ForceDecks FD4000 + FDLite Assembly

When you receive your ForceDecks FD4000 or FDLite system, some assembly will be required.  Both systems feature the same cables and connections, so this article applies to both.

What's in the box?

Left (Master) ForceDecks Plate Right (Slave) ForceDecks Plate (If Applicable) FD4000 Safety Frame or FDLite Foam Surround

Mini-USB Cable Master-to-Slave Cable Master Power Cable + Wall Adapter Cable

Positioning

Surface It is important that the floor or surface where the platform is mounted should be as rigid as possible to minimise any vibrations.  The following are examples of unsuitable surfaces:
  • Sprung floors  
  • Locations where rebounding vibrations or “ringing” may be common (e.g. on the wooden section of some Olympic lifting platform) 
Characteristics of a suitable surface include:
  • A rigid surface material (e.g. concrete)
  • A flat surface (it is recommended to use a spirit level to determine flatness)

To test the flatness of your surface, step on each corner of the platform to ensure there is no movement or rocking.

Spacing Leave a small gap between the left and right plate to minimise cross-interference (which can be caused by the plates touching) and a small gap between the outside edge of the safety frame.
Note: If embedding the force plates into the ground, or a lifting platform, as is commonly done, it is important to leave adequate space or access for the cables. 

Putting it all together...

1
Ensure you have at least a 1m (3ft) radius of clear space around the ForceDecks. 

Place the Left (Master) and Right (Slave) ForceDecks Plates next to each other.
 
2
Plug the Master-to-Slave cable into the Left (Master) ForceDecks Plate and the Right (Slave) ForceDecks Plate.  
3
Plug the Master Power Cable into the Left (Master) ForceDecks Plate
4
Plug the Master Power Cable into the Wall Adapter Cable
5
Plug the Mini-USB Cable into the Left (Master) ForceDecks Plate, and the other end into your computer.
6
And you're all set up!     

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