Gould Electronics Legacy

Gould Electronics LogoGould Electronics 220 chart recorderGould Electronics (later Gould Instrument Systems) developed premier chart recorders and data recorders using "advanced DASA (Data Acquisition and Signal Analysis) technology." Gould made portable, rugged, and extremely accurate data recorders for NASA (and the world) and had a reputation for being the premier chart recorder manufacturer of their time. They held numerous real, innovative patents (not like the latest round of Apple "patents") that actually broke barriers in cost, reliability, and performance. Gould's exclusive "Metrisite" non-contact servo-loop feedback system enforced pen positioning at 99.85% linearity. It solved the problems of noise, dirt, wear, and maintenance. Their pressurized ink writing technology ensured clear, permanent, and unbroken signal traces at the highest signal frequencies and fastest transients. And their "Rectilinear" pen motion technology produced the first accurate reproduction of applied signals in an era of "curvilinear" alternatives.

Former Gould Recording Systems engineers and marketers founded DATAQ Instruments so we understand the chart recorder principles that Gould pioneered:

  • Instantaneous real time waveform presentation
  • High speed operation
  • Simultaneous display and storage
  • Reviewing previously recorded data without real time recording interruption

These and more are embodied in the PC-based hardware and software products that we manufacture right here in the United States, products for measuring pressure, temperature, torque, load, voltage current, RPM, and virtually every other electromechanical property. Take some time to explore the links below, and then call us to see how we can solve your particular instrumentation problem.

WinDaq Acquisition and Playback Software

Coupled with a DATAQ Instruments data acquisition device, WinDaq software replaces a Gould data acquisition device with a system more compact and just as reliable and innovative.

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  • No-programming Environment - Point and click your way around data acquisition, recording, playback, and analysis. If you can use a mouse, you can use WinDaq.
  • Instantaneous Real Time Display - Our high speed graphing software responds to signal activity without delay at sample rates as fast as 250,000 samples per second.
  • Fast Recording Capability - While you view the real time display, WinDaq streams acquired data directly to your computer's hard drive.
  • Automatic Time and Date Stamping - Allows you to correlate recorded data with date and time of occurrence.
  • And much more… visit the WinDaq Data Acquisition product page to learn more.

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Setup

data acquisition setupDouble-click and enter the channels you want to acquire into the WinDaq scan list. Click to select gain, signal averaging, and peak or valley detection per channel. Click to define a single to 32-channel display, either triggered sweep (oscilloscope-like), or scrolling (chart recorder-like). Click again to define a sample rate ranging from less than one to 250,000 per second. With WinDaq/Pro+, you can even define different sample rates on a per channel basis.

Calibrate

calibrat.jpg (35254 bytes)Define a calibration per channel to display waveform values in meaningful units such as psi, °F or °C, amps, rpm, watts, horsepower -- any unit of measure you need.

Record

record.jpg (36071 bytes)Choose the continuous waveform recording mode, or the triggered mode with selectable trigger level, slope and pre- and post-trigger times. WinDaq automatically time- and date-stamps, then streams acquired data to disk -- record as much data as you need. At the same time, WinDaq supplies a real-time graphical display of any or all channels so you always know where you are and where you're going. WinDaq allows you to record to disk up to 240 channels, and display up to any 32 at the same time.

Annotate

annotate.jpg (34254 bytes)Of course, you can label any channel with text that describes it - "Motor 1," "Engine Speed," "Vertical Position," etc. But WinDaq also allows you to supply commented event markers while you record - "Beginning test phase 1," "Small vibrations noticed," "Starting cool-down cycle," etc. Your comments and our acquired data combine to form a complete diary of your data acquisition session.

Playback

playback.jpg (55129 bytes)Recording is only half the solution. The included WinDaq Waveform Browser playback software allows you to graphically manipulate waveforms in ways you’ve never seen on a PC. Compress an entire recording to one screen width for a bird’s eye view, then expand around an area of interest for a closer look. Use cursors to measure amplitudes and timing with computer-precision. Move to any event marker with the click of a mouse button.

Multitask

multitsk.jpg (62406 bytes)Double your productivity and let WinDaq record while you review last week's results from your spreadsheet, or compose a memo with your word processor. You can even playback data already stored to disk while you're still recording.

Analyze

analyze.jpg (52102 bytes)Waveform interpretation is easy with our built-in analysis functions. Apply frequency and filtering analysis with the WinDaq Waveform Browser FFT and DFT functions. Or analyze any range of waveform data with its statistics function. Use X-Y plotting to examine the relationship of one channel to another. Extended analysis functions allow waveform peak detection, integration, differentiation, arithmetic operations, and more.

Export

export.jpg (53816 bytes)The WinDaq Waveform Browser can export any range of data to your spreadsheet, or any other analysis or presentation package you use. You can even copy a graphical image displayed by the WinDaq Waveform Browser and paste it directly into a word processing document. Finally, export any range of waveform graphics to your printer for a hard copy record.

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