DAQ systems head for the local store

This Product Round-up of data acquisition devices shows the handwriting is on the web and that web-enabled DAQ systems are on their way to becoming off-the-shelf commodities.

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The WEDAQ in-vehicle, interactive, web-enabled data acquisition system with GPS provides real-time remote data acquisition, local data archiving, and remote data viewing using a standard web browser and an Internet connection. Data is stored on the local drive and streamed over the Internet to a remote location. With the GPS, the vehicle path is tracked in real-time, highlighted in red, and overlaid onto a map of the vehicle test area. Electro Standards Laboratories


The Sirec D family of video recorders has Modbus over Ethernet, RS-232 and RS-485 network interfaces, plus embedded web servers, allowing visualization using a browser on the network. Recorders range in size from 5-in. color LCD to 12.1-in., TFT displays, and have 6 to 32 inputs. The recorders have math functions, data storage capability using fuzzy logic data logging, data encryption, and multi-level passwords that meet 21 CFR part 11. Siemens Energy & Automation


The MC3000 Master Alarm Control System can be viewed locally or remotely over an Intranet/Internet using a standard web browser. It provides graphical trends of real-time and historical data, archives data for later viewing or analysis, e-mails alarm notifications to specified addresses, and provides audible and call out alarms. Alarm levels are user-defined with 128 available configurations. Tetragenics


The Mini-Sat Field Station can remotely monitor and control industrial sites via the Internet. A user can be notified of any changes through email or a pager, and data can be viewed on the Internet using a standard web browser. It uses solar power and satellite communications in remote areas, or standard networks in civilized areas. Automata


The WTS wireless transmitting system monitors environmental conditions in large warehouses and production plants. It includes a datalogger with a cradle, receiver, and MicroLab Plus software for remote tracking of temperature and humidity readings. Each cradle has a range of 400 ft. and transmits data in different time slots, according to their ID numbers. Options include remote sensors for current, voltage, and contact. A programmable alarm can alert users to out-of-range conditions at the remote location. Oakton/Cole-Parmer Instrument


HygroLog NT data logger and digital transmitter can measure data from up to seven humidity probes with accuracy of 1.0 % RH over a measurement range of 0-100%RH. It has FDA CFR 21 part 11 and GAMP 4 compliant software, a Flash memory card for data logging, local display and keypad, and is available with USB, RS232, or Bluetooth interfaces. Rotronic Instrument


DaqBook/2020, 2001 and 2005 data acquisition devices have an Ethernet interface, DaqView software, and programming support for Visual Basic, C++, ActiveX/COM, MATLAB, LabVIEW, and DASYLab. All have 40 digital I/O and a 16-bit, 200-kHz A/D, which can be expanded up to over 1000 I/O channels. Signal conditioning and expansion modules are available for thermocouples, strain gages, accelerometers, RTDs, and 4-20 mA inputs. Prices start at $2,499. Iotech

The RD8900 Series paperless recorder provides real time display of data in a variety of formats on a high resolution VGA color TFT display. A user can access data on the screen, as well as from a remote site via the standard Ethernet or optional RS233/422/485 serial interface. The historical data may be stored in a flash ROM, compact flash card, or collected in a remote host PC. Prices start at $1,945.00. OMEGA Engineering

The Data-Chart 2000 color paperless recorder accepts 2, 4, 6 or 12 direct inputs. It has touchscreen controls, up to 2 MB of non-volatile memory, IP65 front bezel, Ethernet or RS232/485 communications, and choice of  a 3.5 in. floppy disk or CompactFlash Card up to 128 MB. Monarch Instrument


The D5000 Series provides a digital recording replacement for tape-based video and avionics data acquisition systems. It records PCM telemetry, avionics bus and sensor data at speeds up to 256 Mbit/sec onto media contained in interchangeable cartridges, including tape, disk and solid-state drives. Cartridges connect via SCSI or FireWire interfaces. Three signal modules accommodate analog, MIL 1553, PCM, ARINC429, Ethernet, voice, serial, parallel and video inputs. Heim Data System


The Mini-VersaTrak mIPm RTU has and Ethernet port, up to four serial ports, and 26 discrete and analog I/O. It comes with open-source Linux and IPm firmware with data acquisition capabilities. It can be programmed using any mix of the ISaGRAF IEC61131 languages or I/O Tool Kit software to configure datalogging and I/O transfer routines to occur periodically or on an event, such as an alarm. Sixnet


DAQStreaming-A1 provides up to 40MB/sec real-time data recording throughput and up to 1.5-hour continuous recording on SCSI drives, making it suitable for recording high-speed signals for an extended period of time. Users can extend the recording time to a maximum of 1.5 hours by installing additional SCSI drives. The system includes software support that allows users to customize their applications and process acquired data. Adlink Technology


PACSystems Control Memory Xchange permits data sharing between up to 256 independent systems or nodes, allowing for plant-wide data transfer. Each controller or computer keeps a local copy of shared data for fast real-time use. It has a fiber-optic deterministic network that allows data transfer at rates up to 174 MB/sec, with node-to-node latency of 450 nsec. For example, a user can realize updates on 10,000 data tags in 1 msec. GE Fanuc Automation

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