Safer Cars and Military Vehicles Is Ultimate Goal for New Diversified Technical Systems (DTS) Data Recorder

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The new SLICE PRO data acquisition system from DTS now gives auto makers the ability to capture up to one million test data points to help improve development of safety features worldwide.


SLICE PRO new mega-sample data acquisition system from DTS is ultra-small and designed for high g testing like automotive crash and military blast testing.

“Testing today is so dynamic it requires systems that are much faster than anything we had ever designed. Plus everyone always wants things smaller, which is a challenge in itself,” said Steve Pruitt, president and co-founder of DTS.

Before a new car rolls off the production line or into the showrooms and onto the streets, many models are intentionally crashed by test labs and proving grounds to make sure vehicles pass the latest mandated safety regulations. When auto makers slam a car filled with crash test dummies into a big barrier wall, the ultimate goal is to collect reliable test data that can both prove effectiveness of current safety features in place, as well as be used to develop future safety improvements.

Collecting that critical data is where Diversified Technical Systems comes in. Based in Southern California, DTS’ new mega-sample SLICE PRO data acquisition system (DAS) that is the latest evolution in small, high-speed, high-shock data recorders used worldwide for safety testing. The fact that SLICE PRO is 10x faster and 35% smaller than any comparable crash test DAS is noteworthy in the test and measurement world. “Testing today is so dynamic it requires systems that are much faster than anything we had ever designed. Plus everyone always wants things smaller, which is a challenge in itself,” said Steve Pruitt, president and co-founder of DTS.

Over the years the need for higher fidelity data has proven especially critical for occupant safety studies, as well as evolving OEM and aftermarket automotive tests including acoustic, structural and airbag pressure testing. There has even been a shift at the regulation level, including the recent NATO “Procedures for Evaluating the Protection Level of Armoured Vehicles,” which specifies tests must collect 1 million samples per second per channel.

SLICE PRO is the world’s smallest, rugged system capable of recording one million data points per second per channel. Designed for test applications measuring parameters such as force, acceleration, strain, displacement and temperature, SLICE PRO is a complete standalone DAS with controller, filters, transducer excitation, gain amplifiers and 16-bit ADC. It also offers unparalleled performance in even the most extreme environments, which is another key feature that sets DTS systems apart.

The modular hardware system expands from 9 channels to hundreds, depending upon test requirements. SLICE PRO supports a variety of sensor types including bridge (MEMS, strain, load), IEPE and voltage. Data writes directly to 16 GB flash memory and is downloaded to a PC after the event for viewing, post-processing and analysis.

DTS was started over 22 years ago by three crash test engineers and has always been dialed into the world of automotive safety from a variety of angles. With that core expertise, DTS designs products that test engineers want, delivers systems that manufacturers need and has actively participated in a variety of ISO Automotive Safety Working Groups and SAE Safety, Crash Test Dummy and Instrumentation Committees involved with developing regulation standards.

Most of the test labs or OEM customers that rely on DTS systems are doing critical testing, the kind of testing that often has only one chance to get it right. “DTS products have been used in most every kind of human injury related testing imaginable, including blast-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI),” explained Pruitt.

All DTS data acquisition systems are calibrated and meet NHTSA, FAA, ISO 6487 and SAE J211 practices. For detailed specifications, please visit or contact sales(at)dtsweb(dot)com.

About DTS: Founded in 1991, Diversified Technical Systems manufactures data recorders and sensors that are used worldwide in crash, blast and biomechanics testing performed by top automakers, aerospace, the military and leading research facilities. A DTS helmet smart-sensor that records head forces in an effort to improve soldier safety and reduce traumatic brain injuries was named by the U.S. Army as one of “The Greatest Inventions.” DTS was also recognized twice by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private U.S. companies. Based in Seal Beach, California, DTS has technical centers in Michigan, Australia, Germany & Japan.

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