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Using the ‘Advanced Trigger ExcelLink’ Add-on to Stream Data into Excel

One of the most recognizable spreadsheet applications in the world, Microsoft Excel allows you to manipulate data, perform calculations and create custom graphs & charts. For many years, our WinDaq/XL bridging software has been the ultimate solution for customers interested in streaming data, in real time, directly into an Excel spreadsheet. Once there, users could take Read More

How to Acquire Pressure Data Using a 4-20mA Pressure Transmitter

As mentioned in an earlier post, acquiring pressure data is a common and important data acquisition application. Whether you’re dealing with air, fuel or water, pressure data can be an invaluable decision-making resource. In this application note, we’ll demonstrate the ease with which you can acquire pressure data using a 0-100 psig 4-20 mA pressure Read More

WinDaq/XL and Graphics Acceleration Crashing WinDaq

It has come to our attention that a graphics setting in Microsoft Excel can cause our WinDaq data acquisition software to crash (freeze), and significantly slow down your PC when running the WinDaq/XL real-time bridging software. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution that involves disabling graphics acceleration. We’ll show you how! Disabling Hardware Graphics Acceleration in Read More

How to Determine the ‘Status’ of Your Data Logger in Stand-alone Mode (Out of Sight)

This blog post assumes that you have the latest firmware installed on your DI-2000 or DI-4000 series instrument. For instructions on downloading and installing the latest firmware, go to All DI-2000 and DI-4000 series data loggers feature a multi-color LED, indicating the device status when recording data in stand-alone mode (to a USB flash Read More

Enable/Disable Universal (UTC) Time in Stand-Alone Mode

This blog post applies to data loggers using firmware version 1.39 or later. The option to unselect ‘Display UTC time’ is not available for loggers using firmware version 1.38 or earlier. To update your firmware to version 1.39 or later, follow the instructions at: While Universal (UTC) time is a helpful tool when it Read More

Retrieve and Share Stand Alone Configuration Files

Whether you simply want to transfer stand-alone settings from one data logger to another, or you’re troubleshooting a recording issue, it’s sometimes helpful to be able to retrieve your stand-alone setup configuration. In this application note, I’ll show you how to do just that. In addition, we’ll take that stand-alone configuration, and transfer the setup Read More

Reset the WinDaq Header to Clear Up ‘Illegal Header Value’ Errors

From time to time, when opening a data file in the WinDaq Waveform Browser, you may see a pop-up message indicating that that there is an illegal header value, some number of bytes from the start of the file. Often times, this is the result of a faulty configuration parameter (scaling, memory configuration, etc.). To Read More

Using a Low-Pass Filter to Clean Up Noisy Signals

Often, you’ll need to acquire signals at very high sample rates. Higher sample rates allow you to capture voltage transients, or events that occur in a very short period of time. And since all channels in WinDaq are sampled at the same rate, you might get the results you’re looking for on some channels, and Read More

Using the Time Marker and Cursor for Data Analysis

When acquiring and analyzing data, it’s often useful to isolate a particular event, or area of interest. When dealing with very large data files, containing days, weeks or even months of data, this may seem like a daunting task. In this application note, we’ll demonstrate the ability in the WinDaq Waveform Browser, using the ‘Time Read More

Stand-alone Data Acquisition and Flash Memory

For years, DATAQ has offered a number of different flash memory solutions for stand-alone data acquisition. Beginning with standard 2GB max capacity SD-style cards for older DI-710/718 series data loggers, progressing to the 32 GB thumb-style USB drives, included with contemporary DI-2000 and DI-4000 series instruments. With maximum sample rates on the order of 14.4 Read More