Web-based DAQs spread access, information

Modern data acquisition devices use networks, the Internet, and wireless to deliver intelligence. Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt provides a Product Roundup of recorders and data acquisition devices.

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Modular Controller Series’ web server provides access to its "virtual HMI" interface from anywhere, using standard web browsers. A CompactFlash interface provides non-volatile storage for the built-in data logger, which records data in a CSV file format, and is compatible with many programs, including Microsoft Excel. Red Lion; 952/934-8220; www.redlion.net

Converting to Portable Logging
InstantHMI 4 converts a tablet PC, PDA or Windows CE device into a portable data logger. It supports wireless communication, GPS, bar-coding, and timed, triggered and on-demand data logging. It also has interfaces for Allen-Bradley, Koyo, Mitsubishi, Modicon, Omni Flow, Siemens, Trio, Toshiba, Watlow, Wago and Yaskawa controllers. Software Horizons; 800/664-2000; www.InstantHMI.com

DAQ Rides on Modbus
The isoLynx SLX200 data acquisition system implements standard Modbus RTU and TCP protocol, enabling communication with many third-party software drivers and HMI/SCADA packages. It can interface with more than 650 SCM5B analog I/O modules. Applications include factory automation, process control, test and measurement, machine control and data acquisition applications. Dataforth; 800/444-7644; www.dataforth.com

Concentrator Stores 32,000 Data Points
NCS NET Concentrator System collects data from sensors and other instrumentation, can store up to 32,000 points of time-stamped data, and has a user-selectable sampling rate for any period from once per second to once every 24 hours. It has 20-bit measurement resolution, data rates up to 100 Mbits/sec, and works over 10/100Base-T Ethernet or a Modbus RTU network. Moore Industries-International; 818/894-7111; www.miinet.com

Two-range RFID Reader
IDENT Control RFID product identification and data collection system has a graphical display and configuration keys for setup and operation, and cast-aluminum housing for durability and noise immunity. Short-range and-long range RFID read/write data carriers can operate simultaneously, and can read data up to 120mm and 2m away, respectively. The system interfaces to Ethernet TCP/IP, Modbus/TCP, Profibus and RS232. Pepperl+Fuchs; 330/486-0001; www.am.pepperl-fuchs.com

DAQ Views up to 2,000 Channels
2680A data acquisition system has a price-per-channel of under $100, handles up to 2,000 universal channels per system, and eliminates the need for external signal conditioning. An optional OPC server allows integration with existing application software, and it has Ethernet TCP/IP protocols and network interfaces for 10/100 BaseT. Fluke; 888/492-7556; www.fluke.com

Etherenet I/O Eases Cabling
BC9100 bus terminal controller and BK9100 bus terminal controller simplify cabling between Ethernet stations and reduce overall wiring effort. The bus coupler connects the Ethernet TCP/IP bus system with more than 180 different I/O terminals. The controller has an IEC 61131-3 programmable PLC that can be used as a low-cost local controller. Beckhoff Automation; 952/890-0000; www.beckhoffautomation.com

Paperless Recorder Has 2-12 Inputs
Data-Chart 2000 color paperless recorder provides 2, 4, 6 or 12 direct inputs, and has Ethernet or RS232/485 communications, IP65 front bezel, and touchscreen control. Options include up to 2 MB of non-volatile memory, 3.5 in. floppy disk, or CompactFlash card up to 128 MB. Monarch Instrument; 603/883-3390; www.monarchinstrument.com

Linux RTU Has 14 I/O
The Micro-VersaTRAK µIPm has a mix of 14 discrete and analog I/O, four serial ports, and a 10/100 Ethernet interface. It is pre-loaded with open-source Linux and industrial IPm firmware. This provides ready-to-use automation, control, and data acquisition capabilities, plus the flexibility to program Linux or IEC 61131 applications. Sixnet; 518/877-5173; www.sixnetio.com

Recorders Reach 256 MBPS
GSR20f and GSR200f ground station and test cell recorders are suitable for ground-based telemetry, satellite down-link, multi-channel analog and bus recording. Each has digital recording, high data integrity, signal interfacing and interchangeable media, and record at speeds up to 256 Mbit/sec. Heim Data Systems; 732/556-2318; www.heimdata.com

Streamer Analyzers Do 25 GBPS
Dual- and single-channel SC240 and SC210 6U CompactPCI streamer analyzers use an Optical Data Link transceiver that provides data streaming at rates of up to 25 GB/sec. Both are suitable for data streaming requirements in advanced signal processing applications, such as EW, SIGINT, ELINT, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), as well as applications requiring scalable real-time data sampling and storage. Acqiris USA; 877/227-4747; www.acqiris.com

USB DAQs Sample to 800 KS/SEC
Additions to the USB-9000 series data acquisition devices include eight USB 2.0 Hi-Speed DAQ devices with sampling rates up to 800 kS/sec, free interactive data-logging software that can export to spreadsheet applications, 250 Vrms channel-to-earth ground isolation, noise immunity and high-common-mode voltage range. National Instruments; 800/258-7022; www.ni.com

Logger Can Store 16,000 Points
MiniLog T+RH temperature and humidity data logger provides an acquisition sample interval from 1 sec to 2 hr, can store up to 16,000 data points, and allows user-defined maximum and minimum alarms. It comes with TRLog software, PC interface cradle, and a built-in, real-time clock. Temperature range is -40 to 185 °F. E Instruments Group; 215/750-1212; www.einstrumentsgroup.com

Chart Recorder Goes With Flow
Model 770 multi-channel circular chart recorder interfaces with the firm’s flowmeters. Its one-pen, stylus print head produces an analog trace and prints alphanumeric chart data on a blank heat-sensitive chart. It can display process variable values in selected engineering units. Sparling Instruments; 800/800-3569; www.sparlinginstruments.com

Paperless Recorder Has Touchscreen
Chessell 6000 Series paperless recorders have touchscreens, accept up to 48 universal inputs, and provide linearization for many thermocouples and RTDs. Four 64 point User Linearization curves handle non-standard input linearizations. Routines for secure, long-term data storage provide automated archiving of process data. Eurotherm; 215-369-3998; www.eurotherm.com

Software Plots Takeover
Analyse-Plus software for the CVF2 DataLogger plots and analyzes data to help make quick conclusions with regard to variability and process control. It can also assist in process control tuning and in diagnosing problems with tuning, valves or instrumentation. The data logger connects to the printer port of any Windows PC computer or may be left to collect data in stand alone mode. Innovention Industries; 905/631-8293; www.innovin.com

Temp Logger Accepts Probes 
OQ610 six-channel temperature logger can accommodate a range of K and T type thermocouple probes. It has USB for PC communications, or it directly connects to a USB printer for immediate reports. The logger comes with SquirrelView software for configuring, downloading, displaying and analyzing data. Computer Aided Solutions; 440/729-2570; www.DataLoggerSales.com

Interfaces Aid PLC Data Sharing
The Series 758 I/O-IPC has USB and CompactFlash interfaces, providing data sharing and gigabyte volumes of data storage for data collection and recipe storage. The removable storage media allows days, weeks, or years of data to be stored in one device that can be easily removed and replaced. Data can be encrypted, or stored in commonly used formats like CSV for spreadsheet or database applications. Wago; 800/DIN-RAIL; www.wago.us

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