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Pocket AE-2

The Pocket AE-2 is a high performance, computerized, dual-channel Acoustic Emission (AE) equipment.
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The Pocket AE-2 is a high performance, computerized, dual-channel Acoustic Emission (AE) system which is packed in a robust, portable handheld unit optimal for field use. The Pocket AE-2 offers all the performance, capabilities and features of larger, more expensive MISTRAS’ AE system (wide bandwidth, speed, AE features, sampling rates, waveform processing, audible AE) in a compact, battery-operated package. Ideal for situations when power is not readily available; the Pocket AE is equally useful in the laboratory with two-channel capabilities and 1 channel parametric input. Its portability and versatile features make it ideal for leak detection, material and processes characterization, and screening for more detailed follow-up inspection.


  • All the standard performance features as in PAC’s PCI based multi-channel AE system.
  • Hand-held portability for quick, efficient testing in the field or laboratory.
  • PDA type computer using Microsoft™ Windows-CE™ compact operating system, familiar and easy to use.
  • Utilizes PAC standard low-cost passive AE low power sensors with an internal AE preamplifier.
  • Two AE channels with one high performance 18 bit A/D for each channel, allowing AE data processing at up to 10 MSPS.
  • 16 bit A/D waveform capture and AE signal processing offers wide AE system dynamic range without the need for gain controls.
  • 16 bit A/D parametric input to correlate AE to other process sensors.
  • Integrated rechargeable battery package lasting 4 hours (continuous) or more. Batteries are easily changed and can be charged outside of the AE system (with optional charger).
  • Numerical keyboard with function keys for quick, easy setup and control.
  • Internal flash memory for storing setups and data files.
  • Permanent digital record of the test results in standard DTA, PAC data files, compatible with AEwinTM Software for detailed data analysis and data visualization.
  • Compact Flash card and USB port for data transfer to laptop or desktop PC.


Pocket AE -2
Size 9.5” H x 3.5” W x 1.4” D (241mm x 89mm x 36mm)
Weight 2.5 lbs (1.13 kg) – including batteries
Display 3.52” Color LCD, QVGA portrait mode,
240 pixels wide x 320 high transflective with LED blacklight
Display input Built-in touchpad for use with stylus and on-screen processing
Memory 128 Mbytes Flash for OS and data storage
External Ports Compact Flash port, USB 2.0 Port
Power Use Approximately 4 Watts
Power External DC adapter (12V @ 1A) OR
Internal 7.2V NiMH battery pack,
rechargeable in-situ or optional external charger
Battery Life 4-6 hours intermittent use
Operating Temperature 23º to 115ºF (-5ºC to 45ºC)
Storage Temperature -4º to 140ºF (-20º to 60ºC)
Connectors AE: 2 – SMB (Plug) connectors
Parametric: 1 – SMB (Receptacle) connector
AE Channels Description Dual channel AE input using SMB connector inputs.
Low voltage (5 Volt).
Phantom power is available for an
external low voltage preamplifier or
integral preamplifier sensor.
AE Freq. Response 1.0 kHz to 1.0 MHz ±1.5 dB
Software Selectable Filters Comes with multiple digitally synthesized High
and Low pass filters in addition to
software-selectable High pass analog filters,
providing exceptional filtering features
for maximum noise rejection and optimal
signal to noise ratio
Digitizing 18 bit, 20 MSPS ADC
Digital Signal Processing Real time FIR low pass filter.
Each extracted feature processed by a
dedicated real-time pipeline processor.
Extracted Hit Features Typical AE features including
Time of 1st Threshold Crossing (Time of Hit),
Counts to Peak, Peak Amplitude,
Envelop Strength, Duration, Rise Time,
Counts, True Energy, RMS,
ASL, Parametric Input
Parametric Input Single parametric input via an SMB (Receptacle)
connector ±10 Volts input range, sampled by
a 100kSPS, 16 bit A/D converter
AST Internal Preamplifier: Pulse-Through, pulsing
to crystal with programmable tone burst
External Preamplifier: Trigger for external
preamplifiers available on Phantom power
Audible AE Built-in Audio AE capability with internal speaker.
Audio menu for selecting volume.


The Pocket AE-2 comes complete with:

  • 1x Hand-held 2-channel unit
  • 2x R15α (Alpha) passive AE sensors
  • 2x 1m sensor cables
  • 1x 2m parametric cable with BCN connector
  • 1x 1Gb CF card
  • 1x battery eliminator DC power supply Optionally:
  • External battery charger
  • Extra battery packs
  • AEwin™ Replay Software for desktop or notebook based analysis

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