New Script module means more flexibility for DASYLab users

Want to know which new feature stands out in the latest version 13 release of DASYLab – the easy-to-use software for configuring and controlling custom DAQ and analysis applications? If she had to choose from the extensive enhancements, CJ Butler, DASYLab Product Marketing Manager at Measurement Computing, believes the new Script module is the most important, most useful new addition to DASYLab’s toolset.

She said, “The script module addresses a number of instances where DASYLab functions don’t quite do what’s required or a new driver, computation or file type is needed. For example, several years ago, one of our customers needed a very specific, very proprietary computation and so they hired a C programmer to create a module for them using the Extension toolkit. Now with the introduction of the new Script module, it’s very likely they would have been able to use the Python script language to create the module themselves. It would have been faster, cheaper and could have been done in-house. These guys already use Python in a number of other areas. This customer is now looking at the Script module and Python to customise a PID function.”

She goes on to say, “What kinds of things will you be able to do with Python? I wrote a driver as part of the learning and testing process. I had a serial port device that was too complex for the RS232 module, and provided ActiveX/Com objects for developers. It was pretty easy to set up a module that found and initialised the device, programmed it, and then acquired all available data from it at 20-30 samples per second. MeasX has done a number of drivers using the Script functions and the DASYLab IVI modules are all created using the Script functions.”

CJ then tells us about an ongoing project. She explains, “I’ve been working on two Script modules. The first is a supplement for customers with worksheets that use the DDE Out module to send data to Microsoft Excel. It looks for and opens the target Excel workbook before the measurement starts, so that it is ready for the DDE Out. The second takes the thought a step further. Using the Example from the Help, I added the workbook logic that I’d done for the first, and created a Script that would open or create an Excel workbook, create a new sheet and then log data to it.”

The new Script module looks set to open up DASYLab usage for both end users and resellers by enabling them to enhance and extend DASYLab beyond the out-of-the-box release. The ability to export and package it as a standard module secures their intellectual property and allows them to sell or share it without the code. The possibilities are immense, and DASYLab’s developers are really hoping users will take advantage of this new feature!

DASYLab customers who want to share (or sell) their new scripts or modules on the DASYLAB website should email info@dasylab.com.

Disclaimer – the Script module cannot do everything. If you need a new Display module, for example, you will still need to use the Extension Toolkit.

Custom point-and-click modules make no-programming DAQ software even more flexible

dasyvistaNew DASYLab 13 lets users create their own custom functions to add to DASYLab’s drag-and-drop module library

A new version of DASYLab, the point-and-click data acquisition and control software from measX GmbH & Co (Mönchengladbach, Germany) is now available in the UK from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts). DASYLab’s function block interface makes it easy to set up and control measurement data applications in a standard PC Windows environment without programming; and new DASYLab 13 sees a significant upgrade in capability and flexibility by allowing users to define their own custom functions to add to DASYLab’s extensive library of drag-and-drop modules.

With this new version, DASYLab becomes almost infinitely expandable. It’s simple to create your own individually defined, custom function module using the open-source Python™ scripting environment (version 2.65). Using this new Scripting module, it’s easy to write a custom computation, create a driver to communicate with hardware and software, or configure module and channel parameters. For example, you could create a custom temperature scaling module that takes one temperature input and outputs the temperature data in three different units.

Setting up and controlling a data acquisition application with DASYLab eliminates hours of coding. DASYLab is designed for those who want to get down to work straight away, without having to write programs. Its simple, point-and-click interface lets you set up powerful, sophisticated data acquisition routines quickly and easily. With DASYLab you can create your own individual measurement or analysis application in a few minutes. From research and analysis to large-scale production and quality control, DASYLab is the software of choice for creating flexible and powerful monitoring and control applications, fast.

The new Scripting module is one of several new modules, additional options for existing modules and other enhancements in DASYLab 13. For example:

  • A new Resample module lets you transform data from a time axis on an angle axis in order to analyse measurement data from rotating systems; this module converts vibrations on a concentric axis to the rotation angle.
  • A welcome output addition to the Write Data module is to .csv (comma-separated values) text file, using the new ASCII (CSV Preset) file format available in the module.
  • The new IVI Scope Module lets you continuously display data from external devices which support the IVI Scope instrument class. IVI modules now also display error codes and descriptions generated by the hardware driver.
  • The new NI-XNET driver module lets you acquire and output data with National Instruments NI-XNET hardware, which supports the controller area network (CAN) and local interconnect network (LIN) bus systems.
  • A number of new options have been added to various existing modules, for example a real timestamp is now available in the Average module and there’s a new re-trigger option to the Combi Trigger module.

Compatible with data acquisition hardware from most manufacturers, DASYLab lets you focus on your particular area of expertise, while tapping into the power of the display, analysis and control features needed to fully process measurement data. Its flexible configuration of user interface and displays, interactive tutorial and more than 150 examples help you quickly set up and develop your application. This latest version combines powerful functionality, flexibility and ease of use for PC measurement and control.

DASYLab 13 for Windows is available now from Adept Scientific in the UK. For versions and prices see 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 and throughout the Nordic region. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at http://www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

DASYLab 11 now available

measX (Mönchengladbach, Germany) has released version 11 of DASYLab Data Acquisition System Laboratory.  Designed for those who want to get down to work straight away, without having to write programs, DASYLab 11 is now available from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts).

Its simple, point-and-click interface lets you set up powerful, sophisticated data acquisition routines quickly and easily allowing you to create your own individual measurement or analysis application in a few minutes.

DASYLab 11 is packed with new features and extended functionality including:

  • The diagram-module now supports trigger data and allows the display of the reference curve
  • In all modules channel-selection is enabled using hotkeys
  • New action: copying of the variable-range
  • Additional support of SMTP in the Email-module: no email-client will be needed to send emails
  • Graphical reference curve editor
  • Support for long path names
  • Four more DAP-models and driver
  • DASYLab NI-CAN-driver now supports USB
  • Support for the current Vector CAN-driver
  • Automatic recognition of the Vector-driver-version
  • Supports the current  IXXAT CAN-driver
  • Automatic recognition of the IXXAT-driver-version
  • Mouse wheel support (vertical and horizontal)
  • Sliding of the current worksheet with the mouse

DASYLab 11 is supplied and supported by Adept Scientific in the UK and Ireland.

With offices in the UK, USA, 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.

Adept Scientific announces 2009 Data Acquisition and DASYLab training dates

February 2009:  Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) has released its training dates for data acquisition and DASYLab which will be held in its purpose built training suite at their Letchworth premises.

This course is the best route to ensuring delegates get the most from their data acquisition hardware and DASYLab software in the shortest possible time. 

Designed for anyone whose work involves collecting data from transducers and sensors using a notebook or desktop PC, the course provides an unbeatable introduction to PC based data acquisition using DASYLab for quick and efficient software configuration to produce results immediately.

The day will cover:

• Installation of data acquisition hardware
• Set-up, installation and configuration of DASYLab software
• Connecting transducers to monitor parameters such as temperature and displacement
• Using DASYLab features such as scaling, chart and ‘scope displays’, data reduction, data logging with alarms and data playback
• Advanced data reduction (using triggers to capture area of interest data)
• Analysis functions to extract results in real-time
• Saving data for subsequent import and analysis in Excel and other analysis tools including SPC.

The dates are bookable now and more information can be found at http://www.adeptscience.co.uk/training/.

Data acquisition and DASYLab dates:

Wednesday 11th March 2009
Wednesday 14th October 2009

We can also bring this course to you at your site and tailor the content to suit your specific application.  Please call +44 (0) 203 695 7810 or email info@alfasoft.com and ask for more information about onsite training or DAQ consultancy.
With offices in the UK, USA, 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.

DASYLab 10.0 released

Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) brings you DASYLab 10, the latest version of the powerful and easy-to-use tool for data acquisition and analysis, from measX GmbH & Co (Mönchengladbach, Germany).

DASYLab is designed for those who want to get down to work straight away, without having to write programs. Its simple, point-and-click interface lets you set up powerful, sophisticated data acquisition routines quickly and easily. With DASYLab you can create your own individual measurement or analysis application in a few minutes.

DASYLab 10 has many new features which makes the software even easier to use. With improved efficiency, DASYLab 10 is now supported on Windows Vista* (32 bit), Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 SP4.

New module features include:

The Action Module has a new ‘channel order’ option to define a set order for actions.

A new display module called Diagram, which combines features of the Recorder, Y/t and X/Y charts, providing new and more flexible ways to display data.

The Write Data Module has enhanced support for the DIAdem TDM data file with an additional 50 custom properties for data channels and groups.

Improved Signal Processing algorithms means that Block size is no longer restricted to a power of two. This affects:

Correlation Module
FFT Module
Electro Technical Characteristics Module
Transfer Module.

General New Features include:

Import and Export Variables and Strings
Global string variables can be created outside of the Action Modules. A unique VAR file stores the global variables and strings for each worksheet to eliminate accidental transfer.

Module Benchmarking
DASYLab 10 includes detailed analytics on every DASYLab module within a running worksheet.

Sequencer
It is now possible to generate documentation for a DASYLab sequencer file.

Action-Controlled Relay Module
The enhanced module allows for separate data channel switching.

Modbus Modules
The Modbus modules Analog Input and Digital Input work with modified interface behaviour to provide measurement data.

Help Files
The help sections for the modules groups Trigger functions, Statistics, Files and Special have been completely revised.

Drivers
Many new and expanded drivers are available. See http://www.dasylab.com/ for details.

E-Mail Module
Now creates an independent thread that is managed outside of DASYLab preventing email problems interfering with DASYLab.

With offices in the UK, USA, 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.

DASYLab 9.0 released

Adept Scientific is pleased to announce the release of the DASYLab 9.0, the latest version of the powerful and easy-to-use tool for data acquisition and analysis. DASYLab 9.0 is designed for users who want to start work straight away, without any programming effort. The software performs data acquisition, visualisation, open and closed loop control, and documentation. With DASYLab 9.0 you can perform all these tasks interactively on the screen. Symbols represent functions, and you can link them in worksheets according to the task at hand.

The DASYLab user interface has been completely reworked for Version 9.0. The major innovations are the restructured workspace and the modern module icons. The block diagram area, where the measurements are still defined and configured, now includes useful browsing and information areas. Module browsing provides various views of all the available modules and Black Boxes, and of the modules that are used in the current block diagram. The new status console is the reference for the running and status of the program. All these additions make data acquisition and evaluation with DASYLab even easier. To debug measurements you can use the Signal Spy, which displays progress information about the signals that are transported between the modules in a block diagram. The information includes descriptions and an oscilloscope diagram of the signal.

One of the major advantages of DASYLab has always been the wide range of measurement and control hardware it supports: for Version 9.0, this range has been extended. A series of new drivers now supports the National Instruments M series and CAN boards made by IXXAT. The drivers have been reorganised to facilitate hardware selection and assignment.

Many new features and additions to existing features in the various modules complete the new version.

DASYLab 9.0 is supplied and supported in the UK and Ireland by Adept Scientific plc, Amor Way, Letchworth, Herts. SG6 1ZA; telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810, fax +44 (0) 203 695 7819, e-mail info@alfasoft.com; or see Adept’s World Wide Web site http://www.adeptscience.co.uk/

With offices in the UK, USA, 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.

Faster acquisition and analysis set-ups with new DASYLab 8

Available from Adept Scientific, DASYLab 8 is the latest version of this popular Windows-based graphical data acquisition software that speeds the set-up and development of measurement and analysis applications.

Available from Adept Scientific, DASYLab 8 is the latest version of this popular Windows-based graphical data acquisition software that speeds the set-up and development of measurement and analysis applications.

A new Quick Start Guide has made it even easier for new users to start working with DASYLab 8. This interactive tutorial takes users step by step through the process of creating typical worksheets. There are 120 embedded demonstrative examples, which can be opened in a second window for testing alongside an engineer’s own worksheets.

There are numerous improved usability functions that quickly enable engineers to customise DASYLab 8 to fit with their particular applications and systems. For example it’s now possible to customise the user interface for easy access to menu functions that are used most. The software now features eight user-defined buttons on the front panel for one-click access to any function and customisable “hot keys” that engineers can use to assign DASYLab functions to their keyboard. Version 8 also offers the facility to fine-tune the default settings for modules to your exact requirements – a great time-saver. Once the settings for a module are defined, each time a new module of that type is created, it will be configured to use the saved settings.

Use the new global overview of variables and strings to easily and quickly explore the instances where variables or strings are used in the worksheet; DASYLab also highlights any potential conflicts in red. Take advantage of new modules including, the new Polarplot module, which enables engineers to create polar plots using polar coordinates and X-Y coordinates, or the New Action module to create Bitmap snapshots of VITool pages while DASYLab is running.

The software includes more than 10 new and updated measurement hardware drivers that support varying acquisition rates for each device. DASYLab 8 also adds support for low cost USB CAN (Controller Area Network) devices including a new CAN logger module for storing all CAN traffic to file.

From research and development to production test and quality control, engineers use DASYLab to quickly create flexible and powerful measurement and analysis applications without programming. Using DASYLab, engineers can quickly acquire data from PCI plug-in cards, USB and Ethernet data acquisition devices togther with industry-standard OPC compliant devices such as PLCs. In addition DASYLab’s ICOM module provides connectivity to instruments from hundreds of vendors over RS232 and TCP/IP. DASYLab 8 supports the latest Microsoft Windows Operating Systems.

DASYLab 8.0 is supplied and supported in the UK and Ireland by Adept Scientific plc, Amor Way, Letchworth, Herts. SG6 1ZA; telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810, fax +44 (0) 203 695 7819, email info@alfasoft.com; or see Adept’s World Wide Web site at http://www.adeptscience.co.uk/.

With offices in the UK, USA, 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.

DASYLab Lite…renowned functionality with a more affordable price tag

Big or small budget – straightforward or complex application – there’s a version of DASYLab to suit most needs. So now everyone can access legendary usability and make their data acquisition set-up a success the DASYLab way

DASYLab has made setting up PC-based data acquisition systems easier and faster than ever before. And it doesn’t take a programmer or prior knowledge of working with this kind of graphical data acquisition software to be able to use DASYLab straight away – it comes with an excellent ‘getting started’ tutorial and is extremely user-friendly. But if money is tight, and the full version of DASYLab is a little beyond the budget, it’s no longer necessary to make do with a more ‘clunky’, less usable software alternative. Now with a new lower price, just £425 plus delivery and VAT, DASYLab Lite is the most affordable way to access the acclaimed functionality and ease of use that makes DASYLab the first choice for Windows-based data acquisition.

It takes just a few minutes to create individual applications with DASYLab and even the most sophisticated acquisition and control tasks can be solved with DASYLab quickly and without any programming. All that’s needed is to connect graphical icons representing the hardware, the signal processing and the chosen display.

Users can benefit from real-time display and logging, a pre/post trigger module to make it easy to capture areas of interest in your data. DASYLab Lite also supports RS232 inputs and has a wide range of displays including Chart Recorder, Y/t Chart, Bargraph and Meters.

DASYLab software is supplied and supported in the UK by Adept Scientific plc, Amor Way, Letchworth, Herts. SG6 1ZA; telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810, fax +44 (0) 203 695 7819, email info@alfasoft.com; or see Adept’s World Wide Web site at http://www.adeptscience.co.uk

With offices in the UK, USA, 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.

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