Simcenter Testlab Tokens: What are they, and how do they work?
With the release of Simcenter Testlab Revision 18 and higher, the number of software modules that can be accessed via token licensing has increased. The token licensing was expanded to include data acquisition and additional analysis capabilities.
What is token licensing?
Simcenter Testlab tokens are a flexible licensing mechanism that gives users access to a large library of software modules for doing testing and data analysis (see Figure 1).
Figure 1: Disciplines addressed by Simcenter Testlab tokens include Durability, Structural Dynamics, Acoustics, Rotating Machinery, and Vibration Control.
Unlike a fixed item licensing, where only specifically purchased licenses can be used, the Simcenter Testlab token licensing option allows users to run any combination of token-enabled software modules as long as the total amount of available tokens is not exceeded.
In the Simcenter Testlab token licensing system:
- A quantity of tokens is purchased instead of buying individual software products.
- Each Simcenter Testlab analysis and acquisition license has a fixed token amount required to run it.
- Any combination of software options can be run, as long as the total amount of available tokens is not exceeded.
- The application library available through tokens expands with each new release of the Simcenter Testlab software.
- Simcenter Testlab tokens are permanent licenses that never expire or go away! *
* Unless purchased on a yearly subscription.
How token licensing works, and some examples, are covered in the next sections.
How does Simcenter Testlab token licensing work?
An analogy with a library can be used to explain how token licensing works (Figure 2).
Figure 2: Just like a library allows books to be checked out up to a certain maximum, token licensing allows any token enabled software module to be run up to the maximum number of tokens.
In a library, any book can be checked in and out, but only a certain maximum number of books can be checked out at a given time. For example:
- A single library card has a maximum amount of ten books that can be checked out at any instance in time.
- Seven books of a fictional series can be checked out and still have the availability to check out three more books.
- Checking out four more books would not be allowed since the maximum is ten books. However, once a single book is returned, all four books can be checked out.
Simcenter Testlab tokens works in the same way with its software module library. Token licensing provides a similar system of “checking out” certain analyses or acquisition modules. This allows for flexibility and added capabilities that a fixed license approach does not permit.
Example of Token Licensing
A test team decides to purchase 120 tokens to perform impact testing, modal analysis, and sound diagnostics. Table 1 shows a list of some key modules used for this type of testing and analysis. A more complete list of token-enabled licenses is at the end of this article.
Table 1: List of modules needed with their token values
First, the engineer will perform impact testing to gather FRFs for a modal analysis.
The engineer acquires FRFs using a SCADAS system. To do so, they turn on the Impact Testing function (25 tokens) and Front End Driver (12 tokens). Front end driver is needed only for acquisition, not analysis. This gives 83 tokens available to use on other features.
Table 2 shows the licenses being used highlighted in green.
Table 2: Tokens used during data acquisition for Impact Testing
Once the data is collected, the engineer will perform modal analysis. Therefore, the acquisition modules will be turned off, then Modal Analysis (77 tokens) will be turned on along with the optional Maximum Likelihood Estimator for a Modal Model (MLMM) to assist with their analysis (26 tokens).
This is done from the main Simcenter Testlab menu under “Tools -> Add-ins” as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Modal Analysis and MLMM turned on in Add-in Menu of Simcenter Testlab.
Shown in Table 3, there are 103 tokens in use, with 17 tokens that can still be used to turn on other modules.
Table 3: Tokens used for performing Modal Analysis
Then a pressing sound quality issue comes up! The chief engineer needs results immediately! The engineer can turn off Modal Analysis and MLMM, restoring all 120 tokens, and then run Sound Diagnosis (62 tokens) instead. The token amounts required are shown in Table 4.
Table 4: Tokens required to run Sound Diagnosis
Since performing modal analysis and sound diagnosis are two different analyses, it would not make sense to run them together. The modal analysis modules are turned off, and the sound diagnosis modules are turned on under the “Tools -> Add-ins” menu of Simcenter Testlab (Figure 4).
Figure 4: Sound Diagnosis selected in Simcenter Testlab Add-in menu.
As seen in this example, 120 purchased tokens allowed an engineer to change instantly between different types of acquisition and analysis as needed.
Read on for more examples!
Configuration of Tokens
There are several different options for how tokens can be configured and accessed. They can be locked to a moveable USB key, or float on a networked license server:
USB License Keys
Desktop and token licenses can be assigned to small, individual USB keys that can be plugged into a computer. When the USB key (Figure 5) is plugged into the computer, the license file on the computer is checked for the USB key serial number, and any assigned Desktop and token licenses then become available.
Figure 5: USB License Key
A user can check out as many tokens that are assigned to the USB key plugged into a computer. Multiple USB keys can be shared across a local team of engineers. Multiple USB license keys can even be used on one computer simultaneously.
Floating Server License
Multiple desktop and tokens can be placed on a computer server on a network. Any computer attached to the network can access these licenses. This enables entire test teams in multiple locations to share tokens.
Examples of Moving from Fixed Licenses to Token Licensing
Some additional examples are explained below.
In this example, by switching to tokens, conflicts and lost time are avoided due to a single fixed license of impact testing acquisition (Figure 6).
Figure 6: Modal impact hammer test.
Without Tokens: A team of test engineers shares three USB license keys. One engineer needed to perform impact testing, however, only one of the USB keys had the license for impact testing. One of the team members accidentally took that USB key home and went on vacation for a week. Now that engineer has to wait until the team member comes back before doing the impact measurements.
With Tokens: The same team of test engineers share three USB license keys with a Desktop license and 90 tokens assigned to each key. One engineer needs to perform impact testing, so they can grab any of the USB keys and are able to start Impact Testing with the Frontend Driver (12 tokens) and Impact Testing (25 tokens) add-ins. There was no need to search for a specific USB key or wait until another engineer was finished.
In this example, by switching to tokens, a vibration testing laboratory is able to take on a wider range of vibration control tests (Figure 7).
Figure 7: Simcenter Testlab Vibration Controller.
Without Tokens: In a vibration lab with several shaker systems, 95% of the tests are run with standard random, shock or sine testing. Occasionally, a test request comes in that requires a more complex test, such as sine on random or random on random. Because these licenses had not been previously purchased, these tests had to be turned down, or sent out to another lab. Management did not want to have a license that was only used on rare occasions.
With Tokens: With a Desktop license and 60 tokens for each vibration controller, this lab can run the complex tests in-house without having to send work out to another lab to get it done (example: Testlab Desktop + 12 token frontend driver + 22 token random control + 25 token sine on random). Using tokens, they were able to offer additional services as well, for example, Mission Synthesis (24 tokens) for Power Spectral Density profile development.
Distributed Team of Test Engineers
In this example, by switching to tokens, an engineering group (Figure 8) avoids lost time due to license unavailability.
Figure 8: Test team using Simcenter Testlab tokens.
Without Tokens: A global test team has a Simcenter Testlab license server with fixed licenses that they all access and share. They have three fixed licenses of Time Signal Calculator to perform analysis. Sometimes, five engineers want to use Time Signal Calculator. When this happens, team members are forced to wait to process their data until their coworkers are finished using the licenses.
With Tokens: The team switches to several Desktop licenses and 400 floating tokens on the server. Five engineers can run Time Signal Calculator (26 tokens) at once. Or they can run five copies of Operational Deflection Shapes (28 tokens) at once. Or three copies of Operational Deflection Shapes and two copies of Time Signal Calculator at once. The tokens permit any combination of software modules to be run as needed (up to the available token limit).
List of Tokenable Items
There are more than 50 different tokenable software modules, from Human Body Vibration to Operational Modal Analysis to Transfer Path Analysis. The token licensing is structured as follows (indents indicate pre-requisites):
- Simcenter Testlab Desktop must be purchased separately, it is not tokenable. It is the base license required to start the Simcenter Testlab software, and includes data viewing, and reporting. One Desktop license is required per concurrent user.
- Simcenter Testlab Frontend Driver (12 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Impact Testing (25 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab MIMO FRF Testing (45 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Signature (42 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Time Recording (16 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Single and Dual Plane Balancing (20 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Order Tracking (20 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab ANSI Octave Filtering (23 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab MIMO Sine Testing (36 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Random Control (22 tokens)
- Kurtosis Control (21 tokens)
- Sine on Random (25 tokens)
- Random on Random (25 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Sine Control (22 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Shock Control (22 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Absorption with Tube (36 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Transmission Loss with Tube (36 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Sound Intensity Testing (25 tokens)
- And more…
- Simcenter Testlab Sound Diagnosis (62 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Run Comparison Organizer (19 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Time-Frequency Wavelet Analysis (34 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Throughput Processing (36 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Order Tracking (20 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Sound Quality Metrics (33 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab ANSI Octave Filtering (23 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Angle Domain Analysis (42 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Time Signal Calculator (26 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Harmonic Removal (15 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Jury Testing (46 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Offline RPM Extraction (20 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Geometry (16 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Operational Deflection Shapes (28 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Operational Modal Analysis (60 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Sound Intensity Analysis (31 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Modal Analysis (77 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Polymax (26 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Maximum Likelihood Estimation of a Modal Model (26 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Modification Prediction (23 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Transfer Path Analysis (TPA) (98 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab TPA Component Editing (45 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Time Domain TPA (35 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab TPA Synthesis (62 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Neo Process Designer (19 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Video Replay (12 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Advanced Audio Replay (12 Tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Fatigue Analysis (33 tokens)
- Simcenter Testlab Automation (27 tokens)
- And more…
- In addition to the Simcenter Testlab Desktop, as of Revision 18, the Simcenter Soundbrush, Simcenter Sound Camera, Simcenter HD Acoustic Camera softwares are not available via tokens.
Contact us for a complete list of software modules that are available with tokens.
Summary of Token Licensing
A token licensing system allows:
- Access to various applications without having to buy specific products
- Increased capabilities over time
- Users to try out modules without having to purchase a license