Made-to-measure thermocouples and RTDs

Making it to the range of data acquisition products available from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) are Measurement Computing’s (Norton, MA), a leading manufacturer of low-cost data acquisition hardware and software, ready-made thermocouples and RTDs.

The ready-made thermocouples are available in 1- and 2m lengths, complete with measuring junction at one end, and are available in J, K, T and E-types.

Sealed in an Alumina tube with three Teflon-coated leads, the ready-made RTDs can measure up to 400oF (204oC).  Resistant to abrasion and moisture, each RTD is sold individually and is also available in 1- and 2m lengths with a 3 wire, 100 Ohm.

Both these products can be trimmed should a shorter length be required.

The addition of thermocouples and RTDs to Adept’s extensive data acquisition range, together with their expertise, enables customers to service all their DAQ needs in one place saving time and energy in searching for each component. 

Experts are on hand to advise on the best hardware/software combination for specific applications and help source the most cost-effective solution.

For more information about the range of thermocouples and RTDs on offer from Adept Scientific go to http://tinyurl.com/7tcpkg5.

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.

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….

Adept Scientific continues to broaden its data acquisition range

As part of Adept Scientific’s (Letchworth, Herts) continuing strategy to provide a diverse and full range of data acquisition devices in the UK, the Delphin Technology AG (Bergisch, Germany) hardware and software solutions for applications in process measuring and control technology has been added to complement their existing products.

Delphin’s range of data acquisition devices provides solutions for process and control measurement including industrial measurement, automating test benches, vibration monitoring and analysis, remote plant and machinery monitoring, intelligent processing, bespoke solutions and development services (processing, user interfaces, databases).

Message devices – modular, practicable, scaleable

Message devices are decentralised measurement data acquisition and automation devices. Their modular design makes them suitable for both large and small numbers of channels. Message devices are equipped with many useful functions and a wide range of I/O modules.

• Easy linking to PCs via Ethernet interface.
• Utilises existing company intra- and internet.
• Integrated signal conditioning. Choice of RTD, thermocouple, volt or 20 mA signal for each analogue input.
• Complete potential isolation, no external isolating transformer required.
• Independent, stand-alone operation with data security through integrated storage capability.

ProfiSignal – a new generation of software

Testing and trial procedures and processes are now easier to set-up. ProfiSignal Klicks provides the user with a complete system and significantly shortens lead times from planning through to system launch.

• Parameter, recipe input.
• Setting-up operating/observing/processing procedures.
• Measurement data acquisition/evaluation, monitoring.
• Data service, reporting functions.

From Delphin’s extensive range of hard- and software options Adept can provide a system only requiring configuration using an intuitive programming language which doesn’t require specialist IT knowledge.

MHouse – modular and inexpensive

MHouse software is comprised of modules which can be combined according to requirements and is being used as the standard product in various companies and industries (eg evaluating measurement values from gas turbines). MHouse software is being constantly development based on customers’ specific requirements and is distinguished through its user friendly, practical functions. MHouse is easy to set-up and requires very little user training.

Individually adapted solutions for mobile measurement data acquisition

Delphin also supplies bespoke control cabinets or 19 inch data acquisition systems which can be located at either customer sites or your own site as a stand-alone system to acquire measurement data which can be saved or transmitted via a modem. The system’s Message device is equipped with a 1GB data storage capability enabling data to be recorded over long periods of time without any PC support.

About Delphin Technology AG

Delphin Technology AG was founded in 1980 and since its beginning Delphin has been active in the development and production of hardware and software for industrial measurement technology.

Industrial measurement data acquisition devices developed include temperature, pressure, flow, vibration and revolutions systems together with the software which enables measurement data and processes to be monitored, assessed and analysed. Processes can be automated and machinery controlled via remote monitoring.

Delphin’s measurement data acquisition systems are being used in testing technology and process engineering, including the energy and foodstuffs industries, and in research and development. Areas of application include the monitoring of gas turbines for Siemens and the monitoring of pharmaceutical production at Bayer.

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 is available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

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.

Flexible and modular data acquisition with ADwin

Jäger Messtechnik (Lorsch, Germany), manufacturer and developer of ADwin, the hardware and software for the fastest real-time solutions, has teamed with Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) to bring their powerful, real-time data acquisition solutions to the UK.

Modern systems are becoming more complex and faster with ever increasing numbers of signals.  To successfully test these systems data acquisition equipment must be able to cope with these requirements.  The use of real-time data acquisition with expandable I/O interfaces is, therefore, becoming more present in modern day facilities.

The ADwin systems provide flexible, modular data acquisition solutions to meet a wide variety of input and output needs.  Due to their modular design, components with several hundred analogue and digital inputs and outputs can be used.  Available modules, together with cable and adapter sets, include:

• processor modules
• analogue input/output modules
• digital input/output modules
• counter modules
• interface modules for various bus systems
• temperature measurement
• custom modules.

The combination of the ADwin system and its optimised software package ADbasic offers a flexible, modular development environment for real-time data acquisition applications operating from seconds to nano-seconds.

The real-time process programming is implemented in ADbasic, with communication between the PC and graphical user interface via the DLL and ADwin drivers. This enables the user to precisely estimate the scope of even the most challenging projects and deliver on-time.

The ADwin system executes all tasks that have to run fast, deterministically and with exact predictable time behaviour, for example:

• data acquisition with chronological and angular synchronism
• signal generation for laser and electron beam deflection and control
• closed-loop control of motion axes with force and position feedback.

Working with their standard PC, ADwin users continue to benefit from functionalities such as:

• visualisation, operation, data storage and back-up, use of databases
• network connectivity via Ethernet/TCP/IP
• real-time development and debugging, interactive testing with ADtools.

The ADwin software environment can be used with Windows (95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Windows 7) and Linux or as a stand-alone data acquisition system.  ADwin also has drivers for many of the popular programming environments including DASYLab, MATLAB/Simulink, VB, VC/C++, LabVIEW, TestPoint and others.

The ADwin product range is supplied and supported by Adept Scientific in the UK and Ireland.

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.

6000 Series DAQ modules for temperature and voltage

Measurement Computing Corporation’s (Norton, MA) three data acquisition modules in the 6000 Series of Advanced Measurement Products are now available from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts).  These products combine high-performance, Ethernet-based DAQ modules with powerful, easy-to-use software.

The 6222 is a 12-channel, simultaneously sampled, thermocouple input module featuring 24-bit resolution for accurate temperature measurements.

The 6230 and 6231 are 12-channel, high-speed, isolated voltage input modules with 24-bit ADC per channel.  All inputs are sampled simultaneously at up to 50k S/sec per channel.  Channel-to-channel isolation of 250Vrms is also provided.  The 6230 features a ±10V input range, while the 6231 offers measurements up to ±60V.  Each module also includes 8 digital I/O channels.

Also included with each 6000 Series module is Encore, an interactive measurement software package.  Encore version 1.1 combines an intuitive user interface with robust functionality.  It allows users to quickly configure hardware, develop and customise data displays, analyse data with built-in analysis tools and provides the ability to develop comprehensive test reports.

Systems can be used in a central location or in distributed or remote configurations.  Multiple modules can also be combined to build expandable, mixed signal systems.  Modules are currently offered for measuring voltage, temperature and strain.

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.

Data acquisition is on fire at Adept

Continuing its growth, Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) has taken on two new members of staff to support its expanding range of data acquisition products (DAQ).

Born in the Netherlands and raised in Portugal, Henrique da Silva will concentrate on DAQ sales and has a Masters in Electronics & Computer Engineering; knowledge he has been passing on by teaching students.  Along with his brother he founded a Portuguese company in 2001 dedicated to hardware/software development.  Having sold the company Henrique has swapped the warmth of Portugal for the cooler climes of North London.

Elizabeth Northrop (Lilly) will be concentrating on technical support and has an MEng in Systems Engineering from Loughborough University.  Her work placement while doing her Masters was as an Applications Engineer at National Instruments where she provided technical support and taught some of their two and three day courses.  In her spare time Lilly practices the martial arts Tai Chi & Wing Tsun and, as if that’s not enough, she has also acquired some circus skills including “fire arts”. 

Mike Pisapia, Managing Director, said, “We are always looking for new staff that can compliment our portfolio of products and really bring something to the team.  With Henrique’s hands-on experience of running his own successful company he is ideally placed to grow our DAQ sales.  Lilly brings a huge amount of knowledge and teaching experience to our team and we are particularly looking forward to her fire-eating act at our Christmas party.

“We are always interested to hear from dynamic, enthusiastic people who can contribute to our success and we are small enough for them to really make a difference and big enough to offer a great working environment where you can grow with us and have fun doing it!”

If you think you might be the right person to join our team email info@alfasoft.com.

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.

Introducing UEI’s 12-channel electromechanical relay output interfaces

New to the Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) DAQ product range are United Electronic Industries’ (UEI) (Walpole, MA) DNA/DNR-DIO-452/462. The 12-channel, electromechanical relay boards are designed for use with UEI’s ‘Cube’ and RACKtangle I/O series respectively.

The DIO-452/462 boards are designed for use in a wide variety of switching and digital control applications. Each channel is configured as a standard Form C (SPDT) relay and switches voltages up to 100 VDC or 150 VAC. Each channel is rated for continuous operation at 2 Amps at 30 VDC and 0.75 Amp at 125 VAC with an output voltage of less than 200 mV (<200 mOhm).

All relays default to ‘off’ on power-up/reset; switching rates up to 125 Hz are supported. Each relay is protected by an on-board 2 Amp slow-blow fuse.

All connections are made through a convenient 37-pin D connector ensuring no problems obtaining mating cables or connectors. Users may also connect the DNx-DIO-452/462 boards to UEI’s popular DNA-STP-37 screw terminal panel via the DNA-CBL-37S cables. The cables are fully shielded and are available in 1, 3, 10 and 20 foot lengths.

The DNx-DIO-452/462 series includes software drivers supporting all popular operating systems including: Windows, Linux, QNX, VXWorks, RTX and other popular Real-Time Operating Systems. Windows users may take advantage of the powerful UEIDAQ Framework which provides a simple and complete software interface to all popular Windows programming languages and data acquisition and control applications (eg LabVIEW, DASYLab, MATLAB).

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.

High-speed multifunction OEM boards

Measurement Computing Corporation’s (MCC) (Norton, MA) USB-2500 Series of high-speed multifunction OEM boards are available from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts).  The USB-2500 Series are multifunction measurement and control boards designed for OEM or embedded applications; each board is supported under the popular Microsoft Windows® operating systems.

The USB-2500 Series provides up to 32 differential or 64 single-ended analogue inputs with 16-bit resolution from its 40-pin connectors. It offers seven software-selectable analogue input ranges of ±10 V, ±5 V, ±2 V, ±1 V, ±0.5 V, ±0.2 V and ±0.1 V. You can configure up to four of the analogue inputs as differential thermocouple (TC) inputs.

The USB-2500 Series is available with up to four 16-bit, 1 MS/s analogue output channels with an output range of -10 V to +10 V. Each board has 24 high-speed lines of digital I/O, two timer outputs and four 32-bit counters. Each board also provides up to 12 MS/s scanning on all digital input lines. You can operate all analogue I/O, digital I/O and counter/timer I/O synchronously.

The USB-2500 Series is reliable and rugged enough for any OEM DAQ application and comes with an industry-best Limited Lifetime Warranty and Harsh Environment program.

The combination of the USB-2500 Series and Measurement Computing’s DAQ software suite provides a complete data acquisition solution and is fully USB plug-and-play and easy-to-use.

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.

Guardian series 32-channel D/A boards

United Electronic Industries’ (UEI) (Walpole, MA) latest data acquisition boards have been introduced to the Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) product range. The DNA-AO-333 and DNR-AO-333 are high density, high-precision, 32-channel analogue voltage output board compatible with UEI’s popular ‘Cube’ and RACKtangle I/O chassis.

The boards offer full 16-bit resolution and guarantee monotonicity over the entire operating temperature range. Utilising an innovative per-channel digital offset and gain calibration, initial gain and offset errors are limited to ±450 μV and ±305 μV respectively. Each DNA/DNR-AO-333 channel provides an output range of ±10 V and is capable of driving ±10 mA. For applications requiring higher output current, please refer to the DNA/DNR-AO-308-350 layer.

The Guardian series built-in diagnostics provides on-board A/D converters allowing each analogue output voltage to be monitored and confirmed. This powerful and yet simple tool sets the DNx-AO-333 apart from most D/A boards.

All 32 channels may be configured to update simultaneously or they may be updated one at a time as data is written. A 1024 sample FIFO allows each D/A to be updated at 10 kHz without data loss. Double buffering the outputs combined with the use of low glitch D/As make the DNx-AO-333 an ideal solution for generating low frequency waveforms or providing highly accurate switched stimulus. The board also offers a digital input bit which may be used as a trigger or as a general purpose input. A digital output bit is also provided.

Software included with the DNx-AO-333 provides a comprehensive yet easy to use API that supports all popular Windows programming languages as well as supporting programmers using Linux and most real-time operating systems including QNX, RTX, RT Linux, VXworks and more.

Finally, the UEIDAQ Framework supplies complete support for those creating applications in data acquisition software packages such as LabVIEW, MATLAB/Simulink, DASYLab or any application which supports ActiveX or OPC servers.
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.

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