Category Archives: Industrial Applications

These application notes display the use of WinDaq Data Acquisition software in an industrial setting.

DI-730 Tackles Tough Industrial Measurements

Data Acquisition > Voltage > DI-730 Imagine this measurement environment: Simultaneous measurements of 400+ source volts and 50 millivolt current shunts that are hundreds of volts off-ground. Now imagine trying to make this measurement against the background noise of SCRs chopping the motor supply at a 10 kHz rate. Traditional PC-based instrumentation vaporizes in this Read More

DI-730 Data Acquisition System Aids Moon Roof Design and Qualification

Data Acquisition > Voltage > DI-730 It was a good, long run, but the strip chart recorder our customer had used for years was finally being replaced with a state-of-the-art PC-based data acquisition system. The recorder had become unreliable, and the paper records were tedious to analyze, and difficult to archive. The only problem was Read More

Variable Speed Drive Measurements using the DI-730 Data Acquisition System

Data Acquisition > Voltage > DI-730 Motors using variable speed drives are found at virtually all levels of production, from mining raw materials and processing them into finished goods, to transporting those to market. Examples include open pit mining machines, steel and steel rolling mills, aluminum rolling mills, paper mills, heavy duty cranes, heavy duty Read More

Synchronized and Distributed Data Acquisition Using DI-1000 Instruments in Hot Strip Steel Mills

Data Acquisition > Thermocouple > DI-1000TC Background The need for data acquisition in a distributed and synchronized manner is required in a variety of applications. Consider a hot strip mill that creates a long steel coil starting from a slab of steel. The process consists of: A pre-heat procedure that heats the initially cold slab Read More

Clutch Testing with Data Acquisition Products

Data Acquisition > Mixed Measurements Our customer, a manufacturer of clutches used in a variety of small and large vehicle applications, wanted to replace his aging test instrumentation. Consisting of a 20-year old Gould Mark 200 chart recorder and associated amplifiers, the old equipment was breaking down frequently, difficult to repair, and expensive to maintain Read More

WinDaq Cuts Maintenance Costs in Steel Mill

Data Acquisition > Software > WinDaq A steel mill customer wanted to predict bearing failure in the huge ladles they use for pouring molten steel since unscheduled shutdowns greatly complicate the repair process and significantly increase maintenance costs. The ladle is placed on a turret and filled with molten steel. The turret, riding on the Read More

Pressure and Flow Data Acquisition Measurements in Hydraulic Systems

Data Acquisition > Mixed Measurements Think about the places hydraulics are used: cranes, backhoes, earthmoving equipment, lift gates and lifts of all kinds, amusement rides, your automobile. The list is almost endless. Behind the scenes of every hydraulic system are a host of pumps, motors, valves, seals, and other hardware that work as a system Read More

Pressure, Temperature, and Flow Data Acquisition Measurements in Injection Molding Machines

Data Acquisition > Mixed Measurements The operation of an injection molding machine is fairly simple in concept: Put plastic pellets in one end and force them with a worm gear through a tube under high pressure. The pressure creates heat that melts the pellets. The molten plastic is sucked into a mold. The plastic cools Read More

Data Acquisition Products Test Hydraulic Actuators

Data Acquisition > Mixed Measurements It’s a critical constraint that demands a critical measurement: Your control signal says "NOW!" to a hydraulic actuator. How long does it take for the actuator first to start moving, then to fully engage? Our customer constantly asks this question during the maintenance and qualification of their hydraulically driven process Read More