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Data Logger vs. Data Acquisition

Data Acquisition or Data Logger If you need to digitize an analog signal, record it, and provide a method to analyze it, do you need a data logger or a data acquisition system? It has become increasing clear that the answer is ‘Yes’ to both products. What I mean is that the traditional definitions of Read More

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

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

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

University of Akron FSAE

Data Acquisition > Mixed Measurements DATAQ Instruments, Inc. is a proud sponsor of the University of Akron FSAE team. Each year University of Akron mechanical engineering students design a small Formula SAE car and compete with other Universities across the country. DATAQ Instruments’ data acquisition products help them come up with new innovations and designs as Read More

Casting off with WinDaq Software and the DI-730

Data Acquisition > Voltage > DI-730 Sport fishermen would recognize the product immediately. Though this one was rigged to a metal tub filled with water, most fishermen are used to seeing the product attached to the bow of a bass boat where it allows the skipper to easily and quietly maneuver the boat for a Read More