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DAQ software tool reads ten instruments at once

Posted: 23 Feb 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:data acquisition? Windmill Software? Modbus? ComDebug?

Windmill Software releases a data acquisition software suite that lets users read and control up to ten instruments over RS232, RS422, RS485 and Modbus. The software includes ready-to-run applications to chart and log data, control analog and digital outputs, and monitor the com port.

Windmill works with instruments communicating with ASCII or binary messages. With a flexible approach to extracting data values, it is suitable for collecting readings from the majority of serial instruments which can be plugged into the computer's com port. These include PICs, power meters, digital indicators, multimeters, data loggers, GPS receivers, gyro compasses, motion sensors, gas analyzers, pH transmitters, particle analyzers and laboratory scales.

Users have the freedom to mix and match equipment from many different manufacturers in many combinations. For example, serial devices from A&D, Dataq Instruments, Datel, Garmin, Microchip Technology, Motorola, Omron, Orion, Parallax, Siemens and Texas Instruments among others have been handled by Windmill. Many channels of data can be accepted from each instrument.

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Figure 1: Windmill Software's DAQ software suite lets users control up to 10 instruments and includes applications to chart and log data.

Also included in the package is a program to monitor com port communications. This lets users see all bytes sent and received, even non-printing characters like carriage returns. This is crucial when dealing with binary data. Called ComDebug, the software also shows the state of the input and output lines to the computer's com port.

The software is offered at an introductory price of about $80.

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