Simcenter Testing Solutions Simcenter Anovis: Export to ATFX File Format

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Noise and/or vibration time data is collected during end of line inspection by a Simcenter Anovis Industrial Quality Testing (IQT) system.  The time data is analyzed to identify defects in parts.  The file format is called Anovis Signal Data (*.asd).

It can be useful to analyze the collected Anovis Signal Data (*.asd) files in another program.  A converter to ASAM Transportable Format (ATFX) files is included with Simcenter Anovis to export data.  ATFX files (*.atfx) are an open format standardized by the ASAM organization ( 

This article outlines how to export data from Simcenter Anovis Signal Data (*.asd) to ASAM Transportable Format (*.atfx):
1.    Getting Started
2.    ATFX File Converter Menu
3.    Simcenter Testlab

1. Getting Started

On a computer with Simcenter Anovis installed, search for the word “atfx” in the Windows search as shown in Figure 1.
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Figure 1: Search for “atfx” in Windows to find the “ATFX Export” program.

Find the “ATFX Export” program (with Simcenter Anovis logo) and start it.

Alternatively, go to the directory C:/ANOVIS.2/bin and find the program “atfxConverterDialog.exe” as shown in Figure 2.
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Figure 2: An alternative method to start the converter program is with the “atfxConverterDialog.exe” is found in C:/ANOVIS.2/bin.

Double click on “atfxConverterDialog.exe to start the Converter program.

2. ATFX Converter Menu

In the ATFX Converter menu, the *.asd files are selected, and translation initiated.

Click on the “Browse…” button on the upper right of the menu to select the *.asd files as shown in Figure 3.

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Figure 3: After selecting the ASD tab, browse to the location of the ASD files to be translated to ATFX.

Be sure the tab “ASD” in the Signal Data area is selected before browsing. (The ATFX tab can be used to translate files from ATFX to ASD).

Usually, the Anovis Signal Data (*.asd) files are found in the directory C:/ANOVIS.2/data in a folder with the same name as the Anovis Measurement setup (*.ams).

Once the desired files are found, press the “Select All” button to choose all the files in the directory as shown in Figure 4.
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Figure 4: “Select All” will translate all ASD files found in directory.

Next mark the checkbox next to “Create RPM” and press the “Convert to ATFX” button as shown in Figure 5
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Figure 5: Press “Convert to ATFX” with the “Create RPM” option.  The “X” symbol indicates if the file was converted.
RPM data is stored as crossing level time stamps in the ASD file.  Without selecting the “Create RPM” option, most external software would not be able to display the RPM values. 

A green progress bar appears at the bottom of the menu as the file conversion takes place.

3. Simcenter Testlab

ATFX files can be read and viewed in Simcenter Testlab as shown in Figure 6.
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Figure 6: Viewing ATFX file in Simcenter Testlab Desktop.

Browse to the directory that contains the ATFX file.  With the default settings, this is the same directory that contains the ASD files.

The files can then be processed in Simcenter Testlab.  For more information on using external files in Simcenter Testlab, see the video:

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Simcenter Anovis