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Soon, you will see instrument quality DAQ products in a 5 in. x 7 in. x2 in. wide package that can be networked via Ethernet TCP/IP or Modbus TCP/IP. These new products will create a “DAQ Appliance” where you simply access the data from anywhere using its IP address.”
James Gau, V.P. ADLINK Technology sees “data acquisition technologies continue to exhibit on-going advancement in three areas: speed, accuracy and cost. Yet development for the further progress is met with many challenges. For example, as signal frequencies climb, distortion and bandwidth limitations on front-end circuits becomes the primary factor affecting high speed data acquisition; amplifiers and high resolution A/D conversion can only improve the accurate measurement of small signals when algorithms for noise elimination advance; and FPGA devices can be designed to incorporate more functionality to reduce component count, and thus reduce costs.”
This Product Roundup shows a variety of products that can perform the data acquisition function, from Web-powered data logging to wireless remote monitoring devices. Technologies are shifting fast in the data acquisition and recorder marketplace. With this kind of competition, we are bound to see some very exciting announcements.
Model4333 CellMite ProD embedded data acquisition and strain gage interface board is suitable for embedded applications that require high speed and high accuracy analog and digital data acquisition. It offers 24-bit independent strain gage channels with simultaneous sampling at 15K samples per second that can also be configured as quad 24-bit strain gage channels sampled at 5K samples/second. The CellMite ProD features 12 additional 12-bit analog input channels with a throughput of 1 M samples/second.
Electro Standards Laboratories; 401/943-1164
Watch the Trends
MW100 data acquisition/data logger system combines intelligent, built-in data storage for stand-alone data logging applications with Web-enabled Ethernet connectivity for shared real-time trend monitoring using a web browser. No special software is need for configuration and data monitoring. Designed for harsh environments, the MW100 can withstand temperature extremes and high vibration, and provides high levels of noise immunity and channel-to-channel isolation.
Yokogawa Corporation of America; 800/258-2552
Historian 9.0 software license bundle combines Industrial SQL Server 9.0 historian and is bundled with Information Server’s capabilities for Web-based collaboration. The Historian software includes advanced data storage, filtering or compression and multiple retrieval modes. It also offers on-the-fly data aggregations for demanding real-time applications.
Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys; 949/639-1400
NET Concentrator System (NCS) collects data from sensors and other instrumentation residing in the field or in the control room, and provides process control and distributed I/O capabilities. An NCS system can store up to 64,000 points of time-stamped data and be configured to store data from one, or all, of its input channels. Sampling rate is user-selectable for any period between once per second, to once every 24 hours.
Moore Industries-International; 818/894-7111
Never Lose Data
MatrikonOPC Buffer is an off-the-shelf solution for remote data collection, buffering and with the optional History-Link module, historical data can be transferred to a central process historian. It allows users to trend and view data at the source for on-the-spot troubleshooting and data analysis without the inconvenience of access to the enterprise historian. The Buffer with the History Link can be seamlessly paired in series to provide a field redundant data architecture. Typical application is loop performance analysis and tuning, and short term historical monitoring.
Web Empowered Data Logging
IntelliLogger with HyperWare-11 software is a portable self-contained data logger that provides network enabled methods of data collection and retrieval for remote monitoring applications. It creates simple to in-depth programs by connecting a series of graphical Program Icons to create the desired data manipulation. In addition to Input and Output Icons, HyperWare-11 includes 40 Process Icons for conditional and intelligent logging scenarios, mathematics and statistics. New icons added in HyperWare-11 include e-mail, FTP, messaging functions and user-created custom graphic Web pages. Optional model variations include Modbus TCP/IP capabilities for data interrogation via Ethernet.
Logic Beach; 619/698-3300
Large-Scale Data Collection
DAQ-2016 and PXI-2016 high-sampling, multi-function data acquisition cards have a maximum transfer rate of 800kS/s channel. They are designed for large-scale data collection and industrial automation. The four-channel DAQ-2016 and PXI-2016 offer a 16-bit resolution and a variety of analog and digital trigger sources and modes for multi-channel simultaneous sampling efficiency.
Sound the Alarm
6-channel APM4AM Bullhorn wireless remote monitoring device provides 100% coverage by utilizing digital cellular or satellite networks. It monitors inputs from equipment 24/7 and communicates on a scheduled and/or exception basis. Notifications of alarm events are available via e-mail, fax, page and/or voice. With secure access, data can be viewed via standard browser on the internet anywhere in the world, day or night.
American Innovations; 800/229-3404
USB Data Acquisition Device
Three 1 MHz, 16-bit multifunction USB data acquisition devices and a cost-saving expansion module for high-channel count applications offer synchronous analog, digital and frequency I/O in one compact package. The AXI-EXP48 plug-in expansion module coupled with any of the USB-1616HS series can quadruple the analog input channel count. These modules have a low-latency control output mode, whereby any input--analog, digital, or counter--can control an output—digital, analog or timer, based on pre-defined limits, including hysteresis.
Measurement Computing; 508/946-5100
The Commander software solution is a customized and integrated software program that works with the Everest Series industrial PC-compatible devices. It allows IT Administrators to access vital forklift information from their office PC using remote management programs. Users can monitor system activity, program function buttons, set optional Screen-blanking parameters and view detailed reporting on current and past temperature and voltage readings.
Glacier Computer; 603/882-156
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