Welcome to our
2015 Front Page
Happy New Year
2015, hope the holiday season went well for you.
Before we look
at the categories for this month, I would like to discuss my
recent experience with the MCC BlueTooth/USB DAQ BTH-1208LS.
Over the holidays,
I set one up in my work lab and trialed it. It is impressive.
it is listed under the Dec 2014 entry
This month our
Product Category Focus is:-
Another 20+ companies
Come in many flavours from many
Internet of Things
is really just the latest form of Logger.
the most important Kit for any IOT Student for 2015
Digi Cloud Kit
Lascar UK Lipstick Loggers started a whole new
trend in logging because of their ease of use and to read data
on a standard USB port. These set the standard for all small
USB loggers to follow.
Lascar has now expanded its Logger
range to include WiFi Wireless Loggers. Using WiFi for setup
and data downloads, making near remote systems a breeze to install.
MSR Swiss started another revolution with their
Super Tiny LCD Loggers with big memory and a broad range of loggers
for specific industry measurements. Their LCD displays allow
viewing data while collecting and add certainty to the log.
ZogLab China specialise in Met Logging for indoors
Microstrain USA Miniature dataloggers combine a logger,
an inclinometer and silent shaker used to monitor patient inclination,
save inclination data, and provide biofeedback at set limits.
Omega USA also has a broad range of industrial
grade logger and are well worth a look.
Iotech USA an
MCC company has the real
goods when it comes to large complex Loggers. High Input channel
count with Analog and Digital collection. These types of systems
usually use a PC to drive the Logger Interfaces.
Other companies making these
types of complex loggers are MCC, NI and DATAQ.
Power and Environmental
Data Collection Another speciality
Logger Type with MSR, OPTO 22, Packet Power, Lascar all make
an extensive range of these devices.
using MCC's BTH-1208LS.
This is not a true Logger as
the data is stored in the Tablet or Smart phone across the Bluetooth
link. However it is very convenient and simple to set up and
is Smart Device friendly with Email sending of the CSV data files.
are a variation on a Logger.
The Recorder allows viewing on the data as it is recorder either
a strip chart or a Graph or a Spreadsheet Table with data being
In fact many Loggers are now
recorders also with LCD displays showing the data as it is collected,
either as text or charts. ( See MSRs range).
This means that many loggers
are Hybrids now - Logger/Recorder.
Most DAQ manufacturers have a
PC Windows Strip Chart App that is a free download that is also
a simple recorder.
The best one I have seen for
Windows is from DATAQ and it is free with their DAQ units.
DAQami from MCC also allows a
PC or Laptop to run in this mode and is excellent also, giving
graphs and building Excel files as it collects.
Of course this is where all this
digital logger and recorders started from.
MasTec has ink and thermal Circular
and Sheet Recroders also if you need one.
Some sites still require Paper
proof. Many Furnaces and Ovens have this temperature recorders
attached for each run still.
Over the years there have been
many types of recorders. Ink, Thermal and Photgraphic recorders.
In Medical Electronics, ECGs,
EMGs and EEGs were routinely collected on recorders for permanent
records. Some hospitals are still using them. Emergency Services
still in many cases prefer them as it gives an instant paer record.
Factories like them also as it is permnent.
One of the most famous recorders
was developed by William Thompson ( later Lord Kelvin ) before
going to New Foundland after the laying of the first Atlantic
copper comms cable ( laid from the Great Eastern Iron Ship in
1866 ) He built the first Light Galvonometer that became the
basis for all high sensitivity high frequency recorders that
were in use right up to the 1970s/80s. The reason for the development
was the very high impedance of the cable due to significant capacitance.
COnsidering they did not have amplifiers it was astounding they
could get signals across. The Kelvin light and mirror meter was
the trick that did it.
I was very fortunate in the 1980s
to be in the UK after the laying of the first private optical
fiber cable across the Atlantic and was the engineer that took
the original OTDR calibration data and base line noise readings
on that service, logging them and recording them into a Macintosh
computer running LabVIEW 1 and printing them on a HP laser printer.
On LabVIEW 2015
MasTec has a several projects
already signed in for 2015, with quite a heavy work schedule.
If you require a project or development
do email early this year please so we can arrange schedules around
On LabVIEW 2015
This is becoming less of requirement
as the on-line training is excellent these days.
However, what we have started
to run into, is the need to take a team of programmers and up
skill them in practical matters. Training and doing a project
are a long distance apart and often require some coaching. Let
us know also if you feel a few days would help your team.
All the staff at MasTec wish
you all a great 2015.