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Data Acquisition Tips and Techniques

Data Acquisition > Mixed Measurements A Guide To Data Acquisition Signal Input Configuration Does a thermocouple signal require isolation? Should the output of a strain gage amplifier be connected as a single-ended or differential input? Is a differential input always a better choice than a single-ended configuration? These fundamental instrumentation questions may not be easy Read More

Synchronized and Distributed Data Acquisition Using DI-720/DI-730 Instruments in Hot Strip Steel Mills

Data Acquisition > Ethernet > Distributed Synchronous Background The need to acquire data 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 Read More

Intelligent Oversampling Methods Add Measurement Flexibility

Data Acquisition > Software > WinDaq Editor’s note: Watch our YouTube videos for in-depth Intelligent Oversampling demonstrations.  DATAQ Instruments has established a tradition of developing data acquisition boards that provide programmable intelligent oversampling on a per channel basis. This instrumentation approach is little-known and is only supported by DATAQ Instruments products. The programmable intelligent oversampling Read More

The Art and Science of Reliability

Data Acquisition > Ethernet John Deere is a major supplier of agriculture, construction, forestry, consumer, and commercial equipment with a reputation for quality and innovation. At the company’s Construction and Forestry Division in Dubuque, IA, engineers are deploying cutting-edge technology to ensure utmost product performance and reliability. Vital to this effort is the division’s data Read More

Bridge Structural Monitoring System

Data Acquisition > Ethernet > Distributed Synchronous The collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 1, 2007 was a calamity of huge proportion. Carrying over 135,000 vehicles daily, the bridge failed during the evening rush hour resulting in thirteen fatalities and 145 injuries. Almost immediately plans were formulated for a Read More

Intelligent Oversampling Enhances Data Acquisition

Data Acquisition > Software > WinDaq Editor’s note: Watch our YouTube videos for in-depth Intelligent Oversampling demonstrations.  Intelligent Oversampling  pays dividends in so many applications, especially in terms of noise reduction, that it’s difficult to think of an application that wouldn’t benefit. Did you ever wish you could have your cake, and eat it too? In Read More

Data Acquisition in Microsoft Excel—How to Import Recorded Data

Data Acquisition > Software > WinDaq > WinDaq/XL In our experience, Microsoft Excel is the most popular application for waveform analysis. Our customers ask about porting waveform data to Excel more so than all other applications combined. In response, DATAQ Instruments’ developed WinDaq/XL to allow users of WinDaq software (both recording and playback software) to Read More

WinDaq Monitors and Documents Control Rod Drive Welds

Data Acquisition > Software > WinDaq Products Involved: DI-500, WinDaq/Pro Software Inserting graphite control rods into the fission process controls the rate of nuclear fission in a nuclear power plant. The rate of nuclear fission is inversely related to the amount of graphite present in the system. Our customer manufactures a circular welding tool used Read More

DI-720 Data Acquisition System Helps Save the California Wine Industry

Data Acquisition > Voltage > DI-720 For nearly 20 years the Glassy-winged Sharpshooter had flown under the radar of California wine makers. That is until it began to spread throughout southern California and northward. Now the very mention of the half inch long insect sends chills down their spines. Background Thought to have entered southern Read More

Ready-to-run PC-based Data Acquisition Software

Data Acquisition > Software > WinDaq You can take the programming out of PC-based data acquisition and still enjoy all the advantages offered by computer technology. Just make sure the ready-to-run PC-based data acquisition software you choose has the features you need. There’s a common misconception regarding personal computers, data acquisition, and programming. It seems Read More