weather/environment conditions

Engine Position Inputs

4x VR/Hall inputs to capture engine position using OEM crank triggers or optical encoders

Gigabit Ethernet

Very fast log memory download, real-time data streaming to PC and isolated operation

Analog Inputs

8x additional low speed analog inputs for temperature, pressure, frequency and other sensors

High-Speed Digital Inputs

8x digital inputs for capturing injection, ignition & other timing information synchronised with the engine position

4GB High-Speed Memory

Ultra-fast internal memory for capturing combustion data at Formula 1 speeds

Connectivity

2x configurable CAN BUS ports, 1x configurable Serial port (RS232) & 1 configurable Lin BUS

Built-in GPS/IMU Module

Integrated 50Hz GPS module with 100Hz IMU for precise position and orientation measurements

RGB LED LIGHTS

Three configurable LEDs to indicate operation status, logging and errors or warnings
PRODUCT HARDWARE DETAILS
PLEX PCA-2000 COMBUSTION ANALYSER AND LOGGER
PCA-WIN® | POWERFUL COMBUSTION ANALYSIS SOFTWARE

The revamped software for the PCA Combustion System helps you interpret complex data easily and derive inferences that improve performance or resolve hidden problems, not detectable by other means. Designed to be both versatile and quick n’ easy to use, the PCA-WIN® comes with zero compromises in terms of advanced customisation options or high-end functionality. Each PCA-2000® purchase gives a PCA-WIN® license with two seats. Click screenshots for larger view.

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Customisable UI

User defined layout of tabs and panels with handy panel docking similar to latest Windows SW suite.

Easy File Comparison

Seamlessly switch between single and comparison view even for completely different file types such as a dyno run with a track lap.

Video File Sync

Sync and review your video data along with the log data to get additional information on driver performance and data context

Fast Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts for the main menu and panel functions speed up the set-up time and real-time analysis considerably.

Live Data Updating

Zoom levels & cursors are linked among all analysis panels/graphs allowing automatic rescaling & cross referencing of data.

CSV Data Import

Take advantage of the PLEX Data Analysis Sw & use it to analyse data, from any logging system (ECUs, dedicated loggers, etc)

Smart Tuning Maps

Optimise your fuel and ignition maps by analysing the log data in tuning maps with the same breakpoints as your ECU.

Built-in Project Database

Create and keep track of events, tracks, drivers, vehicles and engines for easy referencing and historical data tracking.

Multiple Data Graphs & Reports

Line-graphs, navigation graphs, XY graphs, histograms, gauges, track-maps, tuning maps, laps/runs reports, data values at cursor, section analysis and channel statistics.
COMBUSTION SPECIFIC ANALYSIS

PMAX & PMAX CA

VOLUMETRIC EFFICIENCY

MASS FRACTION BURNED

DPMAX & DPMAX CA

POWER / TORQUE

COMPRESSION PRESSURE

IMEP

HEAT RELEASE

KNOCK / PRE-IGNITION / MISFIRE

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Microsoft Windows

Minimum version 7

Memory

2GB RAM

HD Space

200MB

Visual Performance

Aided by graphics acceleration
EXAMPLE APPLICATIONS & USAGE CASES

MOTORSPORTS

  • Engine Development & Calibration: for each cylinder study power output, fuel burn efficiency, optimum ignition timing, knock/pre-ignition/misfires, cylinder filling, intake & exhaust tuning, etc.
  • On-Vehicle Engine Monitoring: log combustion parameters to analyse with  other engine and vehicle data and compare engine performance between track an dyno.
  • Engine Control: use real-time calculated combustion parameters for closed loop torque and ignition control

EDUCATION SECTOR

  • Academic Research: study and validate combustion processes, optimisation modes and control methods
  • Hands-on Teaching: demonstrate real-time combustion pressure behaviour
  • Competitions: gain advantage by utilising advanced combustion pressure intelligence to improve performance of racing projects (FSAE, etc)

INDUSTRIAL

  • Monitoring: perform real-time monitoring of propulsion engines and generators

AVIATION & UAVs

  • Engine Development & Calibration
  • On-Vehicle Monitoring
  • Engine Control
INDICATIVE SENSOR COMPATIBILITY CHART
PCA-2000 SENSOR COMPATIBILITY CHART
Supported Sensor Vendors
pressure_sensor_vendors
PLEX PCA-2000 COMBUSTION ANALYSER AND LOGGER
50HZ VEHICLE DYNAMICS MODULE

An integrated 50Hz GPS /100Hz IMU module enables very accurate measurements for a variety of applications such as driver analysis, lap timing, vehicle trajectory analysis, track mapping, acceleration-decceleration. It functions also as a full-fledged, always-on Performance Meter. In fact, the SDM-700 includes a complete VMU-900 which you can also buy separately as independent module or add-on for other products.

SOURIAU CONNECTORS

Two high quality motorsport 37pin connectors by Souriau plus one extra 8pin connector, designed for applications where high-performance, small size and lightweight are key factors. Made of rugged IP67 aluminium.

Fast & Intuitive HW Configuration on PC

When setting-up a display for a project, the single most important attribute for tuners/race engineers is the required time. Our revised PLEX Device Manager® SW, provides the fastest and most intuitive configuration experience by reducing set-up time by up to 70%. You can now spend more time in tuning and testing than in customising and configuring the displays for your customers.

CONFIG. OPTIONS
  • # of  Press. Channels: 4, 8 or 12
  • Internal Memory: 2GB  or 4GB
Technical Spec
  • Sealing: IP67
  • Weight: 250g
  • Dimensions: w 100mm x h 100mm x 25/39mm
What’s Included?
  • Logger (HW & FW)
  • Ethernet Cable
  • GPS Antenna
  • SW License (2x seats)
  • Hard Case

PLEX PCA-2000®

Availability: built-to-order | Lead Time:  4-8 weeks
Price (ex. VAT & Sensors): from €8.500

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