About Convergence Instruments

Founded in 2008 by Dr. Bruno Paillard, Convergence Instruments is a global designer and producer of affordable, high-performance solutions for data acquisition and analysis. We design and manufacture small but powerful data loggers with embedded acoustic measurement, temperature measurement, motion sensor, and vibration measurement capabilities for both the consumer market and a wide variety of commercial/professional OEM markets.

All current Convergence Instruments’ data logging instruments have LabVIEWTM drivers and/or data management/analysis software available for download free of charge.

In addition to the data loggers shown here on our website, we also offer design of custom instruments for specific individual customer needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a special requirement that’s not covered by our standard designs or not available elsewhere on the market. We thrive on finding solutions to difficult challenges.

Bruno Paillard, Ph.D., Chief Designer

Dr. Bruno Paillard is Convergence Instruments’ co-founder and chief engineer and is responsible for all of our innovative, leading-edge product designs. He completed his initial training as an electronics technician at IUT-Le Creusot (France) in 1982 and received his BS in Electrical Engineering from INSA-Lyon (France) in 1985. He received his Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Digital Signal Processing from Universite de Sherbrooke (Canada), completing the latter in 1992. His doctoral dissertation focused on the emerging fields of auditory modeling and perceptual coding of music.

From 1993 to 2003 he was a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Universite de Sherbrooke, where he taught classes on embedded systems and did advanced research on adaptive filtering and active control of acoustical and vibrational processes. His research work led to several groundbreaking applications and technology transfers, including the world’s first multi-channel active noise cancellation system in an industrial exhaust stack. In 1998, while still working at Universite de Sherbrooke, he began consulting for D-BOX Technologies (Canada), who were developing the world’s first motion simulation system for home theater applications.

He was Director of Research and Development for D-BOX from 2004 to 2008 and while there developed their unique vibro-kinetic technologies. In particular, he was responsible for the hardware and software designs of their DSP systems, including breakthrough designs for their proprietary electro-mechanical motion actuators and computer-based motion controllers. His work at D-BOX contributed greatly to their being awarded over half a dozen patents for their motion simulation systems and technologies.

Why Convergence Instruments?

Our Sentry Series’ data loggers feature high levels of measurement accuracy and flexibility, are extremely configurable, easy to use and share a common minimalist design philosophy.

We provide data acquisition for detection and analysis of temperature, humidity, motion, vibration and acoustic measurements.

Nearly all user-to-device interactions, including configuration, are via downloadable software (available free of charge from this site) with a convenient graphical user interface (GUI) and connection to a Windows® PC.

Design Philosophy

Convergence Instruments employs an innovative, proprietary interface known as DDCI (Development to Deployment Code Instrumentation) that significantly reduces development time and provides for more reliable and efficient instruments at affordable pricing.

Our Sentry Series’ data loggers feature high levels of measurement accuracy and flexibility, are extremely configurable easy to use and share a common minimalist design philosophy:

  • Elimination of LCD displays and most on-instrument buttons contributes not only to their small size and lower cost, but also to new levels of comfort, convenience and ease of use.
  • Nearly all user-to-device interactions, including configuration, are via the included software with a convenient graphical user interface (GUI) and connection to a PC.
  • Device packaging that is rugged, attractive and highly functional.

 

Technical advantages

  • Completely digital design
  • Smart module includes sensor, acquisition chain and datalogging logic. Allows the module to work stand-alone, even in confined spaces.
  • Micro-power design provides extremely long battery life.
  • Flash-based datalogging memory. Won’t lose data when battery dies.
  • Individual serial number for tracking purposes
  • Adjustable tradeoff between battery life and signal observation Rate
  • Design allows field firmware upgrades
  • The whole dynamic range is covered in a single range
  • LabVIEWTM driver available (LabVIEWTM is a product from National Instruments)

 

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