New DAQami Advanced Data Logging Application

PR-DAQamiAdept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) announces the release of DAQami, an advanced data logging application from Measurement Computing Corporation (Norton, Mass) which allows users to quickly and easily acquire, view, and log data from MCC USB DAQ devices.

DAQami delivers the fastest time to measurement for over 40 compatible MCC hardware devices. Once users have installed DAQami and plugged in a DAQ device, they’re able to create an automatic configuration and acquire live data in 5 minutes or less!

Data can be acquired in volts and degrees, as well as custom units with linear scaling. Channels can be viewed on any combination of scalar, strip and block displays. Once data is acquired and logged, DAQami can be used to review the saved data file.
DAQami’s flexible user interface makes it easy to customise display size and location, zoom factor and channel/trace colours. Users can also configure MCC DAQ hardware within the application, selecting sampling rate, start and stop triggers and sample count.

DAQami Highlights:

• Out-of-the-box software to acquire, view and log data
• Configure device, channel and acquisition options
• View analogue input or temperature data on any combination of scalar, strip and block    displays
• Customise display size and location, zoom factor and channel/trace colours
• Export data to a .csv file
• Support for Microsoft® Windows 8/7/Vista®

For complete information on DAQami including a list of supported USB DAQ devices, visit www.adeptscience.com/mcc

About Adept Scientific

Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products, consultancy and training for research, engineering, scientific and technical applications on desktop computers. The company, founded in 1984, has offices in the UK, Germany, France and throughout the Nordic region, serving customers in 19 countries. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

About Measurement Computing

Measurement Computing is the market leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of value-priced data acquisition hardware, and test and measurement software solutions for both programmers and non-programmers. More information about Measurement Computing is available at www.mccdaq.com.

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Feel the vibe!

Whether you’re monitoring shaft vibrations on engines and turbines, analysing the damage caused by vibrations on gears and bearings, or checking the resonance in plant machinery, Delphin’s latest Expert Vibro device offers high-precision, state of the art vibration measurement technology that combines analysis, diagnosis and monitoring in a single compact, easy-to-use system.

Thanks to the latest high-powered FPGA processor technology, the Expert Vibro can intelligently process up to 16 channels of vibration, pressure, flow, voltage and temperature inputs at sample rates up to 50 kHz. 32 GB onboard data storage ensures secure and reliable measurements and makes the Expert Vibro suitable for standalone applications. The device is fully compatible with ProfiSignal software, as well as the new ‘Vibro’ software option which adds FFT, cascade, time signal and orbit diagrams.

Visit our web pages to learn more or download the latest brochure. Alternatively, why not get in contact with us to arrange a demonstration so you can experience the extraordinary capabilities of the Expert Vibro device for yourself?

Ultra High Speed DAQ for Simultaneous Sampling up to 20 MS/s

PR Image USB-2020Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts.) announces the release by Measurement Computing Corporation (Norton, Mass.) of a new ultra high speed, USB data acquisition board for simultaneous sampling up to 20 MS/s per channel.

The USB-2020 features two analogue input channels with multiple input ranges up to ±10V and can sample data from both channels at an overall rate of 40 MS/s to the on-board memory, or continuously stream to a host computer at up to 8 MS/s. Each channel has its own A/D converter to eliminate channel skew and ensure phase information between channels is maintained.

Flexible triggering and gating (both analogue and digital) ensures data is acquired when needed. The clock I/O input allows acquisition to be controlled by the on-board clock or by an external clock source for applications that require user-supplied pacing.
The small, board-only design makes the USB-2020 ideal for OEM and embedded applications.

Included with the USB-2020 is out-of-the-box TracerDAQ® software along with comprehensive support for Visual Studio®, Visual Studio®.NET and NI LabVIEW™. The board is supplied complete with power supply, USB cable and standoffs.

Available now from Adept Scientific in the UK, the USB-2020 is an ideal, affordable choice for ultra high speed USB data acquisition. Further details and current pricing can be seen here.

A comprehensive range of data acquisition hardware and software, including the entire Measurement Computing catalogue, is available from Adept Scientific. A convenient product selection wizard is online at www.adeptscience.com.

About Adept Scientific

Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers and has offices in the UK, Germany, France and throughout the Nordic region. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

About Measurement Computing

Measurement Computing is the market leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of value-priced data acquisition hardware, and test and measurement software solutions for both programmers and non-programmers. More information about Measurement Computing is available at www.mccdaq.com.

Data acquisition for Android™-based tablets

 

Measurement Computing (Norton, MA), the value leader in data acquisition, has announced the release of USB DAQ device support for Android-based tablets.

As tablets gain popularity, Measurement Computing is at the forefront of targeting these new devices with its low-cost USB data acquisition products.

The Android OS is supported through DAQFlex, a simple and efficient message-based programming interface. The DAQFlex for Android API and example programs are included with select MCC DAQ devices.

The Android API provides programmers with a method of communicating with these devices without the need for understanding USB communication mechanisms.

Unlike most DAQ devices, which interface to the computer via low-level commands, DAQFlex devices interface with simple text messages. In addition to Android, DAQFlex also includes out of the box support for Windows®, Linux® and Mac®.

A whitepaper on using Android with MCC DAQ hardware is available for download from the Adept Scientific website. Click here to download the white paper or to find more information on the Android API for MCC DAQ.

About Measurement Computing

Measurement Computing is the market leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of low-priced data acquisition hardware and test and measurement software solutions for both programmers and non-programmers.

The Measurement Computing product range is supplied and supported in the UK by Adept Scientific.

With offices in the UK, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

I, Quanser

We live in a world where technology is slowly taking over (well, it feels like it sometimes) and I find myself wondering what the future holds. Are we all going to wake up one day and find ourselves in an I, Robot existence? Or are we forever destined to reach for those robot shaped stars?

I watched a film recently which is basically about a group of rag dolls who find themselves in a post-apocalyptic world fighting against a giant evil machine. The film is much better than I make it sound and I am going somewhere with this, trust me. Turns out the giant evil machine was created in order to create other machines to protect the human race and had been designed to be super intelligent (I’m sure it would be able to make tea and wash dishes too) but ended up making fellow evil machines that wiped out the human race instead (woops!). In short, the moral of the story was that although the evil genius machine could build anything it wanted, it could never have a soul.

Believe it or not, this got me thinking about future technology (see the link there…no? It’s definitely there, wait for it…). Now although I’m fairly certain that we won’t end up in a post-apocalyptic world having been wiped out by evil machines, or at least I hope not, I do wonder how far we will push the limits. Like so many things in this world, one cannot exist without another. Move over chicken and egg, humans and Artificial Intelligence is the new dilemma! We are the creators, the developers, the designers of all things AI, but can they survive without us? Will machines ever be intelligent enough to evolve without people?

As much as I would like to think I will live forever and be around to see where all this technology is going, I will have to leave that to the engineers of the future. This doesn’t mean we can just sit back and relax and let the next generation take care of things though; it is our job to build the foundations. We are already seeing AI in the news in the form of robots playing football, giving health advice, and autonomous vehicles providing vital support out in the field, and it amazes me to look back on how far we have come in the past 10 years – imagine how far the next 10 will take us!

With this in mind, we need to prepare. Not in a post-apocalyptic manner by buying too many canned goods and moving into our basements, but in the sense that we need to educate and inspire the minds of tomorrow. With the increasing pressure to bring up the numbers of engineering graduates, and especially those with experience, we need to offer more than just theory. We need them to apply this theory, make decisions, and design their own experiments and procedures. They need to be graduating not only with their degree certificates in hand, but with hands-on experience they can apply to the real world.

From Undergraduate teaching to Postgraduate research projects, the need for exciting, interesting and applicable labs is essential, and when I started at Adept Scientific and was introduced to the world of Quanser and their teaching and research lab solutions, I wished I was back at University! From teaching control with the SRV-02 servo plants combined with their range of rotary experiments, exploring the capabilities of unmanned vehicle systems to researching the effects of earthquakes on structures, Quanser has a solution, and as someone lucky enough to have gotten my hands on some of these systems, I can tell you first hand….they are inspirational!

Mr DAQ – A Blogger’s Introduction

“A long time ago, in a DAQ system far, far away…”

No, no, too spacey. Let’s try something more “serious”:

“I know what you’re thinking, punk. You’re thinking, ‘Did he take six samples or only five?’ Now to tell you the truth, I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being this is an ADwin Pro-II, the most powerful real-time system in the world and will blow your head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself a question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?’…”

Nope, too intense. It’s really hard to find a good introduction! Ah yes, I know:

“My Mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of DAQ boards; you never know what you’re gonna get…”

Never mind, I think I’ll go for a more traditional approach instead.

Before I start my first entry on Adept’s blog, let me introduce myself: my name is… actually irrelevant for the purpose of this blog, so you can call me Mr. DAQ (I was going to go for Ms PacMan, but couldn’t due to copyright infringement). As for my age, well I’m… old enough to use a computer and work with data acquisition. What else? Ah yes, I work at… I think it’s obvious where I work, right? So, after this rather “useless” introduction, you already know my age, where I work and that I’m not yellow, round and eat ghosts!

Anyway, let’s get down to business.

Technology is ever-evolving, never ceases to amaze us and turns tomorrow’s dreams into today’s reality. We see this (r)evolution in everything we use, be it at home or at work. Here at Adept, we try to follow the trends of tomorrow, so that we can bring you solutions today. Our DAQ products are spread over several different industry areas and cater for applications ranging from the simple temperature logger to the powerful real-time processing system.

Having worked in this field for over a decade, I still get this feeling of awe every time I work with a customer in delivering some jaw-dropping solution for their application. Higher resolutions, faster sampling speeds and more processing power make current data acquisition systems much more versatile than compared to systems from two years ago.

The current trend in compact DAQ systems seems to be the inclusion of FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Array) as the core for DAQ boards/modules. Wireless technology is also making its presence felt by replacing the clutter of wiring to/from the sensors and the PC or network they’re connected to.

And what about this wave of ultra-light and portable computers or tablets? It will only be a matter of time before we start seeing test engineers and technicians carrying their tablets to interface a DAQ system and retrieve or view the data. The possibilities are indeed endless, and only limited by our imagination…

I hope to share with you some of these experiences and my thoughts for where this technology is heading. I hope to have an open and candid discussion with you, the readers, to stimulate your thoughts, as well as hear your feedback through the comments you post.

So sit back, relax and enjoy our blog. And keep those comments flowing in! Mr. DAQ has left the building (but “I’ll be DAQ”).

DAQ Actually

Lilly Northrop, our in-house Data Acquisition expert, welcomes you to the world of DAQ in her first post for Adept Scientific.

Whether we realise it or not, there’s one thing that is all around us, day in, day out, wherever we look. No, I’m not talking about coffee shops; I’m talking about Data Acquisition. Take a look around – most of us use a PC at work, have an oven at home and let’s not forget those mobile phones. Where information is gathered, Data Acquisition isn’t far behind.

Whilst true, the underlying reason for DAQ is to gather information; go beyond just the measurement and Data Acquisition can be so much more. Yes, measurements are taken and sensors are wired in to the system, but looking at a DAQ system as a whole goes beyond just the speed of the board and how many channels it has. The options now available read like a ‘who’s who’ of connectivity and measurement types: PCI or USB? Standalone logging or pure acquisition? Real-Time or not to Real-Time? These are the questions.

Strip away the details – such as channel count and speeds – and the essential components of a DAQ system can be seen as the sensors, data acquisition hardware and a processor, complete with configuration or development software (of course, there are variations on this, depending on the application).

What comes first: sensors or the DAQ board? DAQ board or the software? If starting from scratch, the first question should be: what is being measured? Once we know this, we need some way to get this measurement into our DAQ system.

This is where our sensors come into play. Sensors will do the job of converting the physical measurements into a form that our DAQ system can interpret (usually voltage or current). Based on the sensors, the right DAQ board can then be added into the equation. Our DAQ board will bring the measurements into our PC, and the choices available for DAQ solutions means no connection method is too obscure, and (almost) no speed too fast!

From low-cost USB solutions (such as the USB-1208 from MCC), stand-alone data loggers (the LogMessage from Delphin) to a Real-Time modular chassis solution (the Pro II from ADwin), the possibilities are almost endless.

As for software – the final component in our system – most DAQ boards nowadays are supported under the most common languages, whether text-based or graphical, and if programming doesn’t appeal, there are still software options which allow the viewing and logging of data, giving you a complete, out-of-the-box solution.

Welcome to the world of data acquisition! Stay, make yourselves comfortable; we’ve got a lot to share with you….

Delphin – Data Acquisition (DAQ) from Adept Scientific

This past week, Adept Scientific launched a brand new data acquisition product line by Delphin Techonology, which will interest those invested in process measurement and control technology. These complete systems are developed in-house and encompass Expert and Message device hardware through to the ProfiSignal software range.

The Message devices are modular, practicable and also scalable, with easy linking to PCs, which make use of a company’s existing intranet/internet. As well as integrated signal conditioning (you can choose between RTD, thermocouple, voltage or mA signals), they provide users with complete potential isolation and independent, stand-alone operation.

ProfiSignal makes testing procedures, trial procedures and processes simpler than ever; ProfiSignal Klicks allows users to configure a complete system that significantly reduces lead times and makes use of an intuitive programming language that requires no specialised knowledge.

Read about Delphin now, and see why this unique range of individually adapted solutions is already being used across the globe.

For the time being we are unable to offer the following product ranges although we are currently working hard to increase the number of products we can offer in the future. Please contact us to talk about alternative products that we may be able to offer you.